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March 1-June 1--Principals: Applications are due for the 1993 Vanderbilt International Institute for Principals, sponsored by the Center for Advanced Study of Educational Leadership at Vanderbilt University, for elementary and secondary school principals from the United States, Canada, and abroad, to be held July 4-16 at Peabody College of V.U. in Nashville, Tenn. The institute will focus on research and practice related to administrative problem-solving, school-based management, and school restructuring. Contact: Phillip Hallinger, (800) 288-3357 or (615) 343-7092; or C.A.S.E.L., Box 503, P.C.-V.U., Nashville, Tenn. 37203.

May 17--Prisoner education: The U.S. Education Department is seeking applications for new awards under its Life Skills for State and Local Prisoners Program, to provide financial assistance for establishing and operating programs designed to reduce recidivism through the development and improvement of life skills necessary for the integration of adult prisoners into society. An estimated $100,000 to $300,000 for the first 12 months will be awarded to each of an estimated 24 state correctional agencies, local correctional agencies, state correctional-education agencies, or local correctional-education agencies. Funding for the second and third 12-month periods is subject to availability of funds. Contact: Christopher Koch, U.S.E.D., 400 Maryland Ave., S.W., Room 4512-MES, Washington, D.C. 20202-7242; (202) 205-5621. Deaf and hearing-impaired individuals may call the Federal Dual Party Relay Service at (800) 877-8339 (in Washington, D.C.: 708-9300).

May 17--Student essay contest: Entries are due for the Mars Institute Student Contest, offering $500 for the best essay on this year's designated topic about the planet Mars. The contest is open to high school students and undergraduates. Contact: The Planetary Society, Scholarships Department, 65 N. Catalina Ave., Pasadena, Calif. 91106.

May 20--Social issues: Nominations are due for the "Defense of Academic Freedom Award,'' co-sponsored by the National Council for the Social Studies and cosponsored by Social Issues Resources Series Inc., to recognize an individual who has contributed significantly to the preservation of academic freedom in ways related to social-studies education. Contact: N.C.S.S., 3501 Newark St., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20016-3167; (202) 966-7840.

May 28--Libraries: The U.S. Education Department is inviting applications for a new award under its Library Research and Demonstration Program, for research and demonstration programs related to the improvement of libraries, including the promotion of economical and efficient delivery of information, cooperative efforts, developmental projects, education in library and information science, and dissemination of information derived from such projects. An estimated one award of $2.48 million will be awarded to an institution of higher education or other public or private agency, institution, or organization. Contact: Neal Kaske or Louise V. Sutherland, U.S.E.D., 555 New Jersey Ave., N.W., Room 404, Washington, D.C. 20208-5571; (202) 219-1315.

May 28--Special education: The U.S. Education Department is inviting applications for awards under its Services for Children with Deaf-Blindness Program, to assist states in insuring the provision of early-intervention, special-education, and related services as well as vocational and transitional services to infants, toddlers, children, and youths with deaf-blindness; to provide technical assistance to agencies that are preparing adolescents with deaf-blindness for adult activities; and to support research, development, replication, pre-service and in-service training, parental-involvement activities, and other activities to improve services to children with deaf-blindness. An estimated $128,000 to $138,000 will be granted to each of three public or nonprofit private agencies, institutions, or organizations, including an American Indian tribe and the Bureau of Indian Affairs of the U.S. Interior Department, and tribally controlled schools funded by the Interior Department. Contact: Charles Freeman, U.S.E.D., 400 Maryland Ave., S.W., Room 4617, Switzer Building, Washington, D.C. 20202-2644; (202) 205-8165; TDD: (202) 205-6170.

May 28--Student musicians: Applications are due for the Panasonic Young Soloists Award, which provides up to $10,000 to one or more students with a disability who wish to pursue their interest in music. Contact: Very Special Arts, Young Soloists Program, Education Office, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, D.C. 20566; (202) 628-2800 (voice); (202) 737-0645 (TDD).

May 31--Research: Applications are due for the 1993 McElroy Fellowships, for extended study and work in the collections of the Hoover Presidential Library in West Branch, Iowa, during the summer of 1993. The end product of each fellowhip must be a teaching unit based on the library's collections, which include the papers of Laura Ingalls Wilder and others, as well as those of Herbert and Lou Henry Hoover. Three fellowships of $1,500 each are being offered. Contact: Mary E. Evans, Education Specialist, Hoover Presidential Library, P.O. Box 488, West Branch, Iowa 52358; (319) 643-5301.


June 1--Educational research: Proposals are due for papers and symposia for the Northeastern Educational Research Association 24th Annual Conference, to be held in Ellenville, N.Y., on October 27-29. Both quantitative and qualitative designs are invited. Contact: John Larson, Montgomery County Public Schools, 850 Hungerford Dr., Rockville, Md. 20850, (301) 279-3174; or Betty Gittman, Board of Cooperative Educational Services of Nassau County, Valentines and Plain Roads, Westbury, N.Y. 11590, (516) 997-8700.

June 1--Social studies: Nominations are due for the "Outstanding Elementary Social Studies Teacher of the Year Award,'' sponsored by the National Council for the Social Studies and co-sponsored by Weekly Reader magazine, to recognize a current K-6 classroom teacher. Nominees must teach social studies at least half time in a departmentalized school setting, or regularly and systematically in an elementary school setting. Nominees must also have maintained current N.C.S.S. membership status for at least two years prior to the nomination date. Contact: N.C.S.S., 3501 Newark St., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20016-3167; (202) 966-7840.

June 1--Social studies: Nominations are due for the "Outstanding Middle Level Social Studies Teacher of the Year Award,'' co-sponsored by Scholastic Inc., to recognize a current 5-8 classroom teacher. Nominees must teach social studies at least half time in a departmentalized school setting, or regularly and systematically in an elementary school setting. Nominees must also have maintained current N.C.S.S. membership status for at least two years prior to the nomination date. Contact: N.C.S.S., 3501 Newark St., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20016-3167; (202) 966-7840.

June 1--Social studies: Nominations are due for the "Outstanding Secondary Social Studies Teacher of the Year Award,'' sponsored by the National Council for the Social Studies and co-sponsored by Time Education Programs, to recognize two current classroom teachers of grades 7-12. Nominees must teach social studies at least half time, and must also have maintained current N.C.S.S. membership status for at least two years prior to the nomination date. Contact: N.C.S.S., 3501 Newark St., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20016-3167; (202) 966-7840.

June 8--Teaching and learning: Registration due for the Goddard Institute on Teaching and Learning, to be held June 25-July 23 in Plainfield, Vt. Contact: Steven Schapiro, Director, G.I.T.L., Goddard College, Plainfield, Vt. 05667; (802) 454-8311 or (800) 468-4888.

June 15--Cognitive assessment: Papers are due for the First Annual South Padre Island International Conference on Cognitive Assessment of Children and Youth in School and Clinical Settings, to be held November 26-27 in South Padre Island, Tex. The focus is on the contribution of David Wechsler and a re-evaluation of the Wechsler Scales. Papers may be submitted in English and/or Spanish. Sponsored by the University of Texas-Pan American School of Education. Contact: James F. Magary, University of Texas-Pan American, Department of Educational Psychology, 1201 E. University Dr., Edinburg, Tex. 78539.

  • June 18--Student essay contest: Entries are due for the third annual Korea Society/Los Angeles national high school essay contest, open to senior high school students (grades 9-12) from any of the 50 states. This year's topic is "My Images of Korea and Koreans: Towards a New Understanding.'' Two grand-prize winners will each receive a $1,500 cash scholarship and a one-week tour of South Korea. Other prizes will also be awarded to 38 other top entrants. Contact: Korea Society/Los Angeles, 5505 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, Calif. 90036; (213) 935-1560.

June 30--School facilities: The U.S. Education Department is inviting applications for awards under its School Construction in Areas Affected by Federal Activities Program, to provide funds for the construction or remodeling of urgently needed minimum school facilities in school districts where enrollment and the availability of revenues from local sources have been adversely affected by federal activities. Funding for is contingent on Congressional action. Contact: School Facilities Branch, Impact Aid Program, Program Operations Division, U.S.E.D., 400 Maryland Ave., S.W., Room 2113, Washington, D.C. 20202-6244; (202)401-0660. Deaf and hearing-impaired individuals may call the Federal Dual Party Relay Service at (800) 877-8339 or (202) 708-9300, between 8 A.M. and 7 P.M., E.S.T.


  • July 1--Book award: Entries are due for the annual Hispanic Books Distributors Inc. writing contest, for the best unpublished manuscript for a children's book (level K-4) relating to the Latino experience in the United States. Authors must be of Afro/Indo/Iberian Latino heritage and must have been born, raised, or reside permanently in the United States or Puerto Rico. Contact: H.B.D. Book Award, 1665 West Grant, Tucson, Ariz. 85745; (602) 882-9484.

July 15--Indian education: The U.S. Education Department is inviting applications for awards under its Indian Vocational Education Training Program, to provide financial assistance to American Indian tribes and certain schools funded by the U.S. Interior Department, for planing, conducting, and administering projects, or portions of projects, that are authorized by and consistent with the purposes of the Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Applied Technology Act of 1990. An estimated $45,000 to $595,000 for the first 12 months of the 36-month project period will be awarded to each of an estimated 26 tribal organizations of any eligible Indian tribe, Bureau of Indian Affairs-funded schools offering secondary programs, or consortia of eligible tribal organizations or schools or both. Contact: Harvey Thiel, Special Programs Branch, Division of National Programs, Office of Vocational and Adult Education, U.S.E.D., 400 Maryland Ave., S.W., Room 4512, Switzer Building, Washington, D.C. 20202-7242; (202) 205-5680. Deaf and hearing-impaired individuals may call the Federal Dual Party Relay Service at (800) 877-8339 (in Washington, D.C.: 708-9300).


  • August 1--Educational assessment: Submissions are due for the Symposium on Equity in Educational Assessment, sponsored by the Harvard Educational Review, to be published in the Review. The editorial board will review and publish articles from a variety of perspectives and disciplines. In addition to inviting papers from the academic community, the board is asking teachers and other school-based educators to submit papers that discuss equity issues in classroom assessment practices. Contact: Sean F. Reardon, S.E.E.A., Gutman Library Suite 349, 6 Appian Way, Cambridge, Mass. 02138; (617) 495-3432.

August 1--Music-education researchers: Nominations are due for the Music Educators National Conference Senior Researcher Award, sponsored by the Society for Research in Music Education. The award, presented to one researcher every two years, goes to a researcher with a sustained career of more than 15 years. All members of the S.R.M.E. are eligible. Contact: Cornelia Yarbrough, Chair, Executive Committee of the Music Education Research Council, School of Music, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, La. 70803-2504.

August 15--Social studies: Nominations are due for the "Spirit of America Award,'' sponsored by the National Council for the Social Studies and co-sponsored by the National Council for the Social Studies, presented to an individual inside or outside the social-studies teaching profession who has made a significant or special contribution to society that exemplifies the American democractic spirit and who would not be recognized by any other N.C.S.S award. Contact: N.C.S.S, 3501 Newark St., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20016-3167; (202) 966-7840.

August 27--'Tech prep': Registration is due for the 1993 National Tech-Prep Network Spring Conference, sponsored by the Center for Occupational Research and Development, to be held September 27-28 in Atlanta, Ga. The conference is open to all those involved in planning or implementing local tech-prep programs. Contact: C.O.R.D./N.T.P.N., P.O. Box 21689, Waco, Tex. 76702-1689; (800) 972-2766; fax: (817) 772-8972.


September 1--Geography: Nominations are due for the Geography Grant, sponsored by the National Council for the Social Studies and co-sponsored by the George Cram Company. The grant is designed to encourage the production of high-quality geography materials that go beyond the textbook and reinforce the concepts of the five themes that serve as the curriculuar organizers of geography. The $2,500 award is presented to a proposal for a program incorporating the study of geography into the social-studies curriculum and is based on the strength of the program's rational, the feasibility of its implementation, the number of teachers and students served, and its potential for continuation after initial implementation. Contact: N.C.S.S., 3501 Newark St., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20016-3167; (202) 966-7840.

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