June 19, 2007 3 min read


July 17—Smaller learning communities: Applications are due for the Smaller Learning Communities Program grants from the U.S. Department of Education. Forty-five of these grants, of varied amounts, will be awarded to local educational agencies to support the implementation of smaller learning communities and activities in public high schools with enrollments of more than 1,000 students. Contact: Gregory Dennis, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Ave., S.W., Room 3W243, FB6, Washington, DC 20202; (202) 205-3784; e-mail:; Web site:

July 31—Literacy: Proposals are due for the Big Read grants, sponsored by the Institute of Museum and Library Sciences and the National Endowment for the Arts. The Big Read program aims to revitalize the role of literature in American culture. Organizations are invited to apply for grants of $5,000 to $20,000 and materials to help implement Big Read activities. Contact: Christine Taylor, Program Director, Arts Midwest, 2908 Hennepin Ave., Suite 200, Minneapolis, MN 55408; (612) 341-0755 ext. 21; e-mail:; Web site:

Aug. 1—Administrators: Applications are due for the Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents scholarship, sponsored by ALAS and the Houghton Mifflin Company. The $10,000 annual award is given to an administrator who is a member of ALAS and is pursuing an advanced degree in education to become a superintendent. Contact: Jodi Goldman, Houghton Mifflin Company, 222 Berkeley St., Boston, MA 02116; (617) 351-3817; fax: (617) 351-3604; Web site:

Aug. 1—Music education: Applications are due for grants for in-school music projects, sponsored by the Mockingbird Foundation. Public schools and nonprofit organizations are eligible to apply for grants of $50 to $5,000 to fund music education programs for students under 18 years of age. Funds may be used for instruments, texts, office materials, learning space, instructors, and other expenses. Contact: Kristen Godard, Funding Director, Mockingbird Foundation, e-mail:; Web site: www.mockingbird

Aug. 3—Job skills: Applications are due for the Staples Foundation for Learning grants, sponsored by the Staples Foundation for Learning. Nonprofit organizations that support or provide job skills and/or education for all people, with a special emphasis on disadvantaged youths, may apply for grants of $5,000 to $25,000. E-mail:; Web site:

Aug. 16—Call for proposals: Applications are due for proposals for the 6th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Education in Honolulu Jan. 5-8. Research papers, abstracts, student papers, case studies, and work-in-progress reports in all areas of education will be reviewed. Contact: Hawaii International Conference on Education, P.O. Box 75036, Honolulu, HI 96836; (808) 542-4931; fax: (808) 947-2420; e-mail:; Web site:

Aug. 31—Japanese studies: Preliminary proposals are due for the Institutional Support Program grants, sponsored by the Japan Foundation. Individual grants of up to $150,000 are available to colleges, universities, and academic organizations that submit plans for the growth of Japanese studies programs. Contact: The Japan Foundation, 152 W. 57th St., 17th Floor, New York, NY 10019; (212) 489-0299; fax: (212) 489-0409; e-mail:; Web site:

Sept. 7—International education: Applications are due for the Toyota International Teacher Program’s Costa Rica Study Program, sponsored by the Institute of International Education. The program will send 20 secondary school teachers on a ten-day study program to eastern Costa Rica in February and March of 2008. Contact: Toyota International Teacher Program, Institute of International Education, 1400 K St. N.W., Suite 650, Washington, DC 20005; (877) 832-2457; e-mail:; Web site:


Aug. 1—World issues: Submissions are due for the IFPRI 2020 Writing Contest, sponsored by the International Food Policy Research Institute. Youths ages 14-18 are invited to write on the topic of how to eliminate poverty and hunger problems in the world. Submissions may be in the form of essays, short stories, poems, letters, or plays, but may not be more than 2,000 words. First prize is $500. Contact: IFPRI, 2033 K St. N.W., Washington, D.C. 20006; fax: (202) 467-4439; e-mail:

A version of this article appeared in the June 20, 2007 edition of Education Week