*February 1 BIOLOGY
Textbook publisher Prentice Hall and the National Association of Biology Teachers invite grades 7-12 teachers to apply for the Outstanding Biology Teacher Award. Candidates must have at least three years’ experience at public, private, or parochial schools. Teachers can nominate themselves or colleagues. Winners are selected from each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Canada, and overseas territories and are honored at the NABT National Convention in Milwaukee in October. They also receive a pair of precision binoculars from Prentice Hall, a microscope from Leica Microsystems, a video flex camera system from Ken-A-Vision, and a one-year NABT membership. Contact: Louise Pittack, Awards Manager, NABT, 12030 Sunrise Valley Dr., Suite 110, Reston, VA 20191-3409; (703) 264-9696 or (800) 406-0775; e-mail [email protected]; www.nabt.org.
*February 2 JAPANESE STUDIES
The United States-Japan Foundation honors K-12 teachers who work to improve mutual understanding between Japanese and American citizens with its Elgin Heinz Outstanding Teacher Awards. Full-time U.S. teachers of any relevant subject are eligible for an award in the humanities or in Japanese-language instruction. A national selection committee reviews applications. Winners are chosen based on exemplary and innovative teaching about Japan; development of meaningful projects linking American and Japanese students; contributions to the improvement of curricula about Japan; and leadership and outreach in precollegiate education about the country, its culture, and its people. Winners receive a $2,500 award as well as a $5,000 grant to implement the program or curriculum described in their applications. Contact: David Janes, Program Officer, United States-Japan Foundation, 145 E. 32nd St., New York, NY 10016; (212) 481-8757; e-mail [email protected]; www.us-jf.org/heinz.html.
*February 15 HUMANE EDUCATION
The National Association for Humane and Environmental Education accepts nominations for the National KIND Teacher. The award honors an outstanding K-6 teacher who includes lessons about kindness and respect for people, animals, and the environment in the curriculum. The winner receives a plaque and a kit with humane education lesson plans, posters, and other materials. Contact: Heidi O’Brien, NAHEE, 67 Norwich Essex Turnpike, East Haddam, CT 06423-1736; (860) 434-8666; e-mail [email protected]; www.nahee.org.
*March 4 ADVERSITY
The Christopher Columbus Fellowship Foundation and Partnership for America’s Future are seeking applicants for the sixth annual Freida J. Riley Teacher Award. The $10,000 award, named for a science and math teacher from West Virginia, identifies and rewards an American educator who is teaching with an illness or disability, has overcome adversity, or has made heroic sacrifices to positively affect students. The award ceremony will be held the first week of May, in Clarksburg, West Virginia. Applications are available on the Web site. For more information, contact: Partnership for America’s Future, 80 W. Bowery St., Suite 305, Akron, OH 44308-1148; (330) 376-8300; e-mail [email protected]; www.pafinc.com/riley.
*March 8 RAINFORESTS
Environmental Expeditions is offering $1,000 scholarships for its July 5-14 Amazon Rainforest Workshop. Teachers work alongside scientists specializing in ornithology, botany, marine biology, and entomology in one of the most biologically diverse environments in the world; visit local schools and families to see how indigenous cultures use the forest for medicine, food, and shelter; and integrate field study with slides and support materials as a catalyst for local environmental education projects at home. The full on-site cost of the workshop is $1,998. Academic credit is available. Contact: Frances Gatz, Director, Environmental Expeditions, 9335 Fraser Ave., Silver Spring, MD 20910; 800-669-6806; e-mail [email protected]hlink.net; www.travel2learn.com.
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