BEA Golden Psi Award

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

Sponsor: 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 community 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 a key 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.

Committee Members

The following members serve on the award selection committee:

  • Chair: Tammy Hughes, PhD, Duquesne University
  • Amy Fineburg, PhD, Oak Mountain High School
  • Kurt Geisinger, PhD, University of Nebraska
  • Glenn Good, PhD, University of Florida
  • Sandra Graham, PhD, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Gary Troia, PhD, Michigan State University
  • Rena Subotnik
  • Maie Lee

Find staff biographies and contact information.


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

The timeline for 2015 award application, notification and presentation is as follows:

  • Call for applications: June 2014.

  • Reminder call for applications: September 2014.

  • Application due: Nov. 1, 2014.

  • Award notification: Feb. 1, 2015.

  • Award presented onsite: May 2015.

  • Award highlighted at the APA Annual Convention: August 2015.

How to Apply

To apply, complete and submit the online application.

Note: To preview the questions, download the application (PDF, 152KB).

Past Recipients

Stanton Middle School, Wilmington, Delaware 

Read APA's press release, "Stanton Middle School Wins Golden Psi Award."


Clover Avenue Elementary School, Los Angeles

Read APA's press release, "Clover Avenue Elementary School Wins First Golden Psi Award."