Following is a list of application deadlines for grants, fellowships, and honors available to individuals and schools. Asterisks (*) denote new
GRANTS AND FELLOWSHIPS
March 1. Leadership.
The National Foundation for the Improvement of Education awards up to 50 grants annually to public school teachers and support staff through its Leadership Grants Program. The program is designed to help educators deepen their knowledge, improve their teaching skills, and provide leadership in their schools. Winners receive $1,000 a year for professional-development activities that focus on students' needs. For more information and guidelines, contact: National Foundation for the Improvement of Education Leadership Grants, 1201 16th St. N.W., Suite 416, Washington, DC 20036-3207; (202) 822-7840; www.nfie.org.
March 15. Geography.
The National Geographic Society Education Foundation offers
approximately 30 grants of up to $1,250 each to support innovative
geography education. Applicants must have graduated from summer
geography institutes held by the National Geographic Society or a state
geographic alliance. Grants are awarded based on whether proposed
projects support the implementation of the national geography
standards, involve hands-on work and field experiences by teachers and
students, stimulate community awareness and participation, or encourage
teachers' professional development in geography. Contact: Christopher
Shearer, Program Officer, National Geographic Society Education
Foundation, 1145 17th St. N.W., Washington, DC 20036-4688;
March 15. K-8 Teachers.
Curriculum Associates, a publisher of print and multimedia
educational materials, announces several grants for teachers who have
demonstrated excellence in K-8 classrooms. Teachers are invited to
submit proposals for projects that effectively make use of teaching
tools such as technology and print. Three educators each receive
$1,000, plus a $500 gift certificate for Curriculum Associates
materials. Contact: Grant Program Committee Chair, Curriculum
Associates Inc., 153 Rangeway Rd., P.O. Box 2001, North Billerica, MA
01862; (800) 225-0248; fax (978) 663-0521;
e-mail [email protected]; www.curriculumassociates.com.
March 20. Awards Program.
The National Association of Secondary School Principals runs the National Association of Student Councils/National Organization on Disability Awards Program, a competition designed to recognize student councils that have worked to involve students with disabilities in student activities. One middle or junior high school and one senior high school each receive a $500 award. The competition is supported by J.C. Penney Co. and the National Organization on Disability. Contact: NASSP, Department of Student Activities-NASC/NOD, 1904 Association Dr., Reston, VA 20191-1537; (703) 860-0200, ext. 325; fax (703) 476-5432; e-mail [email protected]; www.nassp.org.
March 31. New Teachers.
Sallie Mae, the federally chartered college loan group, in conjunction with the American Association of School Administrators, honors first-year elementary and secondary school teachers with its First Class Teacher Awards. Superintendents and private school heads are invited to nominate one first-year K-12 teacher. A winner is selected from each state, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. territories. Winners receive a weekend in Washington, D.C., and $1,500. Contact: American Association of School Administrators, 1801 N. Moore St., Arlington, VA 22209; (703) 528-0700.
April 15. Humanities.
The National Endowment for the Humanities offers the Humanities Focus Grant, designed to support groups of educators working together to improve teaching and learning in the humanities. The maximum award is $25,000 and covers the cost of travel, materials, and administration. Schools, colleges, museums, and other nonprofit organizations may apply. For more information, contact: Division of Research and Education Programs, National Endowment for the Humanities, 1100 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W., Washington, DC 20506; (202) 606-8380; e-mail [email protected]; www.neh.gov.
April 23. Language.
The Center for Applied Linguistics seeks applicants for its 1999 Richard Tucker Summer Fellowship. The eight-week fellowship in Washington, D.C., pays a $2,400 stipend and travel expenses of up to $1,000. The fellow works on CAL research or another suitable project suggested by the fellow. Applicants must be enrolled in a U.S. or Canadian master's or doctoral degree program in a field relating to the study of language; they must also have completed the equivalent of at least one year of full-time graduate study. The fellow is selected based on an application that includes a research proposal, two letters of recommendation, graduate school academic transcripts, and a writing sample. Priority is given to proposals focusing on language education or on language issues relating to minorities in the United States or Canada. For more information, contact: Grace Burkart, Center for Applied Linguistics, 4646 40th St. N.W., Washington, DC 20016; (202) 429-9292; e-mail [email protected].
*April 30. Graphic Arts.
The Graphic Arts Education and Research Foundation invites graphic arts educators to submit grant proposals for education projects in the graphic-communications field. Typical programs aim to teach students about graphic arts technology and management. Proposals submitted by April 30 are considered for full funding; proposals for grants of up to $2,500 are accepted on a rolling basis. For proposal guidelines, contact: Susan Snow, Graphic Arts Education and Research Foundation, 1899 Preston White Dr., Reston, VA 20191-4367; (703) 264-7200; fax (703) 620-0994; e-mail [email protected].
*May 1. Mentally Retarded Children.
The Knights of Columbus award Bishop Charles P. Greco Graduate Fellowships for full-time study in a master's degree program designed to prepare classroom teachers of mentally retarded children. Members of the Knights of Columbus, their immediate families, or the immediate families of deceased members of the Knights are eligible. Applicants submit an autobiographical statement that outlines their interest and experience in working with mentally retarded children, two recommendations from professionals familiar with their work with such children, and undergraduate academic transcripts. Four grants of up to $2,000 are usually awarded. Contact: Committee on Fellowships, Knights of Columbus, P.O. Box 1670, New Haven, CT 06507-0901; (203) 772-2130, ext. 332.
*May 25. Materials Science.
ASM International, a society of metals and materials scientists, will award grants of $500 each to five K-8 teachers. Winners are selected based on two-page original proposals describing curriculum-based, hands-on projects that involve student observation, communication, math and science skills, and awareness of materials. For more information, contact: T.K. Glasgow, ASMI, NASA Lewis Research Center, MS 105-1, 21000 Brookpark Rd., Cleveland, OH 44135; (216) 433-5013; fax (216) 433-3680; e-mail [email protected].
*June 15. Reading And Literacy.
The International Reading Association invites its members enrolled in a doctoral program to apply for the Helen M. Robinson Award, a $500 grant for a student in the early stage of dissertation research on reading or literacy. Contact: International Reading Association, Helen M. Robinson Award, Division of Research and Policy, 800 Barksdale Rd., P.O. Box 8139, Newark, DE 19714-8139; (302) 731-1600, ext. 226; e-mail [email protected]; www.reading.org.
March 1. Teacher Of The Century.
Houghton Mifflin Interactive, which publishes digital adaptations of Houghton Mifflin books, announces the Teacher of the Century Award to recognize teachers who incorporate technology in the classroom. One teacher from each state as well as five teachers from Canada each receive software; one grand-prize winner is chosen as Teacher of the Century and receives a laptop computer, technology products from Houghton Mifflin's School Division, and software. For more information, contact: Houghton Mifflin Interactive, 120 Beacon St., Somerville, MA 02143; (617) 503-4800; fax (617) 503-4900; www.hminet.com/teachers.
April. Social Studies.
The National Council for the Social Studies seeks nominations for its Social Studies Programs of Excellence Awards. Nominations must be made by NCSS-affiliated state councils. Award winners give a presentation at the NCSS annual conference and receive a commemorative gift, some travel assistance for conference presentations, and national recognition. For more information, contact: NCSS, 3501 Newark St. N.W., Washington, DC 20016; (202) 966-7840, ext. 106; e-mail [email protected]; www.ncss.org/awards/curriculum.html.
April 15. Inclusion.
AbleNet Inc., which designs devices to assist people with disabilities, announces its 1999 Inclusion Award. The award recognizes teams of people who demonstrate vision and innovation in using simple technology to make it easier for people with severe disabilities to participate in activities at home, school, work, and in the community. The winning team receives a $500 AbleNet gift certificate and $500 cash; second- and third-place winners receive gift certificates. For more information, contact: AbleNet 1999 Inclusion Award, 1081 10th Ave. S.E., Minneapolis, MN 55414-1312; (800) 322-0956; fax (612) 379-9143.
April 16. Cable Television.
Time-Warner Cable announces the Time-Warner Cable National Teacher Awards. Educators from state-accredited private or public U.S. schools in a Time-Warner Cable service area are eligible. Candidates submit examples of innovative classroom activities they have developed using cable programming and/or the Internet. Fifteen teachers or teacher-teams receive $1,000 and a trip to Washington, D.C. For more information, contact your local Time-Warner Cable company or Bonnie Hathaway, Time-Warner Cable, Corporate Communications, 290 Harbor Dr., Stamford, CT 06902; (203) 328-0620; e-mail [email protected].
April 19. Waste Management.
The Solid Waste Association of North America sponsors the Excellence in Solid Waste Education Awards, which recognize extraordinary efforts in educating the public on solid waste- related issues. Two awards are given, one for K-12 curriculum and one for a public-education program. Entries are judged on technical accuracy, educational goals, quality of design and communications, program evaluation, and originality. For more information, contact: SWANA, P.O. Box 7219, Silver Spring, MD 20907; (301) 585-2898.
May 1. Exemplary Biology Teachers.
The National Association of Biology Teachers names as an honorary member an individual who has "achieved distinction in teaching, research, or service in the biological sciences." The honoree becomes a lifetime member of the NABT and is recognized in NABT publications and at the NABT's national convention. Nominations may be made by any NABT member and must include a description of the candidate's qualifications, a detailed biography, and supporting letters from at least nine NABT members. For more information, contact: Louise Pittack, National Association of Biology Teachers, 11250 Roger Bacon Dr., #19, Reston, VA 20190-5202; (800) 406-0775; e-mail [email protected].
*May 29. Foreign Language.
The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages asks national, state, and regional members to nominate educators for its Florence Steiner Award for Leadership in Foreign Language Education. Nominees must be K-12 foreign language teachers or administrators with a minimum of five years' teaching experience; at least half of each year's assignment must have been in foreign languages. Nominees must also be members of the council with at least three years' standing. For more information, contact: Phyllis Greenberg, American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, 6 Executive Plaza, Yonkers, NY 10701-6801; (914) 963-8830, ext. 227; fax (914) 963-1275.
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