Tuesday, May 18, 2010

News from TOPSS

Below is the latest news from Emily Leary (Eleary@apa.org) regarding the Teachers of Psychology in Secondary Schools (TOPSS).

2010 TOPSS Committee Elections

The mission of the APA Committee of Teachers of Psychology in Secondary Schools (TOPSS) is to promote the scientific nature of introductory and advanced high school psychology; to meet curricular needs of secondary school teachers; and to provide opportunities for high school students to be recognized and rewarded for their academic excellence. If you would like to become more involved in TOPSS, we encourage you to consider serving on the TOPSS Committee. TOPSS is especially interested in encouraging individuals from diverse backgrounds (including diversity in race/ethnicity, gender, ability/disability, sexual orientation, age, and religion) to consider running for TOPSS Office. In 2010, the following three elected positions will be filled:

  • Chair-Elect
  • Member-at-Large (2)

The Chair position is a three-year position and the Member-at-Large positions are each two-year positions. Please consider nominating a colleague who would make a positive impact. We encourage teachers to consider volunteering to be a candidate for the TOPSS Election Ballot. Nomination materials should be submitted by July 1, 2010. For more information, visit http://www.apa.org/ed/precollege/topss/call-for-nominations.aspx.

2010 APA TOPSS Excellence in Teaching Award Recipients

The TOPSS Committee congratulates William James of Milford High School (Highland, MI) and Scott Reed of Hamilton High School (Chandler, AZ) for being selected as recipients of the 2010 APA TOPSS Excellence in Teaching Awards. The TOPSS Teaching Awards recognize outstanding teachers in psychology. The award recipients will receive a framed certificate, award, cash prize of $300, ActivePsych CD series, and a free TOPSS membership or renewal for the 2011 membership year. The ActivePsych CD series has been generously donated by Worth Publishers. Congratulations, Bill and Scott!

2010 APA TOPSS Scholars Essay Competition Winners

The TOPSS Committee congratulates the student winners of the 2010 APA TOPSS Essay Competition. Sabina Babar of Colonia High School (Colonia, New Jersey), Rachael J. Erickson of Sutton Memorial High School (Sutton, Massachusetts), Allison Gutworth of Colonia High School (Colonia, New Jersey), and Alexis Suskey of Grandville High School (Wyoming, Michigan) each received $250 scholarships for their winning essays. The 2010 essay question asked students to focus on the effects human behavior has had on the current environmental crisis.

Information about the 2011 APA TOPSS Excellence in Teaching Awards and the 2011 APA TOPSS Scholars Essay Competition will be announced during the fall of 2010.

Posted by Kent

1 comment:

Rob Mc said...

Huzzah for William James! (both the historical figure and the current excellent psych teacher!)