The following list provides professional development opportunities for high school psychology teachers at the local, regional, state, and national levels. Contacts for each group or conference are included. Please note that any group using a “TOPSS” name is not formally affiliated with APA; APA provides a separate site for information on regional teaching networks for teachers. This listing was developed by the APA Summit on High School Psychology Education Working Group on Professional Development.

If you have a group you would like to add to this page, please contact TOPSS.

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Alabama

  • Alabama Teachers of Psychology (AlaTOP)
    Contacts: Matt Ferguson (Mountain Brook, Ala.), Christie Morman (Homewood, Ala.)
    Meeting: Varies

  • Psychology Day at the Hoover Library
    Contact: Stephen Chew (Birmingham, Ala.)
    Meeting: TBD

Arizona

  • Arizona Psychology Teachers
    There is a Google group to communicate with members.
    Contact: Scott Reed (Phoenix, Ariz.) 
    Meeting: Typically meets in April

California

  • Northern California Teachers of Psychology in Secondary Schools (NORCALTOPSS)
    Contact: Chuck Schallhorn 
    Meeting: Typically meets in August.

  • Southern California Teachers of Psychology in Secondary Schools (SCATOPSS)
    Contact: Jaclyn Parslow (Southern California)
    Meeting: September 2017

  • San Diego Zoo’s Summer Teacher Institutes
    Contact: San Diego Zoo 
    Meeting: Typically meets June – August 

  • Exploratorium Teacher Institutes
    Contact: Teacher Institutes 
    Meeting: Typically meets in July

Colorado

  • Mountain States Conference on the Teaching of Psychology
    Contact: Brian Burke
    Meeting: Varies

Delaware

  • Professional Learning Network in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania
    Contact: Sean Tischler (Wilmington, Del.)

Florida

  • Duval County AP Psychology Professional Learning Community
    Contact: Mary Krieger (Jacksonville, Fla.)
    Meeting: Varies

  • National Institute on the Teaching of Psychology (NITOP)
    Contact: Joanne Fetzner
    Meeting: Typically meets in January

Georgia

  • Southeastern Conference on the Teaching of Psychology (SETOP)
    Contact: Tom Pusateri
    Meeting: Typically meets in February

  • Atlanta Teachers of Psychology in Secondary Schools (ATOPSS)
    Contact: Ryan Keefer
    Meeting: October 2017

Illinois

  • Midwestern Psychological Association Annual Meeting (MPA)
    Meeting: Typically meets in April

  • Chicagoland AP Consortium Reflection and Renewal Conference
    Contact: Charlie Hart and Karla Guyton
    Meeting: Typically meets in May
  • Chicago Teachers of Psychology in Secondary Schools (CHITOPSS)
    Contact: Nancy Fenton (Lincolnshire, Ill.)
    Meeting: Varies

  • Midwest Institute for Students and Teachers of Psychology (MISTOP)
    Participants include community college and undergraduate faculty.
    Contact: Ada Wainwright 
    Meeting: Varies

Indiana

  • Indiana Education Conference for High School and Collegiate Psychology Students and Instructors (ISTOPS)
    Contact: Jeffrey Kellogg and Amanda Harmon
    Meeting: Typically meets in September

Iowa

  • Iowa Teachers of Psychology (IToP)
    Contact: Charlie Blair-Broeker
    Meeting: Typically meets in November

Kansas

  • Kansas City Teachers of Psychology in Secondary Schools (KCTOPSS)
    Contact: Jennifer Schlicht (Olathe, Kan.)
    Meeting: Typcially meets in November 

Maryland

  • Mid-Atlantic Teachers of Psychology (MATOP)
    Participants include community college and undergraduate faculty.
    Contact: Diane Finley (Largo, Md.) 
    Meeting: Held annually in the fall.

  • Professional Learning Network in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania
    Contact: Sean Tischler (Wilmington, Del.)
    Meeting: Varies

Massachusetts

  • New England Teachers of Psychology (NETOP)
    Contact: Michael Hamilton (Hopkinton, Mass.)
    Meeting: Held annually in August.

  • Massachusetts Teachers of Psychology in Secondary Schools (MASSTOPSS)
    Contact: Erin Shaughnessy-Zeena
    Meeting: Varies

Michigan

  • Michigan Psychology Teachers Network (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor)
    Contact: MI Psych Teachers; Michael McLane (Sterling Heights, Mich.)
    Meeting: Typically meets in May

Minnesota

  • Minnesota Teachers of Psychology in Secondary Schools (MNTOPSS)
    Contact: Mike Berndt (Sartell, Minn.)
    Meeting: Held annually in May.

Missouri

  • St. Louis Teachers of Psychology in Secondary Schools (STLTOPSS)
    Contact: Jennifer Flores and Melody Barger
    Meeting: Typically meets twice per school year.

New Jersey

  • New Jersey Psychology Teachers of Psychology in Secondary Schools (NJTOPSS)
    Contact: Audrey Coppleton Dill (Tinton Falls, N.J.)
    Meeting: To be determined.
  • Professional Learning Network in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania
    Contact: Sean Tischler (Wilmington, Del.)
    Meeting: Varies

New Mexico

  • Mountain States Conference on the Teaching of Psychology
    Contact: Brian Burke
    Meeting: Varies

New York

  • Suburban NY Psychology network (SuNYPsy)
    Contact: Doug Weisman (Eastchester, N.Y.)
    Meeting: Varies

  • Annual Conference on the Teaching of Psychology: Ideas and Innovations
    Contact: Marya Howell-Carter
    Meeting: Typically meets in April

Ohio

  • A network for Northwest Ohio high school psychology teachers (NOhSpin)
    Contact: Susan B. L. Hany (Oak Harbor, Ohio)
    Meeting: Varies

Oklahoma

  • Oklahoma Network for the Teaching of Psychology (ONTOP)
    Participants include community college and undergraduate faculty.
    Contact: Shelia Kennison (Stillwater, Okla.)
    Meeting: Varies

Pennsylvania

  • Greater Philadelphia Teachers of Psychology in Secondary Schools (Phi-TOPSS)
    Contact: Maria Vita (Millersville, Pa.); John Mohl (Wyncote, Pa.)
  • Professional Learning Network in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania
    Contact: Sean Tischler (Wilmington, Del.)
    Meeting: Varies

Rhode Island

  • Statewide network of high school psychology teachers in Rhode Island
    Contact: Ronald Shapiro, PhD (Providence, R.I.)  
    Meeting: Fall

Tennessee

Texas

  • Texas Teachers of Psychology (TXTOP)
    Contact: Jill Compher (Fort Worth, Texas)
    Meeting: Varies

Utah

  • Utah Teachers of Psychology in Secondary Schools (UTOPSS)
    Contact: Kristin H. Whitlock (Bountiful, Utah)
    Meeting: Fall

Virginia

  • Virginia Teachers of Psychology in Secondary Schools (VATOPSS)
    Contact: Steven Turner (Charlottesville, Va.)
    Meeting: Spring

  • Local network of psychology teachers in Virginia Beach, Va.
    Contact: Jackie Mowery (Virginia Beach, Va.)
    Meeting: Varies

  • Eastern Conference on the Teaching of Psychology
    Contact: Jessica Irons
    Meeting: Typically meets in June

  • Mid-Atlantic Teaching of Psychology Conference
    Contact: Diane Finley
    Meeting: Typically meets in October

Washington State

  • TIP Northwest
    Participants include teachers of introductory psychology at the college, high school and university levels.
    Contact: Garth Neufeld
    Meeting: Spring

Wisconsin

  • Milwaukee Area Teachers of Psychology (MATOP)
    Contact: Kent Korek (Germantown, Wis.)
    Meetings: April/May and October/November

  • Madison Area Teachers of Psychology in Secondary Schools (MADTOPSS)
    Contact: Linda Schuerman (Middleton, Wis.)
    Meeting: Typcially meets in May
  • The Excellence in Psychology Instruction Conference (EPIC)
    Contact: Ryan Martin (Greenbay, Wis.)
    Meeting: October

  • Chippewa Valley TOPSS
    Contact: Virginia Welle
    Meeting: TBA

Developing Groups

  • Mississippi
    Contact: Brett Mayfield
    Meeting: TBD

  • Louisiana
    Contact: Chuck Greiner
    Meeting: TBD

Virtual Groups for Psychology Teachers

  • Virtual Teachers of Psychology
    Contact: Lindsey Sublett

National Teaching/Psychology Conferences

  • APA Convention
    Contact: Convention Office
    Meeting: July/August

  • Association for Psychological Science Convention
    Contact: 202-293-9300
    Meeting: May

  • College Board Advanced Placement Summer Institutes
    Contact: College Board
    Meeting: Multiple workshops June – August

  • Library of Congress Summer Teacher Institutes
    Contact: Summer Teaching Institutes
    Meeting: Multiple workshops June – August

  • APA Clark University Workshop for High School Teachers
    Contact: Yvonne Hill
    Meeting: Summer

  • Advanced Placement (AP) Annual Conference
    Contact: College Board
    Meeting: July

  • STP Annual Conference on Teaching
    Contact: Jordan Triosi
    Meeting: October

  • National Council for the Social Studies(NCSS) Annual Conference
    Contact: Daria Schaffeld
    Meeting: November or December

  • National Institute on the Teaching of Psychology (NITOP)
    Contact: Joanne Fetzner
    Meeting: Typically meets in January

  • Psychology One Conference
    Contact: Psych One
    Meeting: Summer

Regional Psychological Associations

  • New England Psychological Association (NEPA)
    Held in conjunction with the Northeast Conference for Teachers of Psychology (NECTOP)
    Contact: NEPA
    Meeting: October

  • Eastern Psychological Association (EPA)
    Contact: EPA
    Meeting: March

  • Southeastern Psychological Association (SEPA)
    Held in conjunction with the SETOP conference as of 2017
    Contact: SEPA
    Meeting: March

  • Southwestern Psychological Association (SWPA)
    Contact: SWPA
    Meeting: April

  • Rocky Mountain Psychological Association (RMPA)
    Held in conjunction with a teaching pre-conference
    Contact: RMPA
    Meeting: April

  • Midwestern Psychological Association (MPA), Chicago, Ill
    Has an STP teaching strand or series of programs
    Contact: MPA
    Meeting: April

  • Western Psychological Association (WPA)
    Held in conjunction with the Terman Teaching conference
    Contact: WPA
    Meeting: April