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By Jay Gestwicki, Amy Sandmeyer & Christy J. Zink — March 01, 1993 18 min read
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Following is a list of application deadlines for grants, fellowships, and honors available to individuals. Asterisks (*) denote new entries.


Deadlines Vary. Summer Institutes.

The National Endowment for the Humanities offers a list of 69 four- to six-week seminars and 17 three- to four-week regional and national institutes to be held around the country and abroad during the summer of 1993. K-12 teachers, librarians, and administrators in public, private, or religious schools are eligible to apply to attend one of the seminars or institutes. Recipients will receive a stipend of up to $3,200. To obtain the list and an application, contact: NEH Opportunities for School Teachers, 1100 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W., Room 406, Washington, DC 20506.

* March 5. Japan.

The Keizai Koho Center, in cooperation with the National Council for the Social Studies, offers fellowships to Japan. The program is designed to help educators learn about contemporary Japanese society. Twenty-four participants from the United States and Canada receive an expense-paid trip from June 19-July 6. Eligible are K-12 teachers of social studies, history, and economics; school principals; and district- and state-level supervisors. Contact: Program Coordinator, Keizai Koho Center Fellowships, 4332 Fern Valley Road, Medford, OR 97504; (503) 535-4882.

* March 5. Chemistry Workshops.

The Institute for Chemical Education, in cooperation with the National Science Foundation, offers a variety of summer workshops. The one-to-four-week workshops, designed to improve chemistry teaching, are held at various academic sites in Arizona, California, Colorado, Ohio, Washington, D.C., and Wisconsin. Teachers receive free room and board, travel expenses, and a $300-per-week stipend. Eligible are K-12 science teachers. Contact: ICE, Department of Chemistry, University of Wisconsin, 1101 University Ave., Madison, WI 53706-1396; (608) 262-3033.

March 12. Leadership Program.

The National Society for Experiential Education, with support from the Dewitt Wallace-Reader’s Digest Fund, offers a two-year developmental leadership program for high school educators wishing to strengthen service-learning or internship programs. Approximately 15 fellows will attend institutes, all expenses paid, and can apply to receive a grant of up to $1,500 for school and community projects. Each fellow will also be paired with a peer mentor. Contact: NSEE, 3509 Haworth Drive, Suite 207, Raleigh, NC 27609-7229; (919) 787-3263.

* March 12. Natural History And Science.

The University of California at Berkeley offers its summer Research Expeditions Program. Participants work with university researchers on a wide range of field projects, such as preserving the rain forests of Costa Rica or excavating ancient households in the Cook Islands. Approximately 35-40 individuals receive grants to cover a substantial portion of the cost. Eligible are K-12 teachers; teachers who do not qualify for grants may participate at their own expense. Late applications by strong candidates will be considered. Contact: University Research Expeditions Program, Desk H12, University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720; (510) 642-6586.

* March 15. History.

The Robert E. Lee Memorial Association, the Thomas Jefferson Memorial Foundation, and the University of Virginia offer the Monticello-Stratford Hall Summer Seminar for Teachers. The seminar, which includes on-site instruction at such historic sites as Monticello and Mount Vernon, is held June 20-July 9 at the university. Thirty teachers receive six semester hours of graduate credit from the university, transportation, lodging, course materials, and some meals. Teachers are responsible for $475 of the $900-plus projected tuition cost. Eligible are elementary and secondary history and social studies teachers. Contact: Jessie Ball duPont Memorial Library, Stratford Hall Plantation, Stratford, VA 22558; (804) 493-8572.

* March 15. Science.

Miami University offers its Terrific Science Program, three courses designed to help teachers enhance their science teaching skills by learning hands-on classroom activities. The 10day to three-week courses are held in June and July at the university. Participants receive four to six graduate credits, free tuition, and a stipend for travel, housing, and supplies. Also included are take-home materials and an outreach allowance. Eligible are K-12 teachers. Teachers may be required to apply as part of a team. Late applications will be considered if space allows. Contact: Terrific Science Programs, Miami University at Middletown, 4200 E. University Blvd., Middletown, OH 45042; (513) 424-4444, ext. 269.

* March 15. History/Literature.

The Social Science Education Consortium and the Center of the American West at the University of Colorado offer a four-week summer institute to be held July 12-Aug. 6 in Boulder, Colo. Thirty secondary teachers of U.S. history and American literature, ideally in school district teams of two to four people, will be selected primarily from the western states. Participants will engage in primary-source research at such sites as the Colorado State Historical Society and Denver Art Museum and take part in field activities in the San Luis Valley and other sites. Each teacher will receive a $1,000 stipend, as well as funds for transportation, housing, and meals. Participants can also receive three graduate credits from the university. Participating school districts are required to contribute $125 per teacher. Contact: James Giese, SSEC, 3300 Mitchell Lane, Suite 240, Boulder, CO 80301-2272; (303) 492-8154.

March 15. Science Workshop.

The Scientist as Humanist Project, an organization seeking to integrate science and humanities studies, offers “Focus on Biology: Metaphors of Time and Rates of Change,” a seminar to be held July 5-30 in Concord, N.H. New England high school science and humanities teachers can apply for a grant to cover room, board, and books for the seminar and a $300-per-week stipend. Contact: The Scientist as Humanist Project, 82 Watchtower Road, Contoocook, NH 03229; (603) 746-4991.

April 1. Astronomy Workshop.

Project SPICA (Support Program for Instructional Competency in Astronomy), an organization promoting activity-based science teaching, offers a summer workshop for astronomy teachers in Cambridge, Mass., July 26-Aug. 13. Twenty K-12 teachers will receive travel expenses, room and board, and a $900 stipend. Participants will also receive money to support workshops they give after the conference. Contact: Darrel Hoff or Anne Canaday, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, 60 Garden St., Cambridge, MA 02138; (617) 495-9798.

* April 1. Math And Science. The Annenberg Foundation and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting offer several awards totaling $1.5 million for projects aimed at improving the public’s understanding of math and science reform. Projects should incorporate telecommunication and other information technologies to garner community support for improvements in math and science education. Eligible are K-12 teachers, librarians, administrators, and organizations. Contact: Annenberg/CPB Math and Science Project, Attention: Guidelines, Initiative III, 901 E St., N.W., Washington, DC 20004-2006; (202) 879-9658.

* April 15. Earth Science Workshop. Project ESTEEM (Earth Science Teachers Exploring Exemplary Materials), an organization promoting activity-based earth science teaching, offers a summer workshop for earth science teachers in Cambridge, Mass., from July 5-23. Twenty K-12 teachers will receive travel expenses, room and board, and a $900 stipend. Additional money will be given to applicants who present workshops in their areas after the conference. Contact: Darrel Hoff or Anne Canaday, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, 60 Garden St., MS-71, Cambridge, MA 02138; (617) 495-9798.

* April 15. Humanities. The Institute for Arts and Humanities Education, in cooperation with the National Endowment for the Humanities, offers the Figaro Teacher Institute: Interdisciplinary Study of the 18th Century. The four-week summer institute, which focuses on improving humanities education, is held at Rutgers University. This year’s participants will engage in an interdisciplinary study of the character of Figaro in the Age of Enlightenment. Participants receive free tuition, room and board, and $1,000. Eligible are teachers in grades 3-12 of any discipline. Contact: Program Coordinator, Institute for Arts and Humanities Education, Box 352, New Brunswick, NJ 08903; (908) 463-3640.

May 1. Humanities. The National Endowment for the Humanities offers the Teacher-Scholar Program. The program supports an academic year of full-time independent study in a humanities subject to help educators gain an in-depth understanding of a topic they teach. Approximately 30 recipients each may receive up to $30,000 and a $500 honorarium for a mentor in their field of study. Eligible are full-time precollegiate humanities teachers and librarians who teach at least half of the school day. Contact: Teacher-Scholar Program, Division of Educational Programs, Room 302, 1100 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W., Washington, DC 20506; (202) 606-8377.


* March 19. Math/Science. The Rural, Small Schools Network invites nominations for the Teacher Recognition Program. Administrators, teachers, parents, or members of an educational organization may nominate teachers of grades K-6 who demonstrate outstanding work in math or science assessment. Nominees must teach in a RSSN district in New England, New York, Puerto Rico, or the Virgin Islands. Nonmembers can apply for membership. Nominators should submit a one- to two-page letter that includes a clear description of how the nominee sets goals, designs math or science assessments, and implements classroom practices. Nominees will be informed of their nomination for the award and asked to submit a portfolio of their work by April 30. Contact: Virginia Warn, Teacher Recognition Program, RSSN, 83 Boston Post Road, Sudbury, MA 01776; (508) 443-7991.

March 26. Technology.

Educom, a consortium of higher education institutions promoting information resources, offers, with support from IBM, the Louis Robinson Award for current or lifetime contributions to the use of information technology in education. One recipient will receive $25,000 in cash and $25,000 in IBM equipment and software. In addition, the winner will be invited to address a session of the 1994 Educom annual meeting. Contact: Educom, Suite 600, 1112 16th St., N.W., Washington, DC 20036; (202) 872-4200.

* March 31. First-Year Teachers. The Student Loan Marketing Association invites public and private school superintendents to nominate first-year school teachers for its Sallie Mae First Year Teacher Award. One hundred of the nation’s outstanding elementary and secondary school teachers receive a $1,000 check and a certificate from Sallie Mae. The schools where the winners teach also receive a certificate. Each superintendent may nominate one first-year teacher, or two if the district has more than 25,000 students. Contact: Nancy Siebert Murphy, Student Loan Marketing Association, 1050 Thomas Jefferson St., N.W., Washington, DC 20007; (202) 298-3015.

April 1. Learning Disabilities.

The Council for Learning Disabilities offers its Outstanding Research Award. A complimentary registration at the International Conference on Learning Disabilities and a $300 cash award go to the author of the winning doctoral dissertation or master’s thesis on learning disabilities. Educators may nominate themselves or others. Contact: Council for Learning Disabilities, P.O. Box 40303, Overland Park, KS 66204; (913) 492-8755.

* April 1. Mathematics/Language Arts. The Center on Learning, Assessment, and School Structure invites language arts or mathematics teachers of grades 7-12 or teams of teachers—including teachers from other disciplines—to apply for its Dodge Curriculum Design Award. Applicants should submit enticing, coherent, and effective units on English or math topics and texts for high schoolers and provide evidence that their units reach a diverse student population. The top three winners in each category will receive a cash award of $1,000 each. In addition, up to 20 winners will have their work distributed nationally, in video and print, through the Dodge Anthology of Exemplary Curriculum Design. Each winner will receive a copy of the complete anthology. Contact: Dodge Award, CLASS, 39 Main St., Geneseo, NY 14454; (716) 243-5500.


Following are the 1993 State Teachers of the Year listed alphabetically by state. The National Teacher of the Year Program, sponsored by the Council of Chief State School Officers in partnership with Encyclopedia Britannica, will select a winner from a group of four finalists in April.

The finalists are:

Rosemary Faucette of Woodland Junior High School in Fayetteville, Ark.; Tracey Bailey of Satellite High School in Satellite Beach, Fla.; Trudi Niewiaroski of Richard Montgomery High School in Rockville, Md.; Pat Graff of La Cueva High School in Albuquerque, N.M.

The other state winners are:

Mike Jones of Athens (Ala.) Middle School; Suzanne Cary of Mendenhall River Community School in Juneau, Alaska; Florama Stanislaus of Samoana High School in Pago Pago, American Samoa; Karen Butterfield of Coconino High School in Flagstaff, Ariz.; Patricia Anne Baltz of Camino Grove Elementary School in Arcadia, Calif.; Kathleen Mathers of Washington Irving Junior High School in Colorado Springs, Colo.; Elda La Victoria of Garapan Elementary School in Saipan, representing the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.

Arthur Skerker of Hartford (Conn.) Public High School; Clealyn Wilson of East Dover Elementary School in Dover, Del.; Robert Moore of Bad Aibling American School, representing the Department of Defense Dependents Schools; Louvenia Magee Gafney of Birney Elementary School in the District of Columbia; Nancy Royal of Elm Street Elementary School in Newnan, Ga.; Glenn Minami of Henry J. Kaiser High School in Honolulu; Vicki Matthews-Burwell of New Plymouth (Idaho) Elementary School; Judi Sloan of Niles West High School in Skokie, Ill.

Diane Cutshall of Indian Meadows Elementary School in Fort Wayne, Ind.; Joan Braunagel McShane of Jefferson Elementary School in Davenport, Iowa; Carol Joyce Swinney of Hugoton (Kan.) High School; Bonnie Susan Cecil of J. Graham Brown Elementary School in Louisville, Ky.; Deborah Ducote of Richardson Middle School in West Monroe, La.; Richard Kent of Mountain Valley High School in Rumford, Maine; Steven Levy of Bowman School in Lexington, Mass.

Nancy Flanagan of Hartland (Mich.) Farms Middle School; Rita Wigfield of Gatewood Elementary School in Minnetonka, Minn.; Lois Eve Rodgers of Hattiesburg (Miss.) High School; Cynthia Kalkwarf of Holman Middle School in St. Ann, Mo.; Linda Edwards of Highland Park Elementary School in Lewistown, Mont.; Betty Kort of Hastings (Neb.) Senior High School; Gaye Lynn Tyndall of Douglas High School in Minden, Nev.

James Meyers of Farmington (N.H.) High School; Gail Shaffer of Governor Livingston Regional High School in Berkeley Heights, N.J.; Patricia James Jordan of Roslyn (N.Y.) High School; Dixie Friend Abernathy of Southwest Junior High School in Gastonia, N.C.; Geraldeen Rude of Lincoln Elementary School in Minot, N.D.; Joseph Kerata of Eastlake (Ohio) North High School; Betsy Mabry of Dewitt Waller Junior High School in Enid, Okla.; and Sally Leahy of Glendale (Ore.) High School.

Violet Geib of Stiegel Elementary School in Manheim, Pa.; Shirley Anne Goldinger of La Esperanza School in Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico; Linda Jean Harvey Filomeno of William D’Abate Elementary School in Providence, R.I.; Dodie Burns Magill of Pelham Road Elementary School in Greenville, S.C.; Julie Ashworth of Hawthorne Elementary School in Sioux Falls, S.D.; James Kirk of Alcoa (Tenn.) Middle School; Leo Armando Ramirez of McAllen (Texas) High School.

Vern Bangerter of Timpview High School in Provo, Utah; Ellen Thompson of Union Memorial School in Colchester, Vt.; Gregory Sullivan of Dunbar Middle School in Lynchburg, Va.; Kathleen Paris of Bethel High School in Spanaway, Wash.; Deborah McBee Seldomridge of Keyser (W.Va.) High School; Peter O’Neil of Waunakee (Wis.) Community Middle School; and Judith McBride of Slade Elementary School in Laramie, Wyo.


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

* 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. Project organizers have completed the publication’s pilot issue and are hoping to gain corporate sponsorship to distribute the newspaper free of charge to junior and senior high schools. For more information or for a free copy of the pilot issue, call: (800) 822-9762.

* March 10. Journalism.

The Freedom Forum invites high school students who have completed their junior year and are interested in print journalism to apply for its Rainbow Institute. Fifteen participants, selected to reflect the nation’s racial and ethnic diversity, will attend an intensive summer journalism program June 20-July 9 at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Participants receive a $1,000 scholarship to study at a college or university of their choice. Applicants must be nominated by their hometown newspaper’s editor. Contact: Jan Elliott, School of Journalism, UNC-CH, Campus Box 3365, Chapel Hill, NC 275993365; (919) 962-4083.

* March 15. School Reform.

McNeil Consumer Products and the National Association of Secondary School Principals invites students in grades 4-12 to apply for its Tylenol Brands Hot Ideas for Schools Awards Program. In a 200-word essay, students should describe a project costing no more than $10,000 that will improve learning at their schools. The top winner in each of three grade categories—4-6, 7-9, and 10-12—receives a $2,500 cash award. The students’ schools will each receive a $10,000 grant to implement the project. Fifty-two runners-up in each category will earn a $1,000 cash prize and a $1,000 grant for their school. Each application must be signed by the school principal and postmarked by March 15. Contact: Tylenol Brands Hot Ideas for Schools Program, P.O. Box 4464, Maple Plain, MN 55592.

* March 15. Essay.

The Skirball Institute on American Values invites students in grades 1012 to answer the essay question, “What Experience in United States History Can Help Us Build a More Livable Community?” Students should refer to specific events, persons, or documents in U.S. history. One grand-prize winner receives $5,000 and an expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., with his or her sponsoring teacher. First and second place winners receive $1,000 and $500, respectively. Fifty third-place winners— one from each state—receive $100. Additional cash prizes for outstanding essays will be awarded to regional winners. Contact: Skirball Essay Contest, 635 S. Harvard Blvd., Suite 214, Los Angeles, CA 90005-2511; (213) 381-1719.

March 15. Handwriting.

Peterson Directed Handwriting invites students in grades 3-8 to enter the National Awards Contest for Cursive Handwriting. One winner from each grade level receives a $50 U.S. Savings Bond. Contact: Peterson Directed Handwriting, 315 S. Maple Ave., P.O. Box 249, Greensburg, PA 15601-0249; (800) 541-6328.

March 15. Editorial Cartoons.

Knowledge Unlimited announces the NewsCurrents Student Editorial Cartoon Contest. Students in grades K-12 are invited to submit their original political or social cartoons for possible publication. The 21 winning cartoons will be published in Editorial Cartoons by Kids. Three first-place winners each receive a $100 U.S. Savings Bond. Additional prizes are given to second- and third-place winners in each category. Contact: Knowledge Unlimited, Editorial Cartoon Contest, P.O. Box 52, Madison, WI 53701.

March 30. Essay Contest.

The Ayn Rand Institute invites high school freshmen and sophomores to enter an essay contest on Rand’s novella Anthem. The best essayist receives a $1,000 cash award. Ten second-prize winners receive $200 each, and 20 third-prize winners receive $100 each. The essay, on one of three topics specified by the institute, must be two to four double-spaced pages. Contact: Anthem Essay Contest, Ayn Rand Institute, P.O. Box 6004, Inglewood, CA 90312; (310) 306-9232.

April 1. Video Contest.

The Florida Department of Citrus invites high school students to enter the 1992-93 National Nutrition Music Video Contest. Teens must write, direct, and star in a production that emphasizes the nutritional value of vitamin C and Florida orange juice. Two teams of five students or less receive the grand prize: $1,500 and a trip to Universal Studios in Orlando, Fla. Winning schools also receive $1,500. Thirty-five other winners receive additional awards. Contact: Florida Department of Citrus, 2755 E. Oakland Park Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33306; (305) 563-4672.

April 15. Essay Contest.

The Ayn Rand Institute invites high school juniors and seniors to enter an essay contest on Rand’s novel The Fountainhead. First prize is a $5,000 cash award. Five second-prize winners receive $1,000 each, and 10 third-prize winners receive $500 each. The essays, on one of three topics specified by the institute, must be two to four double-spaced pages. Contact: Fountainhead Essay Contest, Ayn Rand Institute, P.O. Box 6004, Inglewood, CA 90312; (310) 306-9232.

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

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