20 Of Our Top Back-To-School Psychology Resources for Teachers and Parents

It’s back to school time! With a fresh new school year ahead, we thought this would be a great opportunity to present some of our best resources for teachers and parents. From helping your child with their back to school stress to free lesson plans for high school psychology teachers, we have got you covered!

For Parents and Teachers Looking to Ease the Transition of a New School Year




Does Your Child Seem Stressed To Be Back At School? Fear Not.
It is normal for some students to experience back-to-school stress. Many challenges come with the start of a new school year. This article is geared toward the typical stressors of starting or returning to school.

10 Ways Schools and Parents Can Help Students With ADHD
This article provides 10 ways schools and parents can help students with ADHD and encourages teachers and parents to work together to help students with ADHD face multiple social and academic challenges throughout their school years.

Motivating the Unmotivated Student
This article uses the Self-Determination Theory to discuss why students may be unmotivated, how to approach the situation and why pressure and control don’t work.

6 Things Parents Can Do to Boost Resilience In Kids
This article covers 6 vital things you can do to boost resilience in your kids using the APA Public Interest’s Resilience Booster: Parent Tip Tool.


For Teachers Seeking Resources on How to Best Support Themselves and their Students




The Truth About Teacher Burnout: It’s Work Induced Depression
This article discusses what it means to be burnt-out, the true nature of burnout and strategies in properly addressing educator burnout.

Applications of Psychological Science to Teaching and Learning
These 10 modules show how psychological and educational sciences can be applied to practical instructional problems and needs. Topics include: practice for knowledge acquisition, brain functioning and learning, bullying, classroom management, “How do my students think?”, overcoming misconceptions, autonomous learners, using praise, student-teacher relationships and classroom data.

5 Ways To Make Learning More Meaningful To Students
To be an effective teacher, it’s important not to focus too much on getting the lesson across without addressing the ‘why’. In this article, the author discusses five points to help you infuse meaning to your lessons.

Fostering A Growth Mindset Through Culturally Responsive Teaching
This article reviews the idea of growth mindset, discusses some of its downfalls and sheds light on how culturally responsive teaching can empower students to bring their culture and their capabilities into everything that they do.

The Infrastructure Of Trauma-Informed Schools Requires A Human Scaffold
All adults in a school, including teachers, play a role in creating strong and supportive relationships with students and speaks about the challenges of answering the call. This article reviews the challenges of dealing with trauma.

Psychology And Trauma In Schools: How Can Teachers Help?
As school shootings and gun violence have captured the attention of many, there’s a more significant problem lurking in the classroom. It’s the student chronically exposed to trauma, and it’s often masked by stigma and shame. This article reviews how teachers can help in the face of trauma.

Creativity in the Classroom
Learn how to use creativity in your classroom using this series of videos. In each module, watch interviews with renowned scholars in the field to see practice-based strategies to help you employ creativity every day and enhance academic outcomes.

Cultivating Student Learning Accountability
In this article, the author shares what teachers can do to cultivate accountability and to help students feel accountable and connected to their learning.


For High School Psychology Teachers Looking for Great Resources to Use in their Classroom




Teaching Psychology: Where Can I Find Help?
This resource provides the novice or veteran psychology teacher with a quick reference for needs and questions that arise while preparing to teach a course in psychology.

TOPSS — Unit Lesson Plans
Explore unit lesson plans with three- to seven-day units that include a procedural timeline, a content outline, suggested resources and activities and references for high school psychology teachers.

TOPSS High School Psychology Course Template Available in Canvas
This course template, available in Canvas, provides teachers with resources, videos and test banks to use in class. The template, developed for teachers by teachers, is meant to be customized.

Professional Development for High School Psychology Teachers
This list provides professional development opportunities for high school psychology teachers at the local, regional, state, and national levels. Contacts for each group or conference are included.

Resource Vetting Rubric For High School Psychology Teachers
This document assures quality control for classroom resources, such as demonstrations, activities, and/ or presentations. This document should be used when vetting resources for use in your classroom.

Building, Guiding, And Sustaining Regional Networks For High School Psychology Teachers
This post is an aide to help psychology teachers develop and sustain regional networks that are accessible and cost-effective, yet still provide quality professional development opportunities for instructors of psychology.

Assessment Guide for Psychology Teachers
This guide was developed by the Working Group on Assessing Student Knowledge and Skills in  Psychology, it was specifically written for high school psychology teachers, but its content may be useful to all psychology teachers (K-12, undergraduate, and graduate) as well as to teachers from other disciplines.

20 Psychological Principles That Will Help Your Students (or Children) Learn More Effectively
This article reviews the Center for Psychology in Schools and Education’s Top 20 Principles its potential applications for their use in teaching high school psychology.


About the Author

Amanda Macchi, MPH
Amanda's passion for advancing the conversation around mental health coupled with her background in marketing has made for an exciting career at the American Psychological Association. She received her undergraduate degree in Marketing from Emerson College and her graduate degree in Public Health Communications from the George Washington University's Milken School of Public Health here in Washington, DC. In her free time, Amanda loves hiking, pyrography, collecting mid-century modern furniture and spending time with her dog, Becky.