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* March 1--Censorship: Proposals for possible presentations at an October 1995 conference on "Closing Minds on Open Questions in Education," are due. The conference, to be held in Tallahassee, Fla., includes K-12 schooling, museum education, and distance-education systems. Contact: John S. Simmons, 209 Carothers Hall, Florida State University, Tallahassee, Fla. 32306-3032; (904) 644-2988; fax: (904) 644-2880.


Feb. 28--Interpreters for the deaf: The U.S. Education Department is inviting applications for new awards under its Training of Interpreters for Individuals Who Are Deaf and Individuals Who Are Deaf-Blind Program. The awards are intended to train a sufficient number of skilled interpreters to meet the communication needs of those who are deaf or deaf-blind. There are an estimated 11 awards ranging from $120,000 to $160,000 each for regional projects, and an estimated two awards from $250,000 to $300,000 each for national projects. Public and private nonprofit agencies and organizations, including institutions of higher education, are eligible. Contact: Victor Galloway, U.S.E.D., 600 Independence Ave., S.W., Room 3228, Switzer Bldg., Washington, D.C. 20202-2736; (202) 205-9152; TDD: (202) 205-8352.

March 13--Youth-rehabilitation services: The U.S. Education Department is inviting applications for new awards under its Special Projects and Demonstrations for Providing Transitional Rehabilitation Services to Youths With Disablities Program. The awards are designed to provide job training for youths with disabilities to prepare them for entry into the labor force, including competitive or supported employment. There are an estimated 10 awards averaging $200,000 available to eligible states and other public and nonprofit private agenices and organizations. Contact: Pamela Martin, U.S.E.D., 600 Independence Ave., S.W., Room 3414 MES, Washington, D.C. 20202-2741; (202) 205-9343; TDD: (800) 877-8339.


Feb. 28--Essay contest: Entries are due for the second annual National Institute for Dispute Resolution essay contest for high school students, on the topic "Working It Out!" The N.I.D.R. is seeking student ideas for creative resolutions to conflict in high schools. From the top 10 essays, the institute will select five ideas that seem the most likely to be successfully implemented. A grant of up to $5,000 will be awarded to each of these five student groups to assist with implementation in the 1995-96 school year. Contact: Joanne Hartman, N.I.D.R., 1726 M St., N.W., Suite 500, Washington, D.C. 20036; (202) 466-4764, ext. 322.

Feb. 28--Horace Mann scholarships: Applications are due for the Horace Mann Scholar awards, sponsored by the Horace Mann Companies. The company will present a $20,000 college scholarship to its Horace Mann Scholar and $4,000 awards to three other outstanding students. Those eligible are high school seniors who are legal dependents of public school or college employees. Contact: Horace Mann Scholarship Program, P.O. Box 20490, Springfield, Ill. 62708.

March 1--Chemistry scholarships: Applications are due for scholarships sponsored by the American Chemical Society Scholars Program. The program will award up to 200 scholarships worth up to $5,000 each to minority students who are graduating high school seniors or college students who plan to major or are currently majoring in chemistry or chemical engineering. Contact: Dorothy Rodmann, A.C.S., 1155 16th St., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20036; (202) 872-6250.

March 1--Music contest: Entries are due for the Lynn Freeman Olson Composition Awards, sponsored by the National Federation of Music Clubs. Awards totaling $3,000 will be made in three categories: junior (grades 7-9), $500; student (grades 10-12), $1,000; and adult (high school graduate through age 25), $1,500. Contact: James Schnars, National Chairman, L.F.O.C.A., 160 Cabrini Blvd., New York, N.Y. 10033.

March 15--Cartoon contest: Entries are due for the seventh annual Student Editorial Cartoon Contest, sponsored by NewsCurrents. All elementary, middle, and high school students are eligible. One first-prize winner, two second-prize winners, and two third-prize winners will be chosen from the grade categories of K-6, 7-9, and 10-12. The top 100 cartoons will appear in Editorial Cartoons by Kids, 1995, a softcover book. Contact: NewsCurrents Editorial Cartoon Contest, P.O. Box 52, Madison, Wis. 53701.

March 15--Game-design contest: Entries are due for the Megagame 2000 contest, sponsored by Phantastic Phinds for Phys. Ed. and U.S. Games. Physical-education students in grades 7-12 are asked to develop a futuristic game. All entries must be original in design. The winning entry will receive $100,000 worth of free sporting equipment for the school. Entry forms may be obtained by sending a self-addressed, stamped envelope to: P.P.P.E., Megagame 2000, 72532 Edgehill Dr., Suite 2, Palm Desert, Calif. 92260.

March 31--Essay contest: Entries are due for the William J. Gage National Student Zinc Essay Contest sponsored by the U.S. Bureau of Mines and the American Zinc Association. Students in grades 7-12 are invited to participate by writing a five- to 10-page essay about zinc and its uses in everyday life. Two winners--one from grades 7-9 and one from grades 10-12--will each receive a $200 U.S. Savings Bond and a two-day trip to Washington, D.C., during the summer. Contact: A.Z.A., Suite 240, 1112 16th St., N.W., Washington, D.C.; (202) 835-0164.

March 31--Essay contest: Entries are due for the 1995 Mid-America Chapter of the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries scholarship program. Students must write an essay of 750 to 1,000 words demonstrating the 1994-95 program theme of "Recycling...A 21st Century Reality." High school seniors from the region comprising Missouri, eastern Kansas, Iowa, Nebraska, and southern Illnois are eligible to compete for more than $1,500 in scholarship money. Contact: Corporate Strategies, 11861 Westline Ind. Dr., Suite 200, St. Louis, Mo. 63146; (314) 997-0037; fax: (314) 997-1357.

April 1--Art scholarship: Entries are due for the Tandy Leather 1995 Art Scholarship, sponsored by the Tandy Leather Company. Entrants must create a work of art made of at least 50 percent leather. The item may be flat, free standing, wearable, or functional. A first prize-winner will receive $2,000, second prize $1,500, third prize $1,000, and fourth prize $500. Scholarships are available to high school seniors attending any public, private, or religious school. Contact: T.L.C., 1400 Evernman Parkway, Fort Worth, Tex. 76140.

* April 1--Essay contest: Entries are due for a national essay contest sponsored by Kaplan Educational Centers and Newsweek magazine. Ten winners will be selected by experts in college admissions and writing. Sophomores, juniors, and seniors enrolled in accredited high schools are eligible to submit a 500-word essay in response to the question: "If you could change one aspect of your high school education so far, what would it be?" Essays must be submitted with an official entry form. Contact: K.E.C., (800) KAP-TEST.j

April 3--Poster/essay contest: Entries are due for the 1995 Mothers Against Drunk Driving, 7-Eleven Poster and Essay Contest. The contest is open to students grades 1-12. The contest theme this year is "Take a Drive on the Safe Side--Steer Clear of Alcohol." National first-place winners will receive a $1,000 savings bond and a trip to the awards ceremony next June in Dallas, Tex. National second-place winners will receive a $500 savings bond, and national third-place winners will receive a $250 savings bond. Contact: MADD National Office, (214) 744-6233.

* April 15--Playwright contest: Entries are due for the 1995 Young Playwrights Program "Call for Scripts," sponsored by Very Special Arts. Students ages 12 to 18 are invited to submit a play script that incorporates some aspect of disability. The young playwrights whose scripts are chosen will travel to Washington, D.C., to participate in final rehearsals and attend their plays' production at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Contact: Y.P.P., V.S.A., Education Office, J.F.K.C.P.A., Washington, D.C. 20566; (202) 628-2800; TDD: (202) 737-0645.


March 1--Research fellowships: Applications are due for the Short-term Resident Fellowships for Individual Research sponsored by the Newberry Library in Chicago, Ill. The fellowships are designed primarily to help provide access to Newberry resources for people who live beyond commuting distance. Preference is given to applicants from outside the Chicago area whose research particularly requires study at the Newberry. The fellowships are given in any field appropriate to the Newberry's collections; appointments carry stipends of $800 per month for up to two months. Contact: Committe on Awards, N.L., 60 West Walton St., Chicago, Ill. 60610-3380.

March 1--Teachers Hall of Fame: Nominations are due for the fourth annual teacher-induction program of the National Teachers Hall of Fame. Five teachers will be selected for induction. Candidates must have had at least 15 years of classroom teaching in pre-kindergarten through high school. Candidates may be active or retired and must be (or have been) certified public or nonpublic schoolteachers. All nominations must be submitted on an official nomination form. Contact: N.T.H.O.F., 1320 C of E Dr., Emporia, Kan. 66801; (800) 96-TEACH; fax: (316) 341-5744.

* March 6--Field-research fellowships: Earthwatch is inviting applications for K-12 educators to participate in two-week field expeditions through the world this summer. Full-time elementary, middle, and secondary school educators in any discipline, as well as counselors and administrators, are eligible to apply. Each fellow is eligible to receive funding covering all or part of expedition costs. Participants will be trained in the field in teams of five to 10 people. Contact: Daniel Truesdale, Education Awards Department, Earthwatch, 680 Mount Auburn St., Box 403ED, Watertown, Mass. 02172; (617) 926-8200 ext. 203.

March 15--Humanities seminars: The National Endowment for the Humanities' division of fellowships and seminars is inviting applications for seminars on a variety of texts in the humanities for four, five, or six weeks during the summer of 1995. Full-time or regular part-time teachers of grades 7-12, at public, private, or parochial schools, as well as other K-12 school personnel, are encouraged to apply. All teachers selected to participate will be awarded stipends of $2,450, $2,825, or $3,200 each, depending on the length of the seminar. Contact: Public Information Office, N.E.H., 1100 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20506; (202) 606-8400.

* March 15--Foreign-language institute: The National K-12 Foreign Language Resource Center is inviting applications for its 1995 summer "Teacher Partnership" institute, which provides professional development in effective teaching strategies for grades K-6. Participants will be K-6 teachers and university methods professors. Contact: National K-12 F.L.R.C., 300 Pearson Hall, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa 50011; (515) 294-6699; fax: (515) 294-9914.

* March 15--Foreign-language institute: The National K-12 Foreign Language Resource Center is inviting applications for its 1995 summer "New Technologies in the Foreign Language Classroom" institute, which provides professional development in effective use of technology in the foreign-language classroom. Participants will be K-12 teachers. Contact: National K-12 F.L.R.C., 300 Pearson Hall, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa 50011; (515) 294-6699; fax: (515) 294-9914.

* March 15--Solid-waste-education awards: Applications are due for the fifth annual Excellence in Solid Waste Education Awards program sponsored by the Solid Waste Association of North America. The program recognizes extraordinary efforts in educating the public on solid-waste-related issues. Two categories of awards will be presented: one for K-12 curricula and one for public education programs. Contact: Michele Nebel Peake, P.O. Box 7219, Silver Spring, Md. 20910; (301) 585-2898 ext. 232.

* April 12--Cable-television contest: Entries are due for the 1995 Cable in the Classroom Innovation Awards, sponsored by Colony Communications Inc.. The award offers a $500 savings bond to the most creative educators who enter classroom projects that use Cable in the Classroom programs as a supplementary teaching resource. Contact: C.C.I., 20 Washington Pl., P.O. Box 969, Providence, R.I. 02901-0969; (401) 277-7400.

* April 15--Art institute: The National Gallery of Art is inviting applications for its 1995 summer institute. The seventh annual art-enrichment program is open to teachers of all subjects and grade levels, as well as school administrators and principals. The program provides information about art and its cultural context and demonstrates techniques for teaching art in six-day sessions held at the gallery in Washington, D.C., during July and August. Contact: Teacher Institute, Education Division, N.G.A., Washington, D.C. 20565; (202) 842-6261.

* May 31--Special-educator award: Entries are due for the second annual "Special Educator of the Year" contest, sponsored by the Edmark Corporation. The contest is designed to honor special educators who are using Edmark products to help their students. The winner will receive a $2,000 gift certificate and the first and second runners-up will receive gift certificates worth $1,000 and $500, respectively. Contact: Edmark, (800) 362-2890.


March 1--Arts-education papers: Entries are due for the 1995 Young Writer's Award, sponsored by Heldref Publications. Entrants must under 35 and are asked to write a paper on any subject concerning K-12 arts-education policy. The winner will receive a $500 prize, and the paper will be published in Arts Education Policy Review. Contact: A.E.P.R. Competitions, H.P., 1319 18th St., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20036-1802; (202) 296-6267; fax: (202) 296-5149.

March 1--Arts-education papers: Entries are due for the 1995 Reston Prize, sponsored by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design, the National Association of Schools of Dance, the National Association of Schools of Music, and the National Association of Schools of Theatre. A $1,000 prize will be awarded to the best paper analyzing policy-based relationships between K-12 arts education and higher education. Papers must be 3,500 to 4,500 words in length and previously unpublished. Contact: Arts Education Policy Review Competitions, Heldref Publications, 1319 18th St., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20036-1802; (202) 296-6267; fax: (202) 296-5149.

March 15--School software contest: Entries are due for the A+dvanced Learning System or A+LS software drawing sponsored by the American Education Corporation. The names of 25 schools will be drawn, and each will be awarded $10,500 worth of the company's learning software. All entries must be on the school's letterhead to be considered. Contact: A.E.C., 7605 North Broadway Extn., Oklahoma City, Okla. 73116; (800) 34APLUS.

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