UTOPSS is a grassroots organization affiliated with the American Psychological Association’s Teachers of Psychology in Secondary Schools (TOPSS). In a unique partnership, Westminster College and UTOPSS collaborate to improve the teaching of scientific psychology at the high school level by hosting the UTOPSS Fall Conference for High School Psychology Teachers. This conference provides opportunities for teachers to learn new content, obtain new teaching resources, and build professional networks.
Improve your students’ ability to retrieve what they learned with a collection of active, engaging review activities for psychology and AP psychology. From breakout boxes to test corrections, participate and share your ideas for helping students remember what they’ve learned.
About the Presenter
Michael Berndt taught psychology and AP psychology for 24 years at Apollo High School in St. Cloud, Minnesota. He also taught as an adjunct instructor in the Deparmtent of Education at the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University. Michael attended the AP Psychology Reading since 2006 and has served as a reader, table leader, question leader, and exam leader.
Michael is also the founder and organizer of a regional network of psychology teachers called Minnesota Teachers of Psychology in Secondary Schools (MNTOPSS). In 2017, Michael participated in the APA Summit on High School Psychology Education in Ogden, Utah. In 2019, he served as a master teacher at the APA and APF Oregon State University Psychological Science Workshop in Corvallis, Oregon. From 2018–21, Michael advised on the course description and exam construction process for AP psychology as a member of the AP Psychology Development Committee.
Dr. Russell T. Warne
Our understanding of intelligence stems from media and popular culture, but how much of it is true? Come and learn more about common incorrect beliefs about intelligence and IQ.
About the Presenter
Dr. Russell T. Warne is an associate professor of psychology at Utah Valley University. He earned his PhD in educational psychology from Texas A&M University in 2011. He is the author of In the Know: Debunking 35 Myths About Human Intelligence, a book about intelligence written for the public. He also published over 60 scholarly articles and a statistics textbook, Statistics for the Social Sciences: A General Linear Model Approach, currently in its second edition. Dr. Warne is a veteran of 2 high school psychology classes (including AP psychology) at Bingham High School.
Learn from Scott Waters, school technology specialist for the Davis County School District, as he shows you the tools and tricks teachers like and regularly utilize.
About the Presenter
Scott Waters has been working as a school technology specialist since 2014. During that time, he worked for multiple elementary schools, junior high, and high schools throughout Weber and Davis counties. He currently works at Davis High School. Scott is a former nominee for the Best of Davis Award. He was a presenter at the Davis School District R&R Conference, and is always looking for ways to help teachers improve their technology practices.Scott enjoys playing basketball, running, listening to music, and working on his fantasy football in his free time.
Learn about cool and interactive ideas for your psychology classes and ways to implement them tomorrow.
About the Presenter
Alan Feldman is a teacher of AP psychology at Glen Rock High School in Glen Rock, New Jersey. Since 1993, Alan taught dozens of 1-day, weekly, and month-long AP psychology workshops for the College Board. He also instructed and co-instructed psychology workshops at the University of Northern Kentucky, Fordham, Stanford, Texas A&M, Rutgers, and others.
Currently, Alan is an adjunct professor at Bergen Community County College. Since the inception of the AP exam in 1992, he has been an AP reader a table leader since 2003. He authored over 50 articles on teaching psychology and wrote the AP psychology teachers’ course perspective for AP Central for Education Professionals. Alan is a former member of the AP psychology test development committee (2001–05) and a recipient of the 1994 Moffet Teaching Award for high school psychology, the 2003 Princeton University Distinguished Secondary Teaching Award, and the 2015 APA TOPSS Charles T. Blair-Broeker Excellence in Teaching Award.
Michael has a graduate degree in psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University. His hobbies are table tennis, biking, reading, and collecting psychology books, toys, videotapes, and DVDs.
Participant Idea Share
A portion of the UTOPSS Conference focuses on sharing your ideas for teaching concepts, managing classes, updating technological prowess, or other tidbits that can help improve teaching methods and students' learning.
To participate, contact Emily Checketts by October 22, 2021 and, provide:
- The title or subject of your presentation
- An electronic copy of any handouts (alternatively, you can bring 70, 3-hole punched copies to the conference, but you still must contact Emily by October 22)
- AP Psychology: Megan Crouch (Syracuse High School) and Erik Bayles (Pleasant Grove High School)
- Introductory Psychology: Annette Nielsen (Woods Cross High School) and Kristin Whitlock (Davis High School)
- Sports Psychology: Shannon Guymon (Northridge High School)
Registration is $50 until Friday, October 29, 2021, and includes materials, continental breakfast, lunch, and a certificate of completion. After October 29, registration will increase to $60. You must register online in advance. Online registration allows for check or credit card payment and there are no registration refunds.
If your district requires you to pay your registration fee with a check, make the check payable to Westminster College and either bring it with you to the conference with a copy of your registration email confirmation or mail it by October 29, 2021, to:
Davis High School
325 S. Main Street
Kaysville, Utah 84037
Contact Kristin Whitlock with registration questions.
You will receive a visitor parking pass by email after registration. Print the pass and leave it on your dashboard. The pass is valid for any campus lot and only on the days of the conference. Due to construction along 1300 E, access campus from 1700 S and park in the structure west of the Jewett Center for the Performing Arts or in the structure under Dumke Field. Both structures are accessible, and the entrances are on 1200 E, off 1700 S.
If it's time to join or renew your TOPSS membership, you can do so for $50. There are many benefits included with a membership.
- Westminster College; Department of Psychology
- Teachers of Psychology in Secondary Schools (TOPSS)
- University of Utah; Department of Psychology