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Jan. 30—Partnerships: Applications are due for The National School and Business Partnership Awards, sponsored by The Council for Corporate and School Partnerships. K-12 public schools or districts can apply for the six $10,000 awards that recognize school-business partnerships. Contact: Widmeyer Communications, Attn: Lisa Bushey, 1825 Connecticut Ave., N.W., Fifth Floor, Washington, DC 20009; fax: (202) 667-0902; e-mail:; Web site:

Jan. 31—Leadership: Applications are due for the 2006 Cable’s Leaders in Learning Awards, sponsored by Cable in the Classroom. Teachers, administrators, community leaders, and policymakers are eligible for the $3,000 awards that honor educational leadership, especially through the use of technology or cable programming. Contact: Cable in the Classroom, 1724 Massachusetts Ave., N.W., Washington, DC 20036; (202) 775-1040; fax: (202) 775-1047; Web site:

Feb. 3—Science: Applications are due for the 2006 National Biotechnology Teacher-Leader Program, sponsored by the Biotechnology Institute. The program for middle and high school teachers of life science or biotechnology takes place April 6-9 in Chicago, and includes hands-on sessions linked to education and skills standards, workforce training, teaching strategies, content updates, and field trips to local biotechnology sites. Contact: Kathy Frame, Vice President of Educational Programs, Biotechnology Institute; (703) 248-8681 ext. 777; e-mail:; Web site: t_leader_program.html.

Feb. 3—Special education: Applications are due for the Shaklee Teacher Awards, sponsored by Heartspring. Up to ten teachers of children with disabilities will each receive $1,000 cash awards. Contact: Heartspring, 8700 E. 29th St. North, Wichita, KS 67226; (800) 835-1043; Web site:

Feb. 9—Call for proposals: Applications are due for the 2006 National Staff Development Council conference in Nashville, Tenn., Dec. 2-6. Conference topics include leadership; high-performance cultures; race, class, and culture; and advocacy. Proposals can be submitted online at

Feb. 15—Libraries: Applications are due for the Giant Step Awards, sponsored by Thomson Gale and the School Library Journal. Up to $10,000 in cash prizes is available for school library media centers and public libraries that work with local schools in the United States and Canada. Contact: Phyllis Levy Mandell, SLJ; (866) 436-0727 ext. 6763; Web site: grant_goldmine/giant_award/about_giant.htm.

Feb. 24—Teachers: Applications are due for the Teacher of the Year program, sponsored by Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. Winners earn $1,000 grants for their schools, and one teacher from each state receives an additional $10,000 grant. One National Teacher of the Year wins a total grant of $36,000 for his or her school. Nomination ballots are available at Wal-Mart stores, Supercenters, Neighborhood Markets, and Sam’s Clubs.

Feb. 28—Call for proposals: Applications are due for proposals for the American Dietetic Association’s Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo in Honolulu Sept. 16-19. Conference topics include diet and genetics, cultural issues in weight management, communication strategies for lifestyle changes, and measuring the effectiveness and benefits of nutrition intervention. Contact: ADA, 1120 Connecticut Ave. N.W, Suite 480, Washington, DC 20036; (800) 877-0877; e-mail:; Web site:


Jan. 31—Science: Applications are due for the ExploraVision Awards, sponsored by Toshiba and the National Science Teachers Association. Teams of two to four K-12 students from the United States or Canada choose a current technology and imagine what it will be like in 20 years. Members of the four American first-place winning teams each receive $10,000 in U.S. savings bonds. Second-place winners receive $5,000 in bonds. Canadian winners receive Canadian bonds of equivalent amounts. Contact: Toshiba/ExploraVision Awards, 1840 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22201-3000; (800) EXPLOR-9; e-mail:; Web site:

Jan. 31—Social studies: Applications are due for National Teach-In Mini-Grants, sponsored by Youth for Justice, a program funded by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention of the U.S. Department of Justice. The first 100 middle or high school classes to register will receive $200 to support projects that teach students about the American political process. Contact: 2006 Youth for Justice National Teach-In, Attn: Margie Chan, c/o Constitutional Rights Foundation Chicago, 407 South Dearborn, Suite 1700, Chicago, IL 60605-1119; fax: (312) 663-4321; Web site:

Feb. 13—Science: Applications are due for the Christopher Columbus Awards, sponsored by the Christopher Columbus Fellowship Foundation. Teams of middle school students are asked to develop strategies to minimize the effects of natural disasters in their communities. The grand prize winning team will receive a $25,000 grant to implement their disaster plan. Contact: The Christopher Columbus Awards; (800) 291-6020; Web site:

Feb. 19—Science: Applications are due for the Igniting Creative Energy Challenge, sponsored by Johnson Controls Inc. and the National Energy Foundation. K-12 students should submit projects about how families, schools, and communities can conserve energy. Three students and one teacher in each age group will each win a trip for two to Hawaii April 25-30, and the chance to present their ideas to government and energy leaders at the national Energy Efficiency Forum in Washington June 13-14. Contact: Shannon Poulson, 3676 California Ave., Suite A117, Salt Lake City, UT 84104; (801) 908-5400 or (800) 616-8326; e-mail:; Web site:

Feb. 28—Civil rights: Applications are due for the Dream Deferred essay contest, sponsored by the American Islamic Congress. The contest is open to residents under the age of 26 from Arab League member countries, Iran, or the United States. Essays of 600 to 2,000 words can be written in English, French, Arabic, or Farsi, but must address one of several questions posted on Ten winners will each receive prizes ranging from $500 to $2,000. All essays must be submitted online.

Feb. 28—Media: Applications are due for the Courageous Persuaders competition, sponsored by the Courage First Foundation and McCann Erickson. High school students can compete for scholarships ranging from $500 to $3,000 by creating 30-second television commercials that discourage underage alcohol abuse. Students can register online at

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