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Calls For Papers
Student leadership: The Center for Field Services and Studies at the University of Massachussetts in Lowell requests abstracts/proposals for papers on student leadership in schools, K-12, to be considered for publication in a new journal. Possible topics include: technology, governance, service learning, academic support, peer tutoring, curriculum, philanthropy. Also looking for review of literature, resource guide, and annotated bibliography. Proposal or outline should not exceed three pages.There is no specific deadline for proposals, but the Center asks that they be submitted as soon as possible. Contact: Judith Boccia, CFSS, U.Mass., 1 University Ave., Lowell, Mass. 01854; (508) 934-4650; fax: (508) 934-3002; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- June 30--Reading and writing: The editors of Imagery and Composition: Classrooms, Curriculum, and Lives are calling for essays that investigate mental imagery in contexts that impinge on the teaching of writing and reading. The goal of this collection is to redress the imbalance across composition studies. Those who wish to submit an essay are urged to focus their writing on the intersection of theory and teaching. Sumbit three copies of a 3,000-5,000-word essay (15-20 pages, including bibliography) in Modern Language Association format. Contact: Linda T. Calendrillo, Department of English, Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, Ill. 61920.
Student Scholarships And Awards
Dec. 1--ACM97 essay contest: Entries are due for the "ACM97 Vision of the Future" essay contest, sponsored by Popular Science magazine and the Association for Computing. Essays must be on the subject of "how computer technology will change our lives over the next 50 years" and must be no longer than 1,500 words. The contest is open to all students in grades 9-12. Three winning essayists will each receive a $2,500 scholarship for college and a trip to the ACM97 interactive conference in San Jose, Calif. Contact: ACM97 Vision of the Future, P.O. Box 12114, Church Street Station, New York, N.Y. 10257.
- Dec. 9--Engineering-scholarship contest: Entries are due for the National Engineering Design Scholarship Competition, sponsored by the New Jersey Institute of Technology and Interpool Inc. High school students are challenged to improve the design of a device used to support free-standing transport trailers and containerized cargo chassis. The top prize is a four-year, full-tuition scholarship to NJIT's Newark College of Engineering. Second prize is one four-year, half-tuition scholarship. Four third-place prizes of $250 in cash will be awarded. Contact: Competition Coordinator, NCE, NJIT, University Heights, Newark, N.J. 07102-1982. Web sit: http://www.njit.edu.
Dec. 17--Auto-skills contest: Entries are due for the 1997 Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills National Quality Care Challenge, sponsored by Ford Motor Co. and the American Automobile Association. The contest for high school senior automotive-service students will award more than $3 million in scholarships and prizes. To qualify students will take a state-level auto skills written test in February and March and compete in a statewide hands-on competition in April and May. Contact: Student Auto Skills, Mail Stop 75, 1000 AAA Drive, Heathrow, Fla. 32746-8030; (407) 444-8378.
- Dec. 31--Social entrepreneurs: Applications are due for Youth Service America's nationwide search for six young leaders who have demonstrated the aptitude and enthusiasm to launch innovative and entrepreneurial and national- and community-service start-ups. Those chosen will have a three-year relationship with YSA in which the organization's Fund for Social Entrepreneurs will provide intensive professional development, locate business and youth-service mentors, and provide an $18,000 stipend for the first year and a $10,000 stipend for the second year. Contact: FSE, YSA, 1101 15th St. N.W., Suite 201, Washington, D.C. 20005; (202) 296-2992; fax: (202) 296-4030; e-mail: email@example.com.
Jan. 15--Duracell/NSTA scholarship contest: Entries are due for the 1997 Duracell/NSTA Scholarship Competition, sponsored by Duracell USA and the National Science Teachers Association. Students in grades 9-12 are asked to design and build working devices powered by Duracell batteries. One grand-prize winner will receive a $20,000 savings bond, five second-place winners will each receive a $10,000 savings bond, and 10 third-prize winners will receive $1,000 savings bonds. Everyone who enters will receive a gift and a certificate. Contact: Duracell/NSTA Scholarship Competition, 1840 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, Va. 22201-3000; (888) 255-4242.
- Jan.17--Instrumental soloists' competition: Applications are due for the National Symphony Orchestra Young Soloist Competition. High school instrumentalists who reside in the greater Washington, D.C., area or study with an instrumental teacher in the greater Washington area are invited to compete for a chance to perform as a soloist with the National Symphony Orchestra in concert. Students in grades 10-12 are eligible. Contact: NSO Education Program, (202) 416-8820.
Jan. 18--Fulbright Young Essayist awards: Entries are due for the Fulbright Young Essayist Awards, a new nationwide scholarship program for students in grades 7-12, sponsored by the United States Information Agency and the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers Inc. Students may select from three questions, arranged by grade levels, that explore international issues and cross-cultural experiences. A total of 12 students will receive scholarship prizes in the form of $500-$2,500 bonds redeemable upon graduation. Contact: AYAW, 555 Broadway, New York, N.Y. 10012-3999; (212) 343-6493; Web site: http//www.usia.gov/education/fulbright50/contest.htm.
- Jan. 31--Architecture scholarship: Entries are due for the National Architecture Design Competition for High School Students, sponsored by the New Jersey Institute of Technology's School of Architecture. The competition asks high school students to use their creativity and artistic talent to design "A Community Theater for Your Town." Entrants will vie for college scholarships, including a top prize of a five-year, full-tuition scholarship to NJIT's School of Architecture, a second prize of a five-year, half-tuition scholarship, and four third-prize cash awards of $250. Contact: Craig Konyk, Competition Coordinator, SA, NJIT, University Heights, Newark, N.J. 07102-1982; (201) 596-3080; fax: (201) 596-8296; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Feb. 3--ExploraVision awards: Entries are due for the Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision Awards, sponsored by the Toshiba Corp. and the National Science Teachers Association. The competition, open to K-12 students, asks students to work in teams of three or four to envision what a form of technology might look like in 20 years. Twelve teams--four first-place and eight second-place--will be selected as national winners. Each student on the first-place teams will win a $10,000 savings bond; each second-place team member will win a $5,000 savings bond. Every student and adviser who enters wins a gift, and teacher-advisers of winning teams win Toshiba equipment for their schools. Contact: Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision Awards, NSTA, 1840 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, Va. 22201; (800) EXPLOR-9 or (703) 243-7100.
Feb. 28--Horace Mann scholarships: Applications are due for the Horace Mann Scholarship Program, sponsored by the Horace Mann Cos. The program offers $40,000 in awards to high school seniors who are children of public school employees; the total includes one $20,000 scholarship, three $4,000 scholarships, and eight $1,000 scholarships. To be eligible, a student must be a college-bound senior whose parent or legal guardian is public school or college employee. The student must have at least a B average and score at least 23 on the ACT or 1,000 on the SAT. Contact: HMSP, P.O. Box 20490, Springfield, Ill. 62708; Web site: www.horaceman.com.
March 7--Essay contest: Entries are due for the Kaplan/Newsweek "My Turn" Essay Contest, sponsored by Kaplan Educational Centers and Newsweek magazine. High school students are asked to submit a 500- to 1,000-word essay on their solution to issues that will affect the quality of life in 21st-century America. Ten winners will be awarded with $1,000 scholarships; the first-prize winner will also receive free Kaplan PSAT, SAT or ACT course, book or software product. In addition, the winners and 20 honorable mentions will be published in the Newsweek Education Program book My Turn Essays: Student Reflections. Contact: KEC, (800) KAP-TEST.
- March 22--Computer contest: Entries are due for the "Re-Boot Your Mind" contest, sponsored by the Business Software Alliance. Students in grades 6-12 are asked to design a computer screen saver that encourages respect for software-management ethics and to write an essay on software protection. Students, teachers, and schools will be eligible to win computer software from BSA companies. The grand-prize winner's screen saver will be posted on the Internet. Multiple awards in several categories will be available. Contact: Kim Willard, (202) 530-5127; fax: (202) 872-5501; e-mail: email@example.com; or Diane Smiroldo, (202) 872-5500; fax: (202) 872-5501; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: http://www.bsa.org.
- April 1--Video contest: Entries are due for the "Thoughts and Dreams" competition, sponsored by Videonics, the Video Editing Co. All middle and high school students in grades 7-12 are invited to participate by submitting a short student-produced video communicating their thoughts and dreams. Ten schools will be awarded prizes. One school will receive a grand prize of $2,000 and a complete editing studio; two second-prize schools will win editing studios; one school in each of three categories will be awarded a digital video mixer; four honorable-mention schools will each receive a TitleMaker. Videos must be five minutes or less on a VHS tape; entries must be produced by students. Contact: (800) 338-EDIT; e-mail: email@example.com; Web site: http://www.videonics.com
- April 14--Playwrights with disabilities: Entries are due for the 1997 Playwright Discovery Program, sponsored by Very Special Arts. Individuals with disabilities, ages 25 and under, are invited to submit a script that addresses how disabilities shape the human experience. Two winners will be have their plays produced and performed at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. Contact: VSA, Playwright Discovery Program, Education Office, JFKCPA, Washington, D.C. 20566; (800) 933-8721; TTY: (202) 737-0645; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- April 15--Fund-raiser scholarships: Entries are due for the "Actions Speak" National Scholarship Programs, sponsored by the Association of Fund Raisers and Direct Sellers and the Future Business Leaders of America. The awards recognize the special efforts of high school students involved in supporting their schools and communities through fund-raising efforts. One $5,000 and five $800 college scholarships are available to eligible graduating seniors. Each student must submit a description of the school and/or community fund-raising project; an official transcript of high school grades; two letters of recommendation; and any additional information that would be useful to the judges. Contact: Actions Speak, c/o FBLA, 1912 Association Drive, Reston, Va. 20191.
May 15--Wal-Mart scholarships: Applications are due for the Wal-Mart Competitive Edge Scholarship, sponsored by Wal-Mart Stores Inc. The scholarship is awarded to 240 college-bound students who have a strong interest in science and technology, good academic standing, and a record of community involvement. Contact: Keely Beene, Community Programs, W-MSI, 702 Southwest 8th St., Bentonville, Ark. 72716-9002.
Teacher Fellowships And Awards
- Nov. 30--Lifetouch enrichment grants: Applications are due for the Lifetouch enrichment grant program, sponsored by Lifetouch National School Studios. Pre-K-12 teachers are asked to describe in 150 words or less their method or lesson plan for leading students toward a more creative approach to solving life's problems. Two hundred teachers will each receive a $250 grant, and the top ideas will be published. Contact: Lifetouch Enrichment Grant, 141 South 7th St., Minneapolis, Minn. 55402.
Dec. 1--Early-childhood teaching awards: Nominations are due for the Kohl/McCormick Early Childhood Teaching Awards. The awards are open to full-time teachers in the six-county Chicago metropolitan area (Cook, Lake, DuPage, Kane, McHenry, and Will counties) who have taught full-time for at least three years. Contact: Kohl/McCormick Early Childhood Teaching Awards, (312) 335-KIDS.
Dec. 1--Taft educators' scholarship: Applications are due for the William Howard Taft University educators' scholarship program. The award, valued at $10,650, will include all tuition, registration, and application fees in the university's independent-study Doctor of Education program. The program does not require any seminar or classroom attendance; students may keep their full-time jobs and live anywhere. Applicants must have at least a bachelor's degree and two years' teaching or educational-administration experience. Contact; WHTU, 201 E. Sandpointe Ave., Office 330, Santa Ana, Calif. 92707-5703; (800) 882-4555.
Jan. 10--Catalyst awards: Entries are due for the Catalyst Awards, sponsored by the Chemical Manufacturers Association. The awards recognize science teachers who show dedication and motivation and make outstanding contributions on regional and national levels. Eight national winners will receive $5,000 each along with a medal and a citation; 16 regional winners will each receive $2,500, a medal, and a citation. Elementary school science teachers and secondary school chemistry teachers are eligible for the regional awards, but only teachers with 10 years' experience in teaching are eligible for the national awards. Contact: Toni Benton, c/o Prolist, 17904 Georgia Ave., Suite 100, Olney, Md. 20832; or Hope Bonito, CMA, 1300 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, Va. 22209; (703) 741-5826.
Jan. 10--Eleanor Roosevelt teacher fellowships: Applications are due for the Eleanor Roosevelt Teacher Fellowships, sponsored by the American Association of University Women Educational Foundation. The fellowships, which range from $1,000 to $10,000, are available to K-12 women public school teachers interested in transforming the nation's classrooms into gender-equitable learning environments. Teachers must have at least three years' full-time experience; part of the applicant's teaching assignment must be in math, science, or technology. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents and must plan to teach for at least three years after the fellowship year. Contact: AAUW Educational Foundation, Dept. 92, 2201 N. Dodge St., Iowa City, Iowa 52243-4030; (319) 337-1716 ext. 92.
Jan. 10--Toyota Time grants: Proposals are due for the Toyota Time grants program, sponsored by Toyota Motor Sales USA Inc. and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. Twenty two-year grants will be awarded to K-12 teachers of mathematics for innovative projects that enhance math education in a school. Grants will be awarded at three levels: elementary, middle, and high school. Contact: Toyota Time Grants, NCTM, 1906 Association Drive, Reston, Va. 20191-1593.
Jan. 16--GIFT program: Applications are due for the GTE Foundation's Growth Iniatives for Teachers (GIFT) program. An estimated $720,000 is available in grants to at least 60 teacher teams to help in the development of innovative projects for students. Teams of one science and one math teacher in grades 6-12 in the 35 states and the District of Columbia where GTE operates are eligible. Teachers will receive $7,000 to implement their projects and $2,500 each for professional development. Contact: Maureen Gorman, Vice President, GTEF, 1 Stamford Forum, Stamford, Conn. 06904; (203) 965-3620.
Feb. 1--Wright fellowship: Applications are due for the Wright Fellowship Program, sponsored by the Wright Center for Science Education at Tufts University, for secondary school teachers of science. The yearlong fellowship offers teachers time to pursue projects related to their field while in residence at the university in Medford, Mass. A salary of $35,000 plus benefits and a moving stipend are included. Contact: Ronnee Yashon, Educational Coordinator, WCSE, TU, 4 Colby St., Medford, Mass. 02155; (617) 628-5000, ext. 5394; fax: (617) 627-3995; e-mail: email@example.com; Web site: http://www.tufts.edu/as/wright_center/index.html.
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 award of up to $24,000 covers 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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Teaching in Lithuania: The American Professional Partnership for Lithuanian Education, an organization working to help Lithuania build a new educational system, is seeking volunteer American teachers of English who can spend an academic year or semester teaching in Lithuania. APPLE, an nonprofit organization, cannot provide travel expenses; housing and salary in local currency will be provided by the Ministry of Education in Lithuania. There is no specific deadline for application. Contact: APPLE, Dalile Polikaitis, 1501 Valecroft Ave., Westlake Village, Calif. 91361; phone/fax: (805) 496-9711.
Dec. 6--'American Heroes' awards: Nominations are due for the 1997 American Heroes in Education Awards, sponsored by the Reader's Digest Association Inc. The national program honors teachers and principals who are making a difference in their schools. Individual teachers and principals, or teams of up to six educators, will receive $5,000 with an additional $10,000 going to their schools to support ongoing activities that encourage educational excellence. Any teacher, principal, or administrator may nominate a fellow educator. Contact: Claudia L. Edwards, director, AHEA, RDA Inc., Reader's Digest Road, Pleasantville, N.Y. 10570-7000.
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.
Jan. 31--Environmental awards: Entries are due for the 1997 "A Pledge and a Promise" Environmental Awards, sponsored by the Anheuser-Busch Theme Parks. The program is open nationwide and offers three awards for school groups in four categories--K-5, 6-8, 9-12, and college-level--for projects that improve the environment. Project entries will be judged on students' accomplishments in four areas of environmental improvement. A total of 13 awards will be presented, including a first-place award of $12,500, a second-place award of $5,000, and a third-place award of $2,500. In addition, a grand prize of $20,000 will go to the school-group entry in any of the four categories that excels in overall creativity, innovation, and positive environmental impact. Contact: "A Pledge and a Promise" Environmental Awards, Sea World Education Department, 7007 Sea World Drive, Orlando, Fla. 32821; (407) 363-2389; Web site: www.bev.net/education/SeaWorld.
- Feb. 10--Charles A. Dana Award: Nominations are due for the 1997 Charles A. Dana Award for Pioneering Achievements in Education, created to focus public attention on innovative ideas for strengthening American education. The $50,000 award honors individuals whose innovations have demonstrated potential for improving the quality of preschool and K-12 education. Contact: CADAPAE, Office of the President, Education Commission of the States, 707 17th St., Suite 2700, Denver, Colo. 80202-3427; (303) 299-3628; fax: (303) 296-8332; e-mail: email@example.com.
- April 28--Nestle bake sale contest: Entries are due for the Nestle‚ Toll House Bake Sale Contest, sponsored by Nestle USA. Schools holding spring bake sales are invited to compete against schools nationwide to win a grand prize of $10,000. Four schools selected as runners-up will receive $1,000 each. Winning schools will be selected on criteria that include school spirit, event marketing efforts. and the ratio of funds raised to the number of students enrolled in the school. Contact: C. Holevas, NTHBSC, 1800 Century Park East, Suite 200, Los Angeles, Calif. 90067.