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May 26--Diffusion-network dissemination: The U.S. Education Department is inviting applications for new awards under its National Diffusion Network Developer Demonstrators Program. The awards are intended to support nationwide dissemination of exemplary educational programs previously approved by the department's Program Effectiveness Program. An estimated 18 awards ranging from $75,000 to $180,000 each will be awarded to eligible public or private nonprofit agencies, organizations, or institutions. Contact: N.D.N./D.D. Application, 555 New Jersey Ave., N.W., Room 506c, Washington, D.C. 20208-5643; (202) 219-2133; fax: (202) 219-1407.

May 26--Diffusion-network dissemination: The U.S. Education Department is inviting applications for a new award under its National Diffusion Network Private School Facilitator Program. The award is intended to support a project to assist private schools in gaining access to the dissemination system offered by the National Diffusion Network. Public or private nonprofit agencies or organizations including schools and school districts are eligible to apply for one award of $186,400. Contact: N.D.N./P.S.F. Application, 555 New Jersey Ave., N.W., Room 506c, Washington, D.C. 20208-5643; (202) 219-2133; fax: (202) 219-1407.

June 1--Mental-health-research careers: The National Institute of Mental Health is inviting applications for awards to programs that encourage minority high school students to choose research careers in mental-health-related areas. Institutions currently funded under an N.I.M.H. Careers Opportunities in Research Honors Undergraduate Research Training grant are eligible. An award ranging from $15,000 to $20,000 will be granted. Contact: Rodney Cocking, Career Opportunities in Research Education and Training, N.I.M.H., 5600 Fishers Lane, Room 17C-14, Rockville, Md. 20857-8030; (301) 443-3641; fax: (301) 443-8552.

June 2--Native Hawaiian education: The U.S. Education Department is inviting applications for new awards under its Native Hawaiian Education Program. The awards are intended to improve Native Hawaiian education. An estimated $5.6 million will be awarded for up to three awards under the Family-Based Education Centers Program; $1.2 million will be awarded in one grant under the Gifted and Talented Program; $800,000 for up to three awards under the Curriculum Development, Teacher Training, and Recruitment Program will be granted; and $1.2 million will go for one award under the Special Education Program. Eligible are Native Hawaiian education organizations or entities with experience in developing or operating Native Hawaiian programs. Contact: Beth Baggett, U.S.E.D., 600 Independence Ave., S.W., Room 4500, Portals Bldg., Washington, D.C. 20202-6140; (202) 260-2502. Special education, contact: Linda Glidewell, U.S.E.D., 400 Maryland Ave., S.W., Room 3521, Switzer Bldg., Washington, D.C. 20202-2641; (202) 205-9099.

June 5--Evaluation grants: The U.S. Education Department is inviting applications for new awards under its Assessment Development and Evaluation Grants Program. The awards are intended to help defray the costs of developing, testing, and evaluating state assessments. An estimated 16 awards ranging from $100,000 to $500,000 per year will be awarded to eligible state and local educational agencies. Contact: David Sweet, U.S.E.D./Office of Educational Reasearch and Improvement, 555 New Jersey Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20208-5573; (202) 219-2079; TDD: (800) 877-8339.

June 12--Urban-youth projects: The U.S. Health and Human Services Department's Administration on Children and Families is inviting applications for its Urban Youth Projects Program. The program will finance projects that develop cooperative learning partnerships blending classroom curriculum with stay-in-school, precollege, and collegiate programs and vocational education. Six grants totaling $2.5 million will be awarded to eligible community action agencies. Contact: Richard Saul, Office of Community Services, A.C.F., 370 L'Enfant Promenade, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20447; (202) 401-9347.


May 15--Music awards: Applications are due for the seventh annual Lena Horne Scholarship vocal competition, sponsored by New York Newsday in association with Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts Inc. High school seniors in New York City public or diocesan schools are eligible for the competition. Those interested must submit an audiocassette with two jazz or pop songs and an official application form. Contact: L.H.S., New York Newsday, 2 Park Ave., New York, N.Y. 10016; (212) 251-6974.

May 15--Video contest: Entries are due for the "Thoughts and Dreams" nationwide school video contest, sponsored by Videonics, a video-editing-equipment manufacturer. The contest's goal is to encourage educators and students to use video as a creative educational tool for communication. All middle school and high schools are invited to participate by submitting a short (less than five minutes) student-produced video. Ten schools will be awarded prizes ranging from a $2,000 grand prize and a complete Videonics editing studio, to runner-up prizes that include a Videonics digital video mixer and the TitleMaker 2000. The entry must be produced by students, although faculty mentoring is acceptable. Contact: Videonics, (800) 338-EDIT.

June 1--Arts awards: Applications are due for the 1996 Arts Recognition and Talent Search program, an annual program sponsored by the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts. High school seniors are eligible to apply for cash awards of up to $3,000 and scholarships in the categories of dance, music, theater, photography, visual arts and writing. Contact: N.F.A.A./A.R.T.S., 800 Brickell Ave., Suite 500, Miami, Fla. 33131; (800) 970-ARTS.


May 24--Summer institute: Applications are due for the "Teaching with Historic Places" summer institute for teachers, sponsored by the National Park Service's National Partnerships in Cultural Resources and Training Initiative and the National Conference on State Historic Preservation. The course, open to middle and high school teachers and curriculum specialists, will meet July 5-14 in Washington, D.C. Contact: T.H.P., National Register of Historic Places, N.P.S., P.O. Box 37127, Suite 250, Washington, D.C. 20013-7127; or call Marilyn Harper, (202) 343-9546.

May 31--Special Educator of the Year: Entries for the second annual Special Educator of the Year contest sponsored by the Edmark Corporation are due. The contest is designed to honor special educators who are using Edmark product's to make a difference in the lives of their students and inspire other teachers with new ways to help students reach their full potential. The winner will receive a $2,000 gift certificate and the first and second runners-up will receive Edmark gift certificates in the amount of $1,000 and $500 respectively. Educators are asked to submit an official entry form along with a description of an innovative instructional program they have developed for one or more of their students. The instructional program must use at least one specified Edmark product and consist of activities or interactions designed to achieve a particular goal. Contact: Edmark; (800) 362-2890.

Oct. 31--Foreign-language fellowships: The National Endowment for the Humanities is inviting applications for its 1996 summer-fellowship program for foreign-language teachers, grades K-12. A stipend of $3,750 will be provided for six weeks' study abroad. Applicants must have three years' full-time teaching (K-12) experience; at least one-half of the teaching schedule in foreign languages during each of those years; be employed by a school in the United States or a U.S. school abroad; and have the intent to teach foreign languages at least five more years. Former winners of the program and teachers of English as a second language and bilingual education are not eligible. Contact: N.E.H. Fellowship Program for F.L. Teachers K-12, Connecticut College, 270 Mohegan Ave., New London, Conn. 06320-4196; (203) 439-2282; fax: (203) 439-5341.


May 15--Professional-development research: Preliminary proposals are due for the MacArthur/Spencer Professional Development Research and Documentation Program, which supports research and documentation studies about the professional development of adults working in elementary and secondary schools, particularly teachers and administrators. Contact: P.D.R.D.P., Spencer Foundation, 900 North Michigan Ave., Suite 2800, Chicago, Ill. 60611-1542; (312) 337-7000.

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