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Following is a list of application deadlines for grants, fellowships, and honors available to individuals. Asterisks (*) denote new entries.


September 30. Internet Projects.

Young Authors Magazine is sponsoring the Internet Scholar Awards, grants of up to $2,500 for K-12 public, private, and homeschool teachers who have developed Internet-based classroom activities. Applicants must have an Internet connection and a World Wide Web browser and may enter either as individual teachers or as teams of up to four teachers. Projects should encourage the use of non-commercial Web sites in the following categories: arts and humanities; foreign language; language arts/creative writing/reading; mathematics; music; science; history; and social studies. For more information, contact: Young Authors Magazine, P.O. Box 81847, Lincoln, NE 68501; e-mail;

October 1. Art.

The National Art Education Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the National Art Education Association, invites applications for four grant programs. The Teacher Incentive Program awards up to $1,000 for proposals to promote art teaching. The Mary McMullan Fund awards up to $1,000 for development of curriculum models and pilot projects to promote arts education. The NAEA Research Fund awards up to $3,000 for proposed research in arts education. The Ruth Halvorsen Professional Development Fund awards up to $1,000 for proposals focusing on the goals for student learning outlined in the NAEA's visual-arts standards. Grants are available only to NAEA members with one-year's standing; applicants must submit proposals of five or fewer pages and a written statement describing anticipated benefits of the proposal. For more information, contact: Donnamarie Gilbert, National Art Education Foundation, 1916 Association Dr., Reston, VA 20191-1590; (703) 860-8000.

October 1. Humanities.

The National Endowment for the Humanities seeks grant proposals for three types of projects: dissemination and diffusion projects that support conferences and visitor programs spotlighting exemplary humanities programs; materials-development projects that support the creation of new classroom materials such as CD-ROMs or source books; and curricular development and demonstration projects that support studies in the humanities, model courses, or curriculum development. Groups of eight to 16 teachers are eligible to receive up to $250,000 for up to three years. Contact: Research and Education Programs, Room 318, National Endowment for the Humanities, 1100 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W., Washington, DC 20506; (202) 606-8380; e-mail;

October 1. Japanese Studies.

The Northeast Asia Council of the Association for Asian Studies, in conjunction with the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission, supports a variety of grant programs in Japanese studies. The programs are designed to facilitate the research of individual scholars, improve the quality of teaching about Japan, and integrate the study of Japan into the major disciplines. Grants are available for: seminars on teaching about Japan; instructional materials; and Japan-related speakers and panels at national conventions of major disciplines. For more information, contact: Northeast Asia Council Grants, Association for Asian Studies, 1 Lane Hall, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1290; (313) 665-2490; fax (313) 665-3801; e-mail

October 1. Korean Studies.

The Northeast Asia Council of the Association for Asian Studies, in conjunction with the Korea Foundation, offers grants for the following: workshops and conferences; projects that enhance Korean studies; instructional materials; and Korea-related speakers and panels. For more information, contact: Northeast Asia Council Grants, Association for Asian Studies, 1 Lane Hall, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1290; (313) 665-2490; fax (313) 665-3801; e-mail

October 10. National Library Week.

The American Library Association announces its Grolier National Library Week Grant. The applicant with the best proposal for a public-awareness campaign tied to the National Library Week theme "Kids Connect at the Library" receives $4,000 to start the campaign. Contact: Public Information Office, American Library Association, 50 E. Huron St., Chicago, IL 60611; (800) 545-2433, ext. 5044; e-mail;

October 15. Exchange Program.

The Fulbright Teacher Exchange Program is accepting applications for the 1998-99 year. The program provides opportunities for qualified educators to participate in direct exchanges of positions with colleagues from other countries for six weeks, a semester, or a full academic year. Teachers and administrators from elementary and secondary schools and two-year colleges are eligible. Contact: Fulbright Teacher Exchange Program, 600 Maryland Ave., S.W., Room 465, Washington, DC 20024; (800) 726-0479; fax (202) 401-7203; e-mail;

October 15. Reading Research.

The International Reading Association offers various grants and fellowships. The Jeanne S. Chall Research Fellowship is a $6,000 grant to support research in the following areas: beginning reading, readability, reading difficulty, stages of reading development, the relation of vocabulary to reading, and diagnosing and teaching adults with limited reading ability. The Teacher as Researcher Grant program supports teachers in their inquiries about literacy and instruction; grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded, although priority will be given to smaller requests of $1,000 to $2,000. Elva Knight Research Grants of up to $5,000 each will be awarded to IRA members for proposed research that addresses new and significant questions in literacy and reading. The Nila Banton Smith Research Dissemination Support Grant provides an IRA member with up to $5,000 for a research-dissemination activity of two to 10 months. For more information, contact: Gail Keating, Division of Research, International Reading Association, 800 Barksdale Rd., P.O. Box 8139, Newark, DE 19714-8139; (302) 731-1600, ext. 226; fax (302) 731-1057; e-mail

October 23. Study Abroad.

The United States Information Agency, the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board, and the Institute of International Education are seeking applications for the 1998-99 Fulbright Grants for graduate study or research abroad. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and should hold a bachelor's degree or its equivalent; creative and performing artists need four years of relevant training or study. The grants provide travel, maintenance for the duration of the grant, a research allowance, and tuition waivers, if applicable. Contact: U.S. Student Programs Division at the Institute of International Education at (212) 984-5330.

November 15. Government.

The President's Commission on White House Fellowships offers 11 to 19 fellowships for professionals to participate in a one-year educational program in government and leadership. Fellows work as special assistants in Cabinet-level departments. Teachers who are U.S. citizens are eligible. For more information, contact: President's Commission on White House Fellowships, 712 Jackson Pl., N.W., Washington, DC 20503; (202) 395-4522.

*December 1. Library Conferences.

The Young Adult Library Services Association, a division of the American Library Association, seeks applicants for its Baker and Taylor/YALSA Conference Grants. Two librarians who work directly with young adults in either a public or school library receive grants of $1,000 each to attend the 1998 American Library Association annual conference in Washington, D.C. Applicants must be YALSA members who have from one to 10 years of experience working with teenagers and who have never attended the annual ALA conference. Contact: Baker and Taylor/YALSA Conference Grants, American Library Association, 50 E. Huron St., Chicago, IL 60611; (800) 545-2433, ext. 4390; fax (312) 664-7459; e-mail;

December 1. Library Grants.

The Young Adult Library Services Association, a division of the American Library Association, seeks applicants for its Book Wholesalers Inc./YALSA Collection Development Grants. YALSA members working with ages 12-18 in a public library are eligible to win one of two $1,000 grants. The grants pay for additional library resources. Contact: BWI/YALSA Collection Development Grant, American Library Association, 50 E. Huron St., Chicago, IL 60611; (800) 545-2433, ext. 4390; fax (312) 664-7459; http://

*December 1. Library Research.

The Young Adult Library Services Association, a division of the American Library Association, offers the Frances Henne/YALSA/Voice of Youth Advocates Research Grant. The $500 grant is designed as seed money for small-scale projects that promote research relating to library services for young adults. Only members of YALSA are eligible. Contact: Henne/YALSA/VOYA Research Grant, YALSA Office, American Library Association, 50 E. Huron St., Chicago, IL 60611; (800) 545-2433, ext. 4390; fax (312) 664-7459; e-mail;

*December 1. Math Meeting.

The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics seeks applicants for the Future Leaders Annual Meeting Support Project. Designed for full-time K-12 teachers, the project pays up to $1,000 in travel expenses. NCTM members who have never attended an NCTM annual meeting and who have three to 10 years' experience teaching are eligible. For more information, contact: Mathematics Education Trust, 1906 Association Dr., Reston, VA 20191-1593; (703) 620-9840, ext. 113.

December 1. Math Scholarships.

The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics offers several scholarship and grant programs for K-12 teachers interested in improving their mathematics skills. The NCTM Standards in Your Own Classroom Awards, which are supported by the Glenadine Gibb Endowment Fund, pay $2,000 to K-12 teachers for projects to implement the NCTM standards. The Dale Seymour Endowment Fund awards scholarships of up to $2,000. The Clarence Olander Grants provide up to $2,000 for in-service training. The Ernest Duncan Scholarship Awards and the Future Leaders Annual Meeting Support Project Awards offer K-6 teachers up to $1,000. The Mary Dolciani Scholarship Awards offer grade 7-12 teachers up to $1,500. Contact: Mathematics Education Trust, 1906 Association Dr., Reston, VA 20191-1593; (703) 620-9840, ext. 113.

December 1. Technology.

The Foundation for Technology Education offers the $2,000 Hearlihy/FTE Grant and the $5,000 Gerrish/FTE Fellowship to technology teachers who are members of the International Technology Education Association. The Hearlihy Grant rewards a teacher who has integrated a high-quality technology education program in the school curricula. Applicants should present evidence that their program is both effective and integrated with other subjects; they must also outline their professional-development plans. The one-year $5,000 Gerrish Fellowship is available to a teacher beginning or continuing full-time graduate study in technology education. Applicants are judged on evidence of teaching success, leadership potential, plans for professional development, and financial need. To request an application for either grant, contact: Foundation for Technology Education, 1914 Association Dr., Reston, VA 20191-1539; (804) 559-4226 or (703) 860-2100.

*December 4. Internet Connection.

The American Association of School Librarians, a division of the American Library Association, announces the ICONnect Mini-Grants. Teams of school library media specialists and classroom teachers can apply for grants of $1,000 toward travel to a state or national conference or toward the purchase of technology for the media center. The school library media specialist applying for the mini-grant must be a member of AASL/ALA. Up to five grants will be awarded based on the proposal's creativity, clarity, and completeness and the effective use of Internet resources to develop the unit. Contact: ICONnect Mini-Grants, American Association of School Librarians, 50 E. Huron St., Chicago, IL 60611; (800) 545-2433, ext. 4389; e-mail;

*December 5. Women's Sports.

The Women's Sports Foundation offers 100 Tampax Grants to middle-level schools and high schools for sports programs serving girls ages 9-18. The $500 grants are designed to boost the quality of women's sports programs. For more information, contact: Tampax Grants for Girls Sports Program, Women's Sports Foundation, Eisenhower Park, East Meadow, NY 11554; (800) 227-3988.

*December 11. Education Research.

The National Academy of Education seeks applicants for the 1998-99 Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowships for teachers' research on improving education. Individuals who hold a doctorate or equivalent degree in the humanities, behavioral or social sciences, or education may apply. The degree must have been earned between January 1, 1992, and December 31, 1997. Applicants submit research proposals that would make a significant contribution to education research and to the discipline from which the proposed research would draw. As many as 30 fellows are selected. Full-time fellows receive $45,000 for one year; part-time fellows receive $22,500 for two years. Contact: National Academy of Education, School of Education, CERAS 108, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305-3084; (415) 725-1003.

*January 5. Science Research.

The American Physiological Society encourages science teachers in grades 6-12 to apply for its Frontiers in Physiology Summer Research Program. As many as 20 teachers are selected to work in the laboratory of an APS researcher for seven to nine weeks. They receive a stipend of $500 per week, plus $500 to attend a one-week retreat and $750 for travel expenses to the April 1999 APS annual meeting in Washington, D.C. Contact: Phyllis Edelman, Project Coordinator, American Physiological Society, Frontiers in Physiology, 9650 Rockville Pike, Bethesda, MD 20814-3991; (301) 571-0692; e-mail

*January 5. Teacher Research.

The Spencer Practitioner Research Communication and Mentoring Program offers grants to strengthen the effectiveness of teacher research and clarify its uses. Grants of up to $15,000 are available to teachers, groups or networks of teachers, and partnerships of teacher and university researchers. For guidelines, contact: Lisa Lattuca, Mentoring and Communications Grants, Spencer Foundation, 900 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 2800, Chicago, IL 60611-1542; (312) 337-7000, ext. 630;

*January 9. Math.

K-12 mathematics teachers are encouraged to apply for Toyota's Investment in Mathematics Excellence Grants. The program is sponsored in conjunction with the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics; 35 grants of up to $10,000 each are awarded to develop innovative approaches to math instruction. For more information, contact: Toyota's Investment in Mathematics Excellence, c/o National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, 1906 Association Dr., Reston, VA 20191-1593; (888) 573-TIME; e-mail

*January 12. Gender Equity.

The American Association of University Women Educational Foundation awards Eleanor Roosevelt Teacher Fellowships to women who have demonstrated a commitment to educational equity for girls through work in the classroom. Applicants must be full-time K-12 public school teachers in the United States; they must also have at least three consecutive years' experience teaching math, science, or technology and plan to continue teaching one of these subjects for three years after the fellowship. Awards range from $1,000 to $10,000 for proposals that address educational equality issues and techniques to boost girls' self-confidence and academic performance. Fellows also meet for a four-day Teacher Institute in Washington, D.C. For more information, contact: American Association of University Women Educational Foundation, Dept. 80, 2201 N. Dodge St., Iowa City, IA 52243-4030; (319) 337-1716.

*January 15. Teachers College.

The Esther A. and Joseph Klingenstein Center at Teachers College, Columbia University, offers various fellowships for staff at independent schools. Fifty fellowships at the Klingenstein Summer Institute are offered to independent secondary school teachers with two to five years of experience; fellows explore teaching styles, educational philosophies, and personal development. Heads of independent schools are eligible for one month of intensive study at Columbia as Visiting Fellows. Twelve Klingenstein Fellowships also are available to independent school teachers in grades 5-12 with at least five years of experience; participants study educational and leadership development for either one semester or one year. All fellows receive a tuition stipend. Summer Institute teachers also receive housing, while Program Fellows get stipends and Visiting Fellows receive hotel accommodations. For more information, contact: Joseph Klingenstein Center, Box 125, Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, NY 10027; (212) 678-3449;

*January 16. Science.

Dow Chemical Co. and the National Science Teachers Association present the Dow/NSTA Summer Workshop. Sixteen chemistry teachers in grades 9-12 are selected to visit Dow labs, production sites, and waste-treatment facilities. To obtain an application, contact: National Science Teachers Association Award Programs, 1840 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22201-3000; (703) 312-9201.

*January 21. Science.

Toyota Motor Sales Inc., in conjunction with the National Science Teachers Association, offers 50 Tapestry Grants for K-12 science teachers to implement innovative student projects in environmental education or the physical sciences. Grant awards range up to $10,000; winners also receive an expenses-paid trip to the 1998 NSTA convention in Las Vegas. Contact: Toyota Tapestry Grants, c/o National Science Teachers Association Award Programs, 1840 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22201-3000; (800) 807-9852; e-mail;


October 1. Reading Dissertation.

The International Reading Association invites doctoral students in the field of reading/literacy research to apply for its Outstanding Dissertation of the Year Award. Individuals who are IRA members and have completed dissertations between September 1, 1996, and August 31, 1997, are eligible for the $1,000 prize. The winner and finalists will be invited to present their research at the IRA's annual convention. Contact: Outstanding Dissertation of the Year Award, Division of Research, International Reading Association, 800 Barksdale Rd., P.O. Box 8139, Newark, DE 19714-8139; e-mail

October 10. Science And Technology.

Tandy Corp., with the support of the National Association of Secondary School Principals, announces the Tandy Technology Scholars Program. High schools may nominate one full-time mathematics, science, or computer-science teacher with at least three years' high school experience teaching at least three classes in the specified subjects. One hundred honorees will each receive $2,500. For more information, contact: Tandy Technology Scholars, TCU Box 298990, Fort Worth, TX 76129; (817) 924-4087; e-mail;

October 15. Learning Disabilities.

The International Reading Association invites applications for the Albert J. Harris Award, which recognizes an outstanding contribution to the prevention and/or assessment of reading or learning disabilities. Those who have published in a professional journal or monograph between June 1, 1996, and June 1, 1997, are eligible for the $500 award. For guidelines, contact: Gail Keating, Division of Research, International Reading Association, 800 Barksdale Rd., P.O. Box 8139, Newark, DE 19714-8139; (302) 731-1600, ext. 226; fax (302) 732-1057; e-mail

October 15. Reading Research.

The International Reading Association sponsors the Dina Feitelson Research Award. The $500 prize goes to an outstanding empirical study reporting on literacy acquisition. Research that has been published in English in a refereed journal between January 1, 1994, and June 30, 1997, may be submitted by the author or others. Nominees do not need to be members of the IRA. For more information, contact: Gail Keating, Division of Research, International Reading Association, 800 Barksdale Rd., P.O. Box 8139, Newark, DE 19714-8139; (302) 731-1600, ext. 226; fax (302) 731-1057; e-mail

November 1. Innovations.

Northern Life Insurance Co. invites nominations for its Education's Unsung Heroes Awards. Eligible are full-time K-12 educators, paraprofessionals, and classified staff who have initiated an effective teaching program. Eighty finalists win $2,000 to further projects in their schools. Three grand-prize winners receive $25,000, $10,000, or $5,000 to further winning projects in their schools or districts. For an application and more information, contact: Northern Life Education's Unsung Heroes Awards Program, c/o Citizen's Scholarship Foundation of America, 1505 Riverview Rd., P.O. Box 297, St. Peter, MN 56082; (507) 931-1682; fax (507) 931-2103;

November 14. Films In Science.

The Science Screen Report Inc., in conjunction with the National Science Teachers Association, sponsors the Science Screen Report Award. K-12 science teachers who have used commercially available films or videos to develop a science unit or theme are encouraged to apply. The winner receives $1,000, plus up to $500 to attend the 1998 NSTA convention in Las Vegas. Contact: National Science Teachers Association Award Programs, 1840 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22201-3000; (703) 243-7100;

November 14. Science.

The National Science Teachers Association, in conjunction with various corporate and association sponsors, offers a number of awards for K-12 science teachers. The criteria for each award varies, but most applicants are judged on the basis of their leadership, teaching, curriculum, and influence. Sponsors include the American Water Works Association; Barrick Goldstrike Mines Inc.; CIBA Specialty Chemicals Corp.; Ohaus Corp.; Shell Oil Co.; and the Drug, Chemical, and Trades Education Foundation. Awards include cash prizes of up to $10,000, computers, NSTA memberships, and expenses-paid trips to the 1998 NSTA convention in Las Vegas. For more information, contact: National Science Teachers Association Award Programs, 1840 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22201-3000; (703) 243-7100;

November 14. Science Facilities.

Sheldon Laboratory Systems, a division of General Equipment Manufacturers, seeks applicants for its Sheldon Exemplary Equipment and Facilities Award. This award, offered in conjunction with the National Science Teachers Association, honors a K-12 teacher who effectively uses classroom and laboratory space, furniture, fixtures, and teaching apparatus. The winner receives $1,000, plus up to $500 to attend the 1998 NSTA convention in Las Vegas. Contact: National Science Teachers Association Award Programs, 1840 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22201-3000; (703) 243-7100;

November 24. Music.

The Harry A. Logan Jr. Foundation announces the 1998 Heidi Castleman Award for Excellence in Chamber Music Teaching, a $1,000 prize for an oustanding leader of exceptional chamber music programs for students ages 6-18. For more information, contact: Chamber Music America, 305 Seventh Ave., Fifth Floor, New York, NY 10001-6008; (212) 242-2022, ext. 101.

*December 1. Innovations.

The University of Louisville invites applications for the Grawemeyer Award in Education. Created to support the implementation of ideas for improving education, the award is paid in five $30,000 annual installments. Applicants submit their books, technological projects, program initiatives, or other project proposals. For more information, contact: University of Louisville, Grawemeyer Award in Education, School of Education, Louisville, KY 40292-0001; (502) 852-6411.

*December 1. Promising Poets.

The International Reading Association honors a children's poet every three years with the Lee Bennett Hopkins Promising Poet Award. The $500 prize goes to an outstanding new poet who has published no more than two books of poetry for children and young adults; the books must have been copyrighted between 1994 and 1997. Non-English submissions must be accompanied by an English translation. For more information, contact: Shirley Choo, Poetry and Prose Award Subcommittee, 1784 Pepperidge Ct., Burnaby, BC, Canada V5A 3V9.

*December 1. Technology.

The Foundation for Technology Education offers its Maley/FTE Technology Teacher Scholarship to a technology teacher who is beginning or continuing graduate study. Applicants for the $1,000 award must be members of the International Technology Education Association; the scholarship is awarded based on evidence of teaching success and the applicant's research and professional-development plans. For more information, contact: Tom Hughes, Foundation for Technology Education, 1914 Association Dr., Reston, VA 20191-1539; (804) 559-4226; e-mail;

*December 5. Heroes In Education.

Reader's Digest is accepting nominations for its American Heroes in Education program, which honors K-12 teachers and principals whose outstanding achievements have affected the lives of students. Co-sponsors are the American Federation of Teachers, the National Association of Elementary School Principals, the National Association of Secondary School Principals, and the National Education Association. Winners receive $5,000, plus $10,000 for their schools. For more information, contact: Claudia Edwards, Director, American Heroes in Education Awards, Reader's Digest Association Inc., Reader's Digest Rd., Pleasantville, NY 10570-7000; (914) 244-2030.

*January 3. Hall Of Fame.

The National Teachers Hall of Fame is accepting nominations for its 1998 induction. Active or retired certified K-12 teachers with at least 20 years of classroom experience are eligible. Five teachers are selected and receive an expenses-paid weekend for the June induction ceremony; each will be represented in the Hall of Fame Gallery. For nomination forms, contact: National Teachers Hall of Fame, 1320 C of E Dr., Emporia, KS 66801; (800) 96-TEACH.

*January 15. Research.

The National Association for Gifted Children announces the Hollingworth Award Competition to encourage educational and psychological studies with potential benefit for gifted and talented students. Educators, organizations, and institutions are eligible to submit proposals. The winner receives $2,000 to support the research. For more information, contact: Sandra Kaplan, Hollingworth Award Committee, National Association for Gifted Children, 1707 L St., N.W., Suite 550, Washington, DC 20036; (202) 785-4268.


Following is a list of free or inexpensive resources that teachers can order.


Beeline Books has published The Treasured Mailbox, a book by Caroline Linse that includes numerous ideas, resources, techniques, and activities to help children express themselves through letter writing. Cost: $14.95. For more information, contact: Beeline Books/Heinemann, 361 Hanover St., Portsmouth, NH 03801-3912; (800) 793-2154;

Idea Book.

A&E Television Networks, a joint venture of the Hearst Corp. and ABC Inc., offers guides to accompany programming on the A&E entertainment network and the History Channel. "The Idea Book for Educators" features study guides, questions about programs such as Jane Austen's Emma, and calendars noting programs airing through January. "Biography: Experience It!" is based on the Biography series and is designed to enhance curricula through print materials and videos. Both publications are free. For more information, contact: A&E Community Marketing, P.O. Box 1610, Grand Central Station, New York, NY 10163-1610; (212) 210-1338; fax (212) 210-1429; and


The Stuttering Foundation of America offers teachers a free copy of "The Child Who Stutters at School: Notes to the Teacher." This brochure addresses tough classroom situations such as calling on children who stutter, teasing, and reading aloud. A Spanish translation, El Nino Que Tartamudea en la Escuela, is also available. Additional copies cost 10 cents each. Contact: Stuttering Foundation of America, P.O. Box 11749, Memphis, TN 38111; (800) 992-9392.

Teen Smoking.

"Teens and Tobacco," an anti-tobacco booklet, is available from Business & Legal Reports Inc., a national publisher of training information. The booklet covers why teens start smoking, the toxic materials in tobacco and their effects, the dangers of tobacco alternatives such as cigars, and how to stop smoking. Cost: 25 for 98 cents each; 100 for 68 cents each. Contact Business & Legal Reports Inc. at (800) 7-ASK-BLR; fax (203) 245-2559.

Special-Needs Children.

The Option Institute and Fellowship, a nonprofit organization offering programs for parents and professionals who teach special-needs children, offers Barry Neil Kaufman's book, Son-Rise: The Miracle Continues, as a free gift to teachers. The book is a follow-up to Son-Rise, the 1979 account of the intensive therapy that Kaufman, the founder of the Institute, and his wife used to help their autistic and mentally retarded son, Raun. Son-Rise: The Miracle Continues updates Raun's progress and profiles other families helped by the therapy designed by Kaufman and his wife. To order, call the Option Institute at (800) 714-2779.


Teaching the Millennium, by Craig Munsart and Christine Izmirian, aims to provide a historical context for the issues that will confront society in the next millennium. The book is designed to help those teaching ages 9-13 about topics relating to energy, resources, food, shelter, air, water, technology, medicine and health, education, economy, government, population, and war. Cost: $17.95. To order, call Fulcrum Publishing at (800) 992-2908.

Pro Lingua.

The Pro Lingua Associates catalog lists games, activities, and books for students learning English or other languages and teachers interested in resources on the subject. The catalog is free to teachers. For more information, contact: Pro Lingua Associates, 15 Elm St., Brattleboro, VT 05301; (800) 366-4775; fax (802) 257-5117; e-mail;


Doing Art Together, by Muriel Silberstein-Storfer with Mablen Jones, is a teaching guide based on the methods used in the parent-child workshops at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Silberstein-Storfer discusses how to lead others working with paint, paper, collage, clay, and other materials. Each chapter covers a hands-on studio project and includes photographs to illustrate methods. Cost: $19.95. Contact: Harry N. Abrams Inc. Publishing, 100 Fifth Ave., New York, NY 10011; (800) 288-2131.

Solar Eclipse.

ABELexpress Astronomy Products Division offers a kit of products for watching a solar eclipse. The kit includes a safe solar filter, viewing-safety information, and a guide to photographing solar eclipses. The next eclipse is Feb. 26, 1998, and the kit includes a map detailing where in the United States the phenomenon will be visible. Cost: $2 each; $1.50 each for orders of 25 or more. Contact: ABELexpress-Astronomy Products Division, P.O. Box 668-T, Carnegie, PA 15106; (800) 542-9001.

Equitable Education.

A Great Balancing Act, published by the National Association of Independent Schools, discusses how gender can influence teaching styles and curriculum. Written by Anne Chapman, the academic dean at Western Reserve Academy in Hudson, Ohio, the book offers classroom-tested suggestions for overcoming negative aspects of gender stereotyping and maximizing learning potential for boys and girls. Cost: $18 for NAIS members; $22 for nonmembers. Contact: National Association of Independent Schools, 1620 L St., N.W., Washington, DC 20036-5605; (202) 973-9749.


The New York Public Library's Books of the Century, published by Oxford University Press Inc., takes readers on a tour of some of the best books published in past 100 years. Editor Elizabeth Diefendorf organized more than 150 pivotal works into topical categories such as: "Colonialism and Its Aftermath"; "Women Rise"; "Economics and Technology"; and "Popular Culture and Mass Entertainment." Cost: $19.95; paperback $8.95. For more information, contact: Oxford University Press Inc., Order Dept., 2001 Evans Rd., Cary, NC 27513; (800) 451-7556.

Pleasure Of Reading.

The Most Wonderful Books, published by Milkweed Editions and edited by Michael Dorris and Emilie Buchwald, features essays by 57 contemporary writers on the books and events that turned them into lifelong readers. Cost: $14.95. For more information, contact: Milkweed Editions at (800) 520-6455.


Following is a list of World Wide Web sites that teachers and their students may find helpful.


The Kids Food Cyber Club is an interdisciplinary, interactive program about food, nutrition, and hunger aimed at grades 3-5. Developed by the Connecticut Association for Human Services, an independent advocacy, research, and policy organization, and Kaiser Permanente, a not-for-profit group health maintenance organization, the site features interactive quizzes, opportunities to "shop" for food on-line, and search engines to research nutrition topics. A teacher's guide includes detailed lesson plans and suggestions for classroom activities.

Activities For Kids. has more than 700 activities for kids. Here are some of the titles: "Transformation of English Letters to Hieroglyphics," "Design an Airplane," "Making the Constitution," and "The Bee's Eye." Most of the activities are designed to supplement classroom instruction.

Public Policy. is a nonpartisan public policy site owned and operated by Chicago-based A2S2 Digital Projects Inc. Students link to policy centers at major universities, participate in debates, represent their state in a "Virtual Congress," and post messages for their peers and policy experts. The site also offers analysis and briefs on various issues.

Violence Prevention.

The Great Lakes Area Regional Resource Center operates a database of resources available to help curb violence against young children. Among the topics covered are: fostering good parenting skills; discouraging the use of drugs and alcohol by parents and children; encouraging the teaching of conflict resolution; and curbing violence in the media. Additions to the database are welcome.

Children's Art.

The Children's Art Gallery is an experimental, nonprofit project offering free space on the Web for the drawings of children from various cultures and age groups. Artwork is exhibited by children from China, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Egypt, Hong Kong, Lebanon, Norway, Pakistan, Poland, Russia, and many other countries. The site includes instructions for adding artwork to the site.


Following is a list of contests, scholarships, and internships for students organized by application deadline. Asterisks (*) denote new entries.

*Open. Television.

CNN Newsroom & WorldView, Turner Broadcasting's news and features program for schools, airs student-produced videos. Students may submit reports of no more than two and a half minutes on any topic, although students are encouraged to focus on popular themes in education. Participation is open to all schools enrolled in the CNN Newsroom & WorldView program. For more information, contact: CNN Newsroom School Videos Program, 1 CNN Center, 10 South, Seventh Floor, North Tower, Atlanta, GA 30303; (800) 344-6219;

Open. History Essays.

The Concord Review, a quarterly publication, accepts student essays on historical topics. Essays should be approximately 5,000 words, plus endnotes. Submissions chosen for publication will be eligible for the 1998 Emerson Prize, a $2,000 award given to as many as three students. For more information, contact: The Concord Review, P.O. Box 661, Concord, MA 01742; (800) 331-5007 or (508) 443-0022; e-mail;

October 1. Art.

The National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts announces its Arts Recognition and Talent Search Program, open to high school seniors ages 17 and 18. The 125 student artists selected receive a trip to Miami for workshops and auditions and receive hotel accommodations, meals, ground transportation, and cash awards ranging from $100 to $3,000. About 20 of the artists are selected as Presidential Scholars in the Arts and are honored at the White House. Awards are based on merit in eight art forms. Applicants must pay a $35 entry fee. For more information, call: (800) 970-ARTS.

October 1. Music Composition.

The Delius Association of Florida and Jacksonville University announce the 12th Annual High School Composition Contest. Students in grades 10-12 are eligible to submit compositions for one to eight musicians using piano, organ, or band or orchestra instruments. (Voices count as instruments.) The first-prize winner receives $200, the second-prize winner $100. For official rules and guidelines, contact: Delius Composition Contest for High School Composers, College of Fine Arts, Jacksonville University, 2800 University Blvd. N., Jacksonville, FL 32211-9925; (904) 745-7371.

October 1. Peace Poster.

Lions Clubs International invites students ages 11-13 to participate in its 1997-98 Peace Poster Contest. Contestants submit a poster created in pencil, crayon, pen, marker, paint, or chalk on this year's theme: "A World in Harmony." The grand-prize winner receives $2,500, plus an expenses-paid trip with two family members to attend an awards ceremony at the United Nations in New York City. Participating schools must be sponsored by a Lions Club. For more information, contact your local Lions Club or the Lions Clubs International headquarters at (800) 288-8846.

October 7. Recycling.

The Can Manufacturers Institute's Great Aluminum Can Roundup encourages groups to collect cans for recycling. Participants who write stories about their recycling program and their experiences are eligible for first-, second-, and third-place prizes of $1,000, $700, and $500, respectively, in four geographic regions. A national winner is also selected and receives an additional $1,000. The recycling programs and stories are judged on social and environmental impact, creativity, initiative, and adaptation to the community. Recycling information, goal charts, posters, and more are available at (800) 462-0003. For information on the writing contest, contact: Jenny Day, Director of Recycling, Can Manufacturers Institute, 1625 Massachusetts Ave., N.W., Washington, DC 20036; (202) 232-4677; fax (202) 232-5756; e-mail

October 10. Science And Technology.

Tandy Corp., with support from the National Association of Secondary School Principals, announces its Tandy Technology Scholars program. Schools may nominate one student in grades 9-11 as their top mathematics, science, or computer-science student based on grade-point average, test scores, relevant coursework, and community service. Schools with graduating classes of more than 300 may nominate two students. One hundred students receive $1,000 for college or university tuition. For more information, contact: Tandy Technology Scholars, TCU Box 298990, Fort Worth, TX 76129; (817) 924-4087; e-mail;

*October 15. Young Playwrights.

Young Playwrights Inc. invites students ages 18 and under to write original nonmusical plays for the Young Playwrights Festival. The festival aims to identify, develop, and encourage young playwrights to create new work for the theater. As many as four plays are accepted for production at the festival, and about 12 students are invited to attend various workshops. For more information, contact: Young Playwrights Festival, Dept. TM, 321 W. 44th St., Suite 906, New York, NY 10036; (212) 307-1140.

October 24. Greeting Card Contest.

UNICEF, Pier 1 Imports, and Better Homes and Gardens magazine sponsor the UNICEF 1997 Greeting Card Contest for U.S. citizens ages 13 and younger. Applicants should design greeting cards on this year's theme, "Kids Helping Kids." A grand-prize winner is selected in two categories: ages 7 and younger and ages 8-13. Entry forms are available at Pier 1 Imports stores and should be mailed to: Pier 1 Imports, 301 Commerce St., Suite 600, P.O. Box 961020, Fort Worth, TX 76161-0020.

October 30. Community Spirit.

The National Association of Secondary School Principals announces the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards. The awards recognize middle-level and high school students who have performed exemplary, self-initiated community service. Schools may select one honoree for every 1,000 students enrolled. One high school and one middle-level student in each state, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico are named "state honorees" and receive $1,000, a silver medallion, and an expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C. Ten state winners (five high school and five middle-level students) are named "national honorees" and receive an additional $5,000, a gold medal, and a trophy for their school. Contact: National Association of Secondary School Principals, Department of Student Activities, 1904 Association Dr., Reston, VA 20191-1537; (703) 860-0200; fax (703) 476-5432; e-mail; http:// href="">

*October 31. College Scholarship.

Paper Mate is sponsoring Write to Learn, a nationwide essay contest. To enter, students write an essay of 50 words or fewer on the topic: "What does a college education mean to me?" The grand-prize winner receives an $80,000 college scholarship. Ten second-prize winners get $3,300 Apple Macintosh Performa computers, and 20 third-prize winners get $500 back-to-school shopping sprees. For more information, see your local Sunday newspaper or visit stores where Paper Mate products are sold. For contest rules, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to: Paper Mate Rules, P.O. Box 8600, Westport, CT 06888.

*October 31. Scholarships.

The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation offers merit-based scholarships to U.S. college-bound seniors attending school in a participating Coca-Cola bottler's territory. Students will be evaluated on their leadership abilities, academic achievements, and motivation to succeed. Fifty are chosen as national scholars and receive awards of $20,000 for college. Another 100 students are designated regional scholars and receive $4,000 each. Seniors should contact their guidance counselors for applications. More information is available at, or call (404) 733-5420 or (800) 306-2653.

November 3. Musicians.

Very Special Arts invites any instrumentalist or vocalist who has a disability and is 25 or younger to apply for the 1998 Panasonic Young Soloists Award. One vocalist and one instrumentalist will be named winners. Each will receive a $5,000 scholarship to pursue music studies and the opportunity to perform at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. Applicants must submit a video or audio recording, a letter of application, and a one-page essay. For more information and to request an application packet, contact: Very Special Arts, Young Soloists Program, Education Office, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, DC 20566; (800) 933-8721; (202) 737-0645 (TDD).

November 14. Children's Art.

Pentel of America Ltd., a manufacturer of writing instruments and art materials, is sponsoring the 28th International Children's Art Exhibition. Entrants must be ages 3-15 on January 1, 1998, and submit drawings, paintings, collages, or woodcut designs that are flat and two-dimensional. U.S. creations must be submitted through an art instructor or educator. For rules, contact: Janet Quan, International Children's Art Exhibition, Pentel of America Ltd., 2805 Columbia St., Torrance, CA 90509; (800) 421-1419, ext. 269.

November 14. Water.

EcoWater Systems, a manufacturer of commercial and residential water systems, invites students in grades 6-8 to enter the World of Water Contest. To participate, students must create a public service advertisement that encourages the conservation and protection of the water supply. One winner is selected in each grade at the local, regional, and national level. Three national winners receive $500; 15 regional winners receive $100. Teachers of the national winners receive a trip to the 1998 National Science Teachers Association convention in Las Vegas or the cash equivalent worth up to $1,500. The winning advertisements are distributed among local media. Contact a local EcoWater dealer: (800) 86-WATER.

November 15. Gardening.

The National Gardening Association welcomes applicants for its Youth Garden Grants Program. Gardening programs involving at least 15 children ages 3-18 are eligible to win one of 300 grants, each worth more than $750 in tools, seeds, plants, and garden products. Contact: Garden Grants Dept. PS, National Gardening Association, 180 Flynn Ave., Burlington, VT 05401; (800) 538-7476;

November 15. Technology.

MultiMedia Schools Magazine and Compaq Computer Corp. announce the 1998 Student Technology Leaders Award. The award honors outstanding students who have made exemplary and innovative use of information technology in their schools and communities. The competition is open to full-time students attending a public or private school in the continental United States. Students compete in one of three grade-level categories: K-5, 6-8, or 9-12. Students must be nominated by a teacher, media specialist, or school administrator; teams of students may also be nominated. Three winners will attend and participate in the 1998 National Educational Computing Conference in San Diego from June 22-24. For more information, contact: Student Technology Leaders Award, c/o MultiMedia Schools Magazine, 2809 Brandywine St., N.W., Washington, DC 20008; e-mail;;

November 21. Poster Contest.

The Caring Institute invites students in 1st through 12th grades to enter the 1997 Art of Caring Poster Contest. Entrants submit works of art illustrating the importance of caring. First-, second-, and third-place winners are selected from each grade level and win $100, $75, and $50, respectively. Contact: Art of Caring Poster Contest, Caring Institute, 513 C St., N.E., Washington, DC 20002-5809; (202) 547-4273.

November 24. Science Scholarships.

Westinghouse Electric Corp. invites high school seniors to enter its Science Talent Search by submitting written reports of independent science, math, or engineering research projects. Forty finalists are chosen for a five-day, expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C., in March to participate in the Science Talent Institute. Finalists compete for scholarships of up to $40,000. For more information, contact: Science Talent Search, c/o Science Service, 1719 N St., N.W., Washington, DC 20036; (202) 785-2255;

*December 1. Essay Contest.

The U.S. Committee for UNICEF is sponsoring the first annual UNICEF/USA Kids Speak for Kids Essay Contest. Essays of no more than 200 words should be submitted on the following topic: "Imagine that you are a journalist. Write an essay that expresses your opinion on what can be done to end exploitative child labor." Grand prizes are awarded in two grade-level categories: 4-5 and 6-8. The winner from each will visit the United Nations, be honored at a U.N. ceremony, and serve as a U.S. Committee for UNICEF National Youth Ambassador for one year. For entry forms and contest guidelines, contact: U.S. Committee for UNICEF, 333 East 38th St., New York, NY 10016; (800) FOR-KIDS;

*December 1. Science-By-Mail.

The Boston Museum of Science offers Science-by-Mail, a program that pairs students in grades 4-9 with scientist pen pals who help the youngsters complete hands-on experiments and other activities. Membership costs $49 for groups of up to four children and $294 for an entire class. Contact: Science-by-Mail, Museum of Science, Science Park, Boston, MA 02114-1099; (800) 729-3300; e-mail

*December 5. Fire Sprinklers.

High school seniors nationwide are invited to write an essay for the American Fire Sprinkler Association Scholarship Contest. Essays should run between 700 and 1,000 words and address the topic, "How fire sprinklers affect your community." Seven regional winners each receive a $750 scholarship. One first-place national winner receives an additional $2,500 scholarship, one second-place national winner receives an additional $1,500 scholarship, and one third-place national winner gets an additional $750 scholarship. For more information, contact: Scholarship Contest, American Fire Sprinkler Association, 12959 Jupiter Rd., Suite 142, Dallas, TX 75238; (214) 349-5965; fax (214) 343-8898;

*December 5. Writing And Art.

Weekly Reader Corp. seeks entries for its Read magazine Writing and Art Awards. Students in grades 6-12 are eligible to win in three categories: two-dimensional artwork; essays; and fiction. Cash prizes include: $100 for first place in the art category and $225 for first place in the essay and fiction categories. For guidelines and entry coupons, contact: Read Writing and Art Awards, Weekly Reader Corp., 200 First Stamford Pl., P.O. Box 120023, Stamford, CT 06912-0023; (203) 705-3449.

*December 12. Leadership.

Schools are invited to nominate one high school senior for the Principal's Leadership Award, funded by Herff Jones Inc. and administered by the National Association of Secondary School Principals. The nominees from each school receive a certificate of merit and are considered semifinalists for one of 150 $1,000 scholarships. For more information, contact: National Association of Secondary School Principals, Department of Student Activities, 1904 Association Dr., Reston, VA 20191-1537; (703) 860-0200; fax (703) 476-5432; e-mail; http:// href="">

*December 12. Poetry.

Read magazine announces its Ann Arlys Bowler Poetry Prize. Students in grades 6-12 may submit up to three typed poems. Entries should be no longer than one page. Six national winners receive $100, a medal of honor, and publication in an all-student issue of Read. Six semifinalists receive $50, a certificate, and the possibility of being published. For guidelines and entry coupons, contact: Bowler Poetry Contest, Weekly Reader Corp., 200 First Stamford Pl., P.O. Box 120023, Stamford, CT 06912-0023; (203) 705-3406.

*December 15. Radio.

Earth and Sky Radio, in conjunction with the National Science Foundation, invites students in grades K-12 to enter its fourth annual Young Producers Contest. To enter, teams of students write and record a radio show on a science or nature topic of their choice. Five winners will be chosen for broadcast on the Earth and Sky Radio series. Members of the grand-prize winning team will receive $1,000 U.S. savings bonds; members of the four other finalist teams will get $500 U.S. savings bonds. For more information, contact: Earth and Sky; (512) 480-8773; e-mail;

*December 31. Mural Contest.

The Bureau for At-Risk Youth offers its fourth annual Outdoor Prevention Mural Contest, designed to support community-based drug prevention. Schools enter a proposal for an outdoor mural. An artist travels to the winning school to help create the mural, and it is featured on the cover of the fall Bureau for At-Risk Youth catalog. For more information, contact: Bureau for At-Risk Youth, 135 Dupont St., P.O. Box 760, Plainview, NY 11803-0760; (800) 999-6884, ext. 211;

*January 10. Language Arts.

The National Council of Teachers of English is accepting nominations for its 1998 Promising Young Writers Program. Eighth grade language arts teachers are encouraged to nominate students and submit examples of their best written work. Winning students receive a certificate of recognition. The council charges a $5 nomination fee per student. For more information, contact: Promising Young Writers Program, National Council of Teachers of English, 1111 W. Kenyon Rd., Urbana, IL 61801-1096.

*January 14. Batteries.

Students in grades 7-12 are eligible to design and build working devices powered by Duracell batteries for the Annual Duracell/NSTA Scholarship Competition. There are two categories: grades 7-9 and 10-12. Students may enter individually or in teams of two. Fifty winners in each category receive savings bonds ranging from $200 to $20,000. First- and second-place winners, their parents, and their teacher/sponsors are flown to attend awards events at the NSTA National Convention in Las Vegas in April 1998. Teachers of the six top prize winners each receive $2,000 gift certificates for computers and accessories, and nearly 100 other teachers also win awards. For more information, contact: Duracell/NSTA Scholarship Competition, 1840 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22201-3000; (888) 255-4242;

*January 19. Essay Competition.

The United States Information Agency and the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers Inc. announce the Fulbright Young Essayist Awards. Students in grades 7-12 are invited to submit essays exploring international issues and cross-cultural experiences. Twelve students win savings bonds worth between $500 and $2,500. Winners are honored at a Washington, D.C., ceremony and read excerpts of their work at the Library of Congress. For more information or essay contest guidelines, contact: Fulbright Young Essayist Awards, Alliance for Young Artists and Writers Inc., 555 Broadway, New York, NY 10012-3999; (212) 343-6493;

*January 31. Civics.

Lutheran Brotherhood sponsors the RespecTeen Speak for Yourself Contest for students in grades 7 and 8. Contestants research a national issue and write a letter about the topic to their U.S. representative. A panel of educators chooses a winner from each participating congressional district to receive a $50 savings bond. State winners are also selected and receive an expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C. Contact: Lutheran Brotherhood, 625 Fourth Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55415; (800) 984-9427; e-mail Albee.;

*January 31. Cultural Exchange.

EF Educational Tours offer the EF Ambassador Scholarship program to U.S. and Canadian students in grades 9-12. Scholarships include a 10-day, expenses-paid educational tour of Europe. For more information, contact: Ambassador Scholarship Program, EF Educational Tours, EF Center Boston, One Education St., Cambridge, MA 02141-1883; 800/637-8222; e-mail;

*January 31. Float Design.

The International House of Pancakes encourages students ages 6-12 to enter its Dream Up Our Float contest. Students must draw a float and write a 50-word description according to the theme: "My Favorite Historical Event or Hero of the 20th Century." The winner receives an expenses-paid trip to the 1999 Tournament of Roses Parade and the Rose Bowl, a $200 savings bond, a bicycle, and a computer. Contact: Sara Blatt, 525 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale, CA 91203; (818) 240-6055; fax (818) 553-2009.

*February 3. Technology.

Toshiba Corp., in conjunction with the National Science Teachers Association, seeks applicants for its Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision Awards. Teams of three or four K-12 students submit descriptions of a form of technology as it might exist 20 years into the future. Each student on four first-place teams wins a $10,000 savings bond; students on the eight second-place teams win $5,000 savings bonds. The teacher-advisers of the 12 finalist teams win Toshiba equipment for their schools. Team members, their parents, and their advisers also win an expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C., for the awards ceremony. For more information, contact: Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision, 1840 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22201-3000; (800) EXPLOR-9 or (703) 243-7100; e-mail;

--Julie Hope Kaufman

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