November 01, 2001 3 min read

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

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 letters of recommendation from their schools’ principals. 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;


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; e.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. 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@ ; emecology.

*January 18 HALL OF FAME

The National Teachers Hall of Fame requests nominations for its 2002 induction. Active or retired, certified preK-12 teachers with at least 20 years of full- time classroom experience are eligible. Five teachers are selected to be represented in the Hall of Fame Gallery and receive an expenses-paid trip to induction activities in Washington, D.C., and Emporia, Kan. Contact: Cora Hedstrom, National Teachers Hall of Fame, 1320 C of E Dr., Emporia, KS 66801; (620) 341-5660; fax (620) 341-5912; e-mail;

—Kathryn Murray and Sarah Wassner