November 15, 2005 5 min read

TEACHER FELLOWSHIPS, CONTESTS, AND AWARDS Nov. 30—Call for proposals: Applications are due for The Multiple Faces of Literacy: Reading, Knowing, Doing, the 2006 International Association of School Librarianship Conference in Lisbon, Portugal July 3-7. Proposals and abstracts for papers, research forums, poster sessions, or workshops and demonstrations should relate to the conference theme. Contact: Manuela Barreto Nunes, Biblioteca Geral da Universidade Portucalense, R. Dr. António Bernardino de Almeida, 541/619, 4200-072 Porto, Portugal; fax: (351) 225–572-028; e-mail:; Web site:

Nov. 30—Call for proposals: Applications are due for the 2006 National Association of Drama Therapy Conference at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, N.J. August 10-13. Presentations, papers, workshops, panels, and performances on research, private practice, collaboration, licensure, funding, and choosing the setting within which to work are welcome. E-mailed applications should be sent to the following three addresses:;; and Contact: National Association for Drama Therapy, 15 Post Side Lane, Pittsford, NY 14534; (585) 381-5618; fax: (585) 383-1474; Web site:

Nov. 30—Environmental education: Applications are due for the 2006 SeaWorld/Busch Gardens/Fujifilm Environmental Education Awards, sponsored by the Anheuser-Busch Adventure Parks and Fujifilm. The awards honor educators and student groups that are working to protect and preserve the environment. Eight winning groups will each receive a $10,000 grant, and one environmental educator will receive a $5,000 cash award. Contact: SeaWorld/Busch Gardens/Fujifilm Environmental Education Awards, c/o SeaWorld Orlando, Education Department, 7007 SeaWorld Drive, Orlando, FL 32821; (877) 792-4332; Web site:

Dec. 2—Early-childhood education: Applications are due for the National Child Care Teacher Awards, sponsored by the Terri Lynne Lokoff Child Care Foundation and McNeil Consumer & Specialty Pharmaceuticals, the maker of Tylenol. Teachers of infants, toddlers, or preschool-age children are asked to design an enhancement project for the students in their classrooms. One teacher from each state and the District of Columbia will receive a $500 cash award, and $500 for the proposed classroom project. Contact: TLLCCF, 320 S. Henderson Road, 2nd Floor, King of Prussia, PA 19406; (610) 992-1140; fax: (610) 992-1070; Web site:

Dec. 2—Classroom gardens: Applications are due for the Scotts Classroom Gardener of the Year, sponsored by The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company. The award honors K-12 educators who have used gardening in the classroom. One first place winner will win $5,000, and two finalists will each win $2,500. Contact: The Scotts Give Back to Grow Awards; (866) 565-3554; Web site:

Dec. 9—Call for proposals: Applications are due for the Laptop Institute conference in Memphis, Tenn. July 16-19. K-12 laptop teachers, media specialists, librarians, technology integrationists, support staff, and administrators can submit proposals on laptop integration and teacher training, teaching, administration, and technical support. Contact: Stewart Crais; (901) 474-1031;; Web site:

Dec. 20—Career education: Applications are due for awards from the American Association for Career Education. Award categories include partnership and coalitions, curriculum and instruction, guidance and counseling, management, staff development, public information, assessment and evaluation, research, and resource centers. Contact: AACE Awards, Attn: Pat Nellor Wickwire, 2900 Amby Place, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254-2216; (310) 376-7378.

Dec. 31—Teaching: Applications are due for the Kinder Excellence in Teaching Award. The $100,000 award will honor the work of one K-12 teacher of underserved students. Contact: Catherine North, Director, Kinder Excellence in Teaching Award, 515 E. Grant Rd., Suite 141-323, Tucson, AZ 85705; (415) 503-8654; Web site:


Dec. 1—Civil rights: Applications are due for The Second Amendment to the Constitution: Why it is important to our nation” essay contest, sponsored by the National Rifle Association’s civil rights defense fund. All K-12 students are eligible for the eight prizes, which range from $100 to $1,000 in U.S. Savings Bonds. Contact: The NRACRDF, c/o NRA Office of General Counsel, 11250 Waples Mill Road, Fairfax, VA 22030; (703) 267-1250; Web site:

Dec. 1—Parent involvement: Applications are due for the Kids’ Caucus essay contest, sponsored by General Mills and the National Education Association. Students in grades 5-8 are asked to write 250- to 500-word essays about how they would improve parent involvement at their schools if they were principals for a day. Fifty-two $1,000 grants will be awarded to finalists from each state, the District of Columbia, and a U.S. territory or military base outside the United States. Contact: Cone, Inc., Attn: Box Tops for Education Kids’ Caucus Essay Contest, 855 Boylston St., 3rd Floor, Boston, MA 02116; (800) 721-8199; e-mail:; Web site:

Dec. 1—Special education: Applications are due for the Yes I Can! International Awards, sponsored by the Foundation for Exceptional Children. The awards recognize the accomplishments of children with disabilities ages 2 to 21 in each of the following categories: academics; arts; athletics; community service; employment; extracurricular activities; independent-living skills; self-advocacy; and technology. Three winners in each category will receive a bronze statue and recognition at the Center for Exceptional Children Convention in Salt Lake City in April. Contact: Yes I Can! Foundation for Exceptional Children, Attn: Yes I Can! International Awards Nomination Committee, 1110 N. Glebe Rd., Suite 300, Arlington, VA 22201-5704; Web site:

Dec. 16—Tolerance: Applications are due for the Teachers Against Prejudice Essay Contest, sponsored by Teachers Against Prejudice. First-place winners in both middle and high school receive a $150 U.S. Savings Bond, and second-place winners in both groups receive a $75 bond. Essay topics vary depending on age group. Contact: Teachers Against Prejudice, 58 Pine St., New Canaan, CT 06840; e-mail:; Web site:

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