About Teachers of Psychology in Secondary Schools (TOPSS)
The American Psychological Association Teachers of Psychology in Secondary Schools (TOPSS) is the voice of high school psychology teachers within the APA.
TOPSS — through the APA Education Directorate — promotes excellence in the teaching of psychological science at the high school level through the National Standards for High School Psychology Curricula; meets the curricular, professional development and networking needs of high school psychology teachers; provides opportunities for high school psychology teachers and their students to be recognized and rewarded for their excellence; increases the professional identity and leadership opportunities for high school psychology teachers; and enhances the visibility of psychological science as a means of promoting health, education and human welfare.
All teachers of high school psychology are invited to join TOPSS as affiliate members. There are approximately 2,000 current members of TOPSS (as high school teacher affiliates of APA). View enrollment information on high school psychology, including Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB) and regular psychology.
The following curricular resources and opportunities for professional support and recognition are supported by TOPSS and the APA Education Directorate, and available to all TOPSS members with annual membership:
Psychology Teacher Network newsletter
APA Monitor on Psychology magazine
Minority Recruitment Program
Professional Development Opportunities
APA/Clark University Workshop for High School Teachers
APA Convention Programming
Posters for the Classroom
Recognition for Teachers and Students
Outstanding Achievement in Psychology Awards
Other Benefits of Joining TOPSS
Special low APA Annual Convention registration rates
Eligibility for membership in APA divisions
High-quality information resources
Free online access to paid subscriptions' full-text files
Support for the discipline of psychology
Representation in Congress, state legislatures and in major social and educational institutions
Programs that educate the public and the media on the benefits of psychology
And much more!