Extra Credit DEADLINES Following is a list of application deadlines for grants, fellowships, and honors available to individuals. Asterisks (
- ) denote new entries. GRANTS AND FELLOWSHIPS May 15. Government. The Robert A. Taft Institute of Government invites applications from elementary and secondary teachers, administrators, and librarians for its Taft Seminars for Teachers, which provide advanced instruction on topics relating to American government. Seminars will be held during June, July, and August in 31 locations nationwide. Participants will receive graduate credit plus free tuition, texts, and room and board. For a list of dates and locations, contact: TIG, 420 Lexington Ave., New York, NY 10170; (212) 6821530. June 3. Professional Development. Phi Delta Kappa invites members to apply for $100 scholarships to attend the 1991 Gabbard Institutes. The institutes, which will be held in Bloomington, Ind., during June, July, and August, focus on professional development. Contact: PDK, P.O. Box 789, Bloomington, IN 47402-0789; (812) 339-1156.
- July 15. Overseas Study. Rotary International invites applications for scholarships to study abroad. Approximately 1,000 scholarships will be awarded; among those eligible are teachers of the handicapped, vocational education, and journalism. Scholarship amounts vary. Contact: Rotary Foundation, Scholarship Section, 1560 Sherman Ave., Evanston, IL 60201; (708) 866-3000. August 15. Special Projects. The Bill of Rights Education Collaborative, sponsored by the American Historical Association and the American Political Science Association, invites middle and high school social studies teachers to apply for its Minigrants for Teachers Program. The group will award up to 250 grants of $500 to $1,500 to cover expenses for special projects devoted to constitutional rights. Projects should be completed within one year of receipt of the grant. Contact: Minigrants/BREC, 1527 New Hampshire Ave., N.W., Washington, DC 20036; (202) 483-2512.
- September 1. Social Studies. The National Council for the Social Studies and the Fund for the Advancement of Social Studies Education invite teachers to apply for grants to fund innovative projects related to the theme “Principles of the Constitution in Action.’' One grant of $400 will be awarded in each of the following categories: K-5, 6-9, 10-12, and higher education. Contact: NCSS, 3501 Newark St., N.W., Washington, DC 20016; (202) 966-7840.
- December 15. Humanities. The National Endowment for the Humanities offers grants through its Elementary and Secondary Education in the Humanities Program. Public and private elementary and secondary schools can apply for 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. Grant amounts vary. Contact: NEH/ ESEH, Division of Education Programs, Room 302, 1100 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W., Washington, DC 20506; (202) 786-0377. HONORS
- May 20. Social Studies. The National Council for the Social Studies, in cooperation with Social Issues Resources Series Inc., invites applications for its Academic Freedom Award. The winner will receive a $1,500 gift and a commemorative plaque. Contact: NCSS, 3501 Newark St., N.W., Washington, DC 20016; (202) 966-7840.
- May 31. Teacher Writers. Teachers USA and the Literary Forum for Teachers invite applications for the Second Biennial International Teachers as Writers Contest. The first-place winner will receive $2,000; second place, $1,000. Ten third-place winners will receive $100. Elementary and secondary teachers may enter in the following categories: biography and autobiography, criticism, essay, fiction, history, poetry, and travel. To obtain an entry form, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to: Teachers USA, LFT, Box 519, Baldwin Place, NY 10505-0519; (914) 9623287.
- May 31. Writing Competition. Writer’s Digest invites authors of original, unpublished manuscripts to enter the 1991 Writer’s Digest Writing Competition. Categories include short stories up to 2,000 words, poems up to 16 lines, nonfiction articles up to 2,000 words, and movie scripts of 15 single-spaced pages with a one-page summary of the remaining script. The grand prize winner will receive a trip for two to New York City; first-place winners in each category will receive $250, a copy of the 1991 Writer’s Market, and a commemorative plaque. For competition guidelines, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to: WD, 1507 Dana Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45207; (513) 531-2222. May 31. Teacher Education. The Association of Teacher Educators is accepting submissions for the 10th annual Distinguished Dissertation in Teacher Education Award. The award was established to encourage, recognize, and promote exemplary doctoral-level research on teacher education. The winner will be recognized at the association’s annual convention. Contact: Timothy Sullivan, University of Central Florida, College of Education, Orlando, FL 32816.
- June 1. Social Education. The National Council for the Social Studies invites nominations for its Exemplary Research Award. The award will honor the outstanding research project on social studies education published between June 1989 and May 1991. The winner will receive a commemorative plaque during the NCSS annual meeting to be held in Washington, D.C., Nov. 22-25. Contact: NCSS, 3501 Newark St., N.W., Washington, DC 20016; (202) 966-7840.
- June 1. Social Studies. The National Council for the Social Studies and Weekly Reader invite nominations for the Elementary Social Studies Teacher of the Year Award. Nominees must be NCSS members who teach social studies at least half time in a departmentalized school setting. The winner will receive a $2,500 cash award, a commemorative plaque, and a free one-year NCSS membership.
- June 1. Social Studies. The National Council for the Social Studies and Time magazine’s educational programs division invite nominations for the Secondary Social Studies Teacher of the Year Award. Nominees must be NCSS members who teach social studies at least half time in a departmentalized school setting. The winner will receive a $2,500 cash award, a commemorative plaque, and a free one-year NCSS membership. Contact: NCSS, 3501 Newark St., N.W., Washington, DC 20016; (202) 966-7840. June 1. Geography. Rand McNally invites K-12 teachers in all subject areas to apply for its 1991 Rand McNally Geography Teaching Awards. Teachers will be recognized for developing innovative and effective geography-related teaching methods. Awards will be given in three grade levels: K-5, 6-8, and 9-12. First-place winners at each level will receive $5,000, second-place winners $1,000, and third-place winners $500. Winners will also receive classroom teaching materials and a lead-crystal globe. Contact: Rand McNally Geography Teaching Awards, P.O. Box 654, Skokie, IL 60067-0654. June 1. Teaching With Television. NBC-TV, in cooperation with the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, invites teachers in grades 7-12 to apply for the NBC National Teachers Awards, designed to recognize teachers who develop innovative ways of teaching with television. Five $2,000 awards will be given. Applicants must submit a four- to six-page essay describing the lesson plan and photocopies of two students’ work. Contact: NBC NTA, Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, 5 Ivy Lane, Princeton, NJ 08540. July 15. Economics. The Joint Council on Economics Education and the International Paper Company Foundation are sponsoring the National Awards Program for the Teaching of Economics. The program is designed to honor successful economics projects developed by K-12 administrators and teachers. Seventytwo awards totaling $11,000 are available. Contact: JCEE, 432 Park Ave., S., New York, NY 10016; (212) 685-5499.
- August 15. Social Studies. The National Council for the Social Studies, in conjunction with Social Studies School Service, invites nominations for the Spirit of America Award, which recognizes an individual who exemplifies the American democratic spirit. The winner will receive a commemorative plaque and some travel expenses to the NCSS annual meeting held in Washington, D.C., Nov. 22-25. Contact: NCSS, 3501 Newark St., N.W., Washington, DC 20016; (202) 966-7840.
- August 26. Aviation. The General Aviation Manufacturers Association invites applications for its Excellence in Aviation Education Awards Program. Eligible are K-12 teachers who have integrated aviation education into the classroom. Three teachers in each of four grade groups--K-3, 4-6, 7-9, 10-12--will be chosen. Winners will receive tuition for an introductory flying course. Contact: Shelly Snyder, GAMA Education Office, 1400 K St., N.W., Suite 801, Washington, DC 20005; (202) 393-1500.
- August 31. Science Safety. The Curry College Laboratory Safety Workshop, in cooperation with Fisher Scientific’s Educational Materials Division and UVEX Winter Optical Inc., invites applications for its secondary school laboratory safety program. The winning school will receive a $1,000 prize for its science department’s safety program. For more information and an application, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to the Laboratory Safety Workshop, CC, Milton, MA 02186; (617) 333-0500, ext. 2220.
- September 1. Geography In Social Studies. The National Council for the Social Studies, in conjunction with the George Cram Co., invites applications for its Geography Award. Applications must include a program proposal for incorporating the study of geography into the social studies curriculum. The award includes a $2,500 grant and a commemorative plaque. Contact: NCSS, 3501 Newark St., N.W., Washington, DC 20016; (202) 966-7840.
October 1. Social Studies. The National Council for the Social Studies invites applications for its Christa McAuliffe Award. A $1,000 award will be given for the proposal that best exemplifies a unique ambition or dream that could not be fulfilled under ordinary circumstances. Applicants must be full-time social studies teachers and members of NCSS. Contact: NCSS, 3501 Newark St., N.W., Washington, DC 20016; (202) 966-7840. CALL FOR PAPERS June 1. Science. The National Science Teachers Association invites K-12 teachers to submit proposals on innovative science teaching techniques for its 1992 national convention, to be held March 26-29, 1992, in Boston. Send a letter requesting a proposal form or send an abstract of 150-200 words to Marvin Druger, Program Coordinator, 214 Lyman Hall, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY 13244-1270. GRANTS AWARDED Following is a list of grants that have been awarded by foundations, corporations, and agencies to school districts, educational associations, and individuals: INDIVIDUALS: National Endowment For The Humanities 1100 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W., Washington, DC 20506. Up to $28,500 each to 49 teachers to fund a year of independent study in the humanities. Each teacher’s school will receive $500 toward the purchase of books and a selected mentor will received a $500 honorarium. Los Angeles Educational Partnership 315 W. Ninth St., Suite 1110, Los Angeles, CA 90015. $400-$800 awarded to 146 teams of Los Angeles teachers to support innovative projects in the classroom. The National Foundation For The Improvement Of Education 1201 16th St., N.W., Washington, DC 20036. $5,000 to the five winners of the Christa McAuliffe Educators for 1991. The teachers, chosen for their leadership in the use of telecommunications technology, are: Elizabeth Barrett of Penn High School in Mishawaka, Ind.; Carol Stumbo of Wheelwright (Ky.) High School; Sassiree Miles of Surrattsville High School in Clinton, Md.; Bill Mulvey of Geneva (N.Y.) High School; and Jan Perry of Kimball Elementary School in Seattle. ORGANIZATIONS: Exxon Education Foundation 225 E. John W. Carpenter Freeway, Irving, TX 75062-2298. $35,924 to the Educational Testing Service in Princeton, N.J., to study factors affecting Scholastic Aptitude Test scores of different student populations. DeWitt Wallace-Reader’s Digest Fund 261 Madison Ave., 24th Floor, New York, NY 10016. $1 million to Recruiting New Teachers Inc. to improve its ability to help meet the demand for new teachers. IN THE SPOTLIGHT The National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts has announced the first two winners of its Distinguished Teacher in the Arts Award. They are Walter Bartman, art instructor at Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda, Md., and Rosann McLaughlin Cox, dance department coordinator at Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Dallas. Pam Kirk Doak, a special education teacher at Booker T. Washington School in Lexington, Ky., has been named state Special Education Teacher of the Year by the Kentucky Department of Education’s office of education for exceptional children. Constance Johnson, a library and media specialist at Earl Warren Junior High School in Solana Beach, Calif., has been awarded the American Library Association’s Econo-Clad Award for her program to introduce teenagers to books via films and videos. Linda Marie Jones, a music teacher at Public School 183 in Brooklyn, N.Y., has received $500 from the Fund for New York City Public Education for a project to encourage her choral group to sing songs from other countries. TEACHING TOOLS Following is a list of free or inexpensive resources that teachers can order: Understanding The Arab World AMIDEAST, a nonprofit American organization that promotes cooperation and understanding between the United States and the Middle East, offers a video titled Introduction to the Arab World. The video costs $49.95. (For an additional $3, the video will be mailed first class or sent by United Parcel Service; otherwise it will be sent by fourth-class mail.) A guidebook containing a complete script and lesson plan accompany the video. Contact: AMIDEAST, 1100 17th St., N.W., Washington, DC 20036; (202) 785-0220. Environmental Teacher Created Materials Inc. offers two books on the environment: Ecology, for intermediate grades, and Our Environment, for primary grades. Each book provides 80 reproducible pages of lesson plans and classroom activities. The books cost $7.95 each. Contact: TCM, 5445 Oceanus Drive, Number 106, Huntington Beach, CA 92649; (800) 662-4321. Poetic Forms Teachers and Writers Collaborative offers The Teachers and Writers Handbook of Poetic Forms, which includes examples of more than 74 traditional and modern poetic forms. The book costs $19.95 for hardback or $12.95 for paperback. Contact: TWC, 5 Union Square West, New York, NY 10003. Space NASA offers a variety of educational programs and publications. To get on the NASA educational mailing list, request document NHQ Div. Form 477 from NASA Headquarters, Code XEP, Washington, DC 20546. Stamp Collecting The American Stamp Dealers Association Inc. offers a social studies teaching unit to coincide with the issuance of stamps on the United Nations. Send $2 to: 3 School St., Glen Cove, NY 11045. Cable Television International Data Group offers Cable in the Classroom, a magazine to help teachers learn about educational programming on cable television. The magazine includes feature articles and study guides. A year’s subscription costs $22. Contact: IDG/ Peterborough, 80 Elm St., Peterborough, NH 03458; (603) 924-0100. Book Catalog Uncle Bear’s Book Service offers a reference listing of special-interest picture books, novels, and true stories. For a copy, send $3 to: UBBS, 53 Glenwood Drive, Westerville, OH 43081; (614) 882-7065. -Sharon K. Williams TO THE READER Extra Credit Editor, Teacher Magazine, 4301 Connecticut Ave., N.W., Suite 250, Washington, DC 20008.
A version of this article appeared in the May 01, 1991 edition of Teacher as Extra Credit