Thursday, February 2, 2012

TOPSS announcements

The latest and greatest information from the good folks at TOPSS (Teachers of Psychology in Secondary Schools). For further information about any of this, contact the wonderful Emily Leary at the APA:

APA TOPSS Scholars Essay Competition for High School Psychology Students

In the 2012 essay competition, students are asked to describe specific psychological concepts as they relate to the various ways a person might react to a natural disaster. There will be four winners, each of whom will receive a $250 award. Submissions must be made by March 5, 2012. For details, see

National Survey of High School Psychology Teachers

Please take 20 minutes to take this APA survey, available online at The survey will close March 1, 2012.

APA TOPSS Excellence in Teaching Awards

The purpose of the APA TOPSS Excellence in Teaching Awards is to provide an opportunity for TOPSS to recognize outstanding teachers in psychology. There will be up to three annual awards. Winners will receive a framed certificate, engraved award, cash prize of $500, High School Psychology Video Toolkit DVD, and a free TOPSS membership or renewal for the 2013 membership year. The Toolkit DVD has been generously donated by Worth Publishers. The submission deadline is March 15, 2012. For details, see

APF Professional Development Awards for High School Psychology Teachers

The purpose of these awards is to help high school psychology teachers travel to and attend regional or national teaching and/or psychology conferences; applicants may be awarded up to $500. The application deadline is April 15, 2012; visit for details.

APF High School Psychology Teacher Network Grants

The purpose of these awards is to support the development of local and regional networks of psychology teachers and to support a local or regional teaching workshop or conference for high school psychology teachers. APF will award $2,000 in grants in 2012. The application deadline is May 1, 2012; visit for details.

APF 2012 Pre-College Psychology Grant Program

This grant program which provides financial support for efforts aimed at improving the quality of education in psychological science and its application in the secondary schools. The deadline for applications is May 1, 2012; visit for details.

Mark your calendar!

The 8th annual APA/Clark University Workshop will be held in the summer of 2012 in Worcester, MA (dates TBD), and the annual APA Convention will be held in Orlando, FL, August 2-5, 2012. We hope you will make plans to apply for the Clark Workshop and attend Convention! Please look for details in the Psychology Teacher Network newsletter and on the TOPSS website.

National Standards for High School Psychology Curricula (APA, 2011)

The revised National Standards provide a framework for teachers and others to use to craft introductory psychology courses for high school students, and are available online at

TOPSS Membership

Please remember to renew your membership with TOPSS! To renew, visit If you are not already a member, we hope you will join today. Dues are $50 per year, and membership includes subscriptions to the Psychology Teacher Network newsletter, the monthly APA Monitor on Psychology magazine, the American Psychologist journal, and the Educator newsletter. TOPSS membership also includes access to TOPSS unit lesson plans. To join, visit the TOPSS website at

APA seeks comments on revised ethical guidelines for high school research projects The Committee on Human Research (CHR) of the American Psychological Association (APA) is seeking comments from the broad scientific community on the draft revision of the APA Guidelines for Ethical Conduct of Behavioral Projects Involving Human Participants by High School Students (the Guidelines) – see

posted by Rob McEntarffer

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