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March 14--Educational opportunity: The U.S. Education Department is inviting applications for new awards under its Educational Opportunity Centers program, which provides grants for projects designed to provide information on available financial aid and academic assistance for postsecondary education, and to assist individuals in applying for admission to postsecondary institutions. An estimated 65 grants ranging from $180,000 to $750,000 each will be awarded to institutions of higher education, public and private agencies and organizations, and combinations of institutions, agencies, and organizations. Contact: Margaret Wingfield, U.S.E.D., 400 Maryland Ave., S.W., Room 5065, Washington, D.C. 20202-5249; (202) 708-4804.

March 15--Cartooning: Entries are due for the 1994 Student Editorial Cartoon Contest, sponsored by NewsCurrents magazine. Students in grades K-12 are invited to submit original cartoons on any subject of nationwide interest. Twenty-one winners will receive savings bonds ranging from $50 to $100. Contact: N.C. Magazine, P.O. Box 52, Madison, Wis. 53701; (800) 356-2303 or (608) 836-6660.

March 15--Cursive handwriting: Entries are due for the National Awards Contests for Cursive Handwriting, sponsored by Peterson Directed Handwriting. Students in grades 3-8 should submit a sample paragraph that includes at least four lines of writing and a minimum of 64 letters. One winner for each grade level will receive a $50 savings bond and a certificate. Contact: P.D.H., 315 South Maple Ave., P.O. Box 249, Greensburg, Pa. 15601-0249.

March 15--Drug-abuse prevention: Registration is due for the "Murals Reflecting Prevention'' program, sponsored by Learning Systems Group and Very Special Arts. Participating teachers of students in grades 1-12 will receive free educational materials including a project packet and video, featuring age-appropriate information on alcohol, tobacco, and other drug education, as well as suggestions for creating portable or traditional wall murals. Contact: L.S.G./V.S.A., 1331 F St., N.W., Suite 800, Washington, D.C. 20004; (202) 628-8080; TDD: (202) 737-0645.

March 15--Foreign language: Applications are due for the National Arabic Language and Culture Institute, sponsored by Ohio State University and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Thirty-five teachers will be selected to attend the institute, which is intendend to instruct teachers in the development and use of methods to integrate Arabic language and culture into the existing curricula. Secondary school teachers of all foreign languages are encouraged to apply; knowledge of Arabic is not required. Contact: N.A.L.C.I., O.S.U., 256 Cunz Hall, 1841 Millikin Rd., Columbus, Ohio 43210-1229; (614) 292-3129.

March 15--Teacher education: Applications are due for the Teacher Education Equity Project, sponsored by the City University of New York, to assist professors of teacher education in addressing gender equity in mathematics, science, and technology education in the preparation of future teachers. Teacher-educators in math, science, and technology, in teams of one to three per college or university, are invited to apply. Sixty teacher-educators or teams will each receive a $750 grant to be used for project-related activities, two expense-paid seminars, and materials and resources designed to help incorporate gender equity into the classroom. Contact: T.E.E.P., Center for Advanced Study in Education, C.U.N.Y. Graduate Center, 25 West 43rd St., Suite 400, New York, N.Y. 10036; (212) 642-2672.

  • March 17--Distance learning: The U.S. Commerce Department is inviting applications for new awards under its Public Telecommunications Facilities Program, which provides grants for planning and construction initiatives for distance learning. An estimated 105 grants ranging from $1,898 to $968,989 each will be awarded to local education agencies and higher-education institutions. Contact: Charles Rush, Office of Telecommunications and Information Applications, U.S.C.D., 14th Street and Constitution Avenue, N.W., Room H-4625, Washington, D.C. 20230; (202) 482-5802.

March 18--Field research: Applications are due for scholarships for the Teacher Research Participation Program, sponsored by the University of California at Berkeley. The scholarships are intended to bring teachers into the field for research and scientific discovery through the University Research Expeditions Program. California teachers of grades 6-12 who teach at least one course in the natural or social sciences are invited to apply. Contact: U.R.E.P., U.C.B., Berkeley, Calif. 94720; (510) 642-6586.

March 18--Student internships: Applications are due for summer internships at the Smithsonian Institution, to be held June 26-Aug. 6 in Washington, D.C. Graduating high school seniors may apply for internships in various departments of the institution, in areas including biology, journalism, photography, history, veterinary science, art, carpentry, library science, and computer science. Thirty students will be selected; each will receive a living allowance of $700 and housing in a college dormitory. Applications must be requested by March 11. Contact: Intern '94, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, Mailroom Code 444, S.I., Washington, D.C. 20560; (2020 357-3049.

March 31--Essay contest: Entries are due for the National Student Zinc Essay Contest, sponsored by the American Zinc Association and the U.S. Bureau of Mines. Students in grades 7-12 are invited to submit a five- to 10-page essay on the importance of zinc in our society and daily lives. One winner from grades 7-9, and one from grades 10-12, will each receive a $200 savings bond and will be flown to Washington, D.C., for a two-day visit and a photo session with the director of the Bureau of Mines. A $100 donation will also be made to the science department of each winner's school. Contact: N.S.Z.E.C., P.O. Box 65748, Washington, D.C. 20035.

March 31--Teacher recognition: Nominations are due for the 10th annual Sallie Mae First-Class Teacher Award. Superintendents of public schools, and the highest-ranking officials of private schools, are invited to each nominate one certified teacher who began his or her teaching career on or after Jan. 1, 1993. Approximately 50 award winners will each receive a $1,500 check and mention in a special education supplement of U.S.A. Today. Contact: S.M.F.C.T.A., 1050 Thomas Jefferson St., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20007-3871; (202) 298-3019.

  • April 1--Law-enforcement scholarship: Applications are due for the National Hot Rod Association's Law Enforcement Scholarship. Four $500 scholarships will be awarded to high school seniors pursuing careers in justice adminstration or law enforcement. Contact: N.H.R.A. L.E.S., Youth and Education Services, P.O. Box 5555, Glendora, Calif. 91740-0950; (818) 914-4761.
  • April 1--Music: Applications are due for the Kneisel Hall Scholarship, sponsored by the National Federation of Music Clubs. One $750 scholarship will be awarded to a student of strings or piano, to attend the summer sesion at Kneisel Hall in Blue Hill, Me. The competition is open to U.S. citizens between the ages of 15 and 30. Contact: Tonu Kalam, Executive Director, K.H., 21 Vauxhall Pl., Chapel Hill, N.C. 27514; (919) 408-0193.
  • April 1--Music: Applications are due for the Young Artist Seminar Scholarship, sponsored by the National Federation of Music Clubs. One scholarship of $500 will be awarded to a high school or college orchestral student, to attend the Young Artist Seminar this summer at the Rocky Ridge Music Center in Estes Park, Colo. Contact: Mary Marks, N.F.M.C. Representative, 625 Whedbee, Fort Collins, Colo. 80521; (303) 484-8760.
  • April 1--Women's history: Entries are due for the "Unsung American Women'' contest, sponsored by the National Women's History Project and Eberhard Faber Inc., in conjunction with National Women's History Month. Adults and students in grades 4-12 are invited to write a short essay (up to 300 words) that nominates a particular individual as an "unsung American woman.'' One adult winner will be awarded a prize of $2,500, and one winner each in two student categories, grades 4-8 and grades 9-12, will receive a $1,000 prize. Contact: History, 485 Madison Ave., 4th Floor, New York, N.Y. 10022.
  • April 12--Educational technology: Applications are due for regional grants and scholarships from Pioneering Partners for Educational Technology. Teacher teams that have creatively used teamwork and technology in K-12 classrooms in a participating state (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin) are encouraged to apply. Three winning teams will each receive a $3,000 base grant and another $2,000 in matching funds when a comparable amount is raised by the team. Winners also receive training at a summer Partnership and Educational Summit. Contact: P.P., Mail Code INAAAJZ, 19845 U.S. 31 North, Westfield, Ind. 46074; (317) 896-6494.

April 15--Playwriting: Entries are due for the 1994 Young Playwrights Program, sponsored by Very Special Arts. Students ages 12 to 18 are invited to submit scripts that address or otherwise incorporate some aspect of disability in their themes. The students whose scripts are chosen will travel to Washington, D.C., with their chaperones to participate in final rehearsals and attend the plays' premiƁeres at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Contact: Y.P.P., V.S.A., Education Office, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, D.C. 20566; (202) 628-2800; TDD: (202) 737-0645.

  • April 18--Distance learning: The U.S. Education Department is inviting applications for new awards under its Star Schools: Distance Education Projects program, to encourage improved instruction in various subject areas for underserved populations through the use of telecommunications networks. An estimated eight awards of $2.5 million each will be awarded to eligible telecommunications partnerships that are organized on a statewide or multistate basis. Contact: Richard Lallmang or Deborah Williams, U.S.E.D., Office of Educational Research and Improvement, 555 New Jersey Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20208-5644; (202) 219-1770.
  • April 18--Distance learning: The U.S. Education Department is inviting new awards under its Star Schools: Dissemination Grants program, to provide dissemination and technical assistance to state and local agencies not presently served by telecommunications partnerships, to assist them in planning and implementing technology-based distance-learning systems. An estimated four awards ranging from $250,000 to $350,000 each will be awarded to telecommunications partnerships previously or currently funded through the Star Schools Program, federally funded programs, or institutions of higher education. Contact: Richard Lallmang or Deborah Williams, U.S.E.D., Office of Educational Research and Improvement, 555 New Jersey Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20208-5644; (202) 219-1770.
  • April 18--Distance learning: The U.S Education Department is inviting applications for new awards under its Star Schools: Special Statewide Network program, to fund one statewide telecommunications network to demonstrate the delivery of instructional programming through a fiber-optic telecommunications network using two-way full-motion interactive video, voice, and data telecommunications. One grant of an estimated $4 million will be awarded to an eligible telecommunications partnership that is organized on a statewide basis. Contact: Rochard Lallmang or Deborah Williams, U.S.E.D., Office of Educational Research and Improvement, 555 New Jersey Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20208-5644; (202) 219-1770.
  • April 28--Library research: The U.S. Education Department is inviting applications for new awards under its Online and Dial-in Access to a Statewide Multitype Library Database Demonstration Project, which provides grants for research and demonstration programs related to the improvement of libraries. An estimated one award of $2.5 million will be awarded to an institution of higher learning or a 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.
  • April 29--Technology education: The U.S. Education Department is inviting applications for new awards under its Fund for Innovation in Education: Technology Education Program, which provides assistance to develop materials for educational television and radio programming for use in elementary and secondary education. An estimated 20 awards ranging from $5,000 to $200,000 each will be awarded to state and local education agencies, institutions of higher learning, private schools, and other public and private agencies, organizations, and institutions. Contact: Beverly Coleman or Adria White, U.S.E.D., 555 New Jersey Ave., N.W., Room 502, Washington, D.C. 20208-5644; (202) 219-2116.
  • April 30--Art: Applications are due for the 1994 National Gallery of Art Teacher Institute. Teachers of all subjects in grades K-12 are invited to apply for the six-day summer-enrichment workshops, and are encouraged to apply in teams of two or three. A total of 150 teachers will be selected to participate in the program, which will focus on modern art and take place in three separate sessions from July through August. Contact: T.I., Education Division, N.G.A., Washington, D.C. 20565; (202) 842-6261.
  • May 1--Humanities teachers: Applications are due for the National Endowment for the Humanities' Teacher-Scholar Awards. Full-time teachers of humanities subjects are invited to apply for funding for one academic year of full-time independent study in history, literature, the classics, foreign languages, or other disciplines of the humanities. Contact: N.E.H.T.S.A., 1100 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W., Room 302, Washington, D.C. 20506; (202) 606-8377.
  • May 1--Music: Applications are due for the Stephen Collins Foster Music Camp Scholarship, sponsored by the National Federation of Music Clubs. Two scholarships of $250 each will be awarded to instrumentalists, and two scholarships of $125 each will be awarded to voice students, to attend the high-school-camp sessions of the Foster Music Camp at Eastern Kentucky University. Contact: Robert W. Hartwell, Director, S.C.F.M.C., E.K.U., Richmond, Ky. 40475; (606) 622-3161.
  • May 18--Educational technology: The U.S. Education Department is inviting applications for new awards under its Technology, Educational Media, and Materials for Individuals with Disabilities Program, to support the projects and centers for advancing availability, quality, use, and effectiveness of technology, educational media, and materials in the education of children and youths with disabilities. An estimated five awards of $200,000 each will be awarded to institutions of higher education, state and local education agencies, public agencies, and private nonprofit or for-profit organizations. Contact: Darlene Crumblin, U.S.E.D., 400 Maryland Ave., S.W., Room 3525, Switzer Building, Washington, D.C. 20202-2641; (202) 205-8953.
  • May 30--Special education: Entries are due for the Special Educator of the Year Contest, sponsored by Edmark Corporation. Certified teachers or therapists are invited to submit a two- to three-page description of an innovative instructional program that uses an Edmark educational product. One winner will receive a personal computer plus a $2,000 Edmark gift cerificate, and five runners-up will each receive a $1,000 Edmark gift certificate. Contact: E.C., 6727 185th Ave., N.E., P.O. Box 3218, Redmond, Wash. 98073-3218; (800) 362-2890.


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