September 21, 2004 3 min read

August 1—Call for Proposals: Applications are due for proposals for the 2005 Careers Conference, sponsored by the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Center on Education and Work. Presentations on topics such as, but not limited to, career development, career counseling, transition strategies, school-to- career programs, and career assessment, are requested. Contact: Carol Edds, CEW/UWM, 1025 W. Johnson St., 964 Education Sciences, Madison, WI 53706-1796; (800) 446-0399; fax: (608) 262-3063; e-mail:; Web site:

August 17—Call for Proposals: Applications are due for proposals for the Hawaii International Conference on Education. Presentations on topics such as, but not limited to, academic counseling, art education, distance education, educational psychology, health education, kinesiology, music education, reading, science, and cross-disciplinary education are requested.Contact: HICE, PO Box 75036, Honolulu, HI 96836; (808) 949-1455; fax: (808) 947-2420; e- mail:; Web site:

September 1—Arts education: Applications are due for the Outstanding School or Program in Dance Arts Education Award, sponsored by the National Dance Education Organization. The award honors schools that offer programs for advancing dance as art education. Public and private K-12 schools are eligible to apply. Winners will receive a plaque and national recognition. Contact: Jane Bonbright, NDEO, 4948 St. Elmo Ave., Suite 301, Bethesda, MD 20814; (301) 657-2880; fax: (301) 657-2882; e-mail:; Web site:

September 1—Mental health: Applications are due for nominations for the Administrator School- Based Mental Health Award, sponsored by the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The award recognizes excellence among school- based mental health programs. The winner will receive a $250 stipend to use at the organization’s annual conference in Dallas. Contact: SAMHSA, Third Annual Recognition Award Committee, Michele Edwards, 5600 Fishers Lane, Room 17C-05, Rockville, MD 20857.

September 15—School improvement: Applications are due for grants from the National Education Association. K-12 public school teachers, education support professionals, and university staff may apply for Innovation grants and Learning and Leadership grants. Innovation grants fund programs that improve student achievement. Leadership and Learning grants fund professional development opportunities for teachers. Grants of up to $5,000 are available.Contact: NEA Foundation for the Improvement of Education, 1201 16th St. N.W, Washington, DC 20036; (202) 822-7840; fax: (202) 822-7779; Web site:


August 1—Writing: Applications are due for the 2004 Children’s Book Writing Contest from GiGi Books LLC, an audio books publisher. Students and teachers are eligible to submit original 400-word stories that help young children improve their reading skills, build character, and utilize critical thinking techniques. The grand prize winner will receive a $250 cash prize and have their story published both in print and as an audio book. Contact: GiGi Books LLC, 17486 Old Waterford Road, Leesburg, VA 20176; (703) 669-9420 fax: (703) 669-9168; e- mail:; Web site:

September 28—Essay contest: Applications are due for the Immigrant Contributions to America essay contest from MetLife. The New York City-based insurance giant supports twenty-six scholarship awards ranging from $1,000 to $10,000 in U.S. savings bonds. Students in grades 6 through 12 who are interested in applying must submit essays addressing the contributions of immigrant Americans. Students will be judged in grades 6-8 and 9-12. Contact: MetLife Scholars Program, 502 Schoolhouse Road, Johnstown, PA 15904; Web site:

A version of this article appeared in the July 28, 2004 edition of Education Week