High School Psychology Outreach Grants

$5,000 to support innovative programs that support networking, professional development and educational outreach opportunities for high school psychology teachers and students.

Sponsors: APF ; Education Directorate

Description

The purpose of these grants is to support innovative programs that support networking, professional development and educational outreach opportunities for high school psychology teachers and students. The following types of opportunities will be considered for funding:

  • The development of regional or statewide networks of high school psychology teachers. Specifically, these grants are meant to support the development or continuation of regional or statewide teaching workshops or conferences for high school psychology teachers.
  • Programs that bring together high school psychology teachers and students from at least three schools for a psychology fair, psychology bowl or other innovative opportunity.

APF is particularly interested in proposals that could lead to the formation of a new network or program. However, APF will consider all funding requests to support regional or statewide networks for teachers (e.g., teaching workshops or conferences) or educational outreach opportunities for teachers and students (e.g., psychology fairs, psychology bowls).

Previous APF High School Psychology Teacher Network awardees may apply for up to three years of funding to continue support of a local network.

Eligibility
Criteria for regional or state-wide networks of high school psychology teachers:

These types of grants are not intended to be used to support classroom materials or opportunities that reach ten or fewer teachers. Rather, these grants must support professional development for teachers by providing an opportunity for teachers within a general region or state to come together to meet, network and learn from one another.

For examples of the types of networks these grants seek to support, please see those described in this Psychology Teacher Network (PTN) newsletter article, those described in this PTN newsletter article (PDF, 7.7MB) or those listed at this TOPSS website.

Grant funding can be used to support the following:

  • Mailings to teachers.
  • Food at workshop or conference.
  • Materials for workshop or conference.
  • Copying costs.
  • Honorarium for speaker(s) at workshop or conference.
  • Other costs associated with outreach to regional teachers or with holding a workshop or conference.
  • Other related costs.

Workshops may be held at a high school, but grantees may also want to consider contacting local colleges, universities or community colleges for potential workshop sites. The Education Directorate can assist grantees in announcing workshop opportunities to teachers within a state or region. Further information will be shared with grantees following funding approval.

Criteria for programs that bring together high school psychology teachers and students from several local or regional schools for a psychology fair, psychology bowl or other innovative opportunity:

These types of grants are intended to bring together teachers and students from at least three schools for an innovative opportunity that enhances the psychology learning experience for students. Proposals seeking funding to support a psychology bowl, psychology fair or other collaborative event for students are encouraged.

For examples of the types of events these grants seek to support, please see this APA Monitor article on science fairs, this Psychology Teacher Network article on a psychology fair (PDF, 2.68MB) and these Psychology Teacher Network articles on Psychology Bowls (page 13 and 15 (PDF, 520KB)).

Grant funding can be used to support the following:

  • Food at planned event.
  • Materials for planned event, including t-shirts.
  • Copying costs.
  • Honorarium for speaker(s).
  • Other related costs.

The Education Directorate can assist grantees in announcing programs as needed. Further information will be shared with grantees following funding approval.

APF will award $5,000 in grants in 2017. Grants will be awarded up to $1,000; the average value of grants awarded to date has been $500 per grant. These grants are made possible through the American Psychological Foundation, thanks to a generous gift from Lee Gurel, PhD.

How to Apply

All applicants must use the subject line of "Outreach Grant Application for [applicant’s name]" in emailed submissions.

Proposals should include:

  • A description of the proposed network or program and a rationale for how the network or program will enhance the teaching of high school psychology. Proposals for teacher networks must include a description of the planned workshop or conference.
  • A plan for outreach:
    1. Those applying to support a teacher network should include a description of how the applicant intends to contact teachers within his or her region or state.
    2. Those applying for a program for teachers and students should detail how many other schools and/or students will participate in the planned event, and how the applicant intends to contact the other participating schools.
  • A summary of the assessment plan (e.g., evaluation form) to evaluate the success of the workshop or network, with a copy of the assessment if available.
  • A budget outlining the expected costs associated with the network, workshop, conference and/or program.
  • Resume or vitae of applicant.

Deadline for submission is April 15, 2017.

Send proposals to:
Yvonne Hill
American Psychological Association
750 First St., NE
Washington, DC 20002-4242
Fax: (202) 336-5962

Past Recipients

2017 

  • Ryan Keefer, Collins Hill High School, Suwanee, GA
  • Jeffrey Kellogg with (Laurel Camp, Amanda Harmon, Bethany Neal-Beliveau, David Rusbasan, Brea-Anne Lauer, and Sarah Jenkins), Marian University School of Liberal Arts, Indianapolis, IN
  • Michael McLane, Sterling Heights High School, Sterling Heights, MI
  • Garth Neufeld, Cascadia College, Seattle, WA
  • Jennifer Schlicht, Olathe South High School, Olathe, KS
  • Steven Turner, Albermarle High School, Charlottsville, VA, (with Suzanne Baker and Krisztina Jakobsen)
  • Brad Wray, Arundel High School, Gambrills, MD 

2016

  • Melogy Barger, Parkway North High School, St. Louis, Missouri
  • Lara Bruner, Tempe Union High School District, Tempe Arizona and Maricopa County Community Colleges, Tempe, Arizona
  • Stephen Chew (with Amy Fineburg, Augustus Blake Harvard, Trudy Loop), Samford University, Birmingham, Alabama
  • Pamela Coburn, Davis High School, Kaysville, Utah
  • Jill Compher, Colleyville Heritage High School, Colleyville, Texas
  • Audrey C. Dill, Monmouth Regional High School, Tinton Falls, New Jersey
  • Mike Hamilton, Hopkinton High School, Hopkinton, Massachusetts
  • Jeffrey Kellogg (with Laurel Camp, Amanda Harmon, Bethany Neal-Beliveau, Kathryn Steinberg), Marian University School of Liberal Arts, Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Ryan Martin, University of Wisconsin, Green Bay, Wisconsin
  • John Mohl, Cheltenham High School, Wyncote, Pennsylvania, and Maria Vita, Penn Manor High School, Millersville, Pennsylvania
  • Peggy Ollerhead, Roland Park Country School, Baltimore. Maryland
  • Amy Ramponi, Kimberly High School, Kimberly, Wisconsin
  • Jennifer Schlicht, Olathe South High School, Olathe, Kansas
  • Linda Schuerman, Middleton High School, Middleton, Wisconsin
  • Jennifer Wilmetti, Rock Springs High School, Rock Springs, Wyoming