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November 18, 1998 12 min read

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Nov. 30--Education finance: Proposals are due for the New Scholars Program, sponsored by the National Center for Education Statistics and the American Education Finance Association. The program is intended to interest recent college graduates and master’s and doctoral students in conducting research in education finance using NCES databases. Contracts for $5,000 will be awarded for up to four doctoral scholars who are members of the AEFA and who have received or will receive a doctoral degree between Jan. 1, 1995, and Dec. 31, 1998. Contracts for $3,000 will be awarded for up to four predoctoral scholars who are members of the AEFA and who are currently enrolled in a doctoral program, or who have received or will receive a master’s degree in that same time frame. Contact: Robert K. Goertz, Director--Fiscal Policy, New Jersey Commission on Higher Education, PO Box 542, Trenton, NJ 08625-0542; (609) 292-3235; fax: (609) 292-7225; e-mail:

Dec. 1--Quality schools: Proposals are due for the annual conference on Creating the Quality School, sponsored by the college of continuing education at the University of Oklahoma. The conference provides a forum for discourse between school administrators, teachers, school board members, state and federal department personnel, higher education faculty, and community leaders. Contact: Jennie Parker, UO, 555 E. Constitution St., Room 208, Norman, OK 73072-7820; (405) 325-1450; fax: (405) 325-7075.

Feb. 1--Technology grants: Proposals are due for the interactive-education grant program, sponsored by the America Online Foundation. The grant provides teams of educators seed money to develop and implement innovative, hands-on projects that improve student performance through the integration of interactive technology into the learning environment. Teams may include K-12 teachers, administrators, parents, and community leaders. Grants of up to $7,500 are available. Contact: AOL Foundation, 22000 AOL Way, Dulles, VA 20166; (703) 265-1342; Web site:


*Nov. 25--Filmmaking: Entries are due for the first year of what is to be an annual student filmmaking and screenwriting competition, sponsored by KidsNet Connect Software and New Line Cinema. The competition is open to students ages 13 to 19 who submit a completed film or script of any length. Ten grand-prize winners will be receive a trip to the 1999 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. Contact: KNC Software, 5777 W. Century Blvd., Suite 1700, Los Angeles, CA 90045; (800) 296-9579.

Nov. 30--Writing: Submissions are due for the annual “Pasta Tales” essay-writing contest, sponsored by the Olive Garden Italian Restaurant chain. Students ages 7 to 16 are asked to describe in 250 words or less what they would do to improve their city. Entries will be judged on creativity, organization, grammar, punctuation, and spelling by the Quill and Scroll Society of the college of journalism and communications at the University of Iowa. The grand prize includes a trip to New York City and a $1,000 U.S. Savings Bond. Also, one winner chosen from each age category will receive a $250 savings bond. Contact: Pasta Tales, OG, 5900 Lake Ellenor Drive, Orlando, FL 32809; (954) 776-1999.

*Dec. 1--Playwriting: Submissions are due for the national playwriting competition, sponsored by the Young Playwrights Inc. All scripts submitted will be read and evaluated by theater professionals, and student playwrights will also receive detailed written analyses of their plays. Twelve young writers will be chosen to attend a conference in New York City. Contact: National Playwriting Competition, YPI, Department PR, 321 W. 44th St., Suite 906, New York, NY 10036; (212) 307-1140; e-mail:

Dec. 11--Community service: Applications are due for the “react Take Action Awards,” sponsored by react magazine and the New World Foundation. The awards will be given to students ages 12 to 18 who have made significant contributions to their communities, the nation, or the world. The top five winners will each receive a $20,000 college scholarship; 10 second-prize winners will receive $1,000 scholarships. All of the winners, and 10 additional runners-up, will help distribute toys and clothing to the needy in their communities. Contact: Application forms available from the Oct. 19-25 issue of react magazine or on its Web site:

Dec. 21--Art and photography: Submissions are due for the “Me, My Heritage, My World” art and photography competition, sponsored by the World of Knowledge Foundation. Students ages 5 to 14 are asked to submit a drawing, painting, or photograph describing themselves and what their heritage means to them, or a depiction of cultural diversity. Ten winners from different age categories will each receive a U.S. Savings Bond of up to $2,000. Contact: WKF, Princeton Forrestal Village, 125-250 Village Boulevard, Princeton, NJ 08540; (888) 953-7737; Web site:

Jan. 14--Student achievement: Applications are due for the 1999 Tribute Award program, sponsored by Discover Card and the American Association of School Administrators. The program honors high school juniors for maintaining a minimum grade point average of 2.75 and demonstrating accomplishment in four of the five following areas: special talents; leadership; obastacles overcome; unique endeavors; and community service. At least nine scholarships will be made available in each of the states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. schools overseas. Contact: local high school guidance offices or the AASA, PO Box 9338, Arlington, VA 22219; Web site:

Jan. 15--Science: Entries are due for the annual “Power Your Imagination” scholarship competition, sponsored by Duracell Inc. and the National Science Teachers Assocication. Students in grades 7-12 must design and build a working device that is educational and powered by one or more Duracell batteries. All entries must include a descriptive two-page essay, a wiring diagram, clear photos of the device, and an official entry form. Students in grades 7-9 and 10-12 will be judged separately by scientists and science educators. Fifty students from each age category will receive U.S. Savings Bonds to help finance their college educations. Contact: Duracell/NSTA; (888) 255-4242; Web site:

Jan. 29--Earth science: Submissions are due for the “LOOK UP! Challenge Sky” contest, sponsored by the Weather Channel and the Polaroid Education Program. Students in grades K-6 should submit artwork, photographs, or poetry inspired by observing the sky. Entries will be judged on creativity, originality, and the effectiveness of the sky message. Winning entries will be displayed in the Weather Channel’s 1999 Classroom Calendar. First-place winners will receive Polaroid cameras and film. Contact: WC; (800) 471-5544; Web site:

*Jan. 29--Economics: Entries are due for the 1999 Fed Challenge, sponsored by the Federal Reserve Bank System. High school students should work in teams of five to create and recommend a monetary policy for the United States. Teams will present their policies before members of the Federal Reserve’s Federal Open Market Committee, which sets official monetary policy for the U.S., at the regional level before moving on to the nationl championship in Washington. Scholarships and grant money of up to $1 million will be available to regional and national finalist teams. Contact: Federal Reserve Bank of New York; (877) FED-CHLG; Web site: www.

*Feb. 19--Engineering: Submissions are due for the “Bridges Across America” design competition, sponsored by the American Society of Civil Engineers, Holt Education, and the K’NEX Education Division. Students in grades K-12 are asked to build the lightest bridge, using K’NEX materials, that supports the most weight. Prizes include computer equipment and $1,200 in classroom gift certificates for the winning students and their schools. Contact: K’NEX Education Division, PO Box 700, Hatfield, PA 19440-0700; (888) ABC-KNEX; e-mail:; Web site:


Dec. 15--Astronomy: Nominations are due for the 1999 Thomas Brennan Award, sponsored by the Astronomical Society of the Pacific. The award recognizes exceptional achievement related to teaching astronomy at the high school level. Nominees may be active teachers or others whose work has had a substantial impact on high school astronomy. Winners will receive a plaque and a check for $250 and will be asked to write an article about their work to be published in the Mercury magazine or its Universe in the Classroom newsletter. Contact: Brennan Award, ASP, 390 Ashton Ave., San Francisco, CA 94112.

Jan. 2--Math, science, and technology: Applications are due for the Eleanor Roosevelt teacher fellowships, sponsored by the American Association of University Women Educational Foundation. Public school teachers of grades K-12 can receive up to $9,000 for special programs that encourage girls’ achievement in mathematics, science, or technology. Approximately 25 fellowships are available for female teachers who either work individually or in teams with other teachers or administrators. The fellowship also supports independent-study plans for teachers and participation in a five-day institute focusing on practical strategies to enrich technical curriculum and advance gender equity in the classroom. Contact: AAUW; (319) 337-1716; Web site:

Jan. 11--International education: Applications are due for the Fulbright Memorial Fund Teacher Program, sponsored by the Institute of International Education. Fellowships will be offered to 600 teachers in grades 1-12 to study in Japan. Contact: IIE; (888) 527-2636; Web site:

Jan. 15--Graduate education: Applications are due for the master’s degree program in education administration with a focus on private school leadership, sponsored by the Klingenstein Center for Independent School Education at Teachers College, Columbia University, in New York City. All independent school educators are eligible to apply, and 10 performance-based scholarships are available. Contact: Carollyn Finegold, TC, CU; (212) 678-3156; Web site:

Jan. 15--Math and science: Applications are due for the Growth Initiatives for Teachers grant program, sponsored by the GTE Foundation. The grants are for public and private mathematics and science teachers of grades 7-12. Grants of $12,000 each will be awarded to 60 teams--one math and one science teacher from the same school--who plan to integrate those subjects in their schools’ curricula through the use of technology. Each winning team will receive $7,000 for a school enrichment project and $5,000 toward professional-development activities. Contact: GTE Foundation, One Stamford Forum, Stamford, CT 06904; (800) 315-5010 .

Jan. 15--Summer institute: Applications are due for the Klingenstein Summer Institute, sponsored by the Klingenstein Center for Independent School Education at Teachers College, Columbia University, in New York City. The institute seeks to bring together 50 teachers who have two to five years of teaching experience, with the aim of challenging them to explore different teaching styles and educational philosophies and issues. Contact: Carollyn Finegold, TC, CU; (212) 678-3156; Web site:

Feb. 12--Holocaust studies: Applications are due for the Mandel Teacher Fellowship Program, sponsored by the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. The program seeks to develop a national corps of skilled secondary school teachers who can serve as leaders in Holocaust education in their schools. Fellows are expected to use this experience to create outreach projects in their schools, communities, or professional organizations. History, social studies, and English teachers, as well as library or instructional-media specialists, are encouraged to apply. All applicants must teach at a school in the United States. Contact: Barbara Casana, MTFP, Education Division, USHMM, 100 Raoul Wallenberg Place S.W., Washington, DC 20024; (202) 314-7826; fax: (202) 314-7888; e-mail:; Web site:


Dec. 15--Distinguished service: Nominations are due for the Ida M. Johnston and Arthur Wilde Scoiety awards, sponsored by Boston University’s school of education. The awards recognize alumni for distinguished service to the university, the education profession, or the community. Contact: Joanne Richard, BU School of Education, 605 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, MA 02215; (617) 353-6293; fax: (617) 353-8937; e-mail:

Dec. 20--Career education: Applications are due for annual awards for excellence and innovation, sponsored by the American Association for Career Education. Awards will be made in 16 categories: partnerships, coalitions, curriculum, instruction, counseling, management, staff development, public information, assessment, evaluation, research, resource centers, print and nonprint publications, and other programs. Contact: Pat Nellor Wickwire, President, AACE, 2900 Amby Place, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254-2216.

Jan. 15--Leadership: Submissions are due for the Joseph Klingenstein Fellows program, sponsored by the Klingenstein Center for Independent Education at Teachers College, Columbia University, in New York City. The program brings together eight to 12 educators from around the world to strengthen their careers and improve their leadership skills as teachers, deans, and department heads. Contact: Carollyn Finegold, TC, CU; (212) 678-3156; Web site:

Jan. 15--Peer review: Applications are due for the Klingenstein Visiting Fellows program, sponsored by the Klingenstein Center for Independent School Education at Teachers College, Columbia University, in New York City. The program gathers 10 heads of schools from across the country for a month of study and reflection. Visiting fellows will examine educational issues and policies concerning their home schools. Contact: Carollyn Finegold, TC, CU; (212) 678-3156; Web site:

Jan. 15--School-to-work: Applications are due for the School Business Partnership Awards program, sponsored by the Employment Management Association Foundation and The Wall Street Journal. The award will identify schools and businesses that collaborate to address workforce preparedness and other critical employment needs. Five awards of $3,000 each will be given to outstanding partnerships between businesses and public or private schools that link the academic curriculum to its application in the workplace. Contact: Rebecca Morton, Program Administrator, EMA, 1800 Duke St., Alexandria, VA 22314-3499; (703) 535-6080; fax: (703) 739-0399; Web site:

A version of this article appeared in the November 18, 1998 edition of Education Week