IN FEDERAL AGENCIES
Bilingual education. The Education Department published, in the April 30 Federal Register, a list of available fiscal 1985 discretionary grants and information on selection criteria and application deadlines for programs under Title VII of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. The deadline for applications is June 17. The programs are designed to meet the educational needs of children of limited English proficiency. Grants are available under the following programs: bilingual education; developmental bilingual education; special alternative instruction; family English literacy; special populations; development of instructional materials; and educational personnel training. Contact: Rudy Munis, Director, Division of National Programs, Office of Bilingual Education and Minority Languages Affairs, ed, Reporters Building, Room 421, 400 Maryland Ave., S.W., Washington, D.C. 20202; (202) 245-2595.
Chapter 1 audit. The Education Department announced, in the April 25 Federal Register, that it will give "grantbacks" to the Nebraska State Department of Education and the Tennessee State Department of Education. The Secretary will return 75 percent of the funds that were paid by each state after an audit had determined that certain local educational agencies had misused Title I funds. Comments must be received by May 28. Contact: Dr. A. Bruce Gaarder, Director, Division of Program Support Compensatory Education Programs, ed, Room 3616, ROB-3, 400 Maryland Ave., S.W., Washington, D.C. 20202; (202) 245-9846.
Federal regulations. The Education Department published, in the April 29 Federal Register, a "unified agenda of federal regulations" as required by the Office of Management and Budget. The published agenda is a list of regulations expected to be issued and currently effective regulations that are being reviewed. Contact: A. Neal Shedd, Director, Division of Regulations Mangement, Office of the General Counsel, ed, Room 2131, FOB-6, 400 Maryland Ave., S.W., Washington, D.C. 20202; (202) 245-7091.
Information-collection requests. The Education Department published, in the April 24 Federal Register, a proposed information-collection request that would be used by the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services. Comments must be received by May 24. Contact: Margaret B. Webster, ed, Room 4074, Switzer Building, 400 Maryland Ave., S.W., Washington, D.C. 20202; (202) 426-7304.
Information-collection requests. The Education Department published, in the April 30 Federal Register, proposed information-collection requests that would be used by the Office of Bilingual Education and Minority Languages Affairs, the Office of Postsecondary Education, and the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education. Comments must be received by May 30. Contact: Margaret B. Webster, ed, Room 4074, Switzer Building, 400 Maryland Ave., S.W., Washington, D.C. 20202; (202) 426-7304.
Rehabilitative services. The Education Department announced, in the April 30 Federal Register, that it is accepting applications for new fiscal 1985 rehabilitation long-term training projects in the field of rehabilitation counseling. Applications must be received by June 18. Contact: Martin W. Spickler, Ph.D., Director, Division of Resource Development, Rehabilitation Services Administration, ed, Room 3319, M/S 2312, 400 Maryland Ave., S.W., Washington, D.C. 20202; (202) 732-1352.
Rehabilitative Services. The Education Department published, in the April 24 Federal Register, final fiscal 1985 funding priorities for new projects under the Centers for Independent Living program authorized by the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. The priorities are Expanding Services to Additional Groups of Disabled Persons and Transition From School or Institution to Community Living or Employment. Contact: Harold F. Shay, Director, Special Projects, Rehabilitation Services Administration, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Serivices, 400 Maryland Ave., S.W., Washington, D.C. 20202; (202) 732-1325.
Special education. The Education Department published, in the April 30 Federal Register, final regulations for programs under Chapter 1 of the Education Consolidation and Improvement Act of 1981 (ecia) that provide financial assistance to state education agencies and state agencies meeting special educational needs. The regulations take effect either 45 days after publication in the Federal Register or later, if Congress takes certain adjournments. Contact: Dr. Bruce Gaarder, Director, Division of Program Support, Compensatory Education Programs, ed, ROB-3, Room 3624, Washington, D.C. 20202; (202) 245-9846.
Special education. The Education Department published, in the April 30 Federal Register, the final fiscal 1985 funding priority for evaluation of the Handicapped Special Studies Program under the Education of the Handicapped Act. The evaluation program, a cooperative agreement between the Secretary and state educational agencies, is entitled the State Educational Agency/Federal Evaluation Studies Projects. Applications must be received by June 17. Contact: Nancy Safer, Research Projects Branch, ed, Room 3511, M/S 2313, 400 Maryland Ave., S.W., Washington, D.C. 20202; (202) 732-1064.
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May 15--Arts Recognition and Talent Search: Registration deadline for 1985-86 high-school seniors to compete for cash awards, $3 million in scholarships, and the title of Presidential Scholar in the Arts. Applicants must have exceptional talent in dance, music, theater, visual arts, or writing. The winners will be chosen by the National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts, an organization working to further education and job opportunities for young artists and to promote nationwide interest in the arts. (Applicants who have left high school before finishing must be 17 or 18 years old as of Dec. 1, 1985.) For registration forms, write Arts Recognition and Talent Search, P.O. Box 2876, Princeton, N.J. 08541, or call (609) 734-1090.
May 15--Humanities: Applications from teachers of grades 4 through 6 who want to participate in an institute on integrating the humanities into the elementary-school curriculum. The conference, funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, will be held July 8 through Aug. 3 at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth. Participants will receive a stipend of $800 in addition to room and travel costs. For applications and information, contact Bill Vanderhof, Box 32925, Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, Tex. 76129; (817) 921-7660.
May 20--Call for performing groups: Applications and tape recordings from the conductors of musical performing groups that want to perform at the Music Educators National Conference on April 9-12, 1986, in Anaheim, Calif. Groups from elementary and secondary schools will be considered, as long as the actual missed classroom time is not more than two complete school days. For an application form, write Harriet Mogge, m.e.n.c., 1902 Association Dr., Reston, Va. 22091.
May 21--Call for papers on educational leadership: Proposals for papers to be presented at an educational leadership conference on Nov. 7-9 at the University of Pennsylvania, which sponsors the annual event. The theme to be discussed is "The New Curricula: The Promise of and Problems With Academic Rigor." Suggested topics are standardized curricula, curriculum alignment, performance-based promotion, curriculum-referenced testing, graduation requirements, and a curricular emphasis on science and the humanities. Send abstracts and proposals to: Harris Sokoloff, Conference Chairman, Graduate School of Education, University of Pennsylvania, 3700 Walnut St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19104; (215) 898-7371.
May 31--Call for papers on computers in the classroom: Articles written by practicing teachers for their colleagues on all aspects of computer instruction from kindergarten through grade 12 will be considered for inclusion in a publication, Computers in the Classroom, to be published by The Northeast Regional Exchange with funds from the National Institute in Education. For details on submitting papers, write Larry Vaughan, Northeast Regional Exchange Inc., 34 Littleton Rd., Chelmsford, Mass. 01824.
June 1--Award competition for education policymakers: Nominations from members in good standing of the National Association of State Boards of Education of men or women for a new award that will honor a person "whose past or current education policymaking achievements are of outstanding benefit to the quality of American education and the shaping of its future." (The nominees need not be members of nasbe.) The nasbe Outstanding Policymaker of the Year Award will be presented at the organization's annual fall conference. For eligibility criteria and an application form, write nasbe, 701 North Fairfax St., Suite 340, Alexandria, Va. 22314; (703) 684-4000.
June 15--Call for papers on teacher education: Proposals for papers and presentations for the annual meeting of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, which will be held Feb. 26-March 1, 1986, in Chicago. In keeping with the theme of the meeting, "The Challenge of Change with Conviction, Confidence, and Courage," the proposals must address the "challenge of change" in one or more of the following areas: enhancing the status of the profession; expanding political interventions; improving programs and processes; and attracting and keeping good teachers. For more information and a proposal cover sheet, contact: 1986 Annual Meeting, aacte, One Dupont Circle, Suite 610, Washington, D.C. 20036; (202) 293-2450.
June 15--Fulbright scholar awards: Applications for certain 1986-87 Fulbright scholar awards: Australia, New Zealand, Papua, New Guinea, Figi, India, Latin America, and the Caribbean. The larger grant program includes 300 grants for research and 700 grants for university lecturing for periods ranging from three months to a full academic year. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and have a Ph.D. or comparable professional qualifications, university or college teaching experience, and, for placement in certain countries, proficiency in a foreign language. Contact: Council for International Exchange of Scholars, 11 Dupont Circle, Washington, D.C. 20036-1257; (202) 939-5401.
June 30--Literacy-award nominations: Nominations are being sought for the 1985 International Reading Association Literacy Award, which honors outstanding work toward combating illiteracy among school dropouts, other out-of-school youths, and adults. Individuals, organizations, or institutions may be nominated. For further information or to submit nominations, write Paul J. Mhaiki, Director, Division of Literacy, Adult Education and Rural Development, unesco, 7 place de Fontenoy, 75700 Paris, France.
October 1--Minority students and journalism: Proposals from schools of journalism for grants to conduct summer workshops during 1986 for minority high-school students in urban areas. The Dow Jones Newspaper Fund awards grants annually for summer programs designed to encourage and prepare minority secondary students for newspaper careers. Local newspapers act as co-sponsors of the programs. Twenty-seven workshops will be offered for the students in certain states--Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, Delaware, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, Ohio, Oklahoma, and Virginia--and in certain cities--Arlington, Tex.; Austin, Tex.; Bakersfield, Calif.; Boston; Chicago; Los Angeles; Miami; New York City; Pensacola, Fla.; San Antonio; San Diego; Tallahassee, Fla.; and Washington. Contact: The Newspaper Fund, P.O. Box 300, Princeton, N.J. 08540.
Nov. 1--Call for papers on women's career issues: A call for papers for the spring 1986 issue of Educational Horizons, which will emphasize "transitions" in the lives of professional women: career change, career counseling, early retirement, and "options and alternatives." Pi Lambda Theta, the national honor and professional association, publishes the journal. For more information, contact: Christine Swanson, Editor, Educational Horizons, 4101 East 3rd St., Bloomington, Ind. 47401; (812) 399-3411. (Final manuscripts are due on Feb. 1.)
Nov. 30--Essay contest for high-school students: Essays on "What a Class Ring Means to Me" may be submitted by high-school students who want to compete in a scholarship contest sponsored by ArtCarved Class Rings Inc. For guidelines, write or call ArtCarved Class Rings, Essay Contest Information, 450 West 33rd St., New York, N.Y. 10001; (212) 736-3010.