This annual award showcases schools that apply psychological science to promote student academic and social-emotional growth and success.

Deadline: November 1, 2017
Sponsor: APA’s Board of Educational Affairs

The BEA Golden Psi Award recognizes schools that use evidence-based practices to:

  • Affect student academic engagement and development.
  • Affect student social-emotional engagement and development.

Today’s students require schools that adapt flexibly to the needs of specific individuals while ensuring high standards for all students. Psychological science provides an extensive evidence base from which to draw best practices that match the needs of their unique contexts. Fostering a supportive school climate, engaging in formative assessment for curricular planning, and appropriate use of differentiated instruction are some examples of how psychological science is applied in the school setting. Measuring the impact of practices aimed at improving student outcomes is also an important application of psychological science.

BEA’s Golden Psi Award recognizes schools that show how they effectively promote student academic and social-emotional learning and development. The award will recognize schools that demonstrate their commitment to evaluating the impact of their efforts promoting student outcomes.

Winning schools will receive:

  • $1,000.
  • A plaque/trophy award.
  • Local media highlights/press release.
  • Recognition at the APA Annual Convention, in the Monitor on Psychology magazine and on APA’s website.

All publicly or privately funded schools that teach any combination of grades between Pre-K and 12 are eligible to apply.

To apply, complete and submit the online application.

For additional information, please visit the BEA Golden Psi Award website or contact Maha Khalid, Assistant Director of APA’s Center for Psychology in Schools and Education, at or (202) 336-5977.