February 01, 1999 16 min read

Following is a list of application deadlines for grants, fellowships, and honors available to individuals and schools. Asterisks (*) denote new entries.


*Open. Teacher Institute.
The New York Historical Society offers a free institute in August on using cities as teaching tools. The institute features readings, discussions, lectures, and field trips throughout New York City. Local travel within the city, accommodations, and most meals are included. The program is open to elementary and secondary school teachers of history, humanities, and social studies as well as to librarians and staff developers from independent, public, and parochial schools. Applications are accepted until the program is filled; 30 spots are available. For more information, contact: L. J. Krizner, New York Historical Society, 2 West 77th St., New York, NY 10024; (212) 873-3400, ext. 281; e-mail nyhs_education@

February 1. Interactive Technology.
The AOL Foundation invites teams of K-12 teachers, school administrators, parents, librarians, and other community leaders to apply for its Interactive Education Initiative grants. Awards of up to $7,500 are given to develop and implement projects aimed at improving student performance through classroom integration of interactive technology. Special consideration is given to proposals that target socioeconomically disadvantaged students. Contact: AOL Foundation, 22000 AOL Way, Dulles, VA 20166; (703) 265-1342; fax (703) 265-2135; e-mail;

February 1. Japan Studies.
The Northeast Asia Council of the Association for Asian Studies, in conjunction with the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission, supports a variety of grant programs designed to facilitate research, improve the quality of teaching about Japan, and integrate the study of Japan into major academic disciplines. Contact: NEAC Grants, Association for Asian Studies, 1021 E. Huron St., Ann Arbor, MI 48104; (734) 665-2490; fax (734) 665-3801; e-mail postmaster@

March 1. American History.
The James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation awards fellowships for graduate study on the U.S. Constitution. Outstanding secondary school teachers of American history, American government, and social studies are eligible, as are college seniors and graduate students planning teaching careers in those subjects. The foundation selects one fellow from each state to receive up to $24,000 to help pay for graduate study leading to a master’s degree in history, political science, or education. Both full- and part-time fellowships are available. Contact: James Madison Fellowship Program, P.O. Box 4030, Iowa City, IA 52243-4030; (800) 525-6928; e-mail

*March 1. Leadership.
The National Foundation for the Improvement of Education awards up to 50 grants annually to public school teachers and support staff through its Leadership Grants Program. The program is designed to help educators deepen their knowledge, improve their teaching skills, and provide leadership in their schools. Winners receive $1,000 a year for professional-development activities that focus on students’ needs. For more information and guidelines, contact: National Foundation for the Improvement of Education Leadership Grants, 1201 16th St. N.W., Suite 416, Washington, DC 20036-3207; (202) 822-7840;

March 1. Library Service.
The Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, offers financial assistance to those planning a career in the juvenile-library field. Two $6,000 Bound To Stay Bound Books Scholarships and two $6,000 Frederic G. Melcher Scholarships are awarded. Applicants must have been accepted to, but not yet begun, coursework toward a master’s or other advanced degree in library science. They must commit to work in the juvenile- library field for at least one year after graduation and must also join the ALA and the ALSC. For more information, contact: ALSC, 50 E. Huron St., Chicago, IL 60611-2795; e-mail

March 2. Rain Forest Workshop.
The Rain Forest Workshops for Educators and Naturalists partner K-12 teachers and school administrators with biodiversity experts, ornithologists, canopy researchers, marine biologists, geographers, and environmental leaders on research projects. A $1,000 scholarship is available through a drawing to attend a summer workshop in Belize, Costa Rica, or the Amazon basin. For more information, contact: Rain Forest Workshops, 801 Devon Pl., Alexandria, VA 22314; (800) 669-6806; www.

March 6. Teachers At Sea.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration offers the Teacher at Sea Program. K-12 teachers and college professors work with scientists aboard NOAA vessels and do hydrographic, oceanographic, and fishery research. After the program, teachers submit reports of their work, including lessons based on their experiences; they also prepare an article or presentation. The program is free, but participants pay transportation costs to the ships’ departure points. Contact: Judy Sohl, Coordinator, Teacher at Sea Program, 1801 Fairview Ave. E., Seattle, WA 98102; (206) 553-2633;

*March 15. Geography.
The National Geographic Society Education Foundation offers approximately 30 grants of up to $1,250 each to support innovative geography education. Applicants must have graduated from summer geography institutes held by the National Geographic Society or a state geographic alliance. Grants are awarded based on whether proposed projects support the implementation of the national geography standards, involve hands-on work and field experiences by teachers and students, stimulate community awareness and participation, or encourage teachers’ professional development in geography. Contact: Christopher Shearer, Program Officer, National Geographic Society Education Foundation, 1145 17th St. N.W., Washington, DC 20036-4688;

*March 15. K-8 Teachers.
Curriculum Associates, a publisher of print and multimedia educational materials, announces several grants for teachers who have demonstrated excellence in K-8 teaching. Teachers are invited to submit proposals for projects that effectively make use of teaching tools such as technology and print. Three educators each receive $1,000, plus a $500 gift certificate for Curriculum Associates materials. For more information, contact: Grant Program Committee Chair, Curriculum Associates Inc., 153 Rangeway Rd., P.O. Box 2001, North Billerica, MA 01862; (800) 225-0248; fax (978) 663-0521; e-mail;

*March 20. Awards Program.
The National Association of Secondary School Principals runs the National Association of Student Councils/National Organization on Disability Awards Program, a competition designed to recognize student councils that have worked to involve students with disabilities in student activities. One middle or junior high school and one senior high school each receive a $500 award. The competition is supported by J.C. Penney Co. and the National Organization on Disability. Contact: NASSP, Department of Student Activities-NASC/NOD, 1904 Association Dr., Reston, VA 20191-1537; (703) 860-0200, ext. 325; fax (703) 476-5432; e-mail; www.nassp. org.

*March 31. New Teachers.
Sallie Mae, the federally chartered college loan group, in conjunction with the American Association of School Administrators, honors first-year elementary and secondary school teachers with its First Class Teacher Awards. Superintendents and private school heads are invited to nominate one first-year K-12 teacher. A winner is selected from each state, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. territories. Winners receive a weekend in Washington, D.C., and $1,500. Contact: American Association of School Administrators, 1801 N. Moore St., Arlington, VA 22209; (703) 528-0700.

*April 15. Humanities.
The National Endowment for the Humanities offers the Humanities Focus Grant, designed to support groups of educators working together to improve teaching and learning in the humanities. The maximum award is $25,000 and covers the cost of travel, materials, and administration. Schools, colleges, museums, and other nonprofit organizations may apply. For more information, contact: Division of Research and Education Programs, National Endowment for the Humanities, 1100 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W., Washington, DC 20506; (202) 606-8380; e-mail;

*April 23. Language.
The Center for Applied Linguistics seeks applicants for its 1999 Richard Tucker Summer Fellowship. The eight-week fellowship in Washington, D.C., pays a $2,400 stipend and travel expenses of up to $1,000. The fellow works on CAL research or another suitable project suggested by the fellow. Applicants must be enrolled in a U.S. or Canadian master’s or doctoral degree program in a field relating to the study of language; they must also have completed the equivalent of at least one year of full-time graduate study. The fellow is selected based on an application that includes a research proposal, two letters of recommendation, graduate school academic transcripts, and a writing sample. Priority is given to proposals focusing on language education or on language issues relating to minorities in the United States or Canada. For more information, contact: Grace Burkart, Center for Applied Linguistics, 4646 40th St. N.W., Washington, DC 20016; (202) 429-9292; e-mail

Open. Reading.
Random House Children’s Publishing and First Book, a nonprofit organization dedicated to giving disadvantaged children the opportunity to read, have created the Reading Hero Awards to honor reading teachers, tutors, mentors, and volunteers. The award is given six times a year, beginning in September and running through March. Each winner receives $1,000 worth of Random House books and is the guest of honor at a Reading Hero luncheon. For more information, contact: First Book, 1319 F St. N.W., Suite 500, Washington, DC 20004; (202) 393-1222; fax (202) 628-1258.

February 1. Special Education.
The Glenda B. and Forrest C. Shaklee Institute for Improving Special Education announces its 1999 Shaklee Teacher Awards, which recognize up to 10 outstanding educators of children with disabilities. Entrants must describe their professional competence and their involvement in special education. Selection is based on student performance and teachers’ related contributions. Winners receive $1,000 each and participate in a five-day expenses-paid small-group professional-development workshop conducted by members of the Shaklee Institute. For more information, contact: Kim Soule, (800) 835-1043; e-mail;

February 5. Aviation.
The General Aviation Manufacturers Association announces the Excellence in Aviation Education Award, offered to K-12 teachers who have developed curricula incorporating aviation. Twelve winners are recognized at the National Congress on Aviation and Space Education in April. Each winner also receives $500. Contact: Elizabeth Davis, GAMA, 1400 K St. N.W., Suite 801, Washington, DC 20005-2485; (202) 637-1378.

February 15. Environment.
The National Association for Humane and Environmental Education is accepting nominations for the 1999 KIND Teacher of the Year Award. The award honors an outstanding K-6 teacher who has consistently included topics advocated by the association in his or her curriculum. The winner receives an award plaque and a free year’s subscription to KIND News for every classroom in his or her school. Contact: NAHEE, P.O. Box 362, East Haddam, CT 06423-0362; (860) 434-8666; e-mail;

February 28. Children’s Fiction.
Highlights for Children invites anyone interested in writing for children to submit contemporary action and adventure stories for its 20th annual fiction contest. Stories should not exceed 900 words, and they may be considerably shorter for younger children. Three winners receive $1,000 each, and their winning stories appear in the publication. Other contest submissions are considered for purchase by Highlights. For more information, contact: Fiction Contest, Highlights for Children, 803 Church St., Honesdale, PA 18431.

February 28. Web Pages.
Advanced Network and Services Inc., a nonprofit organization that promotes technology in education, sponsors ThinkQuest for Tomorrow’s Teachers, an international contest that challenges teachers of grades K-12 to build educational Web sites that are interactive teaching and learning tools. Winners and their schools receive cash awards. For more information, contact: Advanced Network and Services Inc.;

March 1. Arts Education.
The National Association of Schools of Art and Design, the National Association of Schools of Dance, the National Association of Schools of Music, and the National Association of Schools of Theater sponsor the $1,000 Reston Prize. Applicants submit an in-depth policy analysis of 3,000-3,500 words describing the relationship between K-12 arts education and higher education; papers must not have been published previously. The winner’s paper is published in the November/December issue of Arts Education Policy Review. For more information, contact: Arts Education Policy Review Competitions, Reston Prize, Heldref Publications, 1319 18th St. N.W., Washington, DC 20036-1802; (202) 296-6267; fax (202) 296-5149.

March 1. Education Leaders.
The McGraw-Hill Companies seek nominations for the 1998 Harold W. McGraw Jr. Prize in Education. Up to three prizes of $25,000 each are awarded to individuals who have made a demonstrated difference in American education. For more information, contact: Teresa White, Harold W. McGraw Jr. Prize in Education, 1221 Avenue of the Americas, 20th Floor, New York, NY 10020; (212) 512-6113;

*March 1. Teacher Of The Century.
Houghton Mifflin Interactive, which publishes digital adaptations of Houghton Mifflin books, announces the Teacher of the Century Award to recognize teachers who incorporate technology in the classroom. One teacher from each state as well as five teachers from Canada each receive software; one grand-prize winner is chosen as Teacher of the Century and receives a laptop computer, technology products from Houghton Mifflin’s School Division, as well as software. For more information, contact: Houghton Mifflin Interactive, 120 Beacon St., Somerville, MA 02143; (617) 503-4800; fax (617) 503-4900;

March 1. Young Writers’ Award.
The Arts Education Policy Review invites authors under the age of 35 to apply for its Young Writers’ Award. Manuscript entries must be 3,000-3,500 words and address K-12 arts education policy; they must not have been previously published. The winner, whose entry appears in the September/October issue of the Review, receives a $500 prize. Contact: Arts Education Policy Review Competitions, Young Writers’ Award, Heldref Publications, 1319 18th St. N.W., Washington, DC 20036-1802; (202) 296-6267; fax (202) 296-5149.

March 15. Biology.
The National Association of Biology Teachers offers the Outstanding New Biology Teacher Achievement Award, sponsored by Edvotek Inc., a manufacturer of molecular biology products. Biology and life-science teachers of grades 7-12 who have no more than three years of teaching experience are eligible. Candidates must have designed an innovative program or technique. The winner receives a one-year NABT membership and $750 for travel expenses to the annual NABT convention as well as biological supplies and equipment. Teachers can nominate themselves or colleagues. For more information, contact: Louise Pittack, Awards Manager, National Association of Biology Teachers, 11250 Roger Bacon Dr., #19, Reston, VA 20190-5202; (703) 471-1134 or (800) 406-0775; e-mail

March 15. Middle School Biology.
The National Association of Biology Teachers invites teachers of grades 5-8 to apply for its Middle School Teaching Award. Sponsored by Apple Computer Inc., the award recognizes teachers of interdisciplinary science courses who have done an innovative life-science activity or unit. Candidates are judged on their teaching ability, community and school involvement, initiative, and relationships with students. The winner receives a Power Macintosh computer, recognition at the NABT convention, and a one-year NABT membership. For more information, contact: Louise Pittack, Awards Manager, National Association of Biology Teachers, 11250 Roger Bacon Dr., #19, Reston, VA 20190-5202; (703) 471-1134 or (800) 406-0775; e-mail

*April. Social Studies.
The National Council for the Social Studies seeks nominations for its Social Studies Programs of Excellence Awards. Nominations must be made by NCSS-affiliated state councils. Award winners give a presentation at the NCSS annual conference and receive a commemorative gift, some travel assistance for conference presentations, and national recognition. For more information, contact: NCSS, 3501 Newark St. N.W., Washington, DC 20016; (202) 966-7840, ext. 106; e-mail; www.ncss. org/awards/curriculum.html.

*April 15. Inclusion.
AbleNet Inc., which designs devices to assist people with disabilities, announces its 1999 Inclusion Award. The award recognizes teams of people who demonstrate vision and innovation in using simple technology to make it easier for people with severe disabilities to participate in activities at home, school, work, and in the community. The winning team receives a $500 AbleNet gift certificate and $500 cash; second- and third-place winners receive gift certificates. For more information, contact: AbleNet 1999 Inclusion Award, 1081 10th Ave. S.E., Minneapolis, MN 55414-1312; (800) 322-0956; fax (612) 379-9143.

*April 16. Cable Television.
Time-Warner Cable announces the Time-Warner Cable National Teacher Awards. Educators from state- accredited private or public U.S. schools in a Time-Warner Cable service area are eligible. Candidates submit examples of innovative classroom activities they have developed using cable programming and/or the Internet. Fifteen teachers or teacher-teams receive $1,000 and a trip to Washington, D.C. For more information, contact your local Time-Warner Cable company or Bonnie Hathaway, Time-Warner Cable, Corporate Communications, 290 Harbor Dr., Stamford, CT 06902; (203) 328-0620; e-mail bonnie.

*April 19. Waste Management.
The Solid Waste Association of North America sponsors the Excellence in Solid Waste Education Awards, which recognize extraordinary efforts in educating the public on solid waste-related issues. Two awards are given, one for K-12 curriculum and one for a public-education program. Entries are judged on technical accuracy, educational goals, quality of design and communications, program evaluation, and originality. For more information, contact: SWANA, P.O. Box 7219, Silver Spring, MD 20907; (301) 585-2898.

*May 1. Exemplary Biology Teachers.
The National Association of Biology Teachers names as an honorary member an individual who has “achieved distinction in teaching, research, or service in the biological sciences.” The honoree becomes a lifetime member of the NABT and is recognized in NABT publications and at the NABT’s national convention. Nominations may be made by any NABT member and must include a description of the candidate’s qualifications, a detailed biographical summary, and supporting letters from at least nine NABT members. For more information, contact: Louise Pittack, National Association of Biology Teachers, 11250 Roger Bacon Dr., #19, Reston, VA 20190-5202; (800) 406-0775; e-mail