January 01, 2000 5 min read

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


The American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences, Glencoe/McGraw-Hill publishers, and the Teacher of the Year Endowment Fund sponsor the Teacher of the Year Award. Candidates must be full-time K-12 teachers of family and consumer sciences and have been members of the AAFCS for the past three years. The winner receives $1,000, plus up to $500 to cover travel expenses for the AAFCS annual meeting in Chicago in June. For more information, contact: Amy Campbell, Coordinator, Development and Awards, AAFCS, 1555 King St., Alexandria, VA 22314-2752; (703) 706-4600; fax (703) 706-4663; e-mail


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;

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;


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;

*February 5 AVIATION

The General Aviation Manufacturers Association announces the Excel lence in Aviation Education Award, offered to K-12 teachers who have developed curricula incorporating aviation. The number of winners varies; each winner receives $500 and is recognized at the National Congress on Aviation and Space Education in April. Contact: Elizabeth Davis, GAMA, 1400 K St. N.W., Suite 801, Washington, DC 20005-2485; (202) 637-1378.


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;


Highlights for Children is seeking submissions of humorous children’s stories for its 21st annual fiction contest. Stories should not exceed 900 words, though they may be considerably shorter for younger children. Three winners receive $1,000 each, and winning stories appear in the publication. Other contest submissions are considered for purchase. Contact: Fiction Contest, Highlights for Children, 803 Church St., Honesdale, PA 18431.

* February 29 KOREAN STUDIES

The Korea Society invites teachers of grades 8-12 to submit essays discussing the Korean War’s impact on the modern history of Korea; relations among the United States, Korea, and other East Asian countries; or the development of the Korean American community. Cash prizes are awarded; a grand-prize winner also gets a weeklong trip for two to Korea. For more information, contact: Yong Jin Choi, Director, Korean Studies, Korea Society, 950 Third Ave., 8th Fl., New York, NY 10022; (212) 759-7525, ext. 17; e-mail

*March 15 BIOLOGY

The National Association of Biology Teachers offers the Outstanding New Biology Teacher Achievement Award, sponsored by Edvotek Inc., a biotechnology education company. Biology and life-science teachers of grades 7-12 who have no more than three years of teaching experience are eligible. Candidates must have designed an innovative program or technique. Teachers can nominate themselves or colleagues. For more information, 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;


The National Association of Biology Teachers invites teachers of grades 5-8 to apply for its Middle School Teaching Award. Sponsored by Apple Computer Inc., the award recognizes teachers of interdisciplinary science courses who have done an innovative life-science activity or unit. Candidates are judged on their teaching ability, community and school involvement, initiative, and relationships with students. 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;

--Jennifer Pricola