APA Teachers of Psychology in Secondary Schools
Teaching Resources on Skills
Three sets of materials are provided for teachers and students, on metacognitive, transferable, and well-being skills
The voice of high school psychology teachers within the APA, TOPSS promotes excellence in the teaching of psychological science at the high school level.
Unit lesson plans
Five- to seven-day units that include a procedural timeline, content outline, suggested resources, activities and references.
Teaching Psychology: Where Can I Find Help?
This resource provides the psychology teacher with a quick reference for needs and questions that arise while preparing to teach a course.
For new teachers
Resource manual to help new high school psychology teachers get started, plan lessons and activities, and more.
Use these recorded conference sessions in your classroom or to expand your own knowledge.
Resource Vetting Rubric (PDF, 48KB)
The document should be used when vetting resources to use in the high school psychology classroom.
Learn About TOPSS
Become a high school teacher affiliate and enjoy many great benefits.
Professional development conferences, workshops and regional networks for psychology teachers
A listing of national and regional groups or conferences (workshops) for high school psychology teachers.
Join the mailing list to receive periodic news and updates.
Online Psychology Laboratory
Offers students opportunities to participate in studies and engage in data analysis
2018 TOPSS Committee Election
In the 2018 TOPSS Committee election, TOPSS members will have the opportunity to elect two new members to the APA TOPSS Committee.
Assessment Guide for Psychology Teachers (PDF, 617KB)
This new guide was developed to help teachers continue to build confidence in their assessment skills.
Careers, Education and Vocational Applications in Psychology (PDF, 290KB)
Newly released three-unit teaching module for high school psychology teachers.
For Your Students
Academic Achievement in Psychology Students: Certificate winners for 2017.
TOPSS Competition for High School Psychology Students
Annual competition for students currently enrolled or have been previously enrolled in a psychology course.