Following are application deadlines for awards, honors, and contests available to teachers. Asterisks (*) denote new entries.
November 12 ACTIVISM
The Gleitsman Foundation seeks nominations for the 2004 Citizen Activist Award, which recognizes individuals who have effectively worked to improve K-12 public education. Honorees share a $100,000 award; each one also receives a sculpture designed by Maya Lin, creator of the Vietnam War Memorial, at a ceremony at the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard’s Kennedy School in spring 2004. The nomination form is available on the Web site. Contact: The Gleitsman Foundation, P.O. Box 6888, Malibu, CA 90264; www.gleitsman.org/citize n/nomination.html.
*November 15 READING
The Exemplary Reading Program Award is sponsored by the International Reading Association to recognize outstanding programs at elementary, middle, and high schools. A participating state may choose one school each year. All U.S. and Canadian schools are eligible for the award, provided that the state has an Exemplary Reading Program award committee to judge program applications. At least one faculty or staff member from an applying school must be a member of the International Reading Association. Winners are recognized with a plaque at the IRA Annual Convention and serve as models for other schools and teachers. Contact: Shirley Morton, Division of Council and Affiliate Services, International Reading Association, 800 Barksdale Rd., P.O. Box 8139, Newark, DE 19714-8139; (302) 731-1600, ext. 236; fax (302) 731-1057; e-mail email@example.com; www.reading.org
*November 15 READING AND TECHNOLOGY
The International Reading Association and TLC School, a division of the educational software publisher Riverdeep—The Learning Company, announce the 2003 IRA 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, $1,000 in reading software, and an expenses-paid trip to the IRA’s annual conference in Orlando. As many as seven regional winners from the United States, one from Canada, and one from outside North America each receive $500 worth 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 firstname.lastname@example.org; www.reading.org.
*November 15 SCIENCE
The Shell Science Teaching Award, sponsored by Shell Oil Company, recognizes one classroom science teacher and two finalists with an expenses- paid trip to the National Science Teachers Association national convention. The winner receives $10,000 and must have eight years’ teaching experience, primarily teach science, and teach K-12 students in Canada, the United States, its territories, or a U.S. Department of Defense Dependent school. Contact: Lori Pinson, Shell Science Teaching Award, NSTA, 1840 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22201-3000; (703) 243-7100; www.nsta.org/192.
*December 5 MATH ACHIEVEMENT
The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics’ Mathematics Education Trust sponsors the Lifetime Achievement Award. NCTM members who are at least 55 years old and have at least 25 years of distinguished service in 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. Contact: NCTM’s MET, 1906 Association Dr., Reston, VA 20191-1502; (703) 620- 9840, ext. 2112; www.nctm.org/about/met.
*December 15 ASTRONOMY
The Astronomical Society of the Pacific welcomes nominations for the 2004 Thomas Brennan Award, which honors a teacher whose 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 the $250 award and a plaque to be presented at the society’s annual meeting. The winner may also be invited to write an article for the Astronomical Society of the Pacific’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) 337-1100, ext. 100;e-mail email@example.com; www.astrosociety.org.