February 28, 2006 5 min read


Open—Call for proposals: Applications are being accepted for proposals for the Alternative Education Resource Organization 2006 Conference, “Educational Alternatives: Finding Our Commonalities and Celebrating Our Differences,” in Troy, N.Y., June 29-July 2. Interested presenters are asked to send 1-2 paragraph descriptions of their workshop or presentation in order to reserve a time slot. Contact: Isaac Graves, Conference Director, AERO, 417 Roslyn Road, Roslyn Heights, NY 11577-2620; (800) 769-4171; e-mail:; Web site:

March 31—Teachers: Applications are due for the Summer Fellowship for Innovative Teachers, sponsored by the Murdock-Thompson Center for Teachers. The $2,000 stipends support the efforts of educators to develop innovative teaching strategies over the summer. Contact: The Murdock-Thompson Center for Teachers, 178 Gano St., Providence, RI 02906; (401) 621 9033; Web site:

April 1—Teachers:Applications are due for the 13th Annual English Language Immersion Program in Poland, facilitated by Earl and Annmarie Adreani. Participants will teach English to Polish students in Siennica, Poland July 1-22. Room and board is included, but airfare must be paid by the participant. Interested teachers should send a cover letter and resume to: Earl and Annmarie Adreani, 77 Gayland Road, Needham, MA 02492; e-mail:

April 1—Teachers: Applications are due for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, sponsored by the National Science Foundation. The foundation recommends that individuals who want to nominate K-6 science or mathematics teachers for the awards submit the nomination form to the appropriate state coordinator by April 1. The full application is due May 1. Self-nominations are not accepted. Contact: State coordinators can be located at

April 7—Teachers: Applications are due for the Save Our History—Teacher Honors, sponsored by The History Channel. Twenty-four teachers who integrate local history into their curriculum will be selected for $1,000 cash awards. One teacher will win a $5,000 cash award, and a trip to Washington to receive the Save Our History Teacher of the Year award. Contact: Save Our History–Teacher Honors, c/o Civic Entertainment Group, 520 8th Ave., 22nd Floor, New York, NY 10018; e-mail:; Web site:

April 15—Teachers: Applications are due for American Stars of Teaching from the U.S. Department of Education. Parents, students, colleagues, administrators, and others can submit nominations for the awards, which honor exemplary teaching. One teacher from each state and the District of Columbia will be selected. Applications are being accepted at

April 21—Teachers: Applications are due for a 10-day study tour of the Galapagos Islands, funded by Toyota Motor Sales, USA. Secondary school teachers from Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Texas, and the District of Columbia can apply for the 20 slots. All expenses associated with the Oct. 27-Nov. 8 trip will be paid by Toyota, and each teacher’s school will receive $500. Contact: Toyota International Teacher Program, Institute of International Education, 1400 K St. N.W., Suite 650, Washington, DC 20005-2403; (877) 832-2457; e-mail:; Web site:


Throughout March—Scholarships:Applications are being accepted for the National Scholarship and State Scholarships Sweepstakes, sponsored by Nelnet, an educational lender based in Lincoln, Neb. Students entering college in the 2006-07 school year can register on for $1,000 scholarship prizes, which are drawn weekly through March 31. Additional scholarship sweepstakes are available for students living in Colorado, Florida, Indiana, Louisiana, Maine, New Mexico, New York, and Texas.

April 1-3—Community service: Applications are due for the Yoshiyama Award for Exemplary Service to the Community, sponsored by the Hitachi Foundation. Graduating seniors can be nominated for the $5,000 cash awards. Mailed nominations must be postmarked by April 1, and online nominations are due April 3. Contact: The Hitachi Foundation, 1509 22nd St. N.W., Washington, DC 20037-1073; (202) 457-0588; fax: (202) 296-1098; Web site:

April 7—History and social studies: Applications are due for the Save Our History—Student Honors, sponsored by The History Channel. Twenty-four students who participate in either school-based or extracurricular local history projects will be selected for $1,000 cash awards. One student will win a $5,000 cash award, and a trip to Washington to receive the Save Our History—Student of the Year award. Contact: Save Our History–Student Honors, c/o Civic Entertainment Group, 520 8th Ave., 22nd Floor, New York, NY 10018; e-mail:; Web site:

April 14—Writing: Applications are due for the 22nd Annual Playwright Discovery Award, sponsored by VSA arts, an affiliate of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Students in grades 6 through 12 can submit one-act scripts that explore any aspect of disability. Winners will receive a trip to Washington, a $1,000 cash award, and other prizes. Two selected scripts will be performed at the Kennedy Center. Contact: VSA artsPlaywright Discovery Award, 818 Connecticut Ave. N.W., Suite 600, Washington, D.C. 20006; (800) 933-8721; fax: (202) 429-0868; e-mail:; Web site:

April 15—Activism: Applications are due for the Brower Youth Awards, sponsored by the Earth Island Institute. The awards recognize the achievements of youths ages 13 to 22 for environmental- and social-justice advocacy. Six winners receive $3,000 cash awards, a trip for two to California for the awards ceremony, a camping trip in Yosemite National Park, and other prizes. Contact: Earth Island Institute, Brower Youth Awards, 300 Broadway #28, San Francisco, CA 94133; (415) 788-3666 ext. 144; e-mail:; Web site:

April 19—History and social studies: Applications are due for the 2006 Idea of America Essay Contest, sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Students in 11th grade, as well as 16- and 17-year-old home-schooled students, can write 1,500-word essays about the debate in the First Congress over the adoption of the First Amendment. Three finalists will win $1,000 cash prizes, and the author of the winning essay will receive a $5,000 cash prize. Contact: NEH, 1100 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W., Washington, DC 20506; (800) NEH-1121; e-mail:; Web site:

A version of this article appeared in the March 01, 2006 edition of Education Week