October 21, 2001 4 min read

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


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 the 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;


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. 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 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;

*November 23 NUTRITION

The Dole Food Company recognizes innovative teachers with the “Creative 5 A Day” Contest. Teachers submit a description of an activity involving fruits and vegetables, as well as a letter of recommendation from their school’s principal. Activities are judged by educators for their ability to motivate children to eat fruits and vegetables. The grand-prize winner receives a 5 A Day Party for his or her class hosted by Bobby Banana. For more information, contact: Dole Nutrition Program, 100 Hegenberger, Suite 100, Oakland, CA 94621; fax (510) 639-5556;


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 2002 award. This year’s theme, “Integrating Arts Into the Curriculum,” focuses on arts education in the classroom. Three schools each receive $10,000. Contact: Boyer Center, P.O. Box 3024, Messiah College, Grantham, PA 17027; (717) 796-5077; e-mail boyercenter@messiah. edu ;


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 math education are eligible. Each application must be supported by a letter of nomination, the nominee’s résumé, and up to five letters of recommendation. Self-nominations are accepted. Contact: NCTM’s MET, 1906 Association Dr., Reston, VA 20191-9988; (703) 620-9840, ext. 2113; about/met/lifetime.htm .

*December 15 ASTRONOMY

The Astronomical Society of the Pacific welcomes nominations for the 2002 Thomas Brennan Award, which honors someone whose teaching or other work 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, curricula, 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 and a plaque. 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) 869-2901; e-mail;

*December 17 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. Contact: Barbara Long, American Chemistry Council, 1300 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22209; (703) 741-5832; fax (703) 741-6086; e-mail barbara_long@ ; www. .

—Kathryn Murray