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Nov. 23—Photography: Submissions are due for the Environmental Education Photo Contest, sponsored by the LaMotte Co., provider of environmental-education equipment. Teachers or students submit photographs showing students working with LaMotte testing equipment; entries must include a brief description of how students use the equipment. First-, second-, and third- prize winners are awarded $500, $250, and $100 merchandise certificates for LaMotte equipment, respectively; honorable mention winners receive $50 certificates. Contact: LaMotte Co., PO Box 329, Chestertown, MD 21620; (800) 344-3100 or (410) 778- 3100; e-mail:; Web site:

Dec. 15—Education research: Applications are due for post-doctoral fellowships for education research, sponsored by the American Educational Research Association and the U.S. Department of Education office of educational research, for educators. Fellowships are for up to three years and will be effective Sept. 1, 2002. Contact: AERA/OERI Fellowships, AERA, 1230 17th St. N.W., Washington, DC 20036- 3078; Web site:

* Dec. 15—Foreign language: Submissions are due for presentations for the 75th Annual Meeting of the American Association of Teachers of French, to be held in Boston July 11- 14, 2002. Proposed presentations in the form of lectures or talks, preferably with audience participation, may be submitted, by mail only, by individuals or groups. Contact: Dr. Jean-Pierre Piriou, Department of Romance Languages, University of Georgia, Athens, GA 30606; fax: (706) 542-3287; e-mail:

Dec. 15—Gifted education: Proposals are due for pre-conference professional development seminars and for conference presentations for Beyond IQ: Paradoxes and Oxymorons in the Lives of Highly and Profoundly Gifted Children, a conference sponsored by the Gifted Conference Planners. The conference will be held on May 4-5, 2002, for parents, educators, and mental health professionals, in Wakefield, Mass. Contact: Josh Shaine, GCP, (978) 597-0977; fax: (801) 729- 5081; e-mail: giftedconferenceplanners@yahoo. com; Web site: dconferenceplanners.

Dec. 20—Career education: Applications are due for the annual awards of the American Association for Career Education. Awards are available in 16 categories for innovation in practices, programs or publications for career education. Contact: Pat Nellor Wickwire, President, AACE, 2900 Amby Place, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254-2216; (310) 376-7378; fax: (310) 376-2926.

Jan. 10—Women’s fellowships: Applications are due for the Eleanor Roosevelt Teacher Fellowships, sponsored by the American Association for University Women, for female public school teachers. Fellowships of up to $5,000 are available for teachers to attend the Eleanor Roosevelt Teacher Institute, a professional development workshop to improve girls’ learning, in July 2002. Contact: AAUW Educational Foundation, Department 60, 2201 N. Dodge St., Iowa City, IA 52243-4030; (319) 337-1716, ext. 60; Web site:

* Jan. 31—Media awards: Nominations are due for the School Bell Awards, sponsored by the Tennessee Education Association, for the media’s coverage of education. Local education associations may nominate newspapers, radio programs, television programs, and other media for their coverage of education issues. Nominations from media organizations must be endorsed by a local education association. Winners will receive a School Bell awards plaque and recognition at a ceremony in Nashville, Tenn., in April, 2002. Contact: TEA, 801 Second Ave. N., Nashville, TN 37201- 1099; (615) 242-8392; fax: (615) 242-7397; Web site:

* Jan. 31—September 11: Submissions are due for a special issue of Teachers College Record online, sponsored by Teachers College Record, for educators. Authors may submit essays, articles, and personal reflections of varying lengths describing their reactions to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Contact: TCR, Web site:

Feb. 15— Holocaust fellowships: Applications are due for the Mandel Teacher Fellowship program, sponsored by the United States Holocaust Museum, for teachers of grades 7-12 who have taught the Holocaust for at least five years. Participants will attend a summer institute at the museum in Washington, and implement an awareness project at their schools. Contact: Daniel Napolitano, Coordinator, Mandel Teacher Fellowship Program, USHM, 100 Raoul Wallenberg Place S.W., Washington, DC 20024; (202) 314-7853; fax: (202) 314-7888; e-mail:; Web site:

Open dates—Photography: Starlight Cameras, the makers of the pinhole camera and darkroom kit, give 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:; Web site:


Dec. 1—Essay contest: Submissions are due for the Letters About Literature 2002 Essay Contest, sponsored by the Center for the Book and the Weekly Reader Corporation, for students in grades 4-12. Participants from two age groups, Level 1 for grades 4- 7 and Level 2 for grades 8-12, choose books and write letters to the authors describing how the books affected them. Various cash prizes are given at the state and national levels. Contact: LAL Essay Contest, Level 1 or Level 2, PO Box 609, Dallas, PA 18612; Web site: .html.

* Dec. 15—Energy competition: Submissions are due for the Igniting Creative Energy competition, sponsored by the National Energy Foundation, for K-12 students in the U.S. and Canada. Participants conduct research on energy issues and submit essays, stories, or artwork showing an understanding of the competition theme. They also describe ways in which they can use their own understanding of energy issues to make a difference in their homes and communities. All participants will receive a certificate, and three winners, who will be announced in January, will receive a trip to the 2002 Olympic games in Salt Lake City. Contact: NEF, 3676 California Ave., Suite A117, Salt Lake City, UT 84104; (800) 616-8326; Web site:

* Jan. 21—Philosophy contest: Submissions are due for the 2002 Kids Philosophy Slam, sponsored by various groups and individuals, for students in grades 1-12. Participants submit essays or artwork answering this year’s question, “Is the Nature of Humankind Good or Evil?” The winner will be named the Most Philosophical Student in America in April, 2002. Contact: Sarah Bell Haberman, (612) 338-3900; e-mail:; Web site:

Feb. 4—Technology contest: Submissions are due for the Exploravision Awards, sponsored by Toshiba and the National Science Teachers’ Association, for K-12 students in the U.S. and Canada. Groups of 2-4 students research aspects of technology and describe possible future innovations of those technologies. Each student from the four first-place teams will receive a $10,000 U.S. EE Savings Bond; second-place winners will each receive a $5,000 U.S. EE series bond. The national finalists will also receive an expenses-paid trip to Washington for an awards ceremony. Contact: Toshiba/NSTA, 1840 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22201- 3000; (800) EXPLOR-9; e-mail:; Web site: on/.

March 1—Scholarships: Applications are due for the Padgett Business Services Scholarship Program, sponsored by the Padgett Business Services Foundation. Eligible students must be from the U.S. or Canada and must be graduating seniors planning to attend an accredited postsecondary institution. They must also be the son or daughter of a small business owner. Regional scholarships of $500 each and one international scholarship of $4,000 are available. Contact: Padgett Business Services, 160 Hawthorne Park, Athens, GA 30606; (706) 548-1040; fax: (706) 543-8537; Web site:

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-

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:

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:

< B>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 four 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 Student Bureau, CNN’s student newsgathering and reporting program, publishes student-produced writing and videos. Participation is open to schools, colleges, and universities worldwide. Contact: CNNSB, 1 CNN Center, PO Box 105366, Atlanta, GA 30348-5366; (800) 344- 6219; Web site:

A version of this article appeared in the November 14, 2001 edition of Education Week


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