Pre-Convention Workshop for Psychology Teachers

APA Pre-Convention Workshop for Introductory Psychology Teachers

August 2, 2017

Washington, D.C.

Trinity Washington University
Payden 103, Payden Academic Center
8:45 a.m.-5 p.m.

APA Pre-Convention Workshop for Introductory Psychology Teachers

The APA Education Directorate is pleased to announce a pre-convention workshop for introductory psychology teachers, held with support from the American Psychological Foundation.

All interested high school and undergraduate introductory psychology teachers are invited to apply to attend; the workshop will be open to 50 teachers. The workshop will start promptly at 8:45 a.m.; breakfast will be available at 8 a.m. Lunch will be provided for all participants.

Workshop Topics

The workshop will focus on hard-to-teach topics in introductory psychology and enhancing the teaching of introductory psychology. Topics will include research methods, the history of psychology, the importance of introductory psychology as a primary learning opportunity, and teaching introductory psychology using themes, among others.


The workshop presenters will be Dana S. Dunn, PhD, of Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pa, Nancy Fenton of Adlai E. Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire, Ill., and Jessica Flitter of West Bend High School in West Bend, Wis. Speaker biographies are provided below.


The registration fee is $40 for any APA teacher affiliate (TOPSS or PT@CC member) or APA member, and $50 for all others. This fee includes breakfast, lunch and workshop materials. To register for the workshop, download and mail or fax the registration form (PDF, 32KB).

The registration deadline has been extended to July 25, 2017. Space is limited. Participants will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis, though 35 spots will be reserved for high school psychology teachers.

Presenter Biographies

Dana S. Dunn is a professor of psychology at Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pa. He earned his PhD in experimental social psychology from the University of Virginia and his BA in psychology from Carnegie Mellon University.  A fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA Divisions 1, 2, 8 and 22) and the Association for Psychological Science, Dunn is active in the Society for the Teaching of Psychology (APA Division 2) where he served as president in 2010. In 2013, Dunn received the American Psychological Foundation’s Charles L. Brewer Distinguished Teaching of Psychology Award and in 2015 he was the APA’s Harry Kirke Wolfe lecturer. He was recently elected to the APA’s Board of Educational Affairs (2017-19). Author of over 170 articles, chapters and book reviews, Dunn writes about the teaching issues and the social psychology of disability. He is author or editor of more than 30 books and writes a blog called “Head of the Class” for Psychology Today. Currently editor-in-chief of the Oxford Bibliographies (OB): Psychology, his recent books include The Psychology Major Companion: Everything You Need to Know to Get Where You Want to Go (with Jane Halonen) and Thematic Approaches for Teaching Introductory Psychology (with Bridgette Martin Hard).

Nancy Fenton is a social studies educator at Adlai E. Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire, Ill. She has an MA in psychology and a BA in history and secondary education. She was awarded the Excellence in Teaching Award in 2013 by the Teachers of Psychology in Secondary Schools (TOPSS) at the American Psychological Association. Fenton has been an AP psychology reader since 2008 and a table leader since 2017. She co-authored REA’s AP Psychology All Access review book, wrote questions for the iScore5app, and is the co-author of the educational blog BooksforPsychologyClass. She has written articles for the APA Psychology Teacher Network (PTN), including one on the Top 20 Principles from Psychology for PreK-12 Teaching and Learning. She is a consultant for the College Board responsible for conducting one-day and week-long training sessions for teachers of AP Psychology and has presented at the American Psychological Association’s APA/Clark University Workshop for high school psychology teachers. Fenton is passionate about psychology and sharing ideas for improving student understanding and engagement.

Jessica Flitter is a social studies educator at West Bend East High School in West Bend, Wis. She has a MA in education and a BA in psychology and broad field social studies.  She was awarded the Rolf's Education Foundation Teaching Award in 2016 and the APA TOPSS Charles T. Blair-Broeker Excellence in Teaching Award in 2015. Flitter has been an AP Psychology Reader since 2014 and a Table Leader since 2016.  She co-authored REA’s AP Psychology All Access review book and wrote questions for the iScore5app. She has been published in the APA Psychology Teacher Network (PTN) for a classroom review activity and the APA Monitor in articles on Brilliant Teaching and the APA’s new report on the Top 20 Principles from Psychology for PreK-12 Teaching and Learning.  Flitter has presented at regional conferences in the Wisconsin area.  She feels her greatest accomplishment as an educator is when she can help her students gain a passion for learning and feel empowered when they reach their goals and beyond.

Please contact Martha Boenau at (202) 336-6140 if you have any questions.