APA Teachers of Psychology in Secondary Schools - TOPSS

APA Teachers of Psychology in Secondary Schools - TOPSS This is the official Facebook fan page of the American Psychological Association Teachers of Psychology in Secondary Schools (TOPSS). Check out our rules of involvement for this page under "About."
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This is the official APA TOPSS Facebook fan page sanctioned by the American Psychological Association (APA) and the APA Committee of Teachers of Psychology in Secondary Schools (TOPSS). When you join APA TOPSS, you become part of the only professional membership group for high school psychology teachers. There are approximately 1,700 current TOPSS members, all of whom are High School Teacher Affiliates of APA. To become a member, visit: http://www.apa.org/membership/hs-teacher/index.aspx

This is the official APA TOPSS Facebook fan page sanctioned by the American Psychological Association (APA) and the APA Committee of Teachers of Psychology in Secondary Schools (TOPSS). When you join APA TOPSS, you become part of the only professional membership group for high school psychology teachers. There are approximately 1,700 current TOPSS members, all of whom are High School Teacher Affiliates of APA. To become a member, visit: http://www.apa.org/membership/hs-teacher/index.aspx

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The latest from Dr. Stephen Chew: These psychology superpowers were written about psychology majors, but we think these are true for our students too - do you agree?!

*They know how to learn effectively
*They know how to manage stress and anxiety
*They know how to complete a complex task (if your students conduct research or
learn about/develop research skills)
*They understand personality traits and individual differences
*They have scientific literacy
*They know about biases and prejudices

Resources and a link to a version of Dr. Chew's presentation on these skills are provided online. From the latest PTN (read the full issue here: https://www.apa.org/ed/precollege/psychology-teacher-network).

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APA and APF awarded $12,000 in outreach grants in early August to support regional teaching networks for  HS psychology ...
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High School Psychology Outreach Grants

APA and APF awarded $12,000 in outreach grants in early August to support regional teaching networks for HS psychology teachers and we will have $13,000 to award for the next November 1 deadline! These awards support new and existing regional teaching networks, like those in Massachusetts (NETOP), Minnesota (MNTOPSS), and Nebraska (NEBTOPSS). We have a "how to" guide for supporting these networks here: https://www.apa.org/ed/precollege/topss/regional-networks-guide.pdf. We want to give away all of this funding so we hope you'll consider applying, especially if you want to start a new network. TOPSS thanks APF, Dr. Lee Gurel, and Dr. David Myers and Mrs. Carol Myers for their generous support of these grants.

$25,000 to support regional teaching networks that facilitate networking and professional development opportunities for high school psychology teachers.

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Teaching Psychology: Where Can I Find Help?

This APA/TOPSS resource provides FAQs for high school psychology teachers! It covers questions like Where can I find help with setting up my psychology course? Where can I find out about PD opportunities for psychology teachers? What should I know about dealing with mental health issues in the classroom? What should I know about selecting demonstrations and activities to use in the classroom? Take a peek and feedback is welcome!

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There are two weeks left to nominate a colleague (or yourself!) to run for either chair-elect or member-at-large on the ...
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2021 TOPSS Committee Call for Nominations

There are two weeks left to nominate a colleague (or yourself!) to run for either chair-elect or member-at-large on the TOPSS committee! Nominations are due August 31.

Learn more about being involved with the APA Teachers of Psychology in Secondary Schools (TOPSS).

Posting this again for any new psychology teachers!  Here is a go to list of resources for new teachers:TOPSS handbook f...
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High School Psychology

Posting this again for any new psychology teachers! Here is a go to list of resources for new teachers:

TOPSS handbook for new teachers (advice from expert teachers): https://www.apa.org/ed/precollege/topss/resource-manual

Resource vetting rubric (questions to use to see if any class activity or resource is worth using in class):https://www.apa.org/ed/precollege/topss/vetting-rubric.pdf

Do's and don't for teaching high school psychology (things to avoid in the classroom, with better alternatives): https://www.apa.org/.../introductory.../navigate-teaching

Teaching Psychology: Where can I find help? (FAQs for new and veteran teachers): https://www.apa.org/.../topss/help-teaching-psychology

National Standards for High School Psychology Curricula (content standards and learning targets for HS psychology): https://www.apa.org/education/k12/national-standards

TOPSS unit lesson plans (content outlines, activities and resources): https://www.apa.org/ed/precollege/topss/lessons

2-day lesson plans from award winning teachers (from our Charlie award winners): https://www.apa.org/.../lessons/teaching-award-winning-plans

Searchable database of over 100 teaching activities: https://www.apa.org/ed/precollege/topss/lessons/activities

Lessons on skills (transferable, well-being, and metacognitive skills): https://www.apa.org/ed/precollege/topss/teaching-resources

Canvas course template on high school psychology (recently updated!): https://www.apa.org/.../prec.../topss/canvas-course-template

Join TOPSS to get discounts, monthly emails, PD, publications, and more! https://www.apa.org/.../your-membership/high-school-teacher

And APA and TOPSS have countless other resources for psychology teachers, including a report on psychology as science, assessment resources, an advocacy toolkit for the psychology teaching credential, an annotated bibliography of research aligned to the national standards, a video on the value of psychology, and recommendations to integrating technology into the psychology class. You can find all of these resources here: https://www.apa.org/ed/precollege/topss/resources.

And last but not least, the TOPSS website has the latest news and information for high school psychology teachers: http://www.apa.org/ed/topss.

We promote the scientific nature of high school psychology and meet the curricular needs of high school psychology teachers through unit lesson plans, the Psychology Teachers Network Newsletter and more. We also address professional needs of high school psychology teachers and provide opportunities....

As you start planning different activities or resources to use in your class, don't forget that TOPSS has a vetting rubr...
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As you start planning different activities or resources to use in your class, don't forget that TOPSS has a vetting rubric for you to use to decide if resources/activities are valuable to use in class. There are 8 questions to consider, such as what is the purpose of the resource? Is it accessible to all students? Does it encourage students' understanding of diversity? Their understanding of psychology as science? It is available here:https://www.apa.org/ed/precollege/topss/vetting-rubric.pdf

Dr. Susan Opotow of John Jay College of Criminal Justice and The Graduate Center, CUNY, is delivering one of the TOPSS i...
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APA Convention 2021 - American Psychological Association

Dr. Susan Opotow of John Jay College of Criminal Justice and The Graduate Center, CUNY, is delivering one of the TOPSS invited addresses at APA 2021 on the psychology of conflict and will be holding an "office hour" tomorrow, Saturday, August 14, from from 12:30-1:00 PM eastern to answer any questions teachers might have on her talk! We hope you've registered for APA and will watch her talk, and our other speaker too (Leslie Berntsen, PhD, University of Southern California, on anti-racist pedagogy). Both talks are available as “on demand” content access at http://convention.apa.org.

Join the American Psychological Association for the APA 2021 Convention, August 12-14.

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TOPSS Invited Address

If you have time *tonight* (8/12) at 11:00 PM eastern, Dr. Leslie Berntsen, one of the TOPSS invited speakers, is holding an office hour to answer questions on her talk, on I Know What You Did(n’t Learn in Your DEI Book Club) Last Summer: Practical Tips for Anti-Racist Pedagogy. Hers is session #601 through the on demand platform at http://convention.apa.org. We hope you'll watch her talk and feel free to ask questions if you can join her office hour!

The APA Committee of Teachers of Psychology in Secondary Schools (TOPSS) encourages all high school psychology teachers to attend APA 2021, an all-virtual conference. TOPSS members can register for APA for only $35 and will have access to more than 1,000 sessions and posters covering the latest deve...

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APA Convention 2021 - American Psychological Association

APA 2021 starts today and we hope you’ve registered! TOPSS members can register for just $35 and will have access to the on-demand videos for three months. Beside the 2 sessions TOPSS is sponsoring, here are some more you might be interested in! This doesn’t include the literally thousands of other sessions you can search for and watch on practically any topic on psychology! Other sample sessions of interest:

Elizabeth Y. Hammer PhD, will give APF Charles L. Brewer Distinguished Teaching of Psychology Award Invited Address on Just(ly) Teaching: Minor Changes for Major Impact

The STP Presidential Trio Panel (Linda Woolf, PhD, Amy Fineburg, PhD, and Susan Nolan, PhD) will present on Teaching During Rapidly Changing Times

Regan A.R. Gurung, PhD, and Garth Neufeld, MA will present on It’s All In There: Strategies for Infusing APA IPI Integrative Themes in Introductory Psychology

Main stage talks of interest include:

Today/Thursday at 2:30 PM ET with Robert Cialdini, PhD, on The Power of Persuasion and Pre-Suasion to Create Change

Tonight/Thursday at 7:00 PM ET on The Entertainment Industry and Psychology: Changing the Way We Think About Mental Health

Friday at 9:30 AM ET on the following topics: Beyond Batman: How Stories Teach Psychology and Facilitate Therapeutic Dialogue (Travis Langley, PhD), Pedagogy, Technology, and Psychology: Lessons for a Post-COVID World (Michelle Miller), Connecting with Your Students (Mikki Hebel, PhD)

Friday at 11:00 AM ET on Fighting Misinformation with Psychological Science

Friday at 1:00 PM ET keynotes on What Has Neuroscience Revealed About the Adolescent Brain? (Adriana Galván, PhD) and The Emergence of Personality Disorder in Adolescence: New Findings and their Implications for Treatment (Rebecca Shiner, PhD)

Friday at 2:30 PM ET keynotes on Surviving and Thriving 20 Years After 9/11 (Deepa Iyer, JD) and The Power of Psychology to Heal the Political Divide (Tania Israel, PhD)

Friday at 7:00 PM ET on Critical Conversations: Finding the Courage to Discuss and Dismantle Racism

Saturday at 9:30 AM ET keynotes on Resilient Cognitive Aging: Why Real Life is Better than Brain Training (Elizabeth A.L. Stine-Morrow, PhD) and Social Influences on the Neurobehavioral Effects of Abused Drugs (Michael Bardo, PhD)

Register for APA at http://convention.apa.org
TOPSS sessions: https://www.apa.org/ed/precollege/topss/convention
STP sessions:http://teachpsych.org/resources/Documents/conferences/apa/APA%20STP%202021%20Program%20-%20June%202021.pdf
On-demand session index:https://irp.cdn-website.com/a5ea5d51/files/uploaded/APA2021-on-demand-index.pdf

#apa2021

Join the American Psychological Association for the APA 2021 Convention, August 12-14.

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*The new lessons on resilience were supported by a supplemental grant from the Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention, Division of Adolescent and School Health (FY2020 Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) COVID-19 Supplement).

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TOPSS Invited Address

APA 2021 starts this week! TOPSS members can register for this all-virtual conference for just $35 and will have access to more than 1,000 sessions and posters. Registration also gives you 3 months of on-demand access to all sessions and posters, for you to watch at your convenience or use in class! APA starts August 12-14.
TOPSS will sponsor two TOPSS invited sessions and there are dozens of other sessions for psychology teachers, including sessions sponsored by STP (see the 2021 link here: http://teachpsych.org/conferences/apa/index.php). For more information on APA 2021 and to register, visit the APA 2021 website at http://convention.apa.org. #APA2021

The APA Committee of Teachers of Psychology in Secondary Schools (TOPSS) encourages all high school psychology teachers to attend APA 2021, an all-virtual conference. TOPSS members can register for APA for only $35 and will have access to more than 1,000 sessions and posters covering the latest deve...

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2021 TOPSS Committee Call for Nominations

We are extending the call for nominations for the TOPSS Committee elections to August 31! If you are interested in joining the committee and running for member-at-large or chair-elect, or if you know someone who would be a great leader, please nominate yourself or a colleague! We encourage teachers in all locations and from diverse backgrounds (including diversity in race/ethnicity, gender, ability/disability, sexual orientation, age, and religion) to consider running for TOPSS office.

Learn more about being involved with the APA Teachers of Psychology in Secondary Schools (TOPSS).

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As you start getting ready for the new school year, we hope you'll think about using this video on the value of high school psychology to get your students excited about your class! You can also use it to recruit students to sign up for your classes later in the semester or year or share with parents/your administration to show why learning psychology is important. You can find more information for students at http://on.apa.org/highschool.

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TOPSS encourages all high school psychology teachers to register for APA 2021, an all-virtual conference.  TOPSS members...
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APA Convention 2021 - American Psychological Association

TOPSS encourages all high school psychology teachers to register for APA 2021, an all-virtual conference. TOPSS members can register for APA for only $35 and will have access to more than 1,000 sessions and posters. Registration also gives you 3 months of unlimited on-demand access to all sessions and posters, for you to watch and rewatch at your convenience. APA starts August 12-14.

TOPSS is pleased to announce two TOPSS invited sessions, to be made available as on-demand sessions:

Leslie Bernsten, PhD, University of Southern California
Lee Gurel Lecture: I Know What You Did(n’t Learn in Your DEI Book Club) Last Summer: Practical Tips for Anti-Racist Pedagogy

Susan Opotow, PhD
John Jay College of Criminal Justice and The Graduate Center, City University of New York
Conflict as Opportunity: The Psychology of Conflict as a Resource for Teaching and Learning

There are dozens of other sessions for psychology teachers, including sessions sponsored by STP (see the 2021 link here: http://teachpsych.org/conferences/apa/index.php). For more information on APA 2021 and to register, visit the APA 2021 website. #APA2021

Join the American Psychological Association for the APA 2021 Convention, August 12-14.

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About TOPSS: 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.

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Thank you soo much for these Teas. They have been the highlight of my end of summer.
That was awesome!!! Thank you for organizing this. Please have more.
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Does anyone have any data on how many high schools nationally teach AP Psychology over an entire year v teaching it in one semester?
I made it passed the first interview stage for a new position teaching Psychology, Sociology and AP Psychology for 1st time & need to do a demo. Any recommendations on awesome lessons for the demo??
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