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The Toshiba America Foundation invites educators to submit proposals for grants of more than $5,000 for projects aimed at improving middle and high school science during the 1996-97 academic year. (Requests of $5,000 or less may be submitted to the foundation at any time.) Schools must provide a detailed description of their projects, including management and budget information. For more information, contact: The Toshiba America Foundation, 1251 Avenue of the Americas, Suite 4100, New York, NY 10020; (212) 596-0600.

  • August 15. Professional Development.

The Spencer and John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur foundations invite teachers, researchers, and administrators to submit proposals for grants ranging from $5,000 to $50,000 through the Professional Development Research and Documentation Program. Project proposals must identify, describe, analyze, or explain professional development practices, processes, conditions, and/or policies that help make schools more productive learning environments. Applicants must also be affiliated with a nonprofit agency through which the funds will be distributed. For guidelines and more information, contact: Professional Development Research and Documentation Program, The Spencer Foundation, 900 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 2800, Chicago, IL 60611-1542; (312) 337-7000, ext. 604.

  • September 22. Reading.

The Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, invites librarians to apply for the 1996 “Born To Read: How To Nurture a Baby’s Love of Learning’’ project award. Two $30,000 grants will be awarded to foster partnerships between librarians and health-care providers that encourage expectant parents to take an active role in the early education of their children. Proposals will be judged on how well they link the library and local health-care facility, the need for offering this type of program in the community, and the overall enthusiasm, dedication, and support for the “Born To Read’’ goals. For an application, send a postcard to: Born To Read Grant Application II, Attn: April Judge, American Library Association, 50 E. Huron St., Chicago, IL 60611.

  • October 1. Literacy.

The International Reading Association invites doctoral students in the field of reading/literacy research to apply for the Outstanding Dissertation of the Year Award. The $1,000 award is available to doctoral students who have completed dissertations between Sept. 1, 1994, and Aug. 31, 1995. Applicants must be IRA members. For more information, contact: Gail Keating, Division of Research, International Reading Association, 800 Barksdale Road, P.O. Box 8139, Newark, DE 19714-8139; (302) 731-1600, ext. 226; fax (302) 731-1057; e-mail

  • October 15. Learning Disabilities.

The International Reading Association invites its members to apply for the Albert J. Harris Award, which recognizes an outstanding contribution to the prevention and/or assessment of reading or learning disabilities. Those who have had publications appear in a professional journal or monograph between June 1, 1994, and June 1, 1995, are eligible for this $500 award. For guidelines, contact: Gail Keating, Division of Research, International Reading Association, 800 Barksdale Road, P.O. Box 8139, Newark, DE 19714-8139; (302) 731-1600, ext. 226; fax (302) 732-1057; e-mail

  • October 31. Foreign Language.

The National Endowment for the Humanities, in conjunction with the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, offers its Fellowship Program for Foreign Language Teachers K-12. Approximately 60 fellowships of $3,750 each will be awarded for six weeks of study abroad during the summer of 1996. Eligible are K-12 foreign language teachers who have spent at least three years in a full-time teaching position prior to the fellowship summer. ESL teachers, bilingual education teachers, and former winners are not eligible. To request an application form, contact: NEH Fellowship Program for Foreign Language Teachers K-12, Connecticut College, 270 Mohegan Ave., New London, CT 06320-4196; (203) 439-2282; fax (203) 439-5341.


August 1. Mentoring.

The American Association for the Advancement of Science invites the nomination of individuals who have demonstrated extraordinary leadership in increasing the participation of underrepresented groups in the fields of science and engineering. The Lifetime Mentor Award, which recognizes 10 years or more of mentoring in one of these fields, comes with a $5,000 cash prize. The Mentor Award, which recognizes less than 10 years of service, includes a $2,500 cash prize. For more information, contact: American Association for the Advancement of Science, 1333 H St., N.W., Washington, DC 20005; (202) 326-6670.

September 1. Curriculum Design.

The Center on Learning, Assessment, and School Structure invites teachers of grades 7-12 to apply for the Geraldine R. Dodge Curriculum Design Award in History, Mathematics, and English. Three $1,000 cash awards, one for each subject area, are given to individuals who have developed an effective and meaningful curriculum that educates, interests, and engages a wide range of students. For an application form, contact: Dodge Curriculum Design Award, CLASS, 648 The Great Road, Princeton, NJ 08540; (609) 252-1211.

  • September 1. Teacher Education.

The American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education invites nominations for the 1995 Margaret Lindsay Award for Distinguished Research in Teacher Education. The award will be given to a person in mid-career whose research over the last decade has had a major impact on the field of teacher education. Nominations should include three letters of support describing what the individual has accomplished and why he or she deserves this award. Only peer nominations will be accepted. To nominate, send letters of support to: Gustavo Gonzalez, Director, Department of Bilingual Education, Texas A&M University-Kingsville, P.O. Box 195, Kingsville, TX 78363.

  • September 15. Artwork.

Crayola, the maker of crayons and other art products for children, invites K-12 teachers to compete in the “adults only’’ Crayola Big Kid Classic. Participants must illustrate their most memorable childhood moment using crayons, markers, paints, colored pencils, or modeling compounds. The adult who turns in the most creative and original artwork will win the grand prize: $25,000 in silver and gold bullion. The first-prize winner receives a trip to Europe. For entry information, contact: Crayola Big Kid Classic, P.O. Box 21630, Lehigh Valley, PA 18002; (800) CRA-YOLA.

  • September 25. Health Education.

Advocates for Youth invites nominations for its third annual Policy Maker Leadership Awards, which recognize outstanding contributions at the state and local level in promoting adolescent sexual-health education. All elected and appointed policymakers are eligible and may be nominated in the following five areas: adolescent reproductive rights, teen pregnancy prevention, adolescent HIV/AIDS prevention and education, comprehensive sexuality education, and promotion of reproductive health-care services at school-based or -linked health centers. For more information or a nomination form, contact: Advocates for Youth, 10265 Vermont Ave., N.W., Washington, DC 20005; (202) 347-5700.

  • October 1. Private Enterprise.

The Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge invites full-time junior and sen-ior high school educators to apply for the Leavey Awards for Excellence in Private Enterprise Education. The program awards teachers who have conceived and implemented an innovative course, program, or project that fosters a better understanding of the American enterprise system. One grand-prize winner will be awarded $15,000; up to 20 others will receive cash gifts of $7,500 each. For more information, contact: Awards Department, Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge, Route 23, Valley Forge, PA 19482-0706; (610) 933-8825.

  • November 1. Dissertation.

The Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development is accepting submissions for its 1995 Outstanding Dissertation Awards Program. Four winners will be recognized for exemplary dissertations that significantly advance the knowledge and understanding of education theories, concepts, and practices in any of four categories: curriculum, instruction, policy/organization, and supervision. The awards are open to any doctoral candidate whose dissertation was completed and approved by an accredited institution during the academic year Sept. 1, 1994, to Aug. 31, 1995. To request an entry form, contact: Karen Rasmussen, Project Facilitator, Outstanding Dissertation Awards Program, ASCD, 1250 N. Pitt St., Alexandria, VA 22314; (703) 549-9110, ext. 525; e-mail

Call For Papers

  • Open. Technology.

The Eisenhower National Clearinghouse for Mathematics and Science Education encourages educators to submit articles on their personal experiences using technology. Articles should address such issues as how technology has increased opportunities for students, eased their workload, and opened doors to new resources in the classroom. ENC is also interested in how teachers and schools have overcome the challenges of money, support, training, and time. For more information, contact: Gay Gordon, The Ohio State University, 1929 Kenny Road, Columbus, OH 43210-1079; (800) 621-5785; fax (614) 292-2066; e-mail

  • Open. Lab Activities.

The publications department of the National Association of Biology Teachers is asking grade 5-8 life science and biology teachers to submit original or adapted lab exercises, teaching tips, and ideas for a lab-activity publication that will debut in 1996. Adapted exercises should include proper copyright permission obtained from the original author. For more information, contact: Sherry Grimm, NABT, 11250 Roger Bacon Drive, #19, Reston, VA 22090-5202; (703) 471-1134.

  • October 1. Technology.

The National Educational Computing Conference is asking educators to submit original research papers for presentation at its 1996 conference. The general theme is using technologies to enhance education. Papers that relate to teaching with computers, telecommunications, and other technologies are encouraged. For more information, contact: NECC ‘96/TIES, Attn: Sue Soine, 2665 Long Lake Road, Suite 250, Roseville, MN 55113-2535; (612) 638-8764; fax (612) 638-8769; e-mail

  • October 1. Language Arts.

Language Arts, a publication of the National Council of Teachers of English for preschool through middle school educators, invites manuscripts that explore connections and communication between teachers, librarians, and publishers working in the field of language arts. Articles about how these different language arts experts help each other and studies of successful collaborations are especially encouraged. For more information, contact: William Teale, Editor, Language Arts, Division of Education, University of Texas at San Antonio, 6900 N. West Loop 1604, San Antonio, TX 78249-0654; (210) 691-4506.

  • November 1. Oral Language.

Language Arts is also seeking manuscripts that address the use of oral language in the classroom. Articles can focus on any aspect of oral language--from language play to drama in the classroom to storytelling. Submit articles to: William Teale, Editor, Language Arts, Division of Education, University of Texas at San Antonio, 6900 N. West Loop 1604, San Antonio, TX 78249-0654; (210) 691-4506.

In The Spotlight

Junior Achievement Inc., an economic education organization, has named Lynda Wolfe Smith as the 1994-95 National Applied Economics Teacher of the Year. Smith was selected for her innovative approach to teaching the relationships between economic concepts, business principles, and real-life problem-solving skills. She received a $1,000 honorarium.

The National Science Teachers Association has selected Judy Brown, director of education for the Miami Museum of Science, as the 1995 Distinguished Informal Science Educator of the Year. The award recognizes extraordinary contributions to the advancement of science education in settings other than the traditional school. Among her many accomplishments, Brown has increased the participation of female and minority students in science education and served as a leader in her community and profession. She received a plaque at the NSTA annual convention in Philadelphia.

Colony Communications Inc. has given eight teachers its Cable in the Classroom Innovation Award. Each teacher received a $500 U.S. Savings Bond for creating innovative classroom projects that featured educational cable programming. The winners are: Christine Costa of Saints Peter and Paul School in Fall River, Mass.; James Frank of Suncoast Elementary School in North Fort Myers, Fla.; Cheryl Jensen of John F. Kennedy High School in La Palma, Calif.; Michael Boucher of Mammoth Elementary School in Mammoth Lakes, Calif.; Yandr and Xanth Stack of Saugus Union Elementary District in Santa Clarita, Calif.; Julie Blank of Morningside Elementary School in Twin Falls, Idaho; and Anne O’Bryant of McCarthy Middle School in Chelmsford, Mass.

Following are the 1994 recipients of the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science and Mathematics Teaching. One math and one science teacher from each state were selected. The group was honored at awards ceremonies at the White House and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History in April.

Marian Moody of Oxford (Ala.) High School; Pamela Henson of Foley (Ala.) High School; Mardene Collins of Colony Middle School in Palmer, Alaska; Paul Allan of Colony High School in Palmer, Alaska; Betty Takesuye of Chaparral High School in Scottsdale, Ariz.; and Debra Bjorna of Desert Sky Middle School in Glendale, Ariz.

Wallece Brewer of Annie Camp Junior High School in Jonesboro, Ark.; Ellen Neaville of Rogers (Ark.) High School; Gary Tsuruda of Jordan Middle School in Palo Alto, Calif.; Roy Beven of Mission Viejo High School in San Juan Capistrano, Calif.; Art Wilson of Abraham Lincoln High School in Denver; Donald Gabriel of Brush (Colo.) High School; George Parker of Edwin O. Smith High School in Storrs, Conn.; Fie Budzinksky of Portland (Conn.) High School; Melinda Newport of A.T. Mahan High School in Iceland; and Roger Larson of Yokota High School in Japan (representing the Department of Defense Dependent Schools).

Brenda Holenda of Brandywine High School in Wilmington, Del.; Paul Pomeroy of Archmere Academy in Claymont, Del.; John Mahoney of The Sidwell Friends School in the District of Columbia; Geraldine Okwesa of Lemon Hine Junior High School in the District of Columbia; Elizabeth Perdue of Florida State University School in Tallahassee, Fla.; Jacqueline Simms of Sandalwood High School in Jacksonville, Fla.; Thomas Ottinger of Gilmer High School in Ellijay, Ga.; Phyllis Duke of E.T. Booth Middle School in Woodstock, Ga.; Grace Williams of Maryknoll High School in Honolulu; and Mark Hines of Mid-Pacific Institute in Honolulu.

George Tucker of Caldwell (Idaho) High School; Robert Beckwith of Centennial High School in Meridian, Idaho; John Diehl of Hinsdale (Ill.) Central High School; Beverly Sussman of Ivy Hall Middle School in Buffalo Grove, Ill.; James Mayes of Elkhart (Ind.) Memorial High School; Patricia Strawbridge of Portage (Ind.) High School; Bret Hoyer of John F. Kennedy High School in Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Ernest Schiller of Central Lee High School in Donnellson, Iowa; Jo Ann Schuette of Curtis Middle School in Wichita, Kan.; and Darrell Meador of Shawnee Mission (Kan.) South High School.

Cynthia Lawson of Beaumont Middle School in Lexington, Ky.; Rico Tyler of Franklin Simpson High School in Franklin, Ky.; Linda Gleason of Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts in Natchitoches, La.; John Swang of Mandeville (La.) Middle School; Marshalyn Baker of Williams Junior High School in Oakland, Maine; and Mary Murphy of Georges Valley High School in Thomaston, Maine.

Charles Koppelman of Wilde Lake High School in Columbia, Md.; Sister Ellen Callaghan of Mount Carmel High School in Essex, Md.; Katherine Norris of The Fenn School in Concord, Mass.; Stephen Cremer of Braintree (Mass.) High School; Diane Moore of Traverse City (Mich.) East Junior High School; Judith Morlan of Brownell Middle School in Grosse Pointe Farms, Mich.; Roger Larson of Champlin Park High School in Champlin, Minn.; and Leslie Kline of Metcalf Junior High School in Burnsville, Minn.

Carolyn Murphree of Rosa Fort Elementary School in Tunica, Miss.; Suzette Burton of Hancock High School in Bay St. Louis, Miss.; Mary Dowell of Palmer Junior High School in Independence, Mo.; Stan Smith of Warrensburg (Mo.) Middle School; Jean Howard of C.R. Anderson Middle School in Helena, Mont.; Denece Lord of Castle Rock Middle School in Billings, Mont.; Linda Hayek of Ralston High School in Omaha, Neb.; and Robert Feurer of North Bend (Neb.) Central Junior/Senior High School.

Jana McFadden of Clark High School in Las Vegas; Ellen Ebert of Green Valley High School in Henderson, Nev.; Alan Hallee of Nashua (N.H.) Senior High School; Michele Bartlett of Rundlett Junior High School in Concord, N.H.; Neil Cooperman of Columbia High School in Maplewood, N.J.; Barbara Reichert of Livingston (N.J.) High School; Robert Robbins of Rio Grand High School in Albuquerque, N.M.; and Susan Brown of Sierra Middle School in Las Cruces, N.M.

Cornelis deGroot of New Paltz (N.Y.) High School; David Pysnik of Sidney (N.Y.) High School; Kathryn Hill of Athens Drive High School in Raleigh, N.C.; Tonya Hancock of Martin Middle School in Raleigh, N.C.; Michael Gessner of Minot (N.D.) High School; Vern Davis of Mandan (N.D.) Senior High School; Deborah Phillips of St. Vincent-St. Mary High School in Akron, Ohio; Connie Hubbard of Minerva (Ohio) High School; Larry Hesler of Yale (Okla.) High School; Bobby Melton of Edmond (Okla.) Memorial High School; Richard Brannan of West Sylvan Middle School in Portland, Ore.; and Clayton Morishita of Clackamas High School in Milwaukie, Ore.

Sister Gertrude Carocci of Conwell-Egan Catholic High School in Fairless Hills, Pa.; Douglas Wildasin of Strawberry Mansion High School in Philadelphia; Juan Ortiz of Tejas Second Unit School in Yabucoa, Puerto Rico; Luisa Rodriguez de Barreto of Francisco Oller High School in Catano, Puerto Rico; Patricia Lytle of Toll Gate High School in Warwick, R.I.; Ronald Kahn of Central High School in Providence, R.I.; Wilma Shealy of Richard H. Gettys Middle School in Easley, S.C.; and Martha Boswell of Manning (S.C.) Middle School.

Joel Albright of Douglas High School in Ellsworth AFB, S.D.; Judith Vondruska of Mitchell (S.D.) High School; Deborah Rushing of Lake Road School in Union City, Tenn.; Linda Phelps of Camden (Tenn.) Central High School; Deborah Svedman of Harold Wiggs Middle School in El Paso, Texas; Andrea Foster of Katherine Stinson Middle School in San Antonio, Texas; Dindial Birbahadur of Arthur A. Richards Junior High School in Frederiksted, Virgin Islands; and Daniel Odell of Central High School in St. Croix, Virgin Islands.

David Barton of Olympus High School in Salt Lake City; Duane Merrell of Emery High School in Castle Dale, Utah; Jean McKenny of North Country Union High School in Newport, Vt.; M. Joseph Barry of Burlington (Vt.) High School; Karen Michalowicz of The Langley School in McLean, Va.; Dean Goodwin of Virginia Episcopal School in Lynchburg, Va.; Robin Washam of Kent-Meridian High School in Kent, Wash.; and Rosalind Philips of New Century High School in Olympia, Wash.

Cheryl Reger of Buckhannon-Upshur High School in Buckhannon, W.Va.; Beverly Bowers of Mannington (W.Va.) Middle School; Steven Reinhart of Chippewa Falls (Wis.) Middle School; Susan Johnson of Monona Grove High School in Monona, Wis.; AnnaDean Fugere of Glenrock (Wyo.) Middle School; and John Schenck of Hot Springs County High School in Thermopolis, Wyo.

Teaching Tools

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

Learning Disabilities.

The National Neurofibromatosis Foundation Inc. has published Achieving in Spite of . . . A Booklet on Learning Disabilities for parents, teachers, and health professionals. The 34-page guide discusses learning disabilities associated with neurofibromatosis, as well as statistics, facts, and common misconceptions about the disorder. Cost: $1. Contact: National Neurofibromatosis Foundation Inc., 95 Pine St., 16th Floor, New York, NY 10005; (800) 323-7938.


Peguis Publishers has released A Stone in My Shoe: Teaching Literacy in Times of Change, by Lorri Neilsen. The 145-page paperback is a collection of 14 essays that address contemporary literacy issues such as funding cuts, professional growth, gender bias, censorship, and the hierarchy of authority and control in education. Cost: $11.95. Contact: Peguis Publishers, 100-318 McDermot Ave., Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada R3A 0A2; (800) 667-9673.


Teachers & Writers Collaborative, a partner of the Library of Congress, has published The Adventures of Dr. Alphabet: 104 Unusual Ways To Write Poetry in the Classroom and the Community, by Dave Morice. The 288-page paperback contains creative poetry activities for children in grades K-12. Cost: $15.95, plus $3.50 shipping and handling. Contact: Teachers & Writers Collaborative, 5 Union Square W., New York, NY 10003-3306; (212) 691-6590.

Advertising Regulation.

The Manocherian Foundation offers Sex, Lies, and Profits, a video with an accompanying discussion guide, free to students and teachers. The 17-minute video introduces students to marketing techniques used by the alcohol industry to glorify alcohol consumption. The 28-page booklet encourages students to support efforts to further regulate alcohol advertising. Contact: The Manocherian Foundation, 3 New York Plaza, 18th Floor, New York, NY 10004; (212) 837-4844.

ESL Teachers.

The International Reading Association offers Using the Newspaper To Teach ESL Learners, by Rafael Olivares. The 104-page paperback provides practical suggestions that emphasize the effectiveness of newspapers in teaching basic language skills, math, science, and social studies to second-language learners. Cost: $9; $6 for IRA members. Contact: Order Department, International Reading Association, 800 Barksdale Road, P.O. Box 8139, Newark, DE 19714-8139; (800) 336-READ, ext. 266.


The nonprofit Bread and Roses Cultural Project has created a series of posters--titled “Women of Hope’'--that portrays 12 African-American women who have had a significant impact on American society. The 17-by-22-inch posters feature such women as Maya Angelou, Toni Morrison, and Fannie Lou Hamer. Cost: $12 per poster. Contact: Bread and Roses Cultural Project, 330 W. 42nd St., 15th Floor, New York, NY 10036; (800) 666-1728.


The International Society for Technology in Education has published the second edition of Telecommunications in the Classroom, by Sara Armstrong. Among other things, the 188-page paperback describes various telecommunications services, explains how teachers can get their classrooms hooked up, and provides a glossary of terms and additional source listings. Cost: $10, plus $3.50 shipping and handling. Contact: The International Society for Technology in Education, 1787 Agate St., Eugene, OR 97403-1923; (800) 336-5191.

Personal Safety.

Target Consultants International Ltd., a company that conducts personal-safety seminars, offers Become Streetwise! A Woman’s Guide to Personal Safety, by Arthur Cohen. The 132-page book provides teenagers and women of all ages with information on how to protect themselves and how to develop personal-safety programs in schools. Cost: $10, plus $3 shipping and handling. Contact: Target Consultants, P.O. Box 463, Massapequa Park, NY 11762; (516) 541-8092.

Geography Week.

The National Geographic Society has published a packet of K-12 educational materials for teachers to use during Geography Awareness Week (Nov. 12-18). The packet includes posters, reproducible maps, and a teachers’ handbook with lessons, activities, geographical facts, and resources. Cost: $3.50 each for fewer than 10 packets, $2.50 each for 10-19, and $50 for a box of 50. Please indicate the product numbers when ordering: for individual packets the number is 81374; for boxes of 50, 81374BLK. For more information, contact: National Geographic Society, P.O. Box 1640, Washington, DC 20013-1640; (202) 775-6577.


Journeyworks Publishing has released four new pamphlets promoting sexual abstinence for teenagers: Am I Ready for Sex?; Talking Abstinence; Sex: Ten Best Reasons To Wait; and Ten Great Ways To Show Love and Affection (Without Having Sex). Among other things, the pamphlets are designed to help students resist peer pressure. Cost: $14 for 50 pamphlets; free review copies are available to health-care professionals and educators. Contact: Journeyworks Publishing, Dept. P3-Abstinence, P.O. Box 8466, Santa Cruz, CA 95061-8466; (800) 775-1998.

Language Arts.

Teacher Created Materials Inc. has published Cooperative Learning Activities for Language Arts. The 144-page paperback provides ideas and practical suggestions for middle and junior high school teachers who are interested in setting up cooperative learning environments. The book includes an overview of cooperative learning, instructions and activities for introducing it to students and parents, guidelines for creating groups, and suggestions for assessment and portfolios. Cost: $12.95. Contact: Teacher Created Materials Inc., 6421 Industry Way, Westminster, CA 92683; (800) 662-4321.

Travel Programs.

Blue Penguin has published Travel and Learn: Where To Go for Everything You’d Love To Know, by Evelyn Kaye. The 244-page paperback lists more than 1,700 arts, archaeology, crafts, ecology, language, and nature programs offered by museums, universities, colleges, and organizations around the world. Cost: $19.95, plus $2.55 shipping and handling. Contact: Blue Penguin Publications, 3031 Fifth St., Boulder, CO 80304; (800) 800-8147.

Free Environmental Catalog.

The Eisenhower National Clearinghouse for Mathematics and Science Education is distributing Earth Day in the Classroom, a special issue of the organization’s Focus series. The free 28-page guide provides information for teachers who are seeking new texts, activities, and year-long programs on the environment. Contact: Eisenhower National Clearinghouse for Mathematics and Science Education, The Ohio State University, 1929 Kenny Road, Columbus, OH 43210; (800) 621-5785.

Child Safety.

Twin Sisters Productions, in conjunction with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, has issued “Safe and Sound,’' a 30-minute audiocassette designed to give children ages 5-12 the skills, information, and self-confidence they need to prevent abduction, abuse, and exploitation. The tape comes with a 24-page guide. Cost: $9.98. Contact: Twin Sisters Productions, 1340 Home Ave., Suite D, Akron, OH 44310; (800) 248-TWIN.

Free Program.

McDonald’s restaurants and the National Wildlife Federation offer “Amazing Animals,’' an educational resource for teachers of children ages 4-8. The packet, which is free of charge, includes a set of bookmarks depicting eight animals from around the world, a 7-page teachers’ guide, and suggested activities for students. It is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Contact: McDonald’s Educational Resource Center, 3620 Swenson Ave., St. Charles, IL 60174; (800) 627-7646.

Free Guide.

The Smithsonian Institution’s Office of Elementary and Secondary Education is distributing the latest edition of its free quarterly teaching guide, Art to Zoo. Each issue of the guide takes a multidisciplinary approach to a specific topic, such as American clothing, ocean and plant life, and archaeology. The quarterly, which is geared toward teachers of grades 3-8, provides background information, classroom activities, student handouts, and resource lists for teachers. For a subscription, contact: OESE, Smithsonian Institution, A&I 1163, MRC 402, Washington, DC 20560.

Book Lists.

The International Reading Association has published More Kids’ Favorite Books, an annotated bibliography of more than 300 popular titles for children ages 4-13. This edition, which covers books published from 1992-94, is indexed by title, author, and illustrator and categorized into five age categories. Cost: $8 for nonmembers; $5 for IRA members. Contact: Order Department, International Reading Association, P.O. Box 8139, Newark, DE 19714-8139; (800) 336-READ.

Banned Book Resource.

The American Library Association has published Banned Books: 1995 Resource Guide to help teachers prepare for the 14th annual Banned Books Week (Sept. 23-30). The guide contains an annotated bibliography of books that have been banned or have been the subject of controversy. Included with the guide are 100 bookmarks and four posters. Cost: $28, plus shipping and handling. Contact: Banned Books Week, American Library Association, 50 E. Huron St., Chicago, IL 60611; (800) 545-2433, ext. 4223.

Foreign Language.

JFA Inc., an international trade and communications company, is selling a poster titled “The Periodic Table of the Languages,’' for teachers of grades K-12. The poster includes the flags of 40 countries, the language spoken in each, and a word or phrase that best characterizes the national sentiment of the country. Cost: $16, plus $4 shipping and handling. Contact: JFA, 5160 Colonial Drive, Minneapolis, MN 55416; (612) 525-0731; fax (612) 525-0659.


Davies-Black Publishing Inc. has released Upgrade: The High-Tech Road to School Success, by Claudine Wirths and Mary Bowman-Kruhm. The 132-page paperback shows middle and high school students how to use computers, camcorders, tape recorders, and copiers to improve their study skills, learn math and science, read and take notes, and prepare speeches. Cost: $11.95. Contact: Davies-Black Publishing Inc., 3803 E. Bayshore Road, Palo Alto, CA 94303; (800) 624-1765.

Free Book.

Nestle USA Inc. is making available Women of Courage, by Kenneth Bentley. The 80-page softcover book profiles the inspirational stories of 35 African-American women, including Charlayne Hunter-Gault, Hazel O’Leary, and Terrie Williams. The book is free to schools and community organizations. Contact: Nestle USA, Public Affairs Department, 800 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale, CA 91203.

Multicultural Education.

Pinto Press offers African-American Firsts, by Joan Potter and Constance Clayton. The 336-page paperback, appropriate for students in grades 6 and up, details more than 400 African Americans who have had an impact on American society in such areas as business, education, entertainment, history, science, and sports. Cost: $14.95. Contact: Pinto Press, Route 1, P.O. Box 78, Elizabethtown, NY 12932; (800) 356-9315.

College Survival Guide.

Peterson’s, a publishing company, has released The Ultimate College Survival Guide for high school teachers, librarians, and students. The 256-page paperback offers advice on a range of topics, including living on- or off-campus, studying for exams, selecting courses, dealing with professors, and dating. Cost: $11.95. Contact: Peterson’s, 202 Carnegie Center, P.O. Box 2123, Princeton, NJ 08543-2123; (800) 338-3282.

For Your Students

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

  • ) denote new entries.
  • Open. Exchange Students.

The International Education Forum, an American nonprofit educational and cultural organization, is looking for volunteer families throughout the nation to host foreign-exchange students from around the world. IEF arranges for teenagers to visit and live in American homes for either three, five, or nine months during the academic year. For more information, call (800) 824-3702 and ask for the name and phone number of the IEF coordinator in your community.

  • Open. Pen Pals.

The International Institute of Minnesota, a nonprofit organization of the United Way, sponsors World Pen Pals, a service that matches U.S. students ages 12-20 with those from 175 countries and territories all over the world. To receive an application, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to: International Institute of Minnesota, 1694 Como Ave., St. Paul, MN 55108; (612) 647-0191.

  • Open. Children’s Books.

Raspberry Publications Inc., publisher of children’s books written and illustrated by young people, invites students in grades K-12 to submit manuscripts for possible publication. Authors receive a standard book contract and royalties, which they are encouraged to put into a trust fund for college. For more information, contact: Raspberry Publications Inc., P.O. Box 925, Westerville, OH 43086-6925; (800) 759-7171.

  • August 15. Art & Design.

Ray Dream Inc., makers of 3-D illustration software, invites high school students whose schools use the company’s software to enter its Modern Masters of 3-D International Art & Design Contest. The theme is “Spirit of Invention--Build a Better Mousetrap.’' Applicants must submit a digital version of their design on disk, as well as a printout. One grand-prize winner will receive a complete Pentium or Power Macintosh computer system. Contact: Ray Dream Inc., 1804 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View, CA 94043; (415) 960-0768; e-mail

  • September 15. Soloists.

Very Special Arts invites any musician under the age of 26--instrumentalist or vocalist--with a disability to submit an application for the 1996 Panasonic Young Soloists Award. Up to two recipients each receive a $5,000 scholarship to pursue music studies. They also get the opportunity to perform at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. Applicants must submit a videotape or audiocassette recording, a letter of application, and a 250-word biography describing why they feel they should be selected. To receive an application packet, contact: Very Special Arts, Young Soloists Program, Education Office, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, DC 20566; (800) 933-8721 (voice), or (202) 737-0645 (TDD).

--Everett F. Boyd, Cheryl Gamble, and Amanda Lewis

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

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