April 16, 1997 9 min read

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Student leadership:The Center for Field Services and Studies at the University of Massachusetts in Lowell requests abstracts/proposals for papers on student leadership in schools, K-12, to be considered for publication in a new journal. Possible topics include: technology, governance, service learning, academic support, peer tutoring, curriculum, philanthropy. Also looking for reviews of literature, resource guides, and annotated bibliographies. Proposal or outline should not exceed three pages. There is no fixed deadline for proposals, but proposal’s should be sent as soon as possible. Contact: Judith Boccia, CFSS, U.M., 1 University Ave., Lowell, Mass. 01854; (508) 934-4650; fax: (508) 934-3002; e-mail:

June 30--Reading and writing: The editors of Imagery and Composition: Classrooms, Curriculum, and Lives are calling for essays that investigate mental imagery in contexts that impinge on the teaching of writing and reading. The goal of this collection is to redress the imbalance across composition studies. Those who wish to submit an essay are urged to focus their writing on the intersection of theory and teaching. Submit three copies of a 3,000-5,000-word essay (15-20 pages, including bibliography) in Modern Language Association format. Contact: Linda T. Calendrillo, Department of English, Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, Ill. 61920.


April 21--Adventure grants: Expedition proposals are due for Adventure Grants sponsored by Outside magazine and Hi-Tec. The grants allow students ages 12 to 17 to create an idea for the adventure of their dreams; the winning team is provided the funding and logistical support for a real expedition, which will take place during the summer of this year. Contact: John Alderman, (505) 989-7100; e-mail:; Web site:

May 15--Wal-Mart scholarships: Applications are due for the Wal-Mart Competitive Edge Scholarship, sponsored by Wal-Mart Stores Inc. The scholarship is awarded to 240 college-bound students who have a strong interest in science and technology, good academic standing, and a record of community involvement. Contact: Keely Beene, Community Programs, W-MSI, 702 Southwest 8th St., Bentonville, Ark. 72716-9002.

Sept. 30--Doodle contest: Entries are due for the ICI Pencil Doodle Contest, “A Day in the Life of a Cedar Pencil,” sponsored by the Incense Cedar Institute. Students in grades 2-6 are eligible. The grand-prize winner for the most creative doodle in each grade level will receive a year’s supply of pencils, a T-shirt, and $100 savings bond. Second- and third-place winners in each grade will receive a supply of pencils and a T-shirt. Contact: ICI-Doodle Contest, P.O. Box 7330, Stockton, Calif. 95267


*May 1--Polymer ‘ambassadorships': Nominations are due for the Polymer Ambassador Program, sponsored by the Intersociety Polymer Education Council. The council is seeking teachers interested in participating in the program, which is designed to increase student interest in plastic and technology by providing information that can incorporated into existing science courses. Contact: David Schultz, Polymer Ambassador Director, IPEC; (330) 798-9300.

June 30--Be Your Best! scholarship: Applications are due for the Be Your Best! scholarship program, sponsored by the Educational Excellence Foundation of the National School Supply and Equipment Association. The Foundation will award scholarships for professional development activities such as conference, seminars, and workshops. The scholarships must be used during the 1997-98 school year. Contact: NSSEA, 8300 Colesville Road, Suite 250, Silver Spring, Md. 20910; (800) 395-5550.

* June 30--Pioneer teacher mentors: Entries are due for the Technology in Education Mentor Program, sponsored by Pioneer New Media Technologies in conjunction with LaserLearning Technologies. The purpose of the program is to provide teachers with resources to learn how to use technology in the classroom. Pioneer will select 12 qualified teachers from applicants across the United States, who will be trained to assist and provide guidance to fellow educators on how to use and integrate technology in the curriculum. Mentor program applicants must have laserdisc experience, have a basic understanding of how to use various technologies, have taught or be teaching in a classroom, and be able to be released during the school year to make presentations. Contact: Anne Winchester, LLT, 120 Lakeside Ave., Suite 240, Seattle, Wash. 98122; fax: (206)723-2981.

July 1--Journalism teacher awards: Applications are due the National High School Journalism Teacher Awards Progam, sponsored by the Dow Jones Newspaper Fund. The program identifies the National High School Journalism Teacher of the Year, four distiguished advisers, and several winners of special-recognition winners. To be eligible a nominee must have at least three years’ experience teaching high school journalism or advising a publication, must have taught or advised during the 1996-97 academic year, and have plans to continue teaching or advising. The winning teacher will speak at the American Society of Newspaper Editors’annual convention and write a quarterly column for Adviser Update, the Fund’s newsletter for high school journalism teachers; in addition, a student at the winner’s school will receive a $1,000 college scholarship to study news-editorial journalism. Contact: DJNF, P.O. Box 300, Princeton, N.J. 08543-0300; (609)452-2820; Web site:

* Dec. 1--Technology grant: Applications are due for the Excellence in Teaching Technology grant, sponsored by the Foundation for Technology Education in cooperation with Hearlihy and Co. Each year an educator is presented with a $2,000 grant for excellence in teaching technology. Applicants must be K-12 teachers who are successfully integrating the study of technology into the curriculum. Contact: Hearlihy/FTE Grant, FTE, 1914 Association Drive, Reston, Va. 22091-1502.

* Dec.1--Technology grant: Entries are due for the Chuck Sharpe Memorial Grant for Excellence in Teaching Technology, sponsored by Hearlihy and Co. The $1,000 award is presented to an Ohio technology education teacher at any grade level (K-12) for excellence in teaching technology. Contact: Jeff Bright, Chuck Sharpe Grant, 4948 Vicksburg Lane, Hilliard, Ohio 43026; (614) 771-8323.

Teaching in Lithuania: The American Professional Partnership for Lithuanian Education, an organization working to help Lithuania build a new educational system, is seeking volunteer American teachers of English who can spend an academic year or semester teaching in Lithuania. APPLE, an nonprofit organization, cannot provide travel expenses; housing and salary in local currency will be provided by the Ministry of Education in Lithuania. There is no specific deadline for application. Contact: APPLE, Dalile Polikaitis, 1501 Valecroft Ave., Westlake Village, Calif. 91361; phone/fax: (805) 496-9711.


April 28--Nestle bake-sale contest: Entries are due for the Nestle Toll House Bake Sale Contest, sponsored by Nestle USA. Schools holding spring bake sales are invited to compete against schools nationwide to win a grand prize of $10,000. Four schools selected as runners-up will receive $1,000 each. Winning schools will be selected on criteria that include school spirit, event marketing efforts. and the ratio of funds raised to the number of students enrolled in the school. Contact: C. Holevas, NTHBSC, 1800 Century Park East, Suite 200, Los Angeles, Calif. 90067.

* May 2--Texas parent-partners grants: Applications are due for the Parents as School Partners Program, sponsored by the SBC Foundation, which provides grants of up to $5,000 to schools across Texas to improve academic achievement through parental participation. The grants are available to all K-12 public, private, and parochial schools in Texas. The foundation will award up to 50 grants to during the 1997-98 school year in the categories of program planning, start-up, and maintenance. Contact: PSPP, SBCF, 175 E. Houston, Suite 200, San Antonio, Texas 78205.

* Aug. 1--Teacher education awards: Applications are due for the Award for the Distinguished Dissertation in Teacher Education, sponsored by the Association of Teacher Educators. The purpose of the award is to encourage, recognize, and promote exemplary doctoral-level research that substantially contributes to the improvement of teacher education. Anyone who has completed a doctoral dissertation at an accredited college or university within the past two years is eligible. Contact: Veronica Stephen, Eastern Illinois University, 600 Lincoln Ave., Charleston, Ill. 61929; (217) 581-5728.

Aug. 29--TAP America awards: Applications are due for the 1997 TAP America Award, sponsored by the Electronics Industries Foundation. The grant program recognizes an innovative project developed by a school and an electronics company working together to help children see that math and science are necessary tools. Eligible projects must: involve at least one member company of the EIA; target students in one or more of the 5th through 8th grades who are isolated from resources that enrich the math or science curriculum; link specific math or science topics to real-life situations; and make innovative use of the company’s technological resources and/or staff. The award carries a $10,000 grant for investment in the winning project by the participating school. A runner-up may be selected for a $5,000 award. Contact: TAP America Award, EIA, 2500 Wilson Blvd., Suite 210, Arlington, Va. 22201-3834; (703) 907-7414; fax: (703) 907-7401

* Oct. 22--Spencer fellowships: Applications are due for the 1998 Spencer Foundation Dissertation Fellowships for Research Related to Education. Some 30 fellowships of $17,000 each will be awarded by the Spencer Foundation to support doctoral candidates in various fields whose dissertations promise to contribute fresh perspectives to the history, theory, or practice of education. Contact: Spencer Dissertation Fellowships Program, SF, 900 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 2800, Chicago, Ill. 60611-1542.

Oct. 23--Fulbright grants: Applications are due for the 1997 J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Program. Fulbright grants provide round-trip international travel, maintenance for the duration of the grant, a research allowance, and tuition waivers for graduate study or research abroad in academic fields for professional training in the creative and performing arts. The purpose of the grants is to increase mutual understanding between the United States and other countries. Applicants must be U.S. citizens at the time of application and hold a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent by the beginning date of the grant. Contact: U.S. Student Programs Division, Institute of International Education, 809 United Nations Plaza, New York, N.Y. 10017; (212)