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TEACHER FELLOWSHIPS, CONTESTS AND AWARDS
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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: www.mossfoundation.org.
May 15—Women engineers: Applications are due for scholarships from the Society of Women Engineers, for women enrolled or accepted for enrollment in an undergraduate or graduate ABET-accredited or SWE-approved engineering or computer-science degree program. Freshman applicants must have a minimum grade point average of 3.5; other criteria vary depending on the scholarship. More than 100 different scholarship awards are available, ranging from $1,000 to more than $5,000 per year. All applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Contact: Scholarship Selection Committee, SWE, 120 Wall St., 11th Floor, New York, NY 10005-3902; (212) 509-9577; fax: (212) 509-0224; e-mail: email@example.com; Web site: www.swe.org.
June 1—Social studies: Nominations are due for the Exemplary Research in Social Studies Award and the Jean Dresden Grambs Distinguished Career Research in Social Studies Award, sponsored by the National Council for the Social Studies, for research into the issues of social studies education. The Exemplary Research award recognizes published research with a social education focus. The Jean Dresden Grambs award recognizes professionals who have made significant contributions to social studies education. Both awards include a commemorative gift, an annual-conference presentation session, and publicity. The Jean Dresden Grambs award also includes a one-year comprehensive NCSS and College and University Faculty Assembly membership. Contact: Ana C. Post, Manager of Recognition Programs and Special Projects, NCSS, 3501 Newark St. N.W., Washington, DC 20016-3167; (800) 296-7840, ext. 114; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: http://socialstudies.org/awards.
*June 1—Regional studies: Applications are due for up to 12 Stories in the Land teaching fellowships, sponsored by the Orion Society, an award- winning publisher and environmental education organization, for elementary and secondary educators in the United States and Canada. Yearlong fellowships of $1,000 are available to promote the study of local landscapes, histories, and literature. Applicants should submit a project proposal outlining the curriculum and its objectives, a personal statement, and a letter of support from the school’s chief administrator. Applications are available online. Contact: Dale Abrams, Education Coordinator, OS, 195 Main St., Great Barrington, MA 01230; (413) 528-4422; fax: (413) 425-0676; Web site: www.orionsociety.org.
June 15—Rural education: Applications are due for presentations at the annual convention of the National Rural Education Association. The conference, with the theme “Rural Education—Celebrating Diversity,” will be held in Albuquerque, N.M., on Oct. 24-27. Contact: Joe Newlin, NREA Headquarters, 246 Education Building, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO 80523; (970) 491-7022; e-mail: email@example.com.
*June 30—All-USA teachers: Nominations are due for the All-USA Teacher Team, sponsored by USA Today newspaper, for individual K-12 educators or teams of up to five K-12 team teachers. Teachers must be certified, teaching full time for the 2000-2001 school year, and have at least four years of teaching experience. Nominations can be made by anyone and should describe the teacher’s achievements. Contact: Web site: allstars.usatoday.com; or send a self-addressed, stamped envelope specifying the All-USA Teacher Team to Carol Skalski, USA Today, 1000 Wilson Blvd., 10th floor, Arlington, VA 22229.
July 1—Crafts: Submissions are due for the third annual National Creative Lesson Plan Contest for Teachers, sponsored by the Hobby Industry Association, as part of National Craft Month. Educators submit K-8 lesson plans that incorporate crafting and core curricula. The most creative and innovative proposal earns a $500 gift certificate for school craft supplies; finalists win $50 gift certificates. The number of winners depends on the number of entries. Contact: NCM Lesson Plan, PO Box 217, Rockaway, NJ 07866; Web site: www.i- craft.com/teachers/contest.html.
*Open dates—Photography: Starlight Cameras, the makers of the pinhole camera and darkroom kit, gives a complimentary camera to a school every week. Pinhole cameras can be used to study image formation without a darkroom. To request a camera, darkroom kit, and instruction book, teachers must send a description of their photography program and their school address. Contact: Jim Kosinski, SC, PO Box 540, Cherry Valley, NY 13320; (607) 264-3480; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: www.paintcancamera.com.
STUDENT SCHOLARSHIPS, CONTESTS, AND AWARDS
May 15—Plays: Submissions are due for the 2001 VSA Arts Playwright Discovery Award Program, sponsored by Vision, Strength, and Artistic Expression, an international organization that creates learning opportunities through the arts for people with disabilities, for students in grades 6-12 with or without disabilities. Students must enter original, one-act plays that explore perspectives on living with a disability. One play will be selected for full production or a staged reading at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington. The winning playwright will receive a monetary award and travel fare to see his or her play performed. Contact: VSA Arts, 1300 Connecticut Ave. N.W., Suite 700, Washington, DC 20036; (800) 933-8721; (202) 737-0645; e-mail: email@example.com; Web site: www.vsarts.org.
May 15—Social awareness: Submissions are due for the Kids’ Solutions Contest, sponsored by Beyond Words Publishing, for students ages 9 to 16. Each entry should include a one- to two-page description of how to solve one of the problems facing the world, such as homelessness, violence, or pollution, or what the student is already doing to solve a problem at home or in the community. Beyond Words will publish 20 to 30 winning submissions in a book called Kids’ Solutions. Winners will receive a free copy of the book and have the opportunity to be interviewed for television, radio, or magazines. Contact: Kids’ Solutions Contest, BWP Inc., 20827 N.W. Cornell Road, Suite 500, Hillsboro, OR 97124; (503) 531-8700; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: www.beyondword.com.
*May 31—Internet: Submissions are due for the International Internet Challenge awards, sponsored by ThinkQuest, for teams of two or three 12- to 19- year-old students mentored by one to three adult coaches. Participants create information-rich, Web-based educational tools and materials. ThinkQuest provides any needed technical support to teams. Awards are given in five categories. Each student on the teams with the 10 best entries will receive a $5,000 scholarship. Each student on the teams with the top 90 entries will receive $100 cash awards. Online proposals must be submitted via the ThinkQuest Web site by May 31; final entries must be completed by September 5. Contact: ThinkQuest, 200 Business Park Drive, Suite 301, Armonk, NY 10590; (914) 765- 8332; Web site: www.thinkquest.org.
June 1—Arts: Submissions are due for the Arts Recognition and Talent Search, sponsored by the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts, for high school seniors and artists ages 17 and 18. The foundation recognizes talent in visual arts, film and video, dance, theater, writing, photography, and musical composition and performance. Entrants must submit slides of their artwork, videotapes or audiotapes of performances, or writing samples. Winners will receive scholarships ranging from $100 to $3,000 and the chance to be named a Presidential Scholar in the Arts. In addition, 125 students will be selected to take an expenses-paid trip to Miami for Arts Week, which includes formal and final performances, interviews, master classes, and group projects. Students applying by June 1 must pay a $25 entry fee; those applying between June 1 and Oct. 1 must pay $35. Contact: ARTS, 800 Brickell Ave., Suite 500, Miami, FL 33131; (800) 970-2787; Web site: www.artsawards.org.
June 1—Citizenship: Submissions are due for two essay contests, sponsored by the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge, for middle and high school students. Specific topics for the military essay contest vary, but students should focus on the themes of patriotism and responsible citizenship. The topic for the youth essay contest is “The Role of the American Citizen in the 21st Century.” All essays should be typed and be 500 to 1,000 words each. Each contest will honor one meritorious-award recipient with a $100 U.S. Savings Bond and a George Washington honor plaque; one junior and one senior high school student in each contest will receive a $50 U.S. Savings Bond and an honor ribbon. All entries will receive an official Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge certificate. Contact: Carolyn Hallman, Director of Awards, FFVF, 1601 Valley Forge Road, Valley Forge, PA 19482; (610) 933-8825, ext. 234; fax: (610) 935-0522; e-mail: email@example.com.
June 1—Peace: Submissions are due for the 2001 Swackhamer Peace Essay Contest, for high school students, sponsored by the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, an international educational organization. Students must submit essays of 800 to 1,200 words on the theme “Your choice for the most important peace hero of the 20th century,” supporting their choices and describing the qualities that make the person selected a peace hero. The first-, second-, and third-place winners will receive $1,500, $1,000, and $500, respectively. Contact: Swackhamer Peace Essay Contest, PMB 121, NAPF, 1187 Coast Village Road, Suite 1, Santa Barbara, CA 93108-2794; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: www.wagingpeace.org.
*June 6—Science fair: Projects are due for the third annual Discovery Young Scientist science fair, sponsored by Challenge Discovery Communications Inc., in partnership with Science Service, for students in grades 5-8. Students enter Science Service-affiliated regional or state science fairs to be eligible; judges nominate individuals at these fairs for participation in the Discovery Young Scientist fair. Forty finalists win a trip to the competition at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History in Washington. The first place winner will receive a $15,000 scholarship; second- and third-place winners receive $7,500 and $3,750, respectively. Contact: Michele Glidden, 1719 N St. N.W., Washington, DC 20036-2888; (202) 785-2255; Web site: www.discoveryschoo l.com/sciencefaircentral/dysc.
June 14—Flag Day: Submissions are due for displays at the National Flag Day celebration in Pittsburgh, sponsored by The National Flag Foundation, for K-6 students. Entries can be illustrations, posters, poetry, short stories, puzzles, or games that reflect the theme ‘Our Flag and Our Future.’ Student work is displayed at the celebration on June 14 and becomes part of the NFF archives. Contact: Barbara Goldman, NFF, Celebrate Flag Day, Flag Plaza, 1275 Bedford Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15219; (412) 261-1776; fax: (412) 261-9132; e- mail: email@example.com; Web site: www.americanflags.org.
*June 14—Flag Day: Submissions are due for displays at the National Flag Day celebration in Pittsburgh, sponsored by The National Flag Foundation, for K- 6 students. Entries can be illustrations, posters, poetry, short stories, puzzles, or games that reflect the theme ‘Our Flag and Our Future.’ Student work is displayed at the celebration on June 14 and becomes part of the NFF archives. Contact: Barbara Goldman, NFF, Celebrate Flag Day, Flag Plaza, 1275 Bedford Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15219; (412) 261-1776; fax: (412) 261-9132; e- mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: www.americanflags.org.
June 20—Publishing: Submissions are due for the Skipping Stones Youth Honor Awards, sponsored by Skipping Stones magazine, for students ages 7-17. Awards recognize students’ contributions to multicultural awareness, peace and nonviolence, social responsibility, and nature and ecology. Ten articles, poems, or photos are selected for publication in Skipping Stones magazine. There is an entry fee of $3. Contact: YHA, SSM, PO Box 3939, Eugene, OR 97403- 0939; (541) 342-4956; e-mail: email@example.com; Web site: www.efn.org/
*June 30—Inventors: Submissions are due for the Ghostline Poster Contest, sponsored by AsktheInventors.com, the Web site of Ghostline poster board, for students in grades 2-9. Students submit posters on the topic of “My Favorite Inventor.” Entries must be on 11-by-14 inch Ghostline poster board. One first-prize winner in each grade will receive $100 for the student and $25 for his or her teacher. Second- and third-place winners in each grade will receive $50 for the students and $25 for their teachers; 50 honorable mentions win $5. Winners are announced in August during National Inventors Month. Contact: GPC, PO Box 251248, Plano, TX 75025; (972) 312- 0090; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: www.asktheinventors.com.
*July 1—Literary magazines: Submissions are due for the Program to Recognize Excellence in Student Literary Magazines, sponsored by the National Council of Teachers of English. Literary magazines published between September 1999 and July 2000 by senior high, junior high, and middle school students will be judged in state competitions. Entry fee: $25. Contact: PRESLM, NCTE, 1111 W. Kenyon Road, Urbana, IL 61801-1096; (800) 369-6283; e-mail: email@example.com; Web site: www.ncte.org/grants/magazine.sh tml.
July 1—Oration: Submissions are due for an oratorical contest sponsored by Optimist International, a volunteer organization devoted to providing services for youths. Interested students must prepare a 4-5 minute speech on the topic ‘We Are the Future’ and present it at their local Optimist Clubs. Club-level winners will receive medallions; zone-level winners will receive plaques; district-level winners will receive plaques and college scholarships of varying amounts. Contact: Optimist International, Programs Department, Oratorical Coordinator, 4494 Lindell Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63108; (800) 500- 8130, ext. 224; fax: (314) 371-6006; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site:www.optimist.org.
*July 1—Oration: Submissions are due for an oratorical contest sponsored by Optimist International, a volunteer organization devoted to providing services for youths. Interested students must prepare a 4-5 minute speech on the topic ‘We Are the Future’ and present it at their local Optimist Clubs. Club-level winners will receive medallions; zone-level winners will receive plaques; district-level winners will receive plaques and college scholarships of varying amounts. Contact: Optimist International, Programs Department, Oratorical Coordinator, 4494 Lindell Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63108; (800) 500- 8130, ext. 224; fax: (314) 371-6006; e-mail: email@example.com; Web site: www.optimist.org.
July 1—Poetry: Submissions are due for the 2001 Barbara Mandigo Kelly Peace Poetry Awards, an annual series of awards to encourage poets to explore and illuminate positive visions of peace and the human spirit, sponsored by the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, an international educational organization. Awards include two youth prizes of $200 each, one for students ages 12 and under and one for ages 13 to 18, and an adult prize of $1,000. A committee of poets selected by the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation chooses the winners as well as honorable mentions in each category. For more information, send a self- addressed, stamped envelope to the Barbara Mandigo Kelly Peace Poetry Contest, NAPF, PMB 121, 1187 Coast Village Road, Suite 1, Santa Barbara, CA 93108-2794; Web site: www.wagingpeace.org.
*July 1—Poetry: Submissions are due for the 2001 Barbara Mandigo Kelly Peace Poetry Awards, an annual series of awards to encourage poets to explore and illuminate positive visions of peace and the human spirit, sponsored by the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, an international educational organization. Awards include two youth prizes of $200 each, one for students ages 12 and under and one for ages 13 to 18, and an adult prize of $1,000. A committee of poets selected by the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation chooses the winners as well as honorable mentions in each category. For more information, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to the Barbara Mandigo Kelly Peace Poetry Contest, NAPF, PMB 121, 1187 Coast Village Road, Suite 1, Santa Barbara, CA 93108-2794; Web site: www.wagingpeace.org.
August 15—Business plan: Submissions are due for the 2001 National Business Plan Competition for Young Women, sponsored by Independent Means Inc., a company that produces programs and products promoting girls’ financial independence. Girls ages 13 to 21 create and submit original business plans. Five U.S. winners will receive $2,500 and an all expenses-paid trip to a major U.S. city for an awards ceremony and a women’s business conference. Contact: IMI, 126 Powers Ave., Santa Barbara, CA 93103; (805) 965-0475 or (800) 350- 1816; fax: (805) 965-3148; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: www.independentmeans.com
*August 15—Business plan: Submissions are due for the 2001 National Business Plan Competition for Young Women, sponsored by Independent Means Inc., a company that produces programs and products promoting girls’ financial independence. Girls ages 13 to 21 create and submit original business plans. Five U.S. winners will receive $2,500 and an all expenses-paid trip to a major U.S. city for an awards ceremony and a women’s business conference. Contact: IMI, 126 Powers Ave., Santa Barbara, CA 93103; (805) 965-0475 or (800) 350- 1816; fax: (805) 965-3148; e-mail: email@example.com; Web site: www.independentmeans.com.
*August 31—Ice cream: Submissions are due for an essay contest sponsored by Dreyer’s/Edy’s Grand Ice Cream, for students ages 6 to 14 who want to be official ice cream tasters. Students submit essays of 500 words or less titled “Why I Would Be a Great Ice Cream Taster.” Winners will receive an all expenses-paid trip to the Dreyer’s/Edy’s Ice Cream Factory in San Francisco, a tour of the factory, and the opportunity to test the latest ice cream flavors. Contact: Kid Ice Cream Taster Contest, Dreyer’s Grand Ice Cream, 5929 College Ave., Oakland, CA 94618; Web site: www.conefactory.com.
Open dates—Caring award: The Caring Institute seeks nominations of students age 18 or younger who demonstrate extraordinary compassion, caring, and selflessness. Five winners will each receive a $2,000 college scholarship, an expenses-paid trip to Washington, and a place in the Hall of Fame for Caring Americans. Contact: CI, 320 A St. N.E., Washington, DC 20002; (202) 547-4273; e- mail: inquiry@caring- institute.org.
Open dates—Community service: Prudential Insurance’s Spirit of Community Initiative is accepting applications for the Prudential Youth Leadership Institute, for high school students who demonstrate leadership potential in their communities. Participants in the program complete 30 hours of curriculum work and a community-service project that they choose, create, and implement. Contact: Points of Light Foundation, 1400 I St. N.W., Suite 800, Washington, DC 20005; (202) 729-8000; Web site: www.pyli.org.
Open dates—Creativity:Creative Kids magazine, a product of Prufrock Press, a publisher of literature to support the education of gifted children, requests submissions from students ages 8 to 14. Original cartoons, songs, stories of 800 to 900 words, puzzles, photographs, artwork, games, activities, editorials, poetry, and plays are accepted. Students whose materials are selected for publication will receive a free copy of the Creative Kids issue in which their work appears. Contact: Submissions Editor, CK, PO Box 8813, Waco, TX 76714-8813; (800) 998-2208; Web site: www.prufrock.com/mag_ck.html.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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: email@example.com; Web site: www.tcr.org.
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 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: www.learning.turner.com.
A version of this article appeared in the May 09, 2001 edition of Education Week