November 28, 2006 3 min read


Dec. 15—Professional Development: Call for Proposals are due for the 2007 National Board for Professional Teaching Standards National Conference in July. The Conference Program consists of six strands: Teaching and Learning; Leadership; Standards and Assessment; Recruiting, Retention and Support; Professional Development and Postsecondary Education; and Schools that Work. For more information, visit Questions can be e-mailed to

Dec. 18—Urban schools: Applications are due for the 2007 Excellence In Education Awards from the National Center for Urban School Transformation. Eligible districts must serve a city with a population of at least 50,000 and at least 50 percent of the district’s students must meet the eligibility criteria for the federal free- or reduced-price lunch program. Winners receive $1,000 and travel costs for a representative to attend the NCUST Symposium in San Diego. Complete guidelines and applications are online at

Dec. 20—Career Education: Applications are due for the 2007 AACE Citations for Career Education Excellence and Innovation—Programs, Practices, and Publications That Work, sponsored by the American Association for Career Education. Recognition is offered in 16 categories related to careers, education, and work. Contact: AACE Awards, Attn. Pat Nellor Wickwire, 2900 Amby Place, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254-2216; (310) 376-7378.

Dec. 31—Writing:Entries are due for What’s the Story?, sponsored by SRA/McGraw-Hill. Teachers and former teachers may submit original fiction or nonfiction stories or poems in English or Spanish. The works should be aimed at students in pre-K-6th grade and submitted online. Winning stories will be illustrated and published as individual books; cash prizes will also be awarded. To view official rules or submit entries, visit

Jan. 3—Math and science: Scholarship applications are due for the 2007 Honeywell Educators at Space Academy. Middle school math and science teachers may apply for complete tuition, airfare, accommodations, meals, and materials for the program, which features space-science educator curricula and participation in astronaut training in Huntsville, Ala. in July. Contact: Scholarship Office, U.S. Space & Rocket Center, P.O. Box 070015, Huntsville, AL 35807-7015; e-mail:; Web site:

Jan. 12—Experiential education: Proposals are due for the National Society for Experiential Education’s national conference next fall. Topics should fall within the context of one of the conference tracks, which are: best practices/case studies; using technology in experiential education; new models of work; partnerships; research in experiential education: data and pedagogy; diversity in experiential education; and program evaluation and assessment. Guidelines are online at


Dec. 12—Science & Technology: Registration deadline for eCYBERMISSION, a Web-based science, math, and technology competition sponsored by the U.S. Army. Teams of 6th through 9th graders compete for U.S. savings bonds and other prizes. The submission deadline is Feb. 21. Contact: Rob Nock, Mission Control, (866) 462-9237; e-mail:; Web site:

Dec. 30—School supplies: Entries are due for the Sharpie Autographs for Education program. Students collect signatures from as many people as they can. The 150 schools with the most signatures will receive $5,000 in school supplies. For more information, visit

Jan. 30—Science and technology: Entries are due for the ExploraVision Student Science Competition, in which groups of K-12 students research a current technology and imagine what it might be like 20 years from now. Each student on the four first-place winning teams receives a $10,000 U.S. savings bond; each student on the second-place teams receives a $5,000 bond. Contact: Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision Awards, 1840 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22201; (800) EXPLOR-9; e-mail:; Web site:

A version of this article appeared in the November 29, 2006 edition of Education Week