Friday, June 23, 2017

APA Convention and Workshop

The information about this year's APA convention is detailed below. There are several opportunities for high school teachers to see the experts and learn more about psychology.

The annual American Psychological Association (APA) Convention will be held August 3-6, 2017, in Washington, DC.  Here are three important reasons to consider attending APA:
1.       Full Day Pre-Convention Workshop for Psychology Teachers

On Wednesday, August 2, the APA Education Directorate is hosting a full day workshop for psychology teachers on hard to teach topics and enhancing the teaching of introductory psychology.  The cost of this workshop is $40 to attend for TOPSS members; breakfast, lunch, and materials will be provided. Presenters are Dana S. Dunn, Ph.D., of Moravian College in Bethlehem, PA, Nancy Fenton of Adlai E. Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire, IL, and Jessica Flitter of West Bend High School in West Bend, WI.  For details and to register, please visit  The registration deadline is July 1.  The workshop will be held at Trinity Washington University in the Payden Academic Center.  We hope you will register soon. 

2.       TOPSS Invited Speakers and Reception
The APA Committee of Teachers of Psychology in Secondary Schools (TOPSS) is pleased to announce the TOPSS invited speakers at Convention.  These sessions will all be held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center on Friday, August 4:

  • Robert Cialdini, Ph.D., Arizona State University: The Lee Gurel Lecture: The Power of Persuasion 

  • James T. Lamiell, Ph.D., Georgetown University: In the Light of a Star: An Introduction to the Life and Works of William Stern (1871-1938)

  • Randal M. Ernst Lecture: High School Psychology: A Discussion on the 2017 APA Summit, with Randal M. Ernst, EdD, Nebraska Wesleyan University; Amy Fineburg, Ph.D., Jefferson Public Schools; and other summit participants

There will also be a reception for high school psychology teachers at RFD Washington (810 7th Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20001), from 5:00-6:30 PM on Friday, August 4.  We hope you can join us for complimentary drinks and appetizers. 

3.       The APA Convention is an Outstanding Opportunity to Learn about Psychology and Network with Teachers and Psychologists

You can choose from hundreds of sessions on psychology, including numerous plenary addresses on cutting-edge research in the field at APA.  Many sessions are aimed at educators; you can also read about additional convention sessions for teachers through the Society for the Teaching of Psychology website at

posted by Chuck Schallhorn

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