November 29, 2000 17 min read

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Dec. 15— Radio contest: Submissions are due for the Young Producers Contest, sponsored by Earth and Sky Radio in conjunction with the National Science Foundation. Teams of K-12 students are eligible; each team must write and record a 75-second radio show on a science or nature topic of its choice. Five shows will be chosen for broadcast on the Earth and Sky Radio series. The winning team will share a $1,000 U.S. Savings Bond; each runner-up team will split a $500 Savings Bond. Contact: YPC, PO Box 2203, Austin, TX 78768; (512) 480-8773; fax: (512) 477-4474; e-mail:; Web site:

Dec. 31—Investment essay contest: Submissions are due for the Young Investor Fund Essay Contest, sponsored by Stein Roe Mutual Funds. Essays on the importance of money and investing will judged on content, writing style, and writing mechanics. First-place winners will receive $5,000 in Young Investor Fund shares. Second- and third-place winners receive $2,500 and $1,000 in shares, respectively. Contact: YIF Essay Contest, SRMF, 1 S. Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL 60606; (800) 403-KIDS.

*January-February—Monetary-policy competition: Submissions are due for the 2001 Fed Challenge, a national economics competition for high school students, sponsored by Citibank and the Federal Reserve Bank System. Teams of five students work with a teacher to recommend a monetary policy for the United States. The teams are judged on formal presentations before Federal Reserve officials. The national winning team will receive a $5,000 scholarship for each student and teacher, plus a $10,000 grant to set up a school economics laboratory. Three national-finalist teams will receive a $2,000 scholarship for each student and teacher, plus a $3,000 grant for each team’s school. Deadlines vary, but all are in January or February. Contact: Robert Diamant, (877) 333-2454; educator/fedchal.html.

*Jan. 10—Writing competition: Nominations are due for the 2001 Promising Young Writers Program, sponsored by the National Council of Teachers of English. Eighth grade language arts teachers are encouraged to nominate students and submit examples of their best written work. Winning students will receive certificates of recognition. The council charges a $5 nomination fee per student. Contact: PYWP, NCTE, 1111 W. Kenyon Road, Urbana, IL 61801-1096.

*Jan. 26—National Honor Society scholarships: Applications are due for scholarships from the National Honor Society and the National Association of Secondary School Principals. The organizations will award 200 scholarships of $1,000 each. Society chapters nominate two senior chapter members who have shown outstanding character, earned good grades, performed community service, and demonstrated strong leadership skills. Contact: NASSP, Department of Student Activities, 1904 Association Drive, Reston, VA 20191-1537; (703) 860-0200; fax (703) 476-5432; e-mail:;

*Feb. 7—ThinkQuest Junior: Submissions are due for ThinkQuest Junior, an international contest challenging students in grades 4-6 to build Web sites that are interactive learning tools. The contest is sponsored by Advanced Network and Services Inc., a nonprofit organization that promotes technology in education. More than $250,000 will be awarded to winning students, teachers, and schools. Contact: ANSI; Web site:

*Feb. 15—Poetry and art contest: Submissions are due for the fifth annual River of Words International Environmental Poetry and Art Contest, sponsored by former U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Hass, the Library of Congress Center for the Book, and the International Rivers Network. K-12 students are encouraged to submit poetry or art with watershed themes. The contest is designed to build community awareness and support of watershed protection. Winners are chosen in four age categories in both poetry and art. One international winner and eight national grand-prize winners and their parents will be honored at the Library of Congress in Washington. Contact: IRN, Attn: ROW Contest, PO Box 4000-J, Berkeley, CA 94704; (510) 433-7020; fax: (510) 848-1008; e-mail:; Web site:

*Feb. 15—Chemistry scholarships: Applications are due for scholarships of up to $2,500 from the American Chemical Society Scholars Program. African-American, Hispanic, and Native American high school seniors and college undergraduates are invited to apply for the scholarships. Candidates must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the United States and demonstrate financial need. They also must be high achievers in chemistry or other chemical sciences, and they must intend to major in chemistry, biochemistry, chemical engineering, or a chemical-related science in preparation for a career in the chemical sciences or chemical technology. Contact: ACSSP, Department of Minority Affairs, 1155 16th St. N.W., Washington, DC 20036; (800) 227-5558, ext. 6250; e-mail:; Web site:


Dec. 15—Astronomy award: Nominations are due for the 2001 Thomas Brennan Award, sponsored by the Astronomical Society of the Pacific. The award honors someone whose work or teaching has had a substantial impact on high school astronomy, Candidates must have taught astronomy to high school students, organized workshops in astronomy, or developed innovative courses, curricula, and science programs aimed at the high school level. One winner will receive a $250 award, a plaque, and travel and lodging expenses to the ASP’s annual meeting in St. Paul, Minn. The winner will also write an article for the ASP’s Mercury Magazine or Universe in the Classroom newsletter describing his or her work. Contact: Marilyn Delgado, ASP, 390 Ashton Ave., San Francisco, CA 94112; (415) 337-1100, ext. 100; e-mail:

Dec. 15—Science awards: Applications are due for the Catalyst Award, sponsored by the American Chemistry Council (formerly the Chemical Manufacturers Association). Outstanding elementary school science teachers and secondary school chemistry teachers are eligible to receive awards of up to $5,000. Contact: Barbara Long, ACC, 1300 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22209; (703) 741-5101; fax (703) 741-6086; e-mail: barbara_long@americanchemistry. com; Web site:

*Dec. 18—Laboratory fellowship: Fermilab announces its Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory Teacher Fellowship. The fellow will work at Fermilab in Batavia, Ill., for up to 12 months and will develop curriculum material while researching particle physics. Graduate credit of up to nine semester hours is available, and the fellow will a $550 weekly stipend. Candidates must be full-time teachers of science or technology in grades 7-12 and must return to teaching for at least two years after the fellowship. Contact: Ron Ray, Fermilab Teacher Fellowship, FNAL, MS 231, PO Box 500, Batavia, IL 60510-0500; (630) 840-8090; e-mail:

*Jan. 10—Gender-equity fellowships: Applications are due for the Eleanor Roosevelt Teacher Fellowships, sponsored by the American Association of University Women Educational Foundation. The awards go to women who have demonstrated a commitment to gender equity in the classroom. Applicants must be full-time, K- 12 public school teachers in the United States; they must also have at least three consecutive years of experience teaching math, science, or technology and plan to continue teaching for three years after the fellowship. Awards range from $1,000 to $9,000 for proposals that address equality in education and include techniques to raise girls’ self- confidence and academic performance. Fellows meet for a five-day teacher institute in Washington. Contact: AAUW Educational Foundation, Dept. 60, 2201 N. Dodge St., Iowa City, IA 53343-4030; (319) 337- 1716, ext. 60; Web site:

*Jan. 10—Math grants: Applications are due for for Toyota’s Investment in Mathematics Excellence Grants, which are sponsored by Toyota Motor Sales Inc. in conjunction with the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. K-12 mathematics teachers with at least three years of classroom experience are encouraged to apply. Grants of up to $10,000 each will be awarded to develop innovative math instruction. Projects should reflect an active approach to learning and may include after-school activities, innovative use of technology, and partnerships with local business. Contact: Toyota’s Investment in Mathematics Excellence, NCTM’s MEG, 1906 Association Drive, Reston, VA 20191-9988; (888) 573-8463; e-mail:; Web site:

*Jan. 11— Japanese-studies fellowships: Applications are due for fellowships from the Institute of International Education’s Fulbright Memorial Fund Program 2001, which aims to increase understanding between Japan and the United States by exposing American teachers and administrators to the education system and culture of Japan. Funded by the Japanese government, the program sends 600 1st to 12th grade teachers to Japan for three weeks of study. Contact: FMFP; (888) 527-2636; Web site:

*Jan. 12—Math and science grants: Applications are due for 140 Growth Initiative For Teachers Grants for middle and high school educators, sponsored by the Verizon Foundation. Applicants from the same school must submit proposals in teams of two: one science teacher and one mathematics teacher. The $15,000 GIFT Grant includes $8,000 for a school enrichment program and $3,500 for each teacher to pursue professional development. The yearlong program starts with a week of training in Boston and Washington. Contact: VF; (800) 315-5010; e-mail:; Web site:

*Jan. 15— Gifted-studies award: Applications are due for the Hollingworth Award Competition, sponsored by the National Association for Gifted Children. The award is designed to encourage educational and psychological studies to benefit gifted and talented students. Educators, organizations, and institutions are eligible to submit proposals. The winner will receive $2,000 to support the research. Contact: Hollingworth Award Committee, NAGC, 1707 L St. N.W., Suite 550, Washington, DC 20036; (202) 785-4268.

*Jan. 15— Independent school fellowships: Applications are due for fellowships from the Esther and Joseph Klingenstein Center at Teachers College, Columbia University. Fellowships at the Klingenstein Summer Institute are offered to elementary, middle, and secondary school teachers at independent schools with two to five years of experience. During their two-week stay, fellows explore teaching styles, educational philosophies, and personal development. Heads of independent schools are eligible for 3½ weeks of intensive study at Teachers College as visiting fellows. Both summer-institute participants and visiting fellows receive four graduate credits. Twelve Klingenstein Fellowships are also available to independent K-12 teachers who have at least five years of experience; participants study educational and leadership development for either one semester or one year, also collecting tuition credits. Summer-institute teachers receive housing, visiting fellows get hotel accommodations, and Klingenstein fellows earn stipends. Contact: Carollyn Finegold, EJKC, Box 125, Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, NY 10027; (212) 678-3156; e-mail:; Web site:

*Jan. 20— Science grants: Applications are due for 50 Tapestry Grants, sponsored by Toyota Motor Sales Inc. in conjunction with the National Science Teachers Association. The grants are available to K-12 science teachers to implement innovative student projects in environmental or physical sciences. Grants range up to $10,000; winners will also receive expense-paid trips to the 2001 NSTA convention in St. Louis. Contact: Toyota Tapestry Grants, c/o NSTA Award Programs, 1840 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22201-3000; (800) 807-9852; e-mail:; Web site:

*Feb. 1—Children’s-literature research: Applications are due for the Children’s Literature Association Research Fellowships and Scholarships, sponsored by the Children’s Literature Association. As many as four fellowships of between $250 and $1,000 each will be awarded to association members for proposals of literary criticism or original scholarship that will eventually be published. Critical or original work exploring fantasy or science fiction for youngsters will be considered for the Margaret P. Esmonde Memorial Scholarship. Scholarships awarded depend on the number of applicants. Contact: Scholarship Committee, CLA, PO Box 138, Battle Creek, MI 49016-0138; (616) 965-8180; fax (616) 965-3568; e-mail; or

*Feb. 1— White House fellowships: Applications are due for fellowships from the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships, which offers up to 19 fellowships for professionals to participate in a one-year educational program in government and leadership. Fellows work as special assistants in Cabinet-level departments and earn $73,141. Teachers who are U.S. citizens are eligible. Contact: Jackie Blumenthal, PCWHF, 712 Jackson Place N.W., Washington, DC 20503; (202) 395-4522; fax (202) 395-6179;

*Feb. 1—Japanese-studies grants: Applications are due for grants from the Northeast Asia Council of the Association for Asian Studies, in conjunction with the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission. The groups support a variety of grants designed to facilitate research, improve the quality of teaching about Japan, and integrate the study of Japan into major academic disciplines. Contact: NEAC Grants, AAS, 1021 E. Huron St., Ann Arbor, MI 48104; (734) 665-2490; fax: (734) 665-3801; e-mail:

*Feb. 1— Library media awards: Applications are due for the Frances Henne Award, cosponsored by the R.R. Bowker Co. and the American Association of School Librarians. The award pays travel expenses for a school library media specialist to attend the American Library Association 2001 conference in Indianapolis. Applicants for the $1,250 award must have five or fewer years’ experience and be members of the AASL division of the ALA; they must also have never attended an ALA annual conference or an AASL national conference. The AASL/Highsmith Research Grant, supported by the Highsmith Co., supports research on the impact of school library media programs on education. School library media specialists, library educators, and professors of education or library-information science are eligible for up to $2,500; if two or more researchers work jointly, as much as $5,000 may be awarded. Contact: AASL, 50 E. Huron St., Chicago, IL 60611-2795; (800) 545-2433, ext. 4383; e-mail:; Web site:

*Feb. 1—Science fellowship: The Wright Center at Tufts University offers fellowships for science teachers. The program is open to teachers of grades 6-12 with a minimum of five years of teaching experience and a record of improving their schools’ science programs. Fellows will spend an academic year at Tufts’ main campus in Medford, Mass., where they further develop their teaching styles and share their ideas with colleagues. They will each receive a $45,000 stipend, up to $500 for books and other equipment, and up to $2,000 for relocation costs. The number of fellows chosen depends upon available funding. Contact: WC, TU, 4 Colby St., Medford, MA 02155; (617) 627-5394; e-mail:;

*Feb. 1—Special education award: Applications are due for the Shaklee Teacher Award, sponsored by the Glenda and Forrest Shaklee Institute for Improving Special Education. The award recognizes up to 10 outstanding educators of children with disabilities. Entrants must describe their professional competence and involvement in special education. Selection is based on student performance and teachers’ related contributions. Winners will receive $1,000 each and participate in a four-day, expenses-paid, small-group workshop conducted by Shaklee Institute members. Contact: Kim Soule, (800) 835-1043; e-mail:; Web site:

*Feb. 16— Holocaust education fellowships: Applications are due for the sixth annual Mandel Teacher Fellowship Program, sponsored by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. The program is designed to immerse participants in advanced historical and pedagogical issues relating to the Holocaust. Secondary school history, social studies, and English teachers are eligible, as well as librarians and media specialists. Candidates must have taught the Holocaust for at least five years in the United States; they must also be active in community and professional organizations. Twenty- five fellows will be elected for the expenses-paid, five-day program in August at the museum in Washington. Contact: USHMM, Educational Division, MTFP, 100 Raoul Wallenberg Place S.W., Washington, DC 20024-2126; (202) 314-7853; fax: (202) 314-7888; e-mail:; Web site:

*Feb. 16—Korean-studies fellowships: Applications are due for fellowships from the Korea Society for study in Korea. As many as 19 American educators will spend June 25-July 13, 2001, in Korea studying Korean history, economics, language, and other topics. K-12 social studies and language arts educators are eligible; administrators, supervisors, mentors, and social studies specialists with at least three years of experience are also eligible. Contact: Yong Jin Choi, Director, Korean Studies Program, KS, 950 Third Ave., 8th Floor, New York, NY 10022; (212) 759-7525, ext. 25; fax: (212) 759-7530; e-mail:; Web site:

*March 1— Educational technology scholarships: Applications are due for the Inspired Teacher Scholarship for Visual Learning contest , sponsored by Inspiration Software Inc. Twenty K-12 teachers who promote visual learning and the meaningful use of technology in the classroom will be awarded $500 each in support of ongoing professional development in educational technology. Contact: ISI, 7412 S.W. Beaverton Hillsdale Highway, Suite 102, Portland, OR 97225-2167; Web site:

*March 16—Cable television fellowships: Applications are due for fellowships from C-SPAN, the cable television service, for its Middle and High School Teacher Fellowship Program. Three fellows will be selected and will work at C-SPAN in Washington for four weeks in the summer to develop high school print, video, and online materials for the network. The fellows will each receive a $5,500 stipend, $500 in coupons for C-SPAN materials, and $500 for round-trip airfare and travel expenses. Contact: C-SPAN MHSTFP, C-SPAN, c/o Education Relations, 400 North Capitol St. N.W., Suite 650, Washington, DC 20001; (800) 523-7586; Web site:


Open dates—Environmental newspaper: Greentimes, an environmental newspaper written by and for students, requests stories, opinions, comments, and ideas for publication. Contact: Elizabeth Gilmore, Greentimes, 55 Reservoir St., Cambridge, MA 02138; (617) 868-5760; Web site:

Open dates—History journal:The Concord Review, the only quarterly journal to publish secondary students’ academic work, accepts student essays on historical topics. Essays should be approximately 5,000 words, plus endnotes. Submissions chosen for publication are eligible for the Emerson Prize, a $3,000 award. Contact: CR, PO Box 661, Concord, MA 01742; (800) 331-5007 or (978) 443-0022; e-mail:; Web site:

Open dates—Pen pals: World Pen Pals promotes international friendship and cultural understanding between young people around the world. Students in grades 4 through college are invited to request an overseas pen pal. Teachers may request a brochure on class participation. Contact: WPP, PO Box 337, Saugerties, NY 12477; (914) 246-7828.

Open dates—Student videos: CNN Newsroom & WorldView, Turner Broadcasting’s news and features program for schools, airs student-produced videos. Students may submit reports of no more than 2½ minutes on any topic, although they are encouraged to focus on CNN’s monthly themes. Participation is open to schools enrolled in the CNN Newsroom & WorldView classroom program. Contact: CNN Newsroom Program, 1 CNN Center, PO Box 105366, Atlanta, GA 30348-5366; (800) 344-6219; Web site:

A version of this article appeared in the November 29, 2000 edition of Education Week