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Nov. 1--Gardening: Applications are due for the 1994 National Youth Garden Grants, sponsored by the National Gardening Association. Two hundred grants of tools, seeds, plants, and garden products will be awarded to schools, youth groups, and community groups to support gardening-based projects involving 15 or more children between the ages of 3 and 18. Contact: Garden Grants, N.G.A., 180 Flynn Ave., Burlington, Vt. 05401; you must enclose a legal-size, self-addressed envelope with 52 cents postage affixed.

  • Nov. 4--Students with disabilities: The U.S. Education Department is inviting applications to conduct research and demonstration projects to examine whether children with disabilities are more likely than others to be victims of abuse, along with projects that focus generally on rehabilitation techniques and services. An estimated two awards of $175,000 each for 36 months of research will be awarded to public and private institutions and institutions of higher education. Contact: Diane Villines, U.S.E.D., 400 Maryland Ave., S.W., Room 3417, Switzer Bldg., Washington, D.C. 20202-2704; (202) 205-5450.

Nov. 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.

  • Nov. 15--Science education: Applications are due for participation in "Science Education in the Schools: A Working Conference for Scientists and Engineers,'' sponsored by the National Science Resources Center of the National Academy of Sciences and the Smithsonian Institution. A group of 30 scientists and engineers from universities, government laboratories, and private industry will be invited to attend the conference, to be held Jan. 24-28 at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. Contact: Director of Outreach, N.S.R.C./Smithsonian Institution, 600 Maryland Ave., S.W., Suite 880, Washington, D.C. 20024; (202) 287-2063.
  • Nov. 19--Bilingual education: The U.S. Education Department is inviting applications for projects to establish, operate, or improve special alternative-instruction programs for limited-English-proficient students. The awards are intended to support projects focused on the following priorities: preparing students in grades 6-12 to meet secondary school requirements for pursuing a college major in mathematics or science; serving students in grades 6-9 in a districtwide magnet school to demonstrate effective approaches to academic achievement and dropout prevention; and establishing and operating newcomer or intake centers for L.E.P. students and their parents. An estimated 46 grants ranging from $75,000 to $300,000 each will be awarded to local education agencies and higher-education institutions applying in collaboration with one or more L.E.A.'s. Contact: Robert Trifiletti, U.S.E.D., 400 Maryland Ave., S.W., Room 5086, Washington, D.C. 20202-6641; (202) 205-9700.
  • Nov. 19--Bilingual education: The U.S. Education Department is inviting applications for projects to establish, operate, or improve programs of transitional bilingual education for limited-English-proficient students. The awards are intended to support projects focused on the following priorities: improving mathematics or science achievement in one or more elementary or secondary school levels; preparing students in grades 6-12 to meet secondary school requirements for pursuing a college major in math or science; serving students in grades 6-12 through supplementary summer-school activities in the arts and humanities; and including training components to improve parents' skills in educating L.E.P. students. An estimated 92 grants of $75,000 to $300,000 each will be awarded to local education egencies and higher-education institutions applying jointly with one or more L.E.A.'s. Contact: Luis Catarineau, U.S.E.D., 400 Maryland Ave., S.W., Room 5086, Washington, D.C. 20202-6641; (202) 205-9700.

Nov. 19--Libraries: The U.S. Education Department is inviting applications for new awards under its Library Literacy Program, which provides grants to state and local public libraries to support adult-literacy projects. An estimated 250 awards averaging $32,000 each will be granted. Contact: Carol Cameron Lyons or Barbara Humes, Program Officers, Discretionary Library Programs Division, Library Programs, U.S.E.D., 555 New Jersey Ave., N.W., Room 404, Washington, D.C. 20208-5571; (202) 219-1315.

Nov. 19--Students with disabilities: The U.S. Education Department is inviting applications for new awards under its Technology, Educational Media, and Materials for Individuals with Disabilities Program. The awards are intended to support projects and centers for advancing the availability, quality, use, and effectiveness of technology, educational media, and materials in the education of children and youths with disabilities and the provision of related services and early intervention to infants and toddlers with disabilities. An estimated seven grants averaging $200,000 each for the first 12 months of the projects will be awarded to institutions of higher education, state and local educational agencies, public agencies, and nonprofit or for-profit organizations. Contact: Darlene Crumblin, U.S.E.D., 400 Maryland Ave., S.W., Room 3525, Switzer Bldg., Washington, D.C. 20202-2641. TDD: Call the Federal Information Relay Service, (800) 877-8339.

Nov. 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.

Nov. 26--Music education: Proposals are due for the 1995 Music Teachers National Association national convention, to be held March 25-30, 1995, in Albuquerque, N.M. Papers, panels, performances, lecture-recitals, demonstrations, research, and creative projects are welcome. Contact: 1995 Convention Program Steering Committee, M.T.N.A., Carew Tower, 441 Vine St., Suite 505, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202-2814.

Nov. 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, N.A.I.E.C., 235 Hendricks Blvd., Buffalo, N.Y. 14226-3304.

Dec. 1--Science education: Entries are due for the 53rd annual Westinghouse Science Talent Search, for scientifically talented high school seniors. A group of 40 finalists will share $205,000 in prize money. Contact: Science Talent Search, 1719 N St., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20036; (202) 785-2255.

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