Extra Crdit: Resources for Teachers

October 01, 1993 23 min read


Following is a list of application deadlines for grants, fellowships, and honors available to individuals. Asterisks (

  • ) denote new entries.


October 1. Humanities.

The National Endowment for the Humanities’ Division of Fellowships and Seminars offers the NEH Summer Stipends. Approximately 200 high school and college humanities teachers, as well as independent scholars, will each be awarded $4,000 plus possible travel expenses to conduct fulltime independent research for two months. Selection is based, in part, on a research proposal and the project’s ability to advance knowledge of the humanities. Eligible are independent scholars and faculty and staff members at the precollegiate and collegiate levels. College faculty must be nominated by their institution. Contact: Division of Fellowships and Seminars, Room 316, NEH, 1100 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W., Washington, DC 20506; (202) 606-8466.

October 25. Research.

The U.S. Department of Energy sponsors its Teacher Research Associates Program. More than 300 teachers are paired with scientists at 27 DOE lab sites for an eight-week math and science summer program. Teachers receive a $550 per week stipend plus a housing and travel allowance. Graduate credit is available. Eligible are math and science teachers of grades 7-12. Contact: Office of University and Science Education, ST-50, DOE, 1000 Independence Ave., S.W., Washington, DC 20585; (202) 586-8949.

October 31. Foreign Language.

The National Endowment for the Humanities offers its summer fellowships for foreign language teachers to study abroad. Recipients will each receive a $3,750 stipend for six weeks of study in a country where the language they teach is spoken. Eligible are K-12 teachers who have taught a foreign language for at least three years full time in the United States or a U.S. school abroad and intend to teach a foreign language for at least five more years. Applicants must agree not to accept another fullsupport grant during the fellowship period. Teachers of English as a Second Language are not eligible. Contact: NEH Fellowship for FL Teachers K-12, Connecticut College, 270 Mohegan Ave., New London, CT 06320-4196; (203) 439-2282.

November 1. History.

The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation offers the DeWittWallace Readers Digest National History Institute at Princeton University from July 3-29, 1994. Fifty high school history teachers in the United States or Department of Defense Schools will be selected through a national competition to attend the session. Participants will develop curricula that will later be disseminated throughout the United States. In addition to room and board, teachers receive a $1,200 stipend. Contact: WWNFF, CN-5281, Princeton, NJ 08543-5281; (609) 452-7007.

  • December 14. Library.

The American Library Association offers the 1994 Young Adult Library Services Association/Baker & Taylor Conference Grants. Two librarians receive $1,000 each to attend the 1994 ALA Annual Conference to be held in Miami, June 25-30. Eligible are school or public librarians who work directly with young adults. Contact: YALSA/Baker & Taylor Conference Grants, 50 E. Huron St., Chicago, IL 60611; (800) 545-2433, ext. 4390.

  • December 14. Library Research.

Voice of Youth Advocates and Scarecrow Press offer the annual Young Adult Library Services Association/Frances Henne/VOYA Research Grant. The grant provides seed money for a small-scale research project that influences library services for young adults; it is not awarded for research leading to a degree. One winner receives $500. Eligible are school and public librarians who are YALSA members. Contact: YALSA/Frances Henne/ VOYA Research Grant, 50 E. Huron St., Chicago, IL 60611; (800) 5452433, ext.4390.

January 10. Gender Equity.

The American Association of University Women offers Eleanor Roosevelt Teacher Fellowships. The fellowships are for female teachers wishing to develop programs that increase girls’ participation in math and science. Approximately 13 teachers who have demonstrated a commitment to gender equity through work in their classroom, school district, and community will each receive stipends ranging from $1,000 to $10,000. Eligible are women who have taught full time in a U.S. K-12 public school for the past five years and will continue to teach for at least five more years after the fellowship. Contact: AAUW Education Foundation, Eleanor Roosevelt Fund, 1111 16th St., N.W., Washington, DC 20036; (202) 785-7700.

  • March 1. Constitution.

The James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation awards fellowships to teachers or prospective teachers. Each $24,000 award covers expenses related to pursuing a master’s degree in American history, political science, or education with a concentration on the U.S. Constitution. Eligible are high school teachers of American history, American government, or social studies and recent college graduates who wish to become secondary teachers of these subjects. Fellowships will be awarded to at least one recipient from each state, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and, taken together, the other U.S. territories. Contact: The James Madison Memorial Fellowship Program, P.O. Box 4030, Iowa City, IA 52243-4030; (800) 525-6928.


November 15. Science.

The National Science Teachers Association invites applications for its Science Teaching Achievement Recognition Awards. Sponsored by the American Gas Association, the annual awards program recognizes K-12 and university science educators who have created a novel approach that improves precollegiate science education. The program must have been implemented at the time of application. Three winners in two categories--K-12 educators and university educators--will receive cash awards of $1,000, $750, and $500, respectively. Winners will receive the award at the NSTA convention held March 30-April 2, 1994, in Anaheim, Calif. Contact: STAR Awards, NSTA, 1742 Connecticut Ave., N.W., Washington, DC 20009; (202) 328-5800.

  • November 15. Science Education.

The American Gas Association invites applications for its Science Teaching Achievement Recognition Awards. Several awards ranging from $500 to $1,000 will be given to K-12 and postsecondary science teachers who have uniquely improved science education. Contact: STAR/NSTA, 1840 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22201.

  • November 15. Science/Videodiscs.

Optical Data Corp., in conjunction with the National Science Teachers Association, invites innovative science educators to apply for the 1993 Optical Data Videodisc Awards. One winner each from the elementary, middle, high school, and college levels will be awarded for the best example of teacher-developed activities using videodiscs. Winners receive $1,000 worth of Optical Data’s videodiscbased programs, a videodisc player, and a plaque. Eligible are full-time science teachers of all grade levels. Contact: Sherry Greenshields at (800) 248-8478, ext. 2164.

  • December 1. Library Service.

The Association for Library Service to Children invites nominations for the 1994 ALSC Distinguished Service Award. This annual award is presented to an individual who has significantly contributed to and had an impact on library services for children or the ALSC. The winner receives $1,000 and a distinguished service pin. Both the person making the nomination and the nominee must be ALSC members. For membership information, call: (800) 545-2433, ext. 2163. For a nomination form, send a postcard to ALSC Distinguished Service Award, 50 E. Huron St., Chicago, IL 60611.

  • December 1. Library.

The American Library Association invites Young Adult Library Services Association members to apply for the 1994 YALSA/Econo-Clad Reading or Literature Program Award. The $1,000 award recognizes a member who has developed an outstanding program; it is intended to support the winner’s attendance at the ALA Annual Conference to be held June 2530 in Miami. Contact: YALSA/EconoClad Program Chairperson, 50 E. Huron St., Chicago, IL 60611; (800) 545-2433, ext. 4390.

December 1. Science and Math.

The National Science Foundation invites nominations for the 1994 Presidential Awards for Excellence in the Science and Mathematics Teaching Program. Elementary and secondary teachers who have taught at least half time for five years or more in a public or private school are eligible. A teacher may be nominated by a colleague, administrator, student, or parent or nominate him- or herself. Winners will include one elementary and one secondary teacher in both science and mathematics from each state. Each winner will receive an expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., and a $7,500 National Science Foundation grant for his or her school. Contact: PAESMT, NSTA Special Projects, 3140 North Washington Blvd., Arlington, VA 22201; (703) 243-7100.

December 1. International Awards.

The Delores Kohl Education Foundation invites nominations for the Kohl International Teaching Awards. Several $1,000 cash awards will be given to full-time preK-12 classroom teachers who demonstrate commitment, innovation, leadership, and respect for the whole child. Public, private, or parochial educators teaching anywhere in the world are eligible. For more information, contact: Lana Weiner, Kohl International Teaching Awards, 165 Green Bay Road, Wilmette, IL 60091; (708) 256-3000.

January 15. Gifted Students.

Intertel Foundation Inc. invites proposals for its International Hollingworth Award Competition. The $2,000 annual award supports research on the education or psychology of gifted and talented youth. Eligible are graduate students, teachers, professors, administrators, psychologists, and other professionals, as well as educational organizations. Research proposals must have a sponsor. For submission requirements, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to: Roxanne Cramer, Hollingworth Award Committee, 4300 Sideburn Road, Fairfax, VA 22030-3507.

  • January 31. Chemistry.

The Polymer Education Committee of the American Chemical Society invites junior high and high school chemistry teachers to apply for the Award for Excellence in Polymer Education. Awards go to those who have developed innovative ways to promote an understanding of and an interest in polymer chemistry. One national winner and at least one honorable mention receive a cash award and a set of polymer chemistry materials for the classroom. The national winner also receives a trip to an annual ACS conference. Contact: Polymer Education Coordinator, Miami University at Middletown, 4200 E. University Blvd., Middletown, OH 45042.


The Polymer Education Committee of the American Chemical Society has named William Bleam Jr. of Radnor (Pa.) High School the recipient of the 1993 Award for Excellence in Polymer Education by a Junior High or High School Chemistry Teacher. Bleam won for helping his students see chemistry as relevant and exciting through the use of polymer activities, demonstrations, laboratory exercises, and textbook materials. He was honored at the American Chemical Society’s national conference held this past August in Chicago. Honorable mentions went to Patricia GreeneKarl of Haviland (N.Y.) Middle School; Fred Newman of Buckhannon-Upshur (W.Va.) High School; and Mike Shaw of Chestnut Grove (N.C.) Junior High School. All winners received a cash award, a set of polymer chemistry materials for the classroom, and a certificate of recognition.

The National Association of School Nurses Inc. presented its National School Nurse of the Year Award to Ruby Hennessey of Turlock, Calif. Hennessey is coordinator of health services in the Ceres (Calif.) Unified School District as well as a nurse for Mae Hensley Junior High School and Virginia Parks Elementary School. She was nominated by the California School Nurse Organization.

The JASON Foundation for Education, a nonprofit partnership of private industry, educational institutions, museums, research facilities, and government agencies, has selected six teachers to serve as Teacher Argonauts for the JASON Project’s Voyage V: Expedition Planet Earth. The teachers will travel to Belize in February to work with 20 JASON Student Argonauts, coordinating research projects that include working in the rain forest, on coral reefs, and among Mayan ruins. The teachers are: Lawrence Randle of Minneapolis; Becky Wussow and Sharon Wood of Dallas; Linda Cotter of Dana Point, Calif.; Amanda May of Woodbridge, Va.; and Sharon Armstrong of Las Vegas.


Following is a list of free or inexpensive resources that teachers can order.


NK Lawn and Garden Co. and Scholastic Inc. offer Lessons to Grow On, a free teaching guide that outlines four hands-on gardening activities for students in grades 3-6. The activities foster learning in the arts, language arts, math, and science. Also included are a color poster, a catalog of inexpensive planting materials, and information on the NK Kidseeds Garden Club Newsletter, a publication that encourages children to get involved in gardening. Contact: NK Kidseeds Educator Program, P.O. Box 6278, Chattanooga, TN 37401.

Patriotic Symbols.

The Department of Veterans Affairs offers a free packet of short essays on America’s patriotic symbols and practices. Topics include: the origins of Veterans Day and Memorial Day and the histories of the American flag, Pledge of Allegiance, and National Anthem. Contact: VA, Office of Public Affairs, (80D)--Patriotic Papers, 810 Vermont Ave., N.W., Washington, DC 20420.

Business Education.

The National Alliance of Business, a nonprofit, business-led organization involved in public education reform, offers publications highlighting successful partnerships between businesses and schools. The 71-page booklet, titled Recrafting the Business of Schooling, focuses on a collaboration between the NAB, the J.C. Penney Co., and the Fort Worth (Texas) Independent School District. The Cutting Edge of Common Sense: In Brief, a 15-page booklet, examines how seven schools are using total quality management principles to make improvements. For free copies, contact: NAB, Information Services, 1201 New York Ave., N.W., Washington, DC 200053917; (202) 289-2910.

Anti-Violence Curriculum.

The Center to Prevent Handgun Violence, a nonprofit organization, has developed a preK-12 curriculum designed to help reduce gun violence. The curriculum, titled “Straight Talk about Risks,’' provides guidelines for classroom discussions on such topics as conflict resolution and TV violence. For sample lessons and more information, contact: Education Division, CPHV, 1225 Eye St., N.W., Washington, DC 20005; (202) 289-7319.

Free ‘Stuff.’

Meadowbrook Press offers More Free Stuff for Kids, a follow-up to its Free Stuff for Kids. The 110-page book includes listings of free and inexpensive items for kids ages 8 to 13 on a range of subjects, including world cultures, math and science, writing, sports, holidays, and crafts. Cost: $5 for paperback copies, not including shipping and handling. Contact: Meadowbrook Press, 18318 Minnetonka Blvd., Deephaven, MN 55391; (800) 3382232.

Writing Program.

The BIC Corp., a pen manufacturer, offers its “Quality Comes in Writing’’ program. The free educational program is designed to help students in grades 4-6 develop writing skills. Among other things, the program shows students how to plan and write stories and suggests that they keep a hypothetical journal for a famous person. Contact: BIC’s Communications Department, 500 BIC Drive, Milford, CT 06460; (203) 783-2110.

Media Literacy.

Citizens for Media Literacy, a nonprofit public-interest group, offers Get A Life!, a 16-page comic book about teenager Billy Bored. The book, aimed at high school students, critiques television advertising and encourages media literacy. Cost: $1, plus postage. (Bulk discounts are available.) Contact: Citizens for Media Literacy, 34 Wall St., Suite 407, Asheville, NC 28801; (704) 255-0182.

Smithsonian Catalog.

The Smithsonian Institution offers a new edition of the Smithsonian Resource Guide for Teachers, a catalog listing more than 400 free and inexpensive educational items available from more than 40 museums, facilities, and organizations. The free guide is separated into four main categories--the arts, language arts, science, and social studies/history--and provides all necessary ordering information. Contact: The Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, A&I 1163, MRC 402, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC 20560; (202) 357-2425.

Crime Prevention.

The National Crime Prevention Council, the Advertising Council, and the U.S. Department of Justice offer a free 16-page educational comic-activity book titled Scruff Beats the Scary Streets, as part of a new campaign designed to teach young children how to cope with dangerous situations they may encounter while going to and from school. The book features a series of interactive scenarios in which Scruff (young nephew of McGruff the Crime Dog) and friends avoid problems because they remember and act on the good advice of McGruff. Contact: NCPC, Attention: Scruff, 1700 K St., N.W., Second Floor, Washington, DC 20006-3817.

Personal Finance.

Mastercard International and the City Kids Foundation, a community service organization, offer a free 15minute video and accompanying 12page teacher’s guide about managing money. “Master Your Future’’ is aimed at high school juniors and seniors and teaches them about budgeting, checking and savings accounts, and credit history. To order, call (800) MC4-YOUTH.


EF Educational Tours, a Swedish organization that promotes intercultural exchange, offers a free, updated geopolitical world map. The 29-inch by 40-inch, full-color “New World Map’’ also includes a 1993-94 academic calendar that lists significant international holidays and world events. The map shows the most current geopolitical changes in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. To order, call (800) 637-8222.

Art Safety.

The Center for Safety in the Arts offers a 17-inch by 22-inch, four-color poster that illustrates art materials and procedures that can be substituted for more hazardous ones in both elementary and secondary school art classes. Titled “Safer Substitutes in Art,’' it lists more than 100 suggestions for safer procedures in such courses as photography, sculpture, woodworking, and painting and drawing, among others. Cost: $5. (Bulk order prices are available.) Contact: Center for Safety in the Arts, 5 Beekman St., New York, NY 10038; (212) 227-6220.

College Guidance.

The ASPIRA Association, a Latino youth-development organization, offers “What About College,’' a threebooklet set that advises parents how to obtain access to higher education for their children. The first booklet, Preparing for College, offers advice on how to decide whether college is a good option. The second booklet, Planning for College, lists steps needed to enter college. The third booklet, Paying for College, offers helpful suggestions on how to finance a post-secondary education and apply for financial aid. Each 40-page booklet is written in English. Cost: $5 each; $12.50 for complete set. Contact: Publications, The ASPIRA National Office, 1112 16th St., N.W., Suite 340, Washington, DC 20036.

Children’s Books.

The Orion Society, publisher of Orion magazine, offers an annotated bibliography of children’s books with nature themes. The 36-page booklet contains 85 entries including bibliographical information, suggested age group, and number of pages. Cost: $5. Contact: Orion Society, 136 E. 64th St., New York, NY 10021; (212) 7586475.


Following is a list of contests, scholarships, and internships for students organized by application deadline. Asterisks (

  • ) denote new entries.
  • Open. Trucker Buddy.

Kenworth Truck Co. and Chevron Lubricants sponsor the “Trucker Buddy’’ program, a free pen-pal service that matches professional truck drivers with primary school classrooms across the nation. Truckers write to classes from the road, giving them a unique perspective on geography, history, and the economy. Students practice communication skills by writing back to their trucker buddies. Contact: Trucker Buddy, P.O. Box 1020, Elkhorn, WI 53121; (800) MY-BUDDY.

Open. Getting Published.

Kids Copy, a national newspaper for students in grades 4-8, invites submissions of original poetry, short stories, essays, editorials, cartoons, and reviews of books, movies, games, or music. Selected works will be published in the newspaper, and the authors will receive $5. Eligible are students 13 and younger whose work appeals to children ages 8-13. In addition, Kids Copy seeks news about community service projects involving children. Students are invited to send an article about their project, along with their name, photograph, and phone number. Selected articles will be published in the newspaper’s “Good Works’’ column, and the newspaper will donate $25 to the organization the project benefits. Contact: Kids Copy, P.O. Box 42, Wyncote, PA 19095; (215) 635-3603 or (800) 3525444.

Open. Student Publication.

The Write Stuff, a desktop publishing firm, invites students in grades 7-12 to submit original works of fiction and nonfiction, photography, cartoons, poetry, reviews, editorials, or humor. Chosen entries will be published in a new national tabloid written for students by students, called U.X. Press. For more information, call: U.X. Press at (800) 822-9762.

October 1. Student Playwrights.

Young Playwrights Inc. requests original scripts from writers ages 18 and younger for its annual Young Playwrights Festival. Approximately four winning playwrights will have their plays produced during the fall 1994 festival. Winners will receive royalties from the performances. All entrants will receive detailed evaluations of their plays. Contact: Young Playwrights Festival, Department PR, 321 West 44th St., Suite 906, New York, NY 10036; (212) 307-1140.

October 1. Poster Contest.

Lions Club International invites entries for its sixth annual Peace Poster Contest. Children ages 11 to 13 are asked to depict their interpretation of the theme “A Journey to Peace’’ in pencil, crayon, pen, marker, paint, or chalk. Schools interested in participating must be sponsored by a local Lions Club. The grand-prize winner receives $1,500 and a trip to New York City with two family members. To request sponsorship, contact Janet McMahan at (708) 571-5466, ext. 371, or the Lions Club International headquarters at (800) 288-8846.

October 22. Pen-Pal Exchange.

Read magazine will match your class with another class as part of its penpal program, Letter Writers Ink. Students in grades K-12 can write letters, submit them to Read magazine, and, within two months, receive responses from students in a class somewhere in the United States. Contact: Read, Attention: Catherine Gourley, 245 Long Hill Road, Middletown, CT 06547; (203) 638-2400.

November 1. Entomology.

The Coleopterists Society, an international organization of individuals interested in the study of beetles, invites students in grades 7-12 to apply for its Youth Incentive Award. Up to two winners in two grade categories-- 7-9 and 10-12--will receive grants of up to $125 each for creative and educational proposals that focus on the study of beetles. Grants might go toward a collecting trip, a visit to an entomology or natural history museum, or a study of beetle biology. The winners also receive a certificate of recognition and a one-year subscription to the society’s journal, The Coleopterists Bulletin. Contact: David Furth, Department of Entomology, Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University, 26 Oxford St., Cambridge, MA 02138; (617) 495-2464.

November 1. Humanities Research.

The National Endowment for the Humanities offers its Younger Scholars program for high school students. Approximately one out of five applicants is selected to conduct research and writing projects under the supervision of a humanities scholar. Students work for nine weeks during the summer and receive a $1,600 stipend; advisers receive $500. For an application, contact: National Endowment for the Humanities, 1100 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W., Room 316, Washington, DC 20506; (202) 606-8463.

December 1. Talent Search.

Westinghouse Electric Corp. and Science Service Inc. announce the 53rd annual Westinghouse Science Talent Search for students in their final year of high school. Forty students will be named premier finalists and will travel to Washington, D.C., to compete for a share of $205,000 in scholarship money. Westinghouse awards one $40,000, one $30,000, and one $20,000 scholarship; three $15,000 scholarships; four $10,000 scholarships; and 30 $1,000 scholarships. To enter, each student must submit a written report on an independent research project in the physical sciences, behavioral or social sciences, engineering, mathematics, or biological sciences. In addition, each student must submit an official entry form, teacher recommendations, transcript, and standardized test scores. To obtain entry materials, contact: Science Talent Search, 1719 N Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20036; (202)785-2255.

December 1. Environmental Contest.

WGBH Boston invites people of all ages to enter the Earthkeeping Take-aStep Contest. Any individual or group must document in a one- to threeminute videotape a project, person, or program that protects, restores, or enhances the environment. Entrants can document their own work or the work of another individual or group. The five winners will see their videos aired nationally on PBS’s environmental series Earthkeeping. All participants will also have their names entered in a drawing to win a twoweek ecological expedition with Earthwatch. Entries must be accompanied by an official entry form. For a free contest guide, contact: Earthkeeping Take-a-Step Contest, Educational Print & Outreach, WGBH, 125 Western Ave., Boston, MA, 02134; (617) 492-2777, ext. 3897.

  • February 28. Geography.

American Express invites students in grades 6-12 to participate in its annual Geography Competition. More than $100,000 in prize money will be given to 18 teams of students who design and complete intensive projects. Project categories are: the Environment; Travel and Trade; and Cultural Diversity. To request kits, contact (800) 395-GLOBE.

  • April 15. Drama for Disabled.

Very Special Arts, an international organization dedicated to providing arts programs for people with disabilities, sponsors the Young Playwrights Program. Students ages 12-18 are invited to submit a script with a disability theme. The playwrights whose scripts are chosen will travel to Washington, D.C., to participate in final rehearsals and attend the play’s premiere production at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Contact: Young Playwrights Program, Very Special Arts, Education Office, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, DC 20566; (202) 628-2800 or (202) 737-0645 (TDD).

  • May 1. Getting Published.

Landmark Editions, a children’s book publisher, invites students ages 6-19 to enter its National Written and Illustrated By...Awards Contest for Students. Participants must submit a book they have both written and illustrated. One author in each of three age categories--6-9, 10-13, and 1419--is awarded a publishing contract, royalties, and an expense-paid trip to Landmark’s offices in Kansas City, Mo. Entry fee is $1. For guidelines, send a self-addressed, business-sized envelope, stamped with 58 cents postage to: 1994 National Written & Illustrated By...Awards Contest, Landmark Editions Inc., P.O. Box 4469, Kansas City, MO 64127.--Jenny Cook, Megan Drennan, and Christy J. Zink

A version of this article appeared in the October 01, 1993 edition of Teacher as Extra Crdit: Resources for Teachers