Society for the Teaching of Psychology
Division 2 of the American Psychological Association

Mary Margaret Moffett Memorial Teaching Excellence Award

Eligibility Criteria

The Mary Margaret Moffett Memorial Teaching Award recognizes excellence in scientific psychological instruction for teachers at the high school level. Applicants must be currently teaching at the high school level. Applicants must be members of STP and may joint STP at any time.

Award Criteria

The May Margaret Moffett Memorial Teaching Award is based on the following four criteria: (1) effective and innovative teaching, (2) stimulation of student interest in psychology, (3) evidence showing use of the American Psychological Association's National Standards for High School Psychology Curricula, and (4) professional development. Each criterion is accompanied below with suggestions for supporting evidence. Applicants must submit supporting materials in each category but will not be expected to have achieved recognition in all four criteria.

1.     Effective and innovative teaching of scientific psychology
a)    Design original instructional materials
b)    Demonstrate a variety of teaching techniques
c)     Examples of innovative syllabi
d)    Demonstrate a variety of teaching techniques
e)    Examples of innovative syllabi
f)     Examples of innovative student assignments or projects
g)    Use of effective evaluation methods
2.     Stimulation of student interest in psychology
a)    Development of classroom, department, school, or community programs for stimulation of interest in psychology. Such programs may include, but are not limited to: psychology fairs, psychology bowls, research projects, classroom presentations, Psychology Awareness Week, service learning projects, or psychology clubs
b)    Stimulate student interest in studying psychology at the next level of education
3.     Evidence showing use of National Standards for High School Psychology Curricula
a)    In the materials supporting “Effective and Innovative Teaching of Scientific Psychology” (Criterion #1 above), applicants must clearly demonstrate how their materials reflect the use of the American Psychological Association's National Standards for High School Psychology Curricula
4.     Professional Development
a)    Participate in professional development that demonstrates growth as a teacher
b)    Engage in activities that reflect currency in the field 

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