Following are application deadlines for awards and honors available to teachers. Asterisks (*) denote new entries.
December 10 SCIENCE
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: Mary Anna Grove, CMA, 1300 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22209; (703) 741-5822; fax (703) 741-6095; e-mail email@example.com; www.cmahq.com.
January 5 HALL OF FAME
The National Teachers Hall of Fame is accepting nominations for its 2000 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 June induction ceremony. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org; www.emporia.edu/nthf.
*January 20 LAPTOP COMPUTERS
The Toshiba America Foundation and the National Science Teachers Association invite science and math teachers to participate in the Laptop Learning Challenge. Applicants submit a lesson for a successful student investigation or activity that incorporates laptop computers. Educators may work individually or in teams. Winners in each of four categories-elementary school, middle school, high school, and “informal” science in any grade-receive a Toshiba laptop computer and a $500 honorarium. Contact: Toshiba/NSTA Learning Challenge, NSTA, 1840 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22201-3000; (877) LAP-1TOP; fax (888) 400-6782; e-mail email@example.com; www.nsta.org.
*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, and the overseas territories. Contact: Louise Pittack, Awards Manager, National Association of Biology Teachers, 11250 Roger Bacon Dr., #19, Reston, VA 20190-5202; (703) 471-1134 or (800) 406-0775; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org; www.nabt.org.
*February 1 LIBRARY ADMINISTRATION
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. 4384; www.ala.org/aasl/awards.html.
*February 1 LIBRARY MEDIA
The American Association of School Librarians and the R.R. Bowker Co. offer the Frances Henne Award to pay travel expenses for a school library media specialist to attend the American Library Association conference in Chicago. Applicants must have fewer than five years of experience and be members of the AASL division of the ALA; they must also have never attended an ALA annual conference or an AASL national conference. For more information, contact: Frances Henne Award, American Association of School Librarians, 50 E. Huron St., Chicago, IL 60611-2795; (800) 545-2433, ext. 4384; www.ala.org/aasl/awards.html.
*February 1 SPECIAL EDUCATION
The Glenda B. and Forrest C. Shaklee Institute for Improving Special Education announces its Shaklee Teacher Awards, which recognize up to 10 outstanding educators of children with disabilities. Entrants must describe their professional competence and involvement in special education. Selection is based on student performance and teachers’ related contributions. Winners receive $1,000 each and participate in a four-day, expenses-paid, small-group workshop conducted by Shaklee Institute members. Contact: Kim Soule, (800) 835-1043; e-mail email@example.com; www.ShakleeInstitute.org.
*February 1 TEACHING EXCELLENCE
Time for Teachers magazine and Chevy Malibu announce the Teaching Excellence Awards program to honor extraordinary teachers who demonstrate quality and innovation in their instruction. K-12 teachers may nominate themselves or a colleague. One grand-prize winner receives a Chevy Malibu and $2,000 for classroom use. Other prizes include $1,000 and Time for Kids classroom subscriptions. For more information, contact: Chevy Malibu Teaching Excellence Awards, Time for Kids, P.O. Box 5175, New York, NY 10185-5175; (800) 777-8600; www.timeforkids.com/teachers.
*February 15 ENVIRONMENT
The National Association for Humane and Environmental Education is accepting nominations for the KIND Teacher of the Year Award. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org; www.nahee.org.
*February 29 CHILDREN’S FICTION
Highlights for Children is seeking submissions of humorous children’s stories for its 21st annual fiction contest. Stories should not exceed 900 words; they may be considerably shorter for younger children. Three winners receive $1,000 each, and their winning stories appear in the publication. Other contest submissions are considered for purchase by Highlights. Contact: Fiction Contest, Highlights for Children, 803 Church St., Honesdale, PA 18431.
--Karen L. Abercrombie and Jennifer Pricola