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**March 15—Curriculum: Applications are due for grants from Curriculum Associates Inc., a publisher of educational materials for K-8 teachers. Grants are awarded for proposals that make use of teaching tools such as technology and print. Three educators will each receive $1,000 plus a $500 gift certificate to purchase Curriculum Associates materials. Contact: Grant Program Committee Chair, CAI, 153 Rangeway Rd., P.O. Box 2001, North Billerica, MA 01862-0901; (800) 225-0248; Web site:

**March 15—Geography: Applications are due for grants from The National Geographic Society Education Foundation, for graduates of summer geography institutes held by the National Geographic Society or its state affiliates. The foundation offers 30 grants of up to $1,250 each to support innovative geography education. Grants are awarded based on whether proposed projects support the implementation of national and state geography standards, involve teachers and students in hands-on work and field experiences, stimulate community awareness and participation, and encourage teachers’ professional development. Contact: Christopher Shearer, Program Officer, NGSEF, 1145 17th St. N.W., Washington, DC 20036-4688; (202) 857-7000; Web site: oundation.

March 15—Innovation: Applications are due for the Innovation Grant Program sponsored by The National Foundation for the Improvement of Education, an arm of the National Education Association, for teams of two or more educators. Preference is given to applicants who serve economically disadvantaged and/or under-served students, as well as to members of the NEA. The grants promote educational endeavors that raise student achievement. The foundation annually awards up to 200 grants of $2,000 each. Grants may be used for resource materials, supplies, equipment, transportation, software, and professional fees. Contact: NFIE, 1201 16th St. N.W., Washington, DC 20036-3207; (202) 822-7840; e-mail:

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: www.c-

*March 19—Education awards: Nominations are due for the Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Prize in Education, for individuals committed to the cause of education. Groups are not eligible. Individuals are nominated in categories of teaching, administration, policy planning, business, and government. Award winners—who will be announced Sept. 25, 2001—receive $25,000 and are honored at a banquet in New York City. Contact: McGraw-Hill Companies, (212) 512-6113; Web site:

**March 21— Geography: Applications are due for the Grant for the Enhancement of Geographic Literacy, sponsored by The National Council for the Social Studies and the George F. Cram Company Inc., for individuals as well as groups working in school districts, public institutions, or universities. Applicants should submit a proposal for a program aimed at integrating the study of geography into social studies. The winning individual or team receives $2,500, a commemorative gift, and national recognition. Contact: Grant for the Enhancement of Geographic Literacy, NCSS, 3501 Newark St. N.W., Washington, DC 20016; (202) 966-7840; e-mail:; Web site:

**March 30—Online communities: Applications are due for grants from the Community-Building Grant Program, sponsored by the bigchalk Foundation, for educators in the U.S., U.S. territories or Department of Defense schools. More than 50 grants of $1,000 will be awarded to schools to create or enhance online communities using Web-based community-building tools, or to online communities designed around a project or online curriculum. Contact: Nan Halperin, (646) 495-2038; e-mail:; applications: application.

**March 31—Disney awards: Nominations are due for Disney’s American Teacher Awards, sponsored by Disney Learning Partnership, for public and private K-12 teachers. Nominations will be accepted from students, parents, administrators, teachers and community members. The Outstanding Teacher of the Year will receive $25,000 and 32 honorees will receive $10,000 each. All 33 recipients will be recognized at an awards ceremony and their schools will receive $5,000 apiece. Contact: Christine Castro, Walt Disney Company, (818) 560-6427; Lindajo Loftus, KSA, (310) 455-9181; Rick Gomes, KSA, (212) 582-5400; nominations: 1-877-ATA-TEACH; Web site:

*April 2— Asian languages: Applications are due for admission to the Summer Programs East Asian Concentration, sponsored by the Ohio State University department of East Asian languages and literatures. The Intensive Chinese/Japanese Languages program is for students of East Asian languages. The Chinese/Japanese Teacher Training program is for teachers of East Asian languages. Priority will be given to applications received by March 9, 2001. Contact: SPEAC coordinator, Foreign Language Center, OSU, 276 Cunz Hall, 1841 Millikin Road, Columbus, OH 43210; (614) 292-4361; fax: (614) 292-2682; e-mail:; Web site: www.deall.ohio-

*April 16—Parent leadership: Applications are due for the Commonwealth Institute for Parent Leadership, sponsored by the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence, for parents of Kentucky public school students. Participants will attend three 2-day sessions to be trained in leadership and communication skills to help improve Kentucky public schools. Institutes will be held in seven Kentucky cities in the fall. Contact: PCAE, (800) 928-2111; e-mail:; Web site:

*May 15—Special education: Nominations are due for the National Teachers’ Awards for Advancing Special Education Through the Arts, sponsored by the P. Buckley Moss Foundation for Children’s Education, for special education teachers. Nomination packets must describe a program that uses the arts to teach special education students. The first place winner will receive up to $5,000 with a matching grant to the school or program. Three second place winners will receive $500 each with matching grants to their schools or programs. Awards will be announced at the fall “Creative Minds” conference. Contact: National Teachers’ Awards, PBMFCE, 601 Shenandoah Village Drive, Suite 1B, Waynesboro, VA 22980; Web site:

**May 15— Teaching excellence: Nominations are due for the Award for Teaching Excellence, sponsored by the National Education Association and the NEA Foundation for the Improvement of Education, for all NEA members. Nominations must be made by NEA state or local affiliates, or the national office. The award recognizes excellence in teaching and advocacy for the teaching profession. The winner will receive $25,000 and a plaque, and will be honored at an NEAFIE event in December 2001 in Washington. Contact: Carol S. McGuire, NEA, (202) 822-7842; e-mail:


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—Space education: Space Education Initiatives provides funding for Internet-based K-12 space education programs. The four programs sponsored nationwide are Moonlink, NEARlink, Marslink, and Orbital Laboratory. The availability of grant money varies by state. Educators may apply for funding through Space Explorers, Inc. Contact: SEI, (800) 965-3763; Web sites:;;;;

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 21/2 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 February 28, 2001 edition of Education Week


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