Extra Credit

March 01, 1995 33 min read


Open. Peace Corps.

The Peace Corps seeks teachers of all grade levels and subject areas who are willing to serve as volunteers in countries around the world. Volunteers teach math, English as a second language, special education, teacher training, or a variety of other subjects. Individuals must be willing to commit two years, which includes a three-month training period; all expenses are paid during the period of service. A readjustment allowance of $5,400, academic credit, deferment of federal loans, and job-hunting assistance following the service are also offered. Volunteers must be U.S. citizens in excellent health. For more information, contact: The Peace Corps; (800) 424-8580.

  • March 1. Technology.

The National Foundation for the Improvement of Education, in conjunction with the Sega Foundation and Apple Computer Inc., offers the Learning Tomorrow Program. Ten grants of up to $10,000 each will be awarded over a two-year period to teams of educators who use telecommunications and multimedia technologies to help at-risk students achieve academic success. Teams must be public school-based, led by a teacher, and include at least one administrator. Contact: NFIE, 1201 16th St., N.W., Washington, DC 20036; (202) 822-7840.

March 1. Math And Science.

The National Foundation for the Improvement of Education, in conjunction with the National Education Association, invites teams of elementary and middle school teachers to apply for the Student Success Grants. Each team must create a proposal for helping students who are below grade level in math and science. Teams must be schoolwide, teacher-led, and include one administrator. Ten winning teams receive up to $15,000 each over a two-year period. Contact: NFIE, 1201 16th St., N.W., Washington, DC 20036; (202) 822-7840.

March 1. Technology.

The National Foundation for the Improvement of Education and Microsoft founder Bill Gates invite teams of educators and community workers to apply for grants through the Road Ahead Program. Teams must design innovative, technology-infused programs that link in-school and after-school learning for underserved children. The five-member teams must include a public school teacher, a public school administrator, a staff member of an after-school program, and a staff member of a community-based organization. Twenty-two teams receive grants of $30,000 each for two years. Contact: NFIE, 1201 16th St., N.W., Washington, DC 20036; (202) 822-7840.

March 1. Humanities.

The National Endowment for the Humanities offers its 1995 summer seminars for teachers. Groups of 15 teachers spend four, five, or six weeks studying a particular humanities topic with a distinguished scholar. All participating teachers receive a stipend of up to $3,200 to cover travel costs, books, and living expenses. Priority will be given to applications from full-time teachers of grades 7-12, although other K-12 school employees are also invited to apply. For information on this year’s seminar topics, contact: Summer Seminars for School Teachers, Division of Fellowships and Seminars, Room 316, 1100 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W., Washington, DC 20506.

March 1. U.S. Constitution.

The James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation awards fellowships to teachers or prospective teachers. Each $24,000 award supports full- or part-time graduate study leading to a master’s degree in American history, political science, or education, with a concentration on the U.S. Constitution. Eligible are grade 7-12 teachers of American history, American government, and social studies, as well as recent college graduates who plan to teach the same 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: James Madison Memorial Fellowship Program, P.O. Box 4030, Iowa City, IA 52243-4030; (800) 525-6928.

March 6. Field Research.

Earthwatch, a nonprofit organization that supports scientists worldwide, offers a fellowship program for K-12 teachers interested in working on one of approximately 160 field research projects. Affiliated projects in such subject areas as zoology, art, health care, or archaeology are under way in 22 U.S. states and more than 60 countries. Most fellowship expeditions last about two weeks. More than 10 teachers receive grants that cover the entire cost of an expedition; partial fellowships are also available. For more information, contact: Earthwatch, 680 Mt. Auburn St., Box 403ED, Watertown, MA 02272; (800) 776-0188.

  • March 15. American History.

The Center for Civic Education, in conjunction with the National Endowment for the Humanities, announces a summer institute for elementary and secondary teachers. The program, “The United States Constitution: American Political Ideas and Their Historical Context,’' will be held July 10 to Aug. 4 at the University of California at Los Angeles. Twenty-five teacher-scholars will study literature associated with the development of the U.S. Constitution. Participants will receive housing, meals, transportation, materials, and stipends of $1,000. For more information, contact: Professor Duane Smith, Center for Civic Education, 5146 Douglas Fir Road, Calabasas, CA 91302-1467; (818) 591-9321.

  • April 25. Librarians.

The American Library Association invites U.S. libraries to serve as hosts for overseas librarians as part of the Library Fellows Program. Goals of the program include developing new areas of expertise, establishing contacts with international colleagues, and furthering an understanding of contemporary librarianship. Interested U.S. librarians should write a letter stating their qualifications, information about their library and the community, and professional opportunities available to the incoming fellow. Contact: Robert Doyle, Director, Library Fellows Program, ALA, 50 E. Huron St., Chicago, IL 60611.


March 1. Arts Education.

Heldref Publications offers two prizes for articles written about arts education. The 1995 Young Writers Award will go to the best article on any aspect of K-12 arts education written by a teacher under the age of 35; the winner receives a $500 cash award. The 1995 Reston Prize will be awarded to the best article analyzing the relationship between precollegiate and collegiate arts education; the writer receives a $1,000 cash award. Manuscripts should be previously unpublished and between 3,500 and 4,500 words in length. Contact: Arts Education Policy Review Competitions, Heldref Publications, 1319 18th St., N.W., Washington, DC 20036-1802; (202) 296-6267; fax (202) 296-5149.

March 1. Chemistry.

The Polymer Education Committee of the American Chemical Society invites junior high and high school science teachers to apply for the 1995 Award for Excellence in Polymer Education. Teachers will be judged on their innovative uses of classroom and laboratory activities that promote polymer chemistry and their efforts to encourage other teachers to explore polymer chemistry. One national winner and several runners-up each receive a cash award and a set of polymer chemistry materials for the classroom. Contact: Polymer Education Coordinator, Miami University Middletown, 4200 E. University Blvd., Middletown, OH 45042; (513) 424-4444, ext. 368.

March 1. Hall Of Fame.

The National Teachers Hall of Fame invites applications for its fourth annual Teacher Induction Program. Designed to honor outstanding teachers, the program asks candidates to submit a completed application, personal statement, and five letters of support. Five teachers will be selected for induction into the hall of fame, which is located in Emporia, Kan. Eligible are active or retired certified K-12 teachers with at least 15 years’ classroom experience in a public or private school. For an official application form, contact: The National Teachers Hall of Fame, 1320 C of E Drive, Emporia, KS 66801; (800) 96-TEACH; fax (316) 341-5744.

  • March 15. Solid Waste.

The Solid Waste Association of North America is accepting proposals for the fifth annual Excellence in Solid Waste Education Awards program, which recognizes extraordinary efforts in educating the public on solid-waste-related issues. Awards will be presented to educators in two categories: K-12 curricula and public education programs. Entries will be judged on technical accuracy, educational goals, quality of design and communications, originality, and

program evaluation. Winners will receive a plaque and recognition at SWANA’s Annual International Symposium, to be held Oct. 23-26 in Baltimore. For more information and application materials, contact: Solid Waste Association of North America, P.O. Box 7219, Silver Spring, MD 20907; (301) 585-2898.

  • April 12. Cable Television.

Colony Communications Inc. announces the 1995 Cable in the Classroom Innovation Awards, open to teachers of grades K-12. Applicants must submit classroom projects that use Cable in the Classroom programs as supplementary resources. Entries will be judged on learning objectives, teaching innovation, instructional content, and effectiveness. Twenty-three $500 U.S. Savings Bonds will be awarded. Contact: Colony Communications Inc., 20 Washington Place, P.O. Box 969, Providence, RI 02901-0969; (401) 277-7400.

April 17. Principals.

The National Association of Secondary School Principals invites applications for the 1996 Principal of the Year. Outstanding private and public school principals of grades 6-12 who involve their teachers, students, and communities in educational improvement are eligible. First, a principal of the year will be selected for each state; the winners of that competition will then compete for the national title. Contact: NASSP, 1904 Association Drive, Reston, VA 22091; (703) 860-0200.

May 1. Science.

The Mr. Wizard Foundation seeks outstanding elementary science teachers to appear on the television program Teacher to Teacher With Mr. Wizard. The series features candid, in-depth profiles of teachers who use hands-on, inquiry-based techniques to teach science in the classroom. Teachers may nominate colleagues or themselves. Each nomination must include a one- to two-page essay that describes the candidate, explains a particular science unit and the techniques the teacher used, and shows evidence of school support. Teachers who are selected will have the lessons videotaped in their classroom during the spring of 1995 or during the 1995-96 school year. For more information, contact: Mr. Wizard Foundation, 44800 Helm St., Plymouth, MI 48170; (313) 416-1840.


Open. Education Journal.

The Journal for a Just and Caring Education, a new interdisciplinary publication, invites unsolicited manuscripts on any relevant educational topic. The journal’s underlying assumption is that all children deserve a safe and nurturing learning environment; it was created to provide a forum for educators and experts on school law, administration, and social issues. For writer’s guidelines, contact: Journal for a Just and Caring Education, Northern Virginia Graduate Center, College of Education, 2990 Telestar Court, Falls Church, VA 22042-1287; (703) 698-6051.

March 1. Spaces For Children.

Children’s Environments, an international journal, seeks papers, book reviews, commentaries, announcements, and other relevant pieces of writing on the topic, “Environments for Play: Recreation and Informal Learning.’' For manuscript guidelines, contact: Children’s Environments Research Group, City University of New York Graduate School and University Center, 33 W. 42nd St., New York, NY 10036; (212) 642-2970.

  • June 1. Art Of Writing.

The English Journal, a periodical for middle and high school English teachers, requests manuscripts that discuss student writing. Questions to consider include: “What form of ‘process’ writing do you use?’' “What is the place in your classroom for invention strategies?’' And “how do you deal with the publication of student writing?’' For more information and writer’s guidelines, contact: Leila Christenbury, Editor, English Journal, School of Education, Virginia Commonwealth University, P.O. Box 842020, Richmond, VA 23284-2020; (804) 828-0481.

  • July 5. Whole Language.

The English Journal invites teachers who are interested in whole language to submit manuscripts on that topic. Among other things, the articles could address how individual teachers define whole language and how they implement it in their classrooms. For more information and writer’s guidelines, contact: Leila Christenbury, Editor, English Journal, School of Education, Virginia Commonwealth University, P.O. Box 842020, Richmond, VA 23284-2020; (804) 828-0481.


Following are the 1995 State Teachers of the Year, selected by panels of educators from each state. From this group, the Council of Chief State School Officers, in partnership with Scholastic Inc., has selected four finalists for National Teacher of the Year honors. President Clinton will announce the winner in April.

The finalists are:

Elaine Griffin of Chiniak Elementary School on Kodiak Island, Alaska; Linda Holt of Haiku School in Maui, Hawaii; Jerry Howland of English High School in Boston; and Manuel Ignacio Tinajero of Ramona Elementary School in El Paso, Texas.

The other state winners are:

Robert Stephen Ricks of Childersburg (Ala.) Middle School; Rod Castillo of Mesa (Ariz.) High School; Sharon Denise Johnson of Carver Kindergarten in Texarkana, Ark.; Richard Chapleau of Palmdale (Calif.) High School; Molly Merry of Exploratory School in Canon City, Colo.; Patricia Avallone of Harry Bailey Middle School in West Haven, Conn.; and Candice Helen Hopkins of Pleasantville Elementary School in New Castle, Del.

Mary Mendoza of Curundu Elementary School (representing the Department of Defense Dependent Schools); Donna Graham of McFarland Middle School in the District of Columbia; Shawn Eric DeNight of Miami Edison Senior High School in Miami; Catherine Sylvia Pittman of Brunswick (Ga.) High School; Jelly Flores of Guam Public School System in Agana, Guam; Shirley Sarraf of Highland High School in Pocatello, Idaho; Lynn Gaddis of Pepper Ridge Elementary School in Bloomington, Ill.; and Katherine Ann Stahl of Maywood Elementary School in Hammond, Ind.

Jerry Lee Pierce of Roland-Story Middle School in Roland, Iowa; Becky Goodwin of Kansas State School for the Deaf in Olathe, Kan.; Mary Keith Hall of Helmwood Heights Elementary School in Elizabethtown, Ky.; Brenda Collins of Sun City Elementary School in Bossier City, La.; Argy Nestor of David Gaul Middle School in Union, Maine; Linda Stuntz Adamson of Mayo (Md.) Elementary School; Sharon Green of Graveraet Middle School in Marquette, Mich.; Donald Johnson of Owatonna (Minn.) Senior High School; Sheba Ann Brown of Jeff Davis Elementary School in Biloxi, Miss.; and Marcia Northrup of Pleasant Lea Junior High School in Lee’s Summit, Mo.

Jeanne Tweeten of Capital High School in Helena, Mont.; Susan McNeil of Loup County High School in Taylor, Neb.; Nancy Strader of Mark Twain Elementary School in Carson City, Nev.; Thomas Quigley of Pinkerton Academy in Derry, N.H.; Thomas Tracey Fallon of Glen Landing Middle School in Blackwood, N.J.; Sylvia Flores of Hermosa Elementary School in Artesia, N.M.; Joyce Valenti of Windham-Ashland-Jewett Central School in Windham, N.Y.; and Sandra Clark Wells of Hall Fletcher Elementary School in Asheville, N.C.

Ellen O’Rourke Knudson of Victor Solheim Elementary School in Bismarck, N.D.; Brigida De Leon Guerrero Ichihara of Koblerville Elementary School in Saipan, Northern Marianas Islands; Melanie Hocking of Indian Creek High School in Wintersville, Ohio; Linda Kay Webb of Country Lane Elementary School in Broken Arrow, Okla.; Barbara Murray of West Linn (Ore.) High School; Ranjini Weerasooriya of J.R. Masterman Demonstration School in Philadelphia; Luz Martinez-Alendas of Antonio Valero de Bernabe Junior High School in Fajardo, Puerto Rico; and Ralph Marston Perry of Aquidneck Elementary School in Middletown, R.I.

Cathy Scott of Lexington (S.C.) High School; Rebecca Ekeland of Brookings (S.D.) High School; Pamela Jean Burish of Eakin Arts Magnet School in Nashville, Tenn.; Richard Bojak of West Jordan (Utah) High School; Carol Smith of Shelburne (Vt.) Community School; and Cheryl Henig of Stonewall Jackson Middle School in Mechanicsville, Va.

Kathryn McFarland of Pioneer Valley Elementary School in Spanaway, Wash.; Germaine Cox Umstead of Ritchie County Middle School in Ellensboro, W.Va.; Patsy Rossman of Conrad Elvehjem School in McFarland, Wis.; and Joan Brummond of Afflerbach Elementary School in Cheyenne, Wyo.


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

Women’s History Poster.

The National Women’s History Proj-ect is distributing a 20-by-28-inch commemorative poster for National Women’s History Month. The poster depicts 16 extraordinary women from the 19th and 20th centuries--Nellie Bly, Carol Moseley Braun, and Willa Cather among them. Cost: $6, plus $3.50 shipping and handling. Discounts are available on bulk orders. Contact: National Women’s History Project, Dept. P, 7738 Bell Road, Windsor, CA 95492; (707) 838-6000.


Lewis Educational Products Division Inc. offers teachers of grades 7-12 complete back issues of Stars and Stripes, the newspaper of the U.S. military, for the day Pearl Harbor was attacked (Dec. 7, 1941); D-Day (June 6, 1944); V-E Day (May 8, 1945); and V-J Day (Aug. 14, 1945). The V-E and V-J day editions contain chronologies of the entire war. The D-Day issue contains articles on military leaders and pictures of invasion maps. Cost: $10 for the set, plus $3 shipping and handling. Contact: Lewis Educational Products Division, 1019 E. Hillsboro Blvd., Deerfield Beach, FL 33443; (305) 570-9111.


The Global Habitat Project, a nonprofit education organization, sponsors Greenspeak, a student newspaper that promotes literacy, environmental advocacy, and science education. The colorful and informative publication, written for 5th grade students, covers such topics as recycling, plants, protection of wildlife, and energy conservation. There are five issues per academic year. Cost: $2 per student per issue for a one-year subscription. Contact: Global Habitat Project, 745 Atlantic Ave., 9th Floor, Boston, MA 02111.


The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics presents Empowering Students by Promoting Active Learning in Mathematics: Teachers Speak to Teachers, edited by Dorothy Buerk. The 48-page paperback, designed for teachers of grades 5-14, is a collection of five essays written by math teachers who have positively changed their students’ conceptions of mathematics. Cost: $5. Contact: National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, 1906 Association Drive, Reston, VA 22091-1593; (800) 235-7566.

Classics As Comics.

Classics Illustrated, a division of Classics International Entertainment, offers a series of literary classics--such as A Christmas Carol, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, and The Call of the Wild--in a comic-book format for students in grades 6-12. A $12.99 introductory offer includes these three popular titles, a poster, and your choice of Treasure Island or The Scarlet Letter. After that, two additional books will arrive each month at a cost of $9.99 per month. For more information, contact: Classics International Entertainment, 919 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 3400, Chicago, IL 60611; (312) 482-9006.

Proposal Writing.

Technomic Publishing Co. has released a detailed handbook, titled Proposing Projects and Finding Funds: Guide to Grants, for educators who are seeking to increase school funds or get a project approved. Written by John Holcomb, a professor at Tartleton State University, the 129-page paperback provides information on identifying goals, isolating needs, setting objectives, defining activities, and receiving project approval and funding. Cost: $24.50. Contact: Technomic Publishing Co., 851 New Holland Ave., P.O. Box 3535, Lancaster, PA 17604; (800) 233-9936.

Women’s History.

In celebration of Women’s History Month, Ward Hill Press offers a free poster about social reformer and journalist Dorothy Day. The 12-by-24-inch poster features artwork by Lisa Peet from the biography Dorothy Day: With Love for the Poor, by Jim O’Grady. After March 31, the posters will sell for $10 each. Contact: Loretta Dunlap, Ward Hill Press, 40 Willis Ave., Staten Island, NY 10301; (800) 535-4340.

Global Art.

GoodYearBooks has published a series of 14 punch-out stencil books, for students in grades 3 and up, that feature folk tales, myths, and art proj-ects from different cultures around the world. Among many other things, students can create a samurai helmet, ceremonial headdress, and totem pole. Cost: $9.95 for each book. Contact: GoodYearBooks, 1900 E. Lake Ave., Glenview, IL 60025; (800) 628-4480, ext. 3038.


Artists and educators Martyna Bellessis and Francita Agostino have produced four volumes of art activity books for elementary students. Each book contains sketches of artists, biographies, and line drawings of one of their masterpieces. Available volumes are: Vol. 1 (A-I); Vol. 2 (J-R); Vol. 3 (S-Z); and Women Artists Vol. 1. Cost: $10 each, plus $1 postage; $15 for Women Artists, plus $1 postage.

Contact: Martyna Bellessis, 818 Anthony Court, Bloomington, IN 47401; (812) 339-0235.

Multicultural Literature.

Heinemann, a publishing company, has released Multicultural Voices in Contemporary Literature: A Resource for Teachers, by Frances Ann Day. This 244-page paperback features famous Mexican-, African-, Jewish-, Japanese-, Italian-, and Native American writers. Each entry includes the writer’s biography, a list of his or her published works, and lesson plans for selected works. Cost: $20. Contact: Heinemann, 361 Hanover St., Portsmouth, NH 03801-3912; (603) 431-7894; (800) 541-2086.


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

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  • March 1. Handwriting.

Zaner-Bloser and Parker Pen invite elementary schools that use Zaner-Bloser handwriting texts to enter its 1995 National Handwriting Contest. Zaner-Bloser will provide the contest materials to each participating school, which then selects one winning entry for submission. Six national contest winners each receive a $500 U.S. Savings Bond, a certificate, and an expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C. Each winner and his or her teacher and classmates also receive T-shirts. For more information, contact: Zaner-Bloser, 2200 W. Fifth Ave., P.O. Box 16764, Columbus, OH 43216-6764; (614) 486-0221.

  • March 15. Game.

Phantastic Phinds for Phys. Ed. and U.S. Games invite physical education students in grades 7-12 to enter the Megagame 2000 contest. Students must create an original, futuristic game. Winners’ schools receive $100,000 in sporting equipment.

For entry forms, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to: PPPE, Megagame 2000, 72532 Edgehill Drive, Suite 2, Palm Desert, CA 92260.

March 15. Letter Writing.

The Smoke-Free Class of 2000, a joint educational campaign of the American Cancer Society, the American Heart Association, and the American Lung Association, invites 7th graders to enter a letter-writing contest called Use the Facts: Exercise Your Power. Students must research a tobacco-related problem that affects young people, suggest a solution, and write a 200- to 350-word letter to an elected official requesting action. Two winners from each state receive an all-expenses-paid trip to attend the Smoke-Free Class of 2000 National Youth Ambassador Forum, to be held in Washington, D.C., June 10-14. For more information, contact: Smoke-Free Class of 2000 National Office; (800) KO-CIGGS.

March 15. Essay.

The Skirball Institute of the American Jewish Committee invites high school students in grades 10-12 to enter the annual Skirball Essay

Contest. Each student must write a 3- to 4-page, typed, double-spaced essay that answers the question: What does history teach us about the use and abuse of the constitutional guarantee of free speech and the implications of this guarantee in our present society? One grand-prize winner receives a $5,000 scholarship and an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C., with his or her sponsoring teacher. Up to 52 cash prizes of at least $100 each will also be awarded. The first 100 teachers who submit essays that were written as part of a class project will receive an American Heritage College Dictionary. For an application form, contact: The Skirball Institute of the American Jewish Committee, 635 S. Harvard Blvd., Suite 214, Los Angeles, CA 90005-2511.

  • March 31. Drawing.

The American Lung Association and the Triaminic Parents Club invite children ages 6-15 to submit original drawings for the Christmas Seals Kids’ Drawing Contest. Drawings must be submitted in color on an 8 1/2-by-11-inch sheet of white paper. One winner will be selected from each state and will receive a My First SONY Electronic Sketch Pad. A grand-prize winner will then be chosen to receive an Intel personal computer, color inkjet printer, and graphics software. In addition, his or her drawing will be re-created as a Christmas Seal. For entry forms, contact: American Lung Association/Triaminic; (800) LUNG-USA.

  • March 31. Writing For Girls.

Lee & Low Books, a multicultural children’s book publisher, invites girls ages 7-12 to enter the Tell The World My Dream Contest. Each applicant must write a 150-word essay about her aspirations on an 8 1/2-by-11-inch sheet of paper, along with her address and phone number. The grand-prize winner receives a $250 cash award; two honorable mentions win $100 each. The winning essay will be published in New Moon Magazine. Entries should be sent to: Tell The World My Dream Contest, c/o Lee & Low Books, P.O. Box 1336, New York, NY 10156.

March 31. Zinc.

The U.S. Bureau of Mines and the American Zinc Association invite students in grades 7-12 to enter the William J. Gage National Student Zinc Essay Contest. Students must research the metal zinc and write a 5- to 10-page essay about its uses in everyday life. One winner from grades 7-9 and one from grades 10-12 will each win a $200 U.S. Savings Bond, a two-day trip to Washington, D.C., and a $100 contribution to their school’s science department. For more information, contact: American Zinc Association, Suite 240, 1112 16th St., N.W., Washington, DC 20036; (202) 835-0164.

March 31. Epilepsy Scholarship.

Parke-Davis, a national pharmaceutical company, invites applications for the 1995 Parke-Davis Epilepsy Scholarship. Nominees must be college-bound high school seniors with a record of academic and extracurricular excellence who are undergoing treatment by a physician for epilepsy. Fourteen winners will share $42,000 in tuition grants. Contact: Parke-Davis Epilepsy Scholarship Program, c/o Intramed, 1180 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10036; (800) 292-7373.

  • April 1. Community Service.

The Hitachi Foundation, a nonprofit and philanthropic organization, seeks nominations for the 1995 Yoshiyama Award for Exemplary Service to the Community. The award honors an outstanding high school senior who has dedicated him- or herself to community service. The person nominating the senior must submit a completed nomination form, a letter of recommendation of less than five pages, and two supporting letters by individuals outside of the student’s organization who are familiar with his or her accomplishments. Six to 10 students will receive $5,000 each over a two-year period and will be invited to participate in an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. For nomination materials, contact: The Yoshiyama Award, P.O. Box 19247, Washington, DC 20036-9247; (202) 457-0588.

  • April 1. Scholarships.

The Presbyterian Church (USA) invites minority high school seniors to apply for its Student Opportunity Scholarships. Ten to 50 scholarships will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. Applicants must be U.S. citizens, demonstrate financial need, plan to attend college full time, and belong to the Presbyterian Church. Awards range from $100 to $1,400 per academic year. Contact: Presbyterian Church (USA), Financial Aid for Studies, 100 Witherspoon St., Louisville, KY 40202; (502) 569-5000.

April 3. Drunk Driving.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving, in conjunction with 7-Eleven stores, announces the 1995 MADD Poster/Essay Contest. Students in grades 1-12 are asked to incorporate this year’s theme, “Take a Drive on the Safe Side--Steer Clear of Alcohol,’' into either a 250-word essay or a poster created in any medium. Entries will first be judged by local MADD affiliates; local first-place winners will then be entered in a national contest. First-place winners in that contest receive a $1,000 U.S. Savings Bond and a free trip for two to the awards ceremony to be held in June of 1995 in Dallas; second- and third-place winners receive a $500 and $250 U.S. Savings Bond, respectively. Contact: Programs Department, MADD National Office, (214) 744-6233.

April 14. Young Playwrights.

Very Special Arts, an educational program of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, invites students ages 12-18 to enter the 11th annual young playwrights contest. Entrants must submit an original script that focuses on some aspect of a disability. The winning playwrights will travel to Washington, D.C., to participate in the final rehearsals of their plays and to attend the premiere production at The Kennedy Center. Students with or without disabilities are eligible to enter. Contact: Young Playwrights Program, Very Special Arts, Education Office, The JFK Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, DC 20566; (202) 628-2800 or (202) 737-0645 (TDD).

--Everett F. Boyd, Ginger Collins, and Cheryl Landrith

June 2. Social Studies.

The Fund for the Advancement of Social Studies Education invites social studies teachers and teacher educators who have created projects that emphasize innovative teaching of civic competence to apply for its “general grant.’' The 1995 theme is “Social Studies Education: Setting the Standards--Making the Difference.’' Two grants of up to $1,000 will be awarded in each of the following categories: K-5, 6-9, 10-12, and teacher education. Membership in the National Council for the Social Studies is required. For more information, contact: Information Services, NCSS, 3501 Newark St., N.W., Washington, DC 20016-3167; (202) 966-7840, ext. 106.

March 15. Biology.

The National Association of Biology Teachers invites nominations for the 1995 Outstanding Biology Teacher Award. Students, colleagues, or administrators may nominate any biology teacher of grades 7-12; teachers may also nominate themselves. One teacher from each state, the District of Columbia, Canada, Puerto Rico, and the overseas territories combined will be named. Each will receive a pair of precision binoculars. Contact: NABT, 11250 Roger Bacon Drive, #19, Reston, VA 22090; (703) 471-1134.

  • May 20. Social Studies.

The National Council for the Social Studies and the Social Issues Resources Series Inc. invite teachers to apply for the Defense of Academic Freedom Award. One $1,500 award will be given to an educator who substantively promotes awareness of and support for academic freedom in ways related to social studies education. Teachers of all subjects are eligible; NCSS membership is not required. Contact: Information Services, NCSS, 3501 Newark St., N.W., Washington, DC 20016-3167; (202) 966-7840, ext. 106.

  • July 5. Whole Language.

The English Journal invites teachers who are interested in whole language to submit manuscripts on that topic. Among other things, the articles could address how individual teachers define whole language and how they implement it in their classrooms. For more information and writer’s guidelines, contact: Leila Christenbury, Editor, English Journal, School of Education, Virginia Commonwealth University, P.O. Box 842020, Richmond, VA 23284-2020; (804) 828-0481.


Key Curriculum Press has published a supplemental text for middle school pre-algebra and algebra students titled A Graphing Matter: Activities for Easing Students Into Algebra, by Mark Illingsworth. The 126-page book encourages children to use their imaginations while learning real-world applications of variables and relationships. Contents include 26 student projects, a teachers’ guide, student graphing guides, and reproducible work sheets. Cost: $14.95. To order, call: (800) 995-MATH or contact: Cynthia Ramos, Key Curriculum Press, P.O. Box 2304, Berkeley, CA 94702; (800) 338-7638.

Proposal Writing.

Technomic Publishing Co. has released a detailed handbook, titled Proposing Projects and Finding Funds: Guide to Grants, for educators who are seeking to increase school funds or get a project approved. Written by John Holcomb, a professor at Tartleton State University, the 129-page paperback provides information on identifying goals, isolating needs, setting objectives, defining activities, and receiving project approval and funding. Cost: $24.50. Contact: Technomic Publishing Co., 851 New Holland Ave., P.O. Box 3535, Lancaster, PA 17604; (800) 233-9936.


The New Faces of Liberty Project, a publisher of educational resources, has released two handbooks titled New Faces of Liberty and New Faces in Our Schools, designed to help students in grades 5-12 better understand their immigrant classmates and the places they’ve come from. The books include oral histories from immigrant children and suggest classroom activities such as role-playing and poetry writing. Cost: $20 each. Contact: Many Cultures Publishing, 1095 Market St., Suite 602, San Francisco, CA 94103; (800) 484-4173, ext. 1073.

Songs That Teach.

Rock ‘N Learn Inc., a company that combines pop music and educational subjects, offers “Rock ‘N Learn: Fun Music That Teaches,’' a set of audio cassettes designed to teach elementary students such subjects as math, reading, English grammar, foreign language, and geography through rap, rock, and country music. Each cassette is accompanied by a related guidebook. Cost: $9.95 each. Contact: Rock ‘N Learn Inc.; P.O. Box 3595, Conroe, TX 77305-3595; (800) 348-8445.

Time And Learning.

The National Education Commission on Time and Learning offers two supplemental publications to its 1994 report Prisoners of Time. One documents the commission’s conclusions and recommendations and the other describes schools and programs that use time innovatively and effectively to promote learning. Cost: $6.75, plus $2.90 shipping and handling, for one item; $3.75 shipping and handling for 2-5 items. Contact: TaLIS/Tal-Tech, 1700 N. Moore St., Suite 1250, Arlington, VA 22209; (800) 299-5486.


Big Y Foods Inc., a supermarket chain, and the Educational Publishing Group Inc. offer teachers of grades K-12 a free “Educating Kids’’ 1995 wall calendar. The calendar includes the best educational tips and advice published in Big Y’s Educating Kids magazine, such as how to improve study habits and how to apply to college. Contact: Big Y Foods Inc., 280 Chestnut St., P.O. Box 7840, Springfield, MA 01102-7840; (413) 784-0652.

March 1. Student Filmmakers.

Students ages 19 and younger are encouraged to submit original films and videos to the New York National High School Film Festival, to be held April 9, 1995. The festival is being organized entirely by students to provide a showcase for student filmmakers. Students may submit any style or genre of film or video; the judging categories will be determined by the entries. Selected filmmakers will receive certificates, promotional items, and written evaluations of their work. A $10 entry fee must accompany each submission. For more information, contact: New York National High School Film Festival, c/o Trinity School, 101 W. 91st St., New York, NY 10024.

March 15. Videos.

The Weekly Reader Corp., Read magazine, and Panasonic, a video-equipment manufacturer, invite student teams in grades 5-12 to enter the Video Voyages Contest. Each student team must submit an original video, no longer than 10 minutes, in one of the following categories: personal, local, national, historic, or future. The top three student teams in grades 5-6 and 7-12 will each win video equipment, which may include Panasonic camcorders, VCRs, and TVs, for their schools. For more information, contact: Video Voyages, The Weekly Reader Corp., 245 Long Hill Road, P.O. Box 2791, Middletown, CT 06457-9291; (203) 638-2442.

March 15. Handwriting.

The Peterson Directed Handwriting Co. invites students in grades 3-8 to enter the 1995 National Cursive Handwriting Contest. Applicants must submit at least four lines of cursive handwriting to be judged based on letter forms, spacing, and line quality. One winner from each grade level will receive a $50 U.S. Savings Bond and a certificate. All students who demonstrate superior handwriting skills will be named to the National Cursive Handwriting Honor Society and will receive a certificate. For entry guidelines, contact: Contest Entry, Peterson Directed Handwriting, 315 S. Maple Ave., P.O. Box 249, Greensburg, PA 15601-0249.

  • Open. Trucker Buddy.

Kenworth Truck Co. sponsors “Trucker Buddy,’' 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 buddies. Contact: Gary King, Trucker Buddy, P.O. Box 2560, Arizona City, AZ 85223; (800) MY-BUDDY.

March 15. Editorial Cartoon.

Knowledge Unlimited Inc. invites K-12 students to submit original cartoons for the 1995 NewsCurrents Student Editorial Cartoon Contest. Students may enter as many cartoons as they like on any topic of nationwide interest. Winners will be chosen in three categories: grades K-6, 7-9, and 10-12. Each first-place winner receives a $100 U.S. Savings Bond; the second- and third-place winners receive a $75 and $50 U.S. Savings Bond, respectively. For more information, contact: Knowledge Unlimited Inc., P.O. Box 52, Madison, WI 53701; (800) 356-2303.

March 31. Diplomacy In Africa.

Ingenius, a provider of cable-to-computer educational resources, invites high school students to enter its Diplomatic Resolution: It’s the Solution contest. Students--alone or as a team or class--must research and develop a diplomatic solution to one of Africa’s current conflicts. Entries may be submitted in one of a variety of formats, including essay, video, audio, CD-ROM, or floppy disk. The grand-prize winner receives a $1,000 cash award, a multimedia PC, and a three-day trip to Washington, D.C., with his or her sponsoring teacher. Ten second-prize winners receive $500 and a multimedia PC, and 25 third-place winners receive $100 and a CD-ROM drive. Contact: Diplomatic Resolution: It’s the Solution, 409 Sherman Ave., Palo Alto, CA 94306; (303) 721-1062.


The Summit Group, a publishing and distribution company, presents the Eye-D Picture Challenge Game for students in grades 1-6. The game uses 150 cards, each containing a picture of someone or something famous on one side and five questions, arranged from easiest to most difficult, on the back. The cards help students learn important facts about geography, science, math, language, art, and history, such as how the U.S. acquired the Statue of Liberty. Game kits are divided into three groups: grades 1-2, 3-4, and 5-6. Cost: $12.95. Contact: The Summit Group, 1227 W. Magnolia, Suite 500, Ft. Worth, TX 76104; (800) 875-3346.

Free Materials.

The Polystyrene Packaging Council has released The Plastics and Environment Sourcebook, a guide to curriculum materials on plastics and the environment for teachers of grades K-12. Subjects include recycling and landfills; the materials are organized by age group. For a free sample copy and brochure, contact: The Polystyrene Council, 1275 K St., N.W., Washington, DC 20005; (202) 371-5269.

--Everett F. Boyd, Ginger Collins, and Cheryl Landrith

A version of this article appeared in the March 01, 1995 edition of Teacher as Extra Credit