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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 these awards 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July 1--Book award: Entries are due for the annual Hispanic Books Distributors Inc. writing contest, for the best unpublished manuscript for a children's book (level K-4) relating to the Latino experience in the United States.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 9--Children's television: Entries are due for the 1993 Ollie Awards, sponsored by the American Center for Children's Television, for any U.S.-produced or co-produced program primarily for 2- to 18-year-olds. First broadcast or cablecast must have occurred between July 1, 1991, and June 30, 1993. Contact: David Kleeman, Director, American Center for Children's Television, 1400 East Touhy, Suite 260, Des Plaines, Ill. 60018-3305; (708) 390-6499.

July 15--American 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).

July 16--Braille education: The U.S. Education Department is inviting applications for awards to pay all or part of the cost of training in the use of braille for personnel providing vocational-rehabilitation services or educational services to youths and adults who are blind. An estimated three awards of approximately $110,000 to $120,000 each will be awarded to state agencies and public or nonprofit agencies and organizations, including institutions of higher education. Contact: Bob Werner, U.S.E.D., 400 Maryland Ave., S.W., Room 3322, Switzer Building, Washington, D.C. 20202-2649; (202) 205-8291.

July 16--Parent information: The U.S. Education Department is inviting applications for awards under its Parent Information and Training Program, to establish programs to provide training and information to enable individuals with disabilities and their parents, family members, guardians, advocates, or other authorized representatives to participate more effectively with professionals in meeting such individuals' vocational and rehabilitation needs. An estimated six awards of approximately $85,000 to $105,000 each will be awarded to private, nonprofit organizations. Contact: Beverly Brightly, U.S.E.D., 400 Maryland Ave., S.W., Room 3322, Switzer Building, Washington, D.C. 20202-2649; (202) 205-9561.

July 19--Leadership development: The U.S. Education Department is inviting applications for awards under its Dwight D. Eisenhower Leadership Development Program, for grants that establish prototypes that reach out to young Americans and promote the practical study and teaching of leadership in the areas of national and international affairs. An estimated 25 awards of approximately $50,000 to $300,000 each will be awarded to institutions of higher education or nonprofit organizations in combination with such institutions. Contact: Donald N. Bigelow, U.S.E.D., 400 Maryland Ave., S.W., Room 3052, ROB-3, Washington, D.C. 20202-5249; (202) 708-8813. Individuals who use a telecommuncations device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.

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 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--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.

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.

September 10--Substance abuse: The U.S. Health and Human Services Department is inviting applications for projects to conduct meetings and conferences to coordinate and exchange information on preventing tobacco, alcohol, and other substance abuse. Conferences should focus on knowledge dissemination, consensus-building, and health promotion concepts and practices among high-risk youths. An estimated 15 projects, funded at up to $50,000 each, will be awarded to local education agencies, higher-education institutions, and other public and private nonprofit and for-profit organizations. Contact: Office of Budget, Planning, and Evaluation, Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, U.S. Health and Human Services Department, Rockwall II, Ninth Floor, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, Md. 20857, (301) 443-6980.

  • November 15--Interactive media: Entries are due for the Nebraska Interactive Media Awards, sponsored by the Nebraska Videodisc Design/Production Group, for superlative design/production of interactive materials. Awards will be presented in five categories, including "best educational achievement'' for materials produced for use within an educational institution. Contact: N.V.D./P.G., University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 1800 N. 33rd St., Lincoln, Neb. 68583; (402) 472-3611; fax: (402) 472-1785.

November 21--Staff development: Registration is due for the National Staff Development Council's annual conference, to be held Dec. 11-15 at the Loews Anatole Hotel in Dallas, Tex. Contact: Shirley Havens, N.S.D.C., P.O. Box 240, Oxford, Ohio 45056; (800) 727-7288.

  • November 30--School-industry cooperation: Entries are due for the National Association for Industry-Education Cooperation's 1993 awards program. The Educational Sponsorship Award honors a business firm, trade association, or professional organization for creative and effective cooperation with public or postsecondary schools; the Utilization Award recognizes the outstanding skill and success of a public or postsecondary educator in using industry's resources in his or her programs. Winners will receive a plaque and citation. Contact: Richard J. McCowan, 1993 Awards Committee Chairman, NAIEC, 235 Hendricks Blvd., Buffalo, N.Y. 14226-3304.

January 10, 1994--Substance abuse: The U.S. Health and Human Services Department is inviting applications for projects to conduct meetings and conferences to coordinate and exchange information on preventing tobacco, alcohol, and other substance abuse. Conferences should focus on knowledge dissemination, consensus-building, and health promotion concepts and practices among high-risk youths. An estimated 15 projects, funded at up to $50,000 each, will be awarded to local education agencies, higher-education institutions, and other public and private nonprofit and for-profit organizations. Contact: Office of Budget, Planning, and Evaluation, Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, U.S. Health and Human Services Department, Rockwall II, Ninth Floor, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, Md. 20857, (301) 443-6980.

  • January 15, 1994--Gifted children: Applications are due for the 1994 International Award Competition, for proposed research in the area of the education or psychology of gifted children and youths, sponsored by the Intertel Foundation Inc. The award consists of a $2,000 cash grant and certificate. Contact (with self-addressed, stamped envelope): Roxanne H. Cramer, Chairman, Hollingworth Award Committee, 4300 Sideburn Rd., Fairfax, Va. 22030-3507.


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