Published Online: June 16, 1999



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Gifted children: Applications are being accepted for the Distinguished Student Awards, sponsored by the National Association of Gifted Children and the Nicholas Green Foundation; deadlines vary by state between April and June. Awards will be given to one student in each state to recognize achievement in academics, creative arts, or leadership. Students in the 3rd to 6th grades are eligible. Awardees will receive a certificate and a $500 U.S. Savings Bond. Contact: NAGC, 1707 L St. N.W., Suite 550, Washington, DC 20036; (202) 785-4268; Web site:

Sept. 24--Science and technology: Submissions are due for the Siemens Westinghouse Science and Technology Competition, sponsored by the Siemens Foundation. The competition is open to individual high school seniors and to teams of students who develop independent research projects in the physical or biological sciences or in mathematics. Seniors have the opportunity to win more than $1 million in college scholarships and other awards. Contact: SF, 1301 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10019-6022; (212) 258-4000; Web site:


July 1--Scholastic journalism: Nominations are due for the 1999 National High School Journalism Teacher of the Year award, sponsored by the Dow Jones Newspaper Fund. The program selects a high school journalism teacher or newspaper adviser who excels in teaching students journalism, in guiding them to produce high-quality publications, and in working cooperatively with professional media, journalism schools, and press associations. A nominee must have at least three years' experience teaching high school journalism or advising a newspaper or newsmagazine. In addition to the application, a r‚sum‚, a 35 mm photograph of the teacher, and two copies of the 1998-99 school newspaper or newsmagazine should also be submitted. Contact: DJNF, PO Box 300, Princeton, NJ 08543-0300; (609) 452-2820; Web site:

Sept. 15--Parent involvement: Nominations are due for the Dorothy Rich Awards, sponsored by the Home and School Institute's MegaSkills Education Center. The award recognizes educators who work with parents to help children learn. Nominees must have a record of demonstrated experience of working in family-school efforts. Two recommendations should accompany the nominations. Contact: HSI, 1500 Massachusetts Ave. N.W., Washington, DC 20005; (202) 466-3633; fax: (202) 833-1400; e-mail:; Web site:

Oct. 15--Math and science: Applications are due for a new grant program, sponsored by the Toshiba America Foundation, that aims to encourage better hands-on teaching of mathematics and science in elementary schools. Fifty grants of $1,000 each will be awarded to teachers of grades K-6. Contact: TFA, 126 E. 56th St., New York, NY 10022; (212) 588-0820; fax: (212) 588-0821; e-mail:

*Oct. 15--Teacher exchange: Applications are due for the Fulbright Teacher Exchange Program, sponsored by the U.S. Information Agency. The program is open to administrators and teachers in K-12 schools, as well as colleges and universities. Educators wishing to apply should be U.S. citizens, have full-time positions, with at least three years' experience, and be fluent in English. Participants in the program will continue to be paid by their home schools while teaching abroad. Contact: Tiffany Swanson, Outreach Specialist, USIA Fulbright Teacher Exchange Program, 600 Maryland Ave. S.W., Suite 320, Washington, DC 20024; (800) 726-0479; Web site:


July 2--School reform: Applications are due for high schools to be candidates for the 1999 New American High Schools competition, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education and the National Association of Secondary School Principals. High schools that are engaged in comprehensive school reform and are able to demonstrate significant student achievement may be recognized. In addition to national recognition, selected schools will also receive a small stipend to support their outreach and information-sharing activities. Contact: USDE, 600 Independence Ave. S.W., Washington, DC 20202-7100; Web site:; (800) USA-LEARN.

*Oct. 1--Humanities: Nominations are due for summer stipends, sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities. The $4,000 awards will support full-time work on projects that are intended to make a significant contribution to the humanities. Projects must last two full months and run between May 1 and Sept. 30, 2000. Contact: NEH Fellowships and Summer Stipends, 1100 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W., Room 318, Washington, DC 20506; (202) 606-8551; e-mail:; Web site:

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