Following are application deadlines for awards, honors, and contests available to teachers. Asterisks (*) denote new entries.
*September 15 READING
The International Reading Association sponsors two awards. The $1,000 Albert J. Harris Award recognizes an outstanding contribution to the prevention and/or assessment of reading or learning disabilities; the $500 Dina Feitelson Research Award goes to an outstanding empirical study reporting on literacy acquisition. Those who have published in a professional journal or monograph between June 1, 2000, and May 31, 2001, are eligible for either prize. Contact: Marcella Moore, Division of Research and Policy,
*October 1 INSECTS
The Entomological Society of America sponsors awards for educators who use insects in the classroom. The society recognizes two teachers: one from grades K-6 and one from grades 7-12. The winners receive an expenses-paid trip to the ESA annual meeting; their schools each receive a $400 grant for materials. To apply, teachers electronically submit materials and letters documenting an original activity, lesson, or exercise using insects in the classroom. For more information, contact: Prizes for Primary and Secondary Teaching Committee, Entomological Society of America, 9301 Annapolis Rd., Lanham, MD 20706; (301) 731-4535; fax (301) 731-4538; e-mail email@example.com.
*October 1 PRIVATE ENTERPRISE
Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge seeks nominations for the Valley Forge 25th Annual Leavey Awards for Excellence in Private Enterprise Education. These awards honor full-time K-12 educators and college professors who conceive and implement innovative courses, programs, or projects that foster a better understanding of America’s private enterprise system. Up to 20 educators receive $7,500 each; a special award of $15,000 may be given for an unusually meritorious entry. Eligible programs must have been launched or operated during the 2000-01 academic year. Entries may be submitted by instructor teams or individuals. Contact: Carolyn Hallman, Director of Awards, Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge, 1601 Valley Forge Rd., P.O. Box 706, Valley Forge, PA 19482- 0706; (610) 933-8825; fax (610) 935-0522; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org; www.freedomsfoundation.com.
*October 1 READING
The International Reading Association offers the Outstanding Dissertation of the Year Award to a doctoral student whose research focuses on the reading/literacy field or has implications in reading. Dissertations must have been completed between May 15, 2000, and May 14, 2001. Contact: Marcella Moore, Division of Research and Policy, International Reading Association, 800 Barksdale Rd., P.O. Box 8139, Newark, DE 19714-8139; (302) 731-1600, ext. 423; fax (302) 731-1057; e-mail email@example.com; www.reading.org.
*November 15 FILMS IN SCIENCE
The Science Screen Report Inc., in conjunction with the National Science Teachers Association, sponsors the Science Screen Report Award.
K-12 science teachers who have used commercially available films or videos to develop a science unit or theme are encouraged to apply. One winner receives $1,000 plus up to $500 to attend NSTA’s national convention. For more information, contact: National Science Teachers Association Award Programs, 1840 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22201-3000; (703) 243-7100; fax (888) 400- NSTA; www.nsta.org.
*November 15 READING AND TECHNOLOGY
The International Reading Association and TLC School, a division of the educational software publisher Learning Company Inc., announce the 2002 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 gets an expenses-paid trip to the IRA’s annual conference in San Francisco. Up to seven regional winners from the United States, 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 to 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 firstname.lastname@example.org; www.reading.org.
*November 15 SCIENCE AWARDS
The National Science Teachers Association, in conjunction with various corporate and association sponsors, offers a number of awards for K-12 science teachers and principals. The criteria for awards vary, but most applicants are judged on innovation and commitment to teaching. Sponsors include the Barrick Goldstrike Mines Inc.; the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and other government associations; Ciba Specialty Chemical Education Foundation; Toyota Motor Sales, USA Inc.; Toshiba America Inc.; Estes Rocketry and the United States Space Foundation; Dow Chemical Co.; Sears, Roebuck, and Co.; and the Drug, Chemical, and Allied Trades Association. Awards include cash prizes totaling $1 million, computers, NSTA memberships, and trips to the NSTA’s national convention and workshops. For more information, contact: National Science Teachers Association, 1840 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22201-3000; (703) 243-7100; fax (888) 400-6782; www.nsta.org.