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**June 30—Foreign language: Submissions are due for session and workshop presentations for the 2003 Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, to be held in Washington on April 10-13, 2003. Topics covering the teaching of foreign and classical languages in grades pre-K-20 will be considered. Contact: Northeast Conference, Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA 17013-2896; (717) 245-1977; fax: (717) 245-1976; e-mail:; Web site:

**June 30— Regional studies: Applications are due for Stories in the Land teaching fellowships, sponsored by the Orion Society, an award-winning publisher and environmental education organization. Up to 10 fellowships are available to promote the study of local landscapes, histories, and literature. K-12 teachers in the United States and Canada are eligible for yearlong, $1,000 fellowships. Contact: Dale Abrams, Education Coordinator, Stories in the Land, OS, 187 Main St., Great Barrington, MA 01230; (413) 528-4422; e-mail:; Web site:

**June 30—Social studies: Nominations are due for the Social Studies Programs of Excellence Award, sponsored by the National Council for the Social Studies. Awards recognize outstanding social studies education, and encourage creation of new social studies programs. Nominations must be made by state affiliates of the NCSS. Winners receive a commemorative gift, teacher certificates, and a presentation at the organization’s annual conference. Contact: Information Services, NCSS, 8555 16th St., Suite 500, Silver Spring, MD 20910; (800) 296-7840, ext. 106; Web site:

**June 30—Teachers: Nominations are due for the 2002 National Teacher of the Year Award, sponsored by Chadwick’s of Boston, a fashion-catalog company. All K-12 teachers are eligible. Nominations must be 250 words and describe the teacher’s contribution to students, the community, or the school. Ten regional winners will receive a $300 gift certificate for Chadwick’s merchandise and $500 for their schools; one national winner will also receive $1,000 for personal use and an additional $1,000 for his or her school. Contact: COB, Teacher of the Year Award, 946 Great Plain Ave., Box 151, Needham, MA 02492.

**July 15—Reading: Applications are due for the Read for Life Scholarship, sponsored by IndiVisual Learning LLC, an educational services firm. All public or private schools that demonstrate financial need or that have large populations of English-language learners are eligible. One school will receive $25,000, five computer-based reading workstations, and three years of unlimited use of IndiVisual Reading programs. Contact: IndiVisual Learning, (866) 532-2140; e-mail:; Web site;

**Aug. 1— Science: Submissions are due for presentations for the 2003 conference of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching, to be held in Philadelphia on March 23-26, 2003. Contact: NARST; Web site:

**Aug. 21—Hawaii conference: Submissions are due for presentations for the Hawaii International Conference on Education, to be held in Honolulu on Jan. 6-10, 2003. Proposals for research papers, poster sessions, panel discussions, and student papers will be accepted. Contact: HICE, PO Box 96836; (808) 947-7187; fax: (808) 947- 2420; e-mail:; Web site:

**Sept. 14— Music: Submissions are due for awards from the American Music Education Initiative, sponsored by the National Music Foundation. Awards recognize K-12 teachers of any subject who use American music in their classrooms. Three finalists receive grants of $1,000 each, and five semifinalists receive grants of $500 each. The foundation publishes the winners’ lesson plans on an online database. Contact: Thomas Heany, Director of Programming, NMF, 2457A S. Hiawassee Road, #244, Orlando, FL 32835; (800) USA- MUSIC; e-mail:; Web site:


**June 5—Science fair: Submissions are due for the Discovery Channel Young Scientist Challenge, sponsored by Discovery Communications Inc., in partnership with Science Service, an organization that promotes science education for all ages. Students in grades 5-8 who enter Science Service- affiliated regional or state science fairs are eligible; judges at the fairs nominate individuals for the contest. Forty finalists win a trip to Washington for the competition, held at the Smithsonian Institution and other locations. One top winner receives a $15,000 scholarship; second- and third-place winners earn $7,500 and $3,750, respectively. Contact: Michele Glidden, 1719 N St. N.W., Washington, DC 20036-2888; (202) 785-2255; e-mail:; Web site: www.discoveryschoo

**June 20Publishing: Submissions are due for the Youth Honor Awards, sponsored by Skipping Stones magazine. Awards recognize students ages 7 to 17 for their contributions to multicultural awareness, peace and nonviolence, social responsibility, and nature and ecology. The 2002 contest themes are “The Internet’s Impact on Multicultural Issues,” “World Wide Web of Nature: Technology and the Web of Life,” and “http://hip/or hype?” Ten articles, poems, and photos that illustrate these themes are selected for publication in Skipping Stones magazine. Contact: YHA, SS, PO Box 3939, Eugene, OR 97403-0939; (541) 342-4956; e-mail:; Web site:

**July 1— Boarding schools: Applications are due for scholarships from the Pathways to Success program, sponsored by the Commonweal Foundation. Any student who is new to the boarding school experience and entering grades 9-12 may apply. Students must have potential for success in a regular or accelerated classroom setting, be willing to participate in work and community-service opportunities, and demonstrate financial need. Scholarships support attendance at any Pathways Partner boarding school, and are determined on a case-by-case basis, not to exceed $4,000 per academic year. Contact: Sharon Rubin, 10770 Columbia Pike, Suite 100, Silver Spring, MD 20901; (301) 592-1316; fax: (301) 592-1307; Web site:

**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. Magazines published between September 2001 and July 2002 by senior high, junior high, and middle school students are judged in state competitions. Magazines earn rankings of “highest award,” “superior,” “excellent,” and “above average” based on content quality, writing, editing, proofreading, design and art, cover, pagination, and production. Contact: PRESLM, NCTE, 1111 W. Kenyon Road, Urbana, IL 61801-1096; (800) 369-6283; Web site:

**July 1— Oration: Submissions are due for an oratorical contest sponsored by Optimist International, a volunteer organization devoted to providing services for youth. Interested students must prepare a four- to five-minute speech on the topic “United We Stand in Optimism” and present it at their local Optimist Clubs. District-level winners receive plaques and college scholarships of varying amounts. Contact: OI, Programs Department, Oratorical Coordinator, 4494 Lindell Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63108; (800) 500-8130, ext. 224; fax: (314) 371- 6006; e-mail:; Web site:

**July 1—Poetry: Submissions are due for the 2002 Barbara Mandigo Kelly Peace Poetry Awards, sponsored by the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, an international educational organization. The annual awards encourage poets to explore and illuminate positive visions of peace and the human spirit. 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 foundation chooses the winners, as well as honorable mentions, in each category. Send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to: BMKPPC, NAPF, PMB 121, 1187 Coast Village Road, Suite 1, Santa Barbara, CA 93108-2794; e-mail:; Web site: www.wagi

**July 31—Environment: Submissions are due for the President’s Environmental Youth Award, sponsored by the Environmental Protection Agency, which is dedicated to protecting human health and the natural environment. Individual K-12 students, school classes, summer camps, and other youth organizations are eligible. Participants submit applications and completed projects—such as recycling programs and videos, skits, or newspapers focused on environmental issues—to local EPA offices. Each student receives a signed certificate from President Bush, and one project from each of 10 regions receives a plaque at an awards ceremony at the White House. Contact: Web site:

**August 15— Business plans: Submissions are due for the 2002 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 their own business plans. Five winners receive $1,500, and an opportunity to earn a scholarship to Babson College, among other prizes. Contact: IM, 126 Powers Ave., Santa Barbara, CA 93103; (805) 965-0475 or (800) 350-1816; fax: (805) 965-3148; e-mail:; Web site:

A version of this article appeared in the May 29, 2002 edition of Education Week


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