Following are application deadlines for awards, honors, and contests available to teachers. Asterisks (*) denote new entries.
*January 15 GIFTED CHILDREN
The National Association for Gifted Children announces the Hollingworth Award Competition, which encourages educational and psychological research studies to benefit gifted and talented young people. Individuals, educational institutions, and other organizations are eligible to submit proposals for publishable research projects. The winner receives $2,500 to support research. More information is available on the Web site. Contact: Hollingworth Award Committee, NAGC, 1707 L St. N.W., Suite 550, Washington, DC 20036; (202) 785-4268; www.nagc.org.
*February 1 BIOLOGY
Textbook publisher Prentice Hall and the National Association of Biology Teachers invite grades 7-12 teachers to apply for the Outstanding Biology Teacher Award. Candidates must have at least three years’ experience at public, private, or parochial schools. Teachers can nominate themselves or colleagues. Winners are selected from each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Canada, and overseas territories and are honored at the NABT annual professional development conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico, in October. They also receive a pair of precision binoculars from Prentice Hall, a microscope from Leica Microsystems, a video flex camera system from Ken-A-Vision, certificates, and a one-year NABT membership. Contact: Louise Pittack, Awards Manager, NABT, 12030 Sunrise Valley Dr., Suite 110, Reston, VA 20191-3409; (703) 264-9696 or (800) 406-0775; e-mail lpittack @nabt.org; www.nabt.org.
*February 1 JAPANESE STUDIES
The United States-Japan Foundation honors K-12 teachers who work to improve mutual understanding between Japanese and American citizens with its Elgin Heinz Outstanding Teacher Awards. Full-time U.S. teachers of any relevant subject are eligible for an award in the humanities or in Japanese-language instruction. A national selection committee reviews applications. Winners are chosen based on exemplary and innovative teaching about Japan; development of meaningful projects linking American and Japanese students; contributions to the improvement of curricula about Japan; and leadership and outreach in precollegiate education about the country, its culture, and its people. Winners receive a $2,500 award as well as a $5,000 grant to implement the program or curriculum described in their applications. For more information, contact: David Janes, Program Officer, United States-Japan Foundation, 145 E. 32nd St., New York, NY 10016; (212) 481-8757; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org; www.us-jf.org/heinz.html.
*February 15 HUMANE EDUCATION
The National Association for Humane and Environmental Education accepts nominations for the National KIND Teacher. The award honors an outstanding K-6 teacher who includes lessons about kindness and respect for people, animals, and the environment in the curriculum. The winner receives a plaque and a kit with humane education lesson plans, posters, and other materials. Contact: Lorie Blake, NAHEE, 67 Norwich Essex Turnpike, East Haddam, CT 06423-1736; (860) 434-8666; e-mail email@example.com; www.nahee.org.
A version of this article appeared in the January 01, 2006 edition of Teacher