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Following are application deadlines for awards, honors, and contests available to teachers. Asterisks (*) denote new entries.


The International Reading Association and TLC School, a division of the Learning Company Inc., an educational software publisher, announce the 2001 Presidential Award for Reading and Technology. Educators creatively using technology to help students read are encouraged to apply. One grand-prize winner receives a laptop computer and $1,000 of reading software from the Learning Company. The winner also attends an expenses-paid trip to the IRA's annual conference in New Orleans. Up to seven regional winners from the U.S., one winner from Canada, and one winner outside North America each receive $500 of reading software. Individuals may nominate themselves or others; all nominees must be full-time educators who work directly with students ages 5-18. For more information, contact: Executive Office, International Reading Association, P.O. Box 8139, Newark, DE 19714-8139; (302) 731-1600, ext. 221; fax (302) 731-1057; e-mail


The Boyer Center, a national education resource and research organization at Messiah College in Pennsylvania, seeks applications from public and private elementary schools for its national Best Practices 2001 award. This year's theme, "Building the School Community: Parents as Partners," focuses on family involvement in literacy activities. Three schools each receive $10,000. Contact: Boyer Center, One College Ave., Messiah College, Grantham, PA 17027; (717) 796-5077; e-mail;


The Mathematics Education Trust of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics sponsors the Lifetime Achievement Award. NCTM members who are at least 55 years old and have at least 25 years of distinguished service to mathematics education are eligible. Each application should be supported by a letter of nomination, the nominee's résumé, and up to five letters of recommendation. Contact: NCTM's MET, 1906 Association Dr., Reston, VA 20191-9988; (703) 620-9840, ext. 2113;

December 15 ASTRONOMY

The Astronomical Society of the Pacific welcomes nominations for the 2001 Thomas Brennan Award, which honors someone whose work or teaching has had a substantial impact on high school astronomy. Candidates must have taught astronomy to high school students, organized workshops in astronomy, or developed innovative courses, curriculum, and science programs aimed at the high school level. Nominations must be submitted on Brennan award forms, and nominees must reside in North America. One winner receives a $250 award, a plaque, and travel and lodging expenses to the ASP's annual meeting in St. Paul, Minnesota. The winner also writes an article for the ASP's Mercury Magazine or Universe in the Classroom newsletter describing his or her work. For more information, contact: Marilyn Delgado, Astronomical Society of the Pacific, 390 Ashton Ave., San Francisco, CA 94112; (415) 337-1100, ext. 100; e-mail

December 15 SCIENCE

The American Chemistry Council, formerly the Chemical Manufacturers Association, offers the Catalyst Award to recognize outstanding science teachers. Elementary school science teachers and secondary school chemistry teachers are eligible to receive up to $5,000. For more information, contact: Barbara Long, American Chemistry Council, 1300 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22209; (703) 741-5101; fax (703) 741-6086; e-mail;

*January 5 HALL OF FAME

The National Teachers Hall of Fame is accepting nominations for its 2001 induction. Active or retired certified preK-12 teachers with at least 20 years of classroom experience are eligible. Five teachers are selected to be represented in the Hall of Fame Gallery and receive an expenses-paid trip to the induction ceremony June 21-24. For more information, contact: National Teachers Hall of Fame, 1320 C of E Dr., Emporia, KS 66801; (800) 968-3224; fax (316) 341-5912; e-mail;

*February 1 BIOLOGY

Prentice Hall, a textbook publisher, and the National Association of Biology Teachers invite biology teachers of grades 7-12 to apply for the Outstanding Biology Teacher Award. Candidates must have at least three years of experience teaching in public or private schools. Teachers can nominate themselves or their colleagues. Winners are selected from each of the 50 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, Canada, and the overseas territories. For more information, contact: Louise Pittack, Awards Manager, National Association of Biology Teachers, 12030 Sunrise Valley Dr., Suite 110, Reston, VA 20191-3409; (703) 264-9696 or (800) 406-0775; e-mail;


The American Association of School Librarians and SIRS Inc. offer the $2,000 Distinguished School Administrator's Award to a school administrator who has developed an exemplary school library media program and improved the library media center as an educational facility. Candidates must be nominated by AASL members. Contact: AASL/SIRS Distinguished School Administrator's Award, AASL, 50 E. Huron St., Chicago, IL 60611-2795; (800) 545-2433, ext. 4383;

*February 15 ENVIRONMENT

The National Association for Humane and Environmental Education is accepting nominations for the National KIND Teacher. The award honors an outstanding K-6 teacher who has consistently included topics advocated by the association in his or her curriculum. The winner receives an award plaque and a free year's subscription to KIND News for every classroom in his or her school. For more information, contact: NAHEE, P.O. Box 362, East Haddam, CT 06423-0362; (860) 434-8666; e-mail;

—Mesha Williams

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