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August 01, 2002 4 min read
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Following are application deadlines for awards, honors, and contests available to teachers. Asterisks (*) denote new entries.

*September 13 PARENTS AND TEACHERS
The National Association of Partners in Education, in conjunction with MetLife Foundation, recognizes one teacher-parent partnership in each of the following categories: effective communication, engaging families of diverse backgrounds in improving student success, facilitating time and access for families and educators to work together, effective school and community leadership, and professional development. In addition, one grand prize is awarded to a comprehensive program that incorporates all five categories. Each applicant completes a six-page description of his or her partnership and obtains two letters of support, one from a member of a student’s family, the other from an educator involved. Partnerships must have existed for a minimum of one year. The grand-prize winner receives $2,500, and the five specialized- award winners receive $750 each. One recipient wins a trip to the 2002 Global Summit on Learning, Employability, and Citizenship in Washington, D.C. Contact: MetLife Foundation Teacher-Parent Engagement Through Partnership Awards, National Association of Partners in Education, 901 N. Pitt St., Suite 320, Alexandria, VA 221314-1524; (703) 836-4880; www.partnersineducation.org.

*September 15 LEADERSHIP
Little Debbie Awards for leadership are given by the National Association of Partners in Education to two educators: one on the local level, the other on the state or national level. Applicants must have at least two years’ experience in developing partnerships that help students reach local, state, or national standards through systemic change. Winners receive $500 and are invited to the 2002 Global Summit on Learning, Employability, and Citizenship in Washington, D.C. Contact: Little Debbie Award, National Association of Partners in Education, 901 N. Pitt St., Suite 320, Alexandria, VA 22314-1524; (703) 836-4880; www.partnersineducation.org.

*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. Applicants who have published in a professional journal or monograph between June 1, 2001, and May 31, 2002, are eligible for either prize. 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 research@reading.org; www.reading.org.

*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 up to $400 in reimbursements for contest-related expenses and complimentary meeting registration to the ESA annual meeting; each winner’s school receives a $400 grant for insect-related materials. To apply, see the instructions on the ESA web site, http://www.entsoc.org, and click on “Awards.” Contact: ESA President’s Prizes for Outstanding Achievement in Primary and Secondary Teaching Using Insects as Educational Material, Entomological Society of America, 9301 Annapolis Rd., Lanham, MD 20706-3115; (301) 731-4535; fax (301) 731-4538; e-mail awards@entsoc.org.

*October 1 PRIVATE ENTERPRISE
Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge seeks nominations for the 26th 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. As many as 20 winners receive $7,500 each; a special award of $15,000 may be given for an exceptional entry. Eligible programs must have been launched or operated during the 2001-02 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 or (800) 896-5488; fax (610) 935-0522; e-mail challman@ffvf.org; www.ffvf.org.

*October 1 READING
The International Reading Association offers the $1,000 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, 2001, and May 14, 2002. 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 research@reading.org; www.reading.org.

—Leah Kerkman

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