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By Jenny Cook, Megan Drennan & Christy J. Zink — September 01, 1993 19 min read

*December 1. Talent Search.

Following is a list of application deadlines for grants, fellowships, and honors available to individuals. Asterisks (*) denote new entries.


September 1. Geography.

The National Council for the Social Studies, in cooperation with the George Cram Co., a map publisher, offers its Geography Grant. A $2,500 award is given to the applicant who submits the best proposal for enhancing geographic literacy at the classroom, district, or state level. Eligible are individuals involved in social studies education. Contact: Geography Grant, NCSS, 3501 Newark St., N.W., Washington, DC 20016; (202) 9667840.

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.

*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.


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.

*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.


September 30. Dissertation Research.

The American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education invites submissions for its AACTE Award for Outstanding Dissertation Research. One winning dissertation that makes a significant contribution to teacher education will be selected and the author honored at the AACTE Annual Meeting to be held in Chicago on Feb. 16-19, 1994. The Journal of Teacher Education will also publish an article based on the research of the dissertation. Eligible are individuals receiving a doctorate during the period Sept. 1, 1991, through Aug. 31, 1993. To obtain manuscript guidelines, contact: Journal of Teacher Education, Theresa Bey, Associate Professor, College of Education, University of Georgia, Athens, GA 30602; (515) 271-2179.


Continental Cablevision has announced the winners of its 1993 Cable in the Classroom Educator Award. The winning 13 teachers and one media specialist from around the nation used commercial-free educational programming and resources provided at no cost by Continental to enhance learning in a variety of subjects, including history, mythology, poetry, politics, literature, and environmental science. The winners received an expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., where they visited the cable network studios and met with their congressional representatives. The winners are: Evelyn Arcuri of T.E. Mathews School in Marysville, Calif.; Caroline Banks of Arlington (Mass.) High School; Jane Dean of McKinley Elementary School in Xenia, Ohio; Jeanne DeBroeck of Hinsdale South High School in Darien, Ill.; David Fleer of St. Dominic School in Quincy, Ill.; Jennie Harrision of Peekskill (N.Y.) High School; Laurie Hintz of Monroeville (Ohio) Elementary School; Jill Hubbs of Crown Point Elementary School in Jacksonville, Fla.; Manuela Jenkins of Eastern High School in Lansing, Mich.; Susan Vallone Joyce of Epping (N.H.) Middle/High School; Connie Loyall of John Rolfe Middle School in Richmond, Va.; Sallie Ann Sherwood of Plantation (Fla.) Middle School; James Stewart of Warren High School in Downey, Calif.; and Ann Tank of Lamphere High School in Madison Heights, Mich.

The National Parent-Teacher Association presented its 1993 Phoebe Apperson Hearst Outstanding Educator Award to E. Sharon Banks, a principal at Northrop High School in Fort Wayne, Ind. Banks was chosen from more than 300 educators nominated by local PTA’s nationwide; she received $2,000 and an expense-paid trip to the National PTA Convention held in Cincinnati this past June. Three additional candidates were given honorable mention. They are: Albert Inserra of Carle Place (N.Y.) School District; Richard Foster of Maldonado Elementary School in Tucson, Ariz.; and Penelope Eilert of Bartlett (Tenn.) Elementary School.

Europeiska Ferieskolan Education, a Sweden-based organization dedi- cated to improving relations between countries through international exchange, gave its first annual EF Educational Tours Global Classroom Teacher Award to Anne Erwin, director of Hillsboro (Ore.) International High School, for a multicultural curriculum she developed. Erwin and six of her students will travel, compliments of EF, to Ireland, England, and Wales, countries that tie in with the Western literature portion of her curriculum.


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

Shopping Guide.

The Council on Economic Priorities, a nonprofit public-interest research organization, offers Students Shopping for a Better World, a guide to help teenagers become socially responsible consumers. The book rates 166 companies that produce 1,000 products popular with young consumers; ratings take into account companies’ environmental policies and minority and women advancement records, among other things. In addition, the guide includes an examination of environmental issues such as global warming, ozone layer depletion, pollution, and deforestation. Cost: $7.49; or $23.95 for five copies. CEP offers additional discounts for bulk orders. A teacher’s guide is also available. Contact: CEP, 30 Irving Place, New York, NY 10003; (800) 729-4237.

Environmental Poster.

The Skin Cancer Foundation offers The Sun Day News, a full-color educational poster containing facts on how to prevent skin cancer. The poster also helps children understand the dangers of ozone depletion and warns against products harmful to the atmosphere. Cost: $5. Contact: The Skin Cancer Foundation, 245 Fifth Ave., Suite 2402, New York, NY 10016.

Resource Guide.

InfoMedia Inc. offers The Resource Guide to Educational Issues, a free booklet that lists national studies, reports, and books that focus on issues facing the nation’s schools. Subjects include at-risk students, literacy, math and science education, education reform, and the school-to-work transition. Each entry includes all relevant ordering information including costs. For a free copy, send a stamped, self-addressed envelope to: Resource Guide, InfoMedia, Box 210, Ellenton, FL 34222-0210.

Software Guide.

Apple USA offers the Macintosh Educational Software Guide, a free floppy disk that describes more than 1,000 educational software products for Apple Macintosh computers. The guide features programs that K-12 teachers can use to enhance learning. Each listing includes a description, price, grade ranges, hardware requirements, and address. The guide works on all Macintosh computers and requires either HyperCard 2.1 or HyperCard Player 2.1. Contact: Apple Computer Inc., Promotional Support, Attention: 1992 Mac Edu Guide, P.O. Box 4055, Cupertino, CA 95015.

Gifted Students.

The Gifted Education Press, which produces publications for above-average and gifted students, offers The Gifted Education News Page, a free, monthly newsletter listing books and publications of interest to gifted students and their teachers. Contact: GEP, 10201 Yuma Court, P.O. Box 1586, Manassas, VA 22110; (703) 3695017.

Education Guide.

The Campbell Soup Co. offers 101 Things You Can Do To Help Education, a new 20-page booklet of practical suggestions from educators, civic and business leaders, parents, and celebrities to help students succeed in school. Endorsed by the National Association of Elementary School Principals and the National Association of Secondary School Principals, the booklet features such personalities as Lee Iococca, Dolly Parton, Willard Scott, Maria Shriver, and Judy Woodruff. For a free copy, send a self-addressed, stamped, business-sized envelope to: 101 Things You Can Do to Help Education, P.O. Box 964, Bensalem, PA 19020.

Bus Safety.

The National PTA offers a school bus safety kit. The package is designed to complement a print and broadcast advertising campaign promoting school bus safety. It includes a “Be Cool Follow the Rules” poster, the School Bus Drivers’ Guide to Safer Driving, and a tips sheet for parents on school bus safety. Contact: School Bus Safety, Navistar International Transportation Corp., Attention: Order Desk, 807 Blackhawk Drive, Westmont, IL 60559.


The Occasional Press and the Rockefeller Foundation’s Collaboratives for Humanities and Arts Teaching offer Fire in the Eyes of Youth: The Humanities in American Education, a 156-page book describing educational experiments that have successfully engaged students in the study of humanities in schools across the country. The book contains dialogue from both teachers and students on how various texts, artifacts, and activities contribute to learning in and outside the classroom in both urban and rural schools. Cost: $13. Contact: Occasional Press, 900 Union St., Northfield, MN 55057-2546.

Nature Book.

Berkley Books offers Mother Nature’s Greatest Hits: The Top 40 Wonders of the Animal World by Bartleby Nash. The 148-page book provides interesting facts about and descriptions of a variety of creatures. Students can learn, for example, about the shark’s digestive tract, the meaning of the bowerbird’s courtship dance, and 180foot worms. The book also contains dozens of illustrations. Cost: $4.50, plus $1.75 shipping and handling. Contact: Berkley Publishing Group, 200 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10016.

Toll-free Number.

The American Federation of Teachers offers the Learning Line, a toll-free phone number that provides learning activity ideas for children ages 8 to 12. Children, parents, and teachers can call (800) 242-5465. For a free Learning Line brochure, telephone sticker, and bookmark, write to: The Learning Line, American Federation of Teachers, Order Dept., 555 New Jersey Ave., N.W., Washington, DC 20001.

Learning Disabilities.

The National Easter Seal Society offers a revised edition of Yes You Can!, a booklet on learning disabilities. The 36-page booklet is designed to provide positive reinforcement for youngsters who have been diagnosed as learning disabled. Cost: $3.50 for a single copy, including postage and handling. To order multiple copies, call (312) 7266200. Contact: National Easter Seal Society, 70 E. Lake St., Chicago, IL 60601.

Nutrition Poster.

The Center for Science in the Public Interest, a nonprofit, consumer-advocacy group, offers a wall poster titled “Rate Your Plate: Nutrition Scoreboard for Kids.” The 24 inch by 36 inch poster uses facts, quizzes, and a simple nutrition scoring system to encourage children to substitute healthy foods for unhealthy ones. Cost: $5. Contact: CSPI-Rate Your Plate, Suite 300, 1875 Connecticut Ave., N.W., Washington, DC 20009.

Food Safety.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture offers two free booklets on food safety. Keep Your Food Safe, a 12-page booklet, provides basic information on buying, storing, and preparing food. Como Hector Se Enfermo/How Hector Got Sick, an 8-page bilingual pamphlet, folds out into a chart indicating how long different foods can be kept safely. Contact: David Lewis, Public Affairs, USDA, Food Safety and Inspection Service, External Affairs, Office of Consumer Education, Room 1180, South Building, Washington, DC 20250; (202) 690-0351.

Environmental Catalog.

The Institute for Earth Education, an environmental organization, offers The Earth Education Sourcebook. The free catalog lists books and materials produced by the organization as well as T-shirts and a variety of tools. Contact: IEE, Cedar Cove, Greenville, WV 24945; (304) 832-6404.


Following is a list of contests, scholarships, and internships for students organized by application deadline. Asterisks (*) denote new entries.

September 1. Woodwork.

American Woodworker magazine, published by Rodale Press, invites any student enrolled in a woodworking class or furniture design school to apply for its American Woodworker Excellence in Craftsmanship Awards. All types of woodworking projects are eligible, including furniture, turnings, carvings, and toys. The top three winners receive $1,000, $300, and $200, respectively. Applicants must submit color slides or prints of their entries, a description of no more than 100 words, and a completed entry coupon. Entrants may submit up to three pieces for the competition. Contact: Jessica Wall, American Woodworker, 33 E. Minor St., Emmaus, PA 18098-0099; (215) 967-7795.

September 15. College Scholarship.

The Native American Scholarship Fund invites all college-bound American Indians, or those already enrolled in a four-year institution, to apply for tuition scholarships. Several $500 to $2,000 scholarships are awarded annually to students who are at least one-fourth Native American by blood and who major in mathematics, engineering, science, business, education, or computers. Scholarships are awarded according to academic merit. The application deadline is for aid for the 1994 spring semester. Contact: NASF, 8200 Mountain Road, N.E., Suite 203, Albuquerque, NM 87110; (505) 262-2351.

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 pen pal 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-a-Step Contest. Any individual or group must document in a one to three minute 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

A version of this article appeared in the September 01, 1993 edition of Teacher as Extra Credit