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Aug. 2--Elementary principals: The National Association of Elementary School Principals invites submissions of proposals for presentation at its annual convention, April 12-16, 1997, in San Antonio, Texas. Proposals should address one of the following themes: Instructional Leadership: Ensuring Academic Success for All; Building Safe, Caring,and Respectful Learning Communities; Comprehensive Approaches to Student Assessment; and Ongoing Personal and Professional Development. Contact: Director of Conventions, NAESP, 1615 Duke St., Alexandria, Va. 22314-3483; (703) 684-3345.

Sept. 15--Sociology of education: The Sociology of Education Association is calling for presentations on the theme "Stratification of Educational Opportunities in an Era of Waning Affirmative Action," for its annual conference, Feb. 21-23, 1997, in Monterey, Calif. The organization invites papers that will advance research in the sociology of education, particularly concerning the social effects of changes in the conceptualization and implementation of affirmative action in educational institutions and issues of faculty as well as student stratification. Contact: Melissa Herman, Stanford University, Sociology Department, Bldg. 120, Stanford, Calif. 94305-2047; (415) 723-1692; fax: (415) 725-6471; e-mail:; or Russell Rumberger, Graduate School of Education, University of California, Santa Barbara, Calif. 93106; (805) 893-3385; fax: (805) 893-7264; e-mail:


Oct. 1--Poster contest: Entries are due for the "Building a Peaceful World" poster contest, sponsored by the Lions Club International. Students ages 11-13 are asked to depict their interpretation of the theme in pencil, crayon, pen, marker, paint, or chalk. Schools an youth groups interesting in participating must be sponsored by a local Lions club. The grand-prize winner will receive a trip to New York City with two family members and a cash award of $1,500. Contact: LCI, (800) 288-8846.

*Oct. 31--Coca-Cola scholarships: Applications are due for the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation college-scholarship program, sponsored by the Coca-Cola Co. The awards are open to high school seniors in the United States who attend school in a participating Coca-Cola bottler's territory. Scholars are evaluated on the basis of leadership in their schools and communities, academic achievements, and motivation to succeed. Fifty-one national scholars will receive awards of $20,000 each; 101 regional scholars will receive $4,000 awards. Contact: Coca-Cola, (800) 306-COKE; Web site:


*March 1--James Madison fellowship: Applications are due for the James Madison Memorial Fellowship, sponsored by the James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation. The fellowship is awarded to in-service secondary school teachers of American history, American government, and social studies in grades 7-12, and to graduating or graduated collegians who wish to become secondary school teachers in those subjects. Each year at least one fellowship of up to $24,000 is awarded to cover tuition, fees, books, room, and board associated with study leading to a master's degree in American history, political science, or education with concentrations in the framing, principles, and history of the U.S. Constitution. Stipends cover five years of part-time study by teachers or two years of full-time study by recent baccalaureates. Contact: JMFP, P.O. Box 4030, Iowa City, Iowa 52243-4030; (800) 525-6928; fax: (319) 337-1204; e-mail:


Aug. 30--TAP America Award: Applications are due for the Technology Applications for People (TAP) America Award, sponsored by the Electronics Industries Foundation. The award recognizes an innovative project developed by a school and an electronics company working together to help children in math and science. Eligible projects must involve at least one member company of the Electronics Industries Association; target students in one or more of grades 5-8 who are isolated by socioeconomic or geographic factors from resources that enrich the math or science curriculum; and make innovative use of the company's technological resources or staff. The award carries a $10,000 grant for investment in the winning project by the participating school. Contact: TAPAA, EIF, 919 18th St. N.W., Suite 900, Washington, D.C. 20006.

*Aug. 31--Maryland 'School Bell' awards: Entries are due for the Annual Maryland School Bell Awards Competition for media coverage of public education, sponsored by the Maryland State Teachers Association. Representatives of both print and electronic media are eligible; the categories for awards include news and feature stories, series, columns, editorials, photographs, and cartoons. Any entry that deals with Maryland education is eligible whether or not the medium is located in Maryland. Entries must have been published or broadcast during the period beginning Aug. 1, 1995, and ending July 31, 1996. Winners will receive engraved school bells and certificates. Contact: MSTA, Public Affairs Division, 344 N. Charles St., Baltimore, Md. 21201; (410) 727-7676.

Oct. 23--Fulbright scholarships: Applications are due for the 1997-98 J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Program, sponsored by the United States Information Agency, the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board, and the Institute for International Education. The awards are intended for graduate study research abroad in academic fields and for professional training in the creative and performing arts. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and holding a bachelor's degree or its equivalent by the beginning date of the grant. All applicants are required to have sufficient proficiency in the language of the host country to carry out their proposed study or research. Full grants provide round-trip international travel, maintenance for the duration of the grant, a research allowance, and tuition waivers. Contact: U.S. Student Programs Division, IIE, (212) 984-5330.

*Dec. 20--Career-education awards: Entries are due for the American Association for Career Education Citations for Career Education Initiatives--Programs, Practices, and Publications That Work, sponsored by the American Association for Career Education. The Awards for Excellence and Innovation in Career Education are offered each year for student, staff, and employee education and training, management, counseling, assessment, evaluation, and research, as well as curriculum design and delivery, career-resource centers, partnerships, coalitions, collaboratives, and various publications. Contact: Pat Nellor Wickwire, 2900 Amby Place, Hermosa Beach, Calif. 90254-2216; (310) 376-7378.

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