May 21, 1997 8 min read

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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.


*June 6--Disabilities personnel: The U.S. Department of Education is inviting applications for grants under its Training Personnel for the Education of Individuals with Disabilities Program--Grants for Personnel Training. The program is intended to increase the quality of personnel available to serve infants, toddlers, children, and youths with disabilities. An estimated 40 grants of up to $480,000 each will be awarded to eligible institutions of higher education and appropriate nonprofit agencies. Contact: Grants and Contract Services Team, USDE, 600 Independence Ave. S.W., Room 3317, Switzer Bldg., Washington, D.C. 20202-2641; (202) 260-9182; fax: (202) 205-8717.

*Aug. 1--Safe and drug-free schools: The U.S. Department of Education’s office of elementary and secondary education is inviting application for new awards under its Safe and Drug Free School and Communities National Program. The program supports the development of innovative programs that demonstrate effective new methods of ensuring safe and drug-free schools, colleges, and communities and provide models for proven effective practices that will help schools and communities improve programs. An estimated 21 grants of up to $600,000 each will be awarded to eligible state and local education agencies, institutions of higher education, and other nonprofit agencies, organizations, and institutions. Contact: Safe and Drug Free Schools Program, USDE, 600 Independence Ave. S.W., Suite 604 Portals, Washington, D.C. 20202-6123; (202) 260-3954; fax: (202) 260-7767.


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

*Jan. 1--Bayer/NSF Award: Entries are due for the Bayer/NSF Award for Community Innovation, sponsored by the Bayer Corp. and the National Science Foundation. Teams of students in grades 6-8 are asked to identify problems in their communities and use the scientific method to solve them. Ten finalist will receive a trip to the Epcot Center at Walt Disney World in Florida and will compete for the first prize of $5,000 savings bonds for each team member, the second prize of $3,000 savings bonds, and the third prize of $1,000 savings bonds. Contact: (800) 291-6020; Web site:


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 the Foundation for Technology Education in cooperation with 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, Hillard, Ohio 43026; (614) 771-8324.

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.


May 30--LifeSavers award: Nominations are due for the LifeSavers Co.'s Take a Bigger Role Awards Program. The program recognizes individuals who, despite busy careers and family demands, manage to find time to do exceptional work for the benefit of others and their communities. From the nominations received, 19 regional role models and one national role model will be chosen. Regional role models will receive a $1,000 check to be donated to the charity of their choice. The national winner will be presented with $10,000 to be given to the charity of his or her choice. Contact: LS, Take a Bigger Role Awards Program, 500 Shepard St., Suite 200, Winston-Salem, N.C. 27103; (910) 659-8440; fax: (910) 659-8574. Web site:

July 15--Title I technology contest: Entries are due for the Best Use of Technology in a Title I Program contest, sponsored by IBM K-12 Education. The contest is open to all public and nonprofit private K-12 schools in the United States. Four winners will be selected to receive an IBM ThinkPad mobile computer and trips for two employees to the International Business Machines Corp.'s three-day Discovery Conference in Orlando, Fla., Oct. 13-15. Contact: IBM K-12 Education, (404) 238-6311; Web site:

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. 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) 984-5330.