Following is a list of application deadlines for grants, fellowships, and honors available to individuals and schools. Asterisks (*) denote new entries.
Grants And Fellowships
The United States-Japan Foundation offers grants for the improvement of U.S. K-12 instruction on Japan through teacher training, professional development, intensive study tours in Japan, and curriculum design. The foundation will consider new or existing programs that include some of the following components: leadership development; information on U.S.-Japan relations and contemporary issues in both countries; pedagogical training on the incorporation of international issues into the curriculum; and multimedia teaching tools. Grants last for one year but may be renewed by the foundation. The foundation also supports the improvement of Japanese-language instruction through teacher training and curriculum development. Contact: United States-Japan Foundation, 145 E. 32nd St., 12th Floor, New York, NY 10016; (212) 481-8757; fax (212) 481-8762; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org; www.us-jf.org.
May 21. Contest.
Knowledge Adventure, a developer, publisher, and distributor of multi media educational software, invites educators to enter the 1999 Knowledge Adventure Success in Schools contest. Five winners each receive five teacher’s edition software titles from Knowledge Adventure. Educators must complete an entry form and write a 200-word essay describing how a Knowledge Adventure software title helped their students learn. The contest is open to elementary, middle, or high school educators as well as parents who school their children at home. For an entry form or more information, contact: Public Relations (JG), Knowledge Adventure, 19840 Pioneer Ave., Torrance, CA 90503; (800) 545-7677; www.educast.com.
June 30. Computers.
Wolfram Research Inc., makers of Mathematica , a technical computing software system, announces the High School Grant Program. The program is designed to support the efforts of K-12 teachers worldwide who use Mathematica to develop computer-based classroom materials. Grant recipients get Mathematica training at Wolfram Research’s corporate headquarters in Illinois, copies of Mathematica software for their school’s computer lab, and technical support. The number of grant recipients varies from year to year. Contact: (800) 441-MATH, ext. 703; e-mail email@example.com; www.wolfram.com/solutions/precollege/hsgp.
July 1. Technology.
Electronic Data Systems, an information-technology company, invites applicants for the EDS Technology Grant program. More than 100 $1,500 grants will be awarded to elementary teachers for projects that use information-technology products and services to improve student learning. Eligible applicants must work at schools within 50 miles of communities where EDS has a presence. For more information, contact: Electronic Data Systems; (888) 607-7566; www.eds.com/community_affairs/com_tech_grants.shtml.
September 1. Music.
The National Music Foundation announces the 1999 American Music Education Initiative to encourage the teaching of American music in schools. K-12 teachers of any subject are invited to submit lesson plans to teach or use American music in their classrooms. Finalists receive grants of $1,000 each to purchase classroom materials or equipment; semifinalists receive grants of $500 each. For more information, contact: Gene Wenner, Education Coordinator, National Music Foundation, 70 Kemble St., Lenox, MA 01240; (413) 637-1800; e-mail AECWENN@concentric.net.
June 1. Social Studies.
The National Council for the Social Studies seeks nominations for two awards. The Exemplary Research in Social Studies Award recognizes outstanding research inquiry into significant issues in social studies education. The Jean Dresden Grambs Distinguished Career Research Award recognizes research professionals who have made extensive contributions to social studies education. The winner of the Exemplary Research award receives a commemorative gift and presents his or her research at the council’s annual conference. The winner of the Grambs award receives a comprehensive NCSS membership. Contact: National Council for the Social Studies, 3501 Newark St. N.W., Washington, DC 20016; (202) 966-7840, ext. 106; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
June 30. Biology.
Biological Sciences Curriculum Study, a nonprofit curriculum developer, seeks nominations for its 1999 Teacher of the Year Award. The winner receives $1,000, plus $500 in travel expenses to the 1999 National Association of Biology Teachers Convention in Fort Worth, Texas, and $1,000 to upgrade his or her school’s biology labs. Colleagues, principals, and science supervisors may nominate high school biology teachers who use one of BSCS’s three high school programs and who teach in a manner that embodies the BSCS approach to inquiry, conceptual learning, and the nature and methods of science. To nominate a teacher, contact: Byllee Simon, 5415 Mark Dabling Blvd., Colorado Springs, CO 80918-3842; (719) 531-5167, ext. 106; e-mail email@example.com.
*June 30. Teacher Of The Year.
Chadwick’s of Boston, an off-price clothing retailer, seeks nominations for its 1999 National Teacher of the Year Award. To nominate a teacher, print or type 250 words or fewer detailing how the candidate contributed to the community, school, or students. K-12 teachers are eligible. Four regional winners each receive $250 and a $250 Chadwick’s of Boston certificate. A national winner receives an additional $1,000 and is featured in a Chadwick’s of Boston catalog. For more information, contact: Chadwick’s of Boston Teacher of the Year Award, 946 Great Plain Ave., P.O. Box 151, Needham, MA 02492.
*July 1. Journalism Teacher Award.
The Dow Jones Newspaper Fund seeks applicants for its 1999 National High School Journalism Teacher Awards Program. The program selects the National High School Journalism Teacher of the Year, who acts as a spokesperson for scholastic journalism; four Distinguished Advisers; and several Special Recognition winners. Nominees must have at least three years of experience teaching or advising high school journalists; they must also have taught or advised during the 1998-1999 academic year and plan to continue teaching or advising in 1999-2000. For more information, contact: Dow Jones Newspaper Fund, P.O. Box 300, Princeton, NJ 08543-0300; (609) 452-2820; www.dowjones.com/newsfund.
August 14. Music.
The Harry A. Logan Jr. Foundation announces the 2000 Heidi Castleman Award for Excellence in Chamber Music Teaching, a $1,000 award for an outstanding leader of exceptional chamber music programs for students ages 6-18. Contact: Chamber Music America, 305 Seventh Ave., Fifth Floor, New York, NY 10001-6008;