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October 01, 1990 16 min read

October 15. Overseas Teaching.
The U.S. Information Agency’s 1991-92 Fulbright Teacher Exchange enables American teachers to trade assignments for one year with teachers in any of 27 countries. Applicants must be currently teaching, have three years of teaching experience, hold a bachelor’s degree, and be U.S. citizens. They also should be proficient in the language of the host country. In addition, applications will be accepted for three- to eight-week summer seminars to be held in Italy and the Netherlands. Contact: Fulbright Teacher Exchange Program, USIA, E/ASX, 301 Fourth St., S.W., Washington, DC 20547; (202) 619-4555.

October 19. Teacher And Student Scholarships.

The Tandy Corp., in cooperation with Texas Christian University, accepts nominations for its Tandy Technology Scholars program, which is designed to recognize academic excellence in the areas of mathematics, science, and computer science. One hundred teachers will receive a $2,500 cash award; 100 students will receive a $1,000 scholarship to be used at the college or university of their choice. Contact: Tandy Technology Scholars, TCU, P.O. Box 32897, Fort Worth, TX 76129; (817) 924-4087.

October 31. Foreign Language.

The Rockefeller Foundation will award 100 grants of $5,000 each for eight weeks of summer study in the United States and abroad under the 1991 Fellowship Program for Teachers of Foreign Languages. Applicants must have three years of teaching experience. Contact: RF Scholarships for Foreign Language Teachers in the High Schools, 270 Mohegan Ave., New London, CT 06320; (203) 447-7800.

October 31. Overseas Study.

The Institute of International Education offers 700 Fulbright and other grants for graduate study in more than 70 countries. Applicants must be U.S. citizens with a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent. In most cases, applicants must be proficient in the language of the host country. The grant covers air fare and a monthly stipend. Contact: IIE, 809 United Nations Plaza, New York, NY 10017-3580; (212) 9845327.

Late November. General.

The U.S. Education Department sponsors the Christa McAuliffe Fellowship Program for 1991 to help teachers further their education or develop educational programs. Approximately 80 fellowships ranging from $16,250 to $32,500 will be awarded. Contact your state department of education or Janice Williams-Madison, Division of Discretionary Grants, National Programs and Activities, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, USED, 400 Maryland Ave., S.W., Washington, DC 20202-6439; (202) 401-1059.

December 1. Technology.

The International Technology Education Association offers a $3,000 Professional Development Scholarship to technologyeducation teachers in a graduate degree program in technology or industrial-arts education. Contact: ITEA, 1914 Association Drive, Reston, VA 22091; (703) 8602100.

December 1. Overseas Study.

The U.S. Education Department’s Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad Program offers short-term seminars on social sciences and humanities topics in the language of participating countries. Those eligible include social sciences or humanities faculty members from colleges, universities, and community colleges; social studies curriculum specialists at local or state education agencies; junior and senior high school social studies teachers and department heads; 4th, 5th, and 6th grade teachers who specialize in social studies subjects; and teachers of foreign languages. Contact: FHSA, USED, Center for International Education, 400 Maryland Ave., S.W., Washington, DC 20202-5332; (202) 708- 7283.

December 1. Female Teachers.

The American Association of University Women invites female public school teachers to apply for its 1990-91 Eleanor Roosevelt Teacher Fellowships Program. Applicants should have demonstrated a commitment to broadening educational opportunities for girls through work in the classroom, community, and school. They must currently be teaching full time, have at least five consecutive years of teaching experience, and be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Awards range from $1,160 to $10,000. Winners must agree to teach for at least five years after the fellowship is completed. Minority teachers who want to further the success of minority students in schools in low-income communities are encouraged to apply. Contact: AAUW Educational Foundation, 1111 16th St., N.W., Washington, DC 20036.

December 7. Teaching Awards.

The Foundation for Excellence in Teaching invites nominations of teachers in the Chicago-area’s Cook, Lake, and DuPage counties for its annual Academy of Educators fellowship program. Ten teachers of grades preK-5 will receive a paid fall-term sabbatical to study tuition-free at Northwestern University, a $2,500 stipend, an Apple computer, and specialized training through a series of professionaldevelopment seminars. Contact: FET, 8 S. Michigan Ave., Suite 2310, Chicago, IL 60603-3318; (312) 407-0006.

December 14. Fellowships.

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation invites applications for the 1991 Kellogg National Fellowship Program. The foundation will select up to 50 fellows; each will receive a three-year, $35,000 grant to pursue an individualized learning plan that will enhance leadership skills. Fellows will also participate in seminars and other activities offered by the foundation. Applicants must be U.S. citizens in the early stage of their careers. For more information, dial the foundation’s 24-hour application line: (616) 969-2005.

January 1 and April 1, 1991. Graduate Student Travel Award.

The National Science Foundation invites applications for its Minority Graduate Student Travel Award. The award, which is intended to help graduate students develop contacts with postdoctoral mentors, is limited to students within 18 months of receiving their degrees. Up to $3,000 per student is available. Contact: Biological, Behavioral, and Social Sciences Minority Postdoctoral Fellowship Officer, NSF, 1800 G St., N.W., Washington, DC 20550; (202) 357-9880.

  • January 2. Research.

The National Academy of Education invites applications for its 1991 Spencer Fellowship program. Fellowships will be awarded to people in education, the humanities, or the social and behavioral sciences who received a Ph.D., Ed.D., or equivalent degree no earlier than Jan. 1, 1985. Up to 30 recipients will be awarded $30,000 each for one academic year of research or $15,000 for two years of halftime work. Contact: National Academy of Education, Stanford University, School of Education, CERAS 507-G, Stanford, CA 94305-3084; (415) 725-1003.

  • January 7. Summer Fellowships.

The Council for Basic Education invites applications for its 1991 National Fellowships for Independent Study in the Humanities program. Applicants must be K-12 teachers with at least five years of full-time teaching experience. At least half of their teaching must be devoted to the humanities. Up to 170 awards of $3,000 each will be awarded. Contact: CBE, Independent Study in the Humanities, Dept. T, P.O. Box 135, Ashton, MD 20861.

February 1. Arts.

The Kennedy Center offers Fellowships for Teachers of the Arts. Teachers will work with artists to learn new techniques in their specialties; they will also receive tickets to cultural events in the Washington, D.C., area. Applicants must be fulltime teachers who spend at least half their time with preK-12 students and have five years of teaching experience. They also must be U.S. citizens. Fellowships include a $2,000 stipend and housing for three weeks. Contact: Kennedy Center Teacher Fellowships, Alliance for Arts Education, The Kennedy Center, Washington, DC 20566-0004; (202) 416-8800.

PROJECTS AND PROGRAMS November 19. Civics Education.

The Commission on the Bicentennial of the U.S. Constitution invites applications for awards--under the Bicentennial Educational Grant Program for 1991--to support improved teaching of the Constitution in grades K-12 and to develop programs that will strengthen students’ understanding of the document’s importance. The commission seeks proposals that focus on the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and subsequent amendments. Grants will be awarded to local educational agencies, private elementary and secondary schools, private organizations, individuals, and state and local public agencies. Contact: Anne Fickling, Educational Grant Program, CBC, 808 17th St., N.W., Suite 800, Washington, DC 20006; (202) 653-5110.

  • December 15. Humanities.

The National Endowment for the Humanities offers grants to support national and regional summer institutes, state and local collaborative projects, masterwork study, conferences, special projects, and other activities that improve the teaching of the humanities. Public and private elementary and secondary schools are eligible. Grants vary. Contact: NEH/ESEH, Division of Education Programs, Room 302, 1100 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W., Washington, DC 20506; (202) 786-0377.

  • March 1. Humanities.

The National Endowment for the Humanities offers grants of $2,000 to $2,750 for teachers to participate in the 1991 Summer Seminars for School Teachers program. Groups of 15 teachers will be selected for four to six weeks of intensive study of major texts in the humanities. Sessions will take place at academic sites in the United States and abroad. Contact: NEH, Division of Fellowships and Seminars, SSST, Room 316, 1100 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W., Washington, DC 20506; (202) 786-0463.

HONORS November 30. General.

Reader’s Digest invites nominations of K-12 teachers and principals for the American Heroes in Education award. Individual educators, or teams of up to six teachers and principals, may apply for the $5,000 awards. Each winner’s school receives an additional $10,000. Contact: Beth Jones, RD, AHE, Pleasantville, NY 10572; (914) 238-1000, ext. 5474.

arly December. Music.

Chamber Music America offers the Gruber Award for Excellence in Chamber Music Teaching to a teacher who has successfully engaged students ages 6 to 18 in performing chamber music. The winner receives $1,000. Contact: CMA, 545 Eighth Ave., New York, NY 10018; (212) 244-2772.

December 28. General.

The Dolores Kohl Education Foundation seeks nominations for approximately 12 awards of $1,000 each to go to public and private preK-12 educators who have demonstrated excellence in teaching. To obtain a nomination form and procedure guidelines, contact: DKEF, 165 Greenbay Road, Wilmette, IL 60091; (708) 256-3000.

January 15. Gifted And Talented.

The Intertel Foundation Inc. invites applications for its 1991 Hollingworth Award Competition. Eligible are school district- or university-approved research proposals on the education or psychology of gifted children; both individuals and educational organizations may apply. One award of $2,000 will be made. For an application, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to: Roxanne Cramer, Chairman, Hollingworth Award Committee, 4300 Sideburn Road, Fairfax, VA 22030.

  • Deadline Varies. Arts.

The National School Boards Association, in cooperation with the Kennedy Center’s Education Department/Alliance for Arts Education, will honor a local school board for outstanding support of the arts in education. Local school boards may nominate themselves. Nominations should be sent to the local board’s state association, which will set a submission deadline. One nomination from each state will be submitted for the national award. Contact: NSBA, Office of Public Relations and Communications, 1680 Duke St., Alexandria, VA 22314; (703) 838-6722.

CALL FOR PAPERS October 15. Dropout Prevention.

The Program Planning Committee of the 1991 National Dropout Prevention Conference invites proposals for workshops, instructional sessions, topical panel sessions, or round-table discussions. Proposals should focus on the theme “Unlocking Human Potential: Key to the Future.’' The conference will be held April 14-16, 1991, in Tulsa, Okla. Contact: 1991 National Dropout Prevention Conference, P.O. Box 4587, Tulsa, OK 74159-0587; (918) 5965205.

  • October 15. Finance.

The American Education Finance Association invites papers and proposals for largeand small-group presentations at its 1991 convention to be held in Williamsburg, Va., March 14-17. Submit a 300-word abstract describing the paper or proposed presentation. Proposals from teachers’ organizations are encouraged. Contact: Van Mueller, President-Elect, AEFA, 224 Peik Hall, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN 55455.

Following is a list of grants that have been awarded by foundations and corporations to school districts, educational associations, and individuals:


Ethyl Corporation

330 S. Fourth St., P.O. Box 2189, Richmond, VA 23217.

$5,000 to John Liebermann Jr., a chemistry teacher at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science & Technology in Alexandria, Va., as part of the James Bryant Conant Award for excellence in teaching.

The Bush Foundation

E-900 First National Bank Building, 332 Minnesota St., St. Paul, MN 55101. $3,000 in monthly stipends plus tuition and travel allowances up to $19,000 for fellowships lasting from four to 18 months, and $600 in weekly stipends plus tuition and travel allowances of up to $9,600 for fellowships lasting from three to 10 weeks, to 38 people from Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin for its 1990 Leadership Fellows Program. Judith Lee, a speech/language pathologist of Cavalier (N.D.) Public School, was among the winners.


Fund For New York City Public Education

96 Morton St., Ninth Floor, New York, NY 10014.

$500,000 to 32 New York City schools participating in the Corridor Initiative, a school restructuring project.

The National Education Association

1201 16th St., N.W., Washington, DC 20036-3290.

$1,000 each to nine NEA studentteacher affiliates for outstanding projects involving their local communities.

The Spencer Foundation

900 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 2800, Chicago, IL 60611.

$249,900 to the University of Illinois Urbana for a study titled “School and Community in American Society: A Comparative Perspective.’'

$23,350 to the University of Pennsylvania for a Chicago school-reform study.

The Skillman Foundation

333 W. Fort St., Suite 1350, Detroit, MI 48226.

$20,000 to Recording for the Blind Inc. of Princeton, N.J., to provide textbooks for visually impaired Michigan students.

$137,000 to the Waterford (Mich.) School District for a substance-abuse prevention program.


The National Education Association recently honored three educators and one local and one state affiliate for their contributions to the advancement of human and civil rights. Enolia McMillan, an educator from Baltimore, received the union’s H. Councill Tenholm Memorial Award for leadership in advancing intergroup understanding in education. >Ruth Dial Woods, an educator and member of the Lumbee Indian tribe in North Carolina, received the Leo Reano Memorial Award for her success in resolving social problems of American Indians. And >Gwendolyn Fuller Mukes, a performer and educator, received the Carter G. Woodson Memorial Award for her portrayal of Harriet Tubman in Kansas schools. The >Missouri-NEA and the >Associated Teachers of Metropolitan Riverside (Calif.) received the union’s Rosena J. Willis Memorial Award.

The American Federation of Teachers recently presented >James Deuel of the North Syracuse (N.Y.) Teachers Association with the Diamond Award for Distinguished Union Service.

The American Library Association recently selected two winners for its Bogle International Library Travel Grant Fund. The winners received a $500 travel award. They are: >Carol Sue Harless, a media specialist from Shamrock High School in Decatur, Ga., for her efforts to use storytelling to improve reading among high school students, and >Patricia Morrow, an elementary school librarian at David Lipscomb Campus School in Nashville, Tenn., for a paper she wrote titled Understanding Other Peoples Through Folk Literature.

Christopher Black, a high school teacher at Bingham High School in South Jordan, Utah, was recently selected as the 1990 Applied Economics Teacher of the Year by Junior Achievement Inc. for his innovative teaching of business and economics.


The following is a list of free or inexpensive classroom resources that teachers can order:

Your Vote Counts

The Vote America Foundation offers free curriculum materials on voter participation, including information on state voting laws, stickers for students, an educators’ guide to voting, and a poster. Contact: Vote America, 1200 19th St., N.W., Suite 603, Washington, DC 20036; (202) 659-4595.


The National Endowment for the Humanities offers a free copy of Overview, a booklet that contains information on more than 30 grant programs. It explains how to get application forms, when to apply for grants, and who to contact for help or more information. Mention that you read about the booklet in Overview, Room 406, 1100 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W., Washington, DC 20506; (202) 786-0438.

>The Universal Declaration Of Human Rights

A former educator and an illustrator have developed The Universal Declaration of Human Rights: An Adaptation for Children, to help children understand the meaning of the declaration. Send $7.95 for the softcover or $9.95 for the hardcover, plus $3.25 shipping and handling to: United Nations Publications, Sales Section, Room DC2-853, Dept. 604, New York, NY 10017; (212) 963-8320.

>Periodicals For Kids

Magazines for Children, a new publication from the International Reading Association and the Educational Press Association of America, lists more than 125 periodicals appropriate for infants up to teens. Single copies cost $5.25 each; quantity discounts are available. Send a check or money order and specify IRA book number 153. Contact: Order Dept., International Reading Association, 800 Barksdale Road, P.O. Box 8139, Newark, DE 19714-8139. >Every Day Is Earth Day

Earth Book for Kids: Activities to Help Heal the Environment, a 184-page sourcebook written by a former teacher, lists simple hands-on activities to help children, ages 8-12, gain a better understanding of environmental problems, such as acid rain and endangered wildlife. Send $9.95, plus $3 for shipping and handling, to: The Learning Works, P.O. Box 6187, Dept. T, Santa Barbara, CA 93160; (800) 235-5767.


Following is a list of new and revised high school mathematics textbooks. Single-copy prices are listed and are subject to change. Most publishers also provide classroom aids, such as teachers’ guides and student workbooks, at an additional cost. For more information, contact the publishers.


Ray Jurgensen, Richard Brown, and John Jurgensen

Grades 9-11; $24.57

Uses real-world examples to help students understand geometry.

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Co., One Beacon St., Boston, MA 02108; (800) 2579107.

HBJ Algebra 2 With Trigonometry

Arthur Coxford and Joseph Payne

Grades 10-12; $26.40

Includes a history of algebra.

Publisher: Holt, Rinehart, and Winston Inc., 1627 Woodland Ave., Austin, TX; (800) 782-4479.

Merrill Algebra One

Alan Foster, James Rath, and Leslie Winters

Grades 8-10; $24.15

Promotes problem solving through verbal problems and real-world situations.

Publisher: Merrill Publishing Co., P.O. Box 508, Columbus, OH 43216-0508; (800) 848-6205; in Ohio, (800) 445-6409.

Algebra 1: An Integrated Approach

John Benson, Sara Dodge, Walter Dodge, Charles Hamberg, George Milauskas, and Richard Rukin

Grades 7-12; $23.97

Applies algebra to real-world situations.

Publisher: McDougal Littell & Co., P.O. Box 1667, Evanston, IL 60204; (800) 3235435.

A version of this article appeared in the October 01, 1990 edition of Teacher as Extra Credit