A professional development experience for high school teachers of psychology.

2017 APA/Clark University workshop participants and presenters. 

2017 APA/Clark University workshop participants and presenters.

June 27-29, 2018, Worcester, Mass.

The APA/Clark University Workshop for High School Teachers has become one of the most sought-after professional development experiences available to high school psychology teachers. The workshop gives attendees an opportunity to share peer-to-peer creative ideas and learn new concepts to further enhance teaching skills.

Held each summer since 2005 at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts, the workshop brings together 25 high school psychology teachers to:

  • Learn from master teachers.
  • Listen to faculty research presentations and keynote addresses.
  • Tour the Clark psychology laboratories and campus archives.
  • Network with one another.

The 2018 workshop presenters will include Jessica Flitter, of West Bend High School (West Bend, Wisconsin), and Scott Reed, of Hamilton High School (Chandler, Arizona). Regan Gurung, PhD, of the University of Wisconsin, Green Bay will give the keynote address entitled “To Boldly Go (Beyond Content): Teaching High School Psychology, Skills, and Learning.” Faculty presenters from the Clark University psychology department will be announced by the spring.

This workshop is sponsored by the American Psychological Foundation, Clark University and APA, with generous support from Lee Gurel, PhD.

Please contact Yvonne Hill by email or at (202) 336-6076 if you have any questions.

Call for Applications

The APA Education Directorate, APA Teachers of Psychology in Secondary Schools (TOPSS), American Psychological Foundation and Clark University are pleased to announce the 14th annual APA/Clark University Workshop for High School Teachers, to be held June 27-29, 2018, at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts.

All interested high school psychology teachers are invited to apply; the workshop will be open to 25 teachers. 

Apply Online

The deadline to apply is April 15, 2018. Participants will be selected by approximately May 1.

Housing in the Clark campus dorms and materials will be provided for all participants. There is no registration fee.

Participants will receive travel stipends of $150. For teachers in need of extra travel support, a limited number of travel scholarships of $250-$500 will be available as funding allows. Teachers with far distances to travel and/or need for additional travel support are encouraged to apply for these scholarships. Please indicate your need for scholarship funding in your application and provide an estimated budget of travel expenses. The maximum amount of financial aid any one participant will receive is $500. 

About the Workshop

The idea for the workshop grew out of the vision and generosity of Lee Gurel, PhD, a long-time APA member and Clark University alumnus. As mentioned on the Clark University website, Gurel “believes not only in the importance of education in helping students achieve their goals, but also in the influence and inspiration teachers can have on their students. Those convictions — combined with Gurel's belief that psychology has essential value in so many forms to offer humanity — are at the heart of the [workshop].”

Clark University was the birthplace of APA in 1892 and this workshop one of many outstanding contributions Clark has made to psychology. More information about the psychology department, along with a sample program of the workshop, is available on the Clark University psychology department website.


See how participants at previous workshops describe their experiences.

  • “This was the single greatest professional development and networking opportunity I’ve ever encountered.”
  • “The best three days of professional development you will ever have!”
  • “The three day workshop was an excellent balance of theory and practice. It has me very excited for the upcoming school year. I am looking forward to applying new material and approaches I have learned.”
  • “The APA/Clark Workshop is one of the best workshops for high school teachers to attend.”
  • “The most valuable, informative, innovative, and inspirational workshop a teacher could attend.”
  • “This conference is a must for any psychology teacher looking to find new ideas for classroom use, check in on current research, and expand your professional network.”
  • “Besides sharing ideas with other teachers, we were inspired to be better teachers.”
  • “The APA Clark Workshop is a well-planned, engaging and interesting use of a teacher’s valuable time in the summer. You will leave with countless activities to use in your class and a great network of contacts which are invaluable.”