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January 01, 1996 36 min read


Following is a list of application deadlines for grants, fellowships, and honors available to individuals. Asterisks (

  • ) denote new entries.


January 9. Gender Equity.

The American Association of University Women Educational Foundation offers the 1996-97 Eleanor Roosevelt Teacher Fellowships, which give female teachers the opportunity to learn techniques that will increase girls’ self-confidence and academic performance, especially in math and science. Approximately 20 teachers who have demonstrated a commitment to gender equity in the classroom each receive stipends ranging from $1,000 to $10,000. Eligible are women who have taught full time in a K-12 public school for at least three consecutive years; at least part of their teaching assignments must include math, science, or technology. Contact: American Association of University Women Educational Foundation, Dept. 14, 2201 N. Dodge St., Iowa City, IA 52243-4030; (319) 337-1716, ext. 59.

  • January 16. Humanities.

The Council for Basic Education’s Independent Study in the Humanities Fellowship Program is accepting applications for a summer of sustained scholarly independent study. Eligible are teachers of grades K-12, librarians, principals, heads of schools, and two-person teams. A total of 100 fellowships will be awarded; teachers and librarians will receive $2,500 each, principals and heads of schools $1,700 each, and two-person teams $5,000 per team. Applicants must complete an entry form with letters of recommendation and submit the design and research for a study program. To receive an application, contact: ISH Fellowship, Council for Basic Education, 1319 F St., N.W., Suite 900, Washington, DC 20004-1152; fax (301) 570-8655; e-mail

January 16. Principals.

The Council for Basic Education--in conjunction with the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Esther A. and Joseph Klingenstein Fund, and the DeWitt Wallace-Reader’s Digest Fund--offers the National Fellowships for Independent Study in the Humanities for Principals, intended to give principals four weeks of self-designed independent study in the humanities. Eligible are full-time elementary and secondary school principals with at least two years’ experience who plan to continue as a principal for at least five more years. Applicants must also have taught for three years and hold a master’s degree. For more information, contact: Council for Basic Education, National Fellowships for Independent Study in the Humanities for Principals, P.O. Box 135, Ashton, MD 20861.

January 29. Arts Education.

The Council for Basic Education, in conjunction with the National Endowment for the Arts, invites applications for the Arts Education Fellowship Program. Approximately 30 fellows will each be awarded a $2,500 grant to pursue between four to eight weeks of independent study in the arts in a setting of their choice. Eligible are teachers of grades K-12 and artists who teach in schools at least 20 hours per week. For more information, contact: Council for Basic Education, 1319 F St., N.W., Suite 900, Washington, DC 20004-1152; (202) 347-4171; fax (202) 347-5047.

  • February 15. English.

The National Council of Teachers of English invites its members to apply for the Teacher-Researcher Grant Program. Grants of up to $2,500 will be awarded for proposals that explore questions related to teaching English/language arts. Eligible are teachers in grades K-14. To receive an application form, contact: Project Assistant, Teacher-Researcher Grant Program, NCTE Research Foundation, 1111 W. Kenyon Road, Urbana, IL 61801; (217) 328-3870.

February 15. Television.

C-SPAN, an educational cable network, seeks nominations for the 1996 C-SPAN High School Teacher Fellowship Program. One winner will be selected to work for four weeks during the summer at C-SPAN’s offices in Washington, D.C., creating high school classroom materials. The fellowship includes a $5,000 stipend for living expenses, $500 in coupons redeemable for C-SPAN videos, and round-trip airfare. Only members of C-SPAN in the Classroom, an educational service, are eligible. Teachers can request an application but must be nominated by a cable affiliate. For more information, contact: 1996 C-SPAN High School Teacher Fellowship Program, C-SPAN, c/o Education and Marketing Services, 400 N. Capitol St., N.W., Suite 650, Washington, DC 20001; (202) 737-3220; fax (202) 737-3323.

March 1. U.S. Constitution.

The James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation offers 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 Fellowship Program, P.O. Box 4030, 2201 N. Dodge St., Iowa City, IA 52243-4030; (800) 525-6928; fax (319) 337-1204; e-mail

  • March 15. 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 100 field research projects. Affiliated projects in such subject areas as zoology, art, health care, marine biology, and archaeology are under way in 22 U.S. states and more than 69 countries. Most fellowship expeditions last about two weeks. Full and partial fellowships are available. For more information, contact: Earthwatch, 680 Mt. Auburn St., Watertown, MA 02172; (800) 776-0188.


January 5. Hall Of Fame.

Applications are being accepted for the fifth annual Teacher Induction Program into the National Teachers Hall of Fame in Emporia, Kan. 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 at a ceremony in Emporia in June. Eligible are active or retired certified teachers of prekindergarten through 12th grade with at least 15 years’ classroom experience in a public or private school. For more information or to receive the official nomination form, contact: The National Teachers Hall of Fame, 1320 C of E Drive, Emporia, KS 66801; (800) 96-TEACH; (316) 341-5660; fax (316) 341-5912.

January 15. Gifted Children.

The Intertel Foundation Inc. announces the 1996 International Hollingworth Award Competition. The $2,000 award is presented annually for proposed research in the field of the education or psychology of gifted children and is open to both individuals and educational organizations. For more information, send a self-addressed envelope to: Dr. Roxanne Cramer, Chairwoman, Hollingworth Award Committee, 4300 Sideburn Road, Fairfax, VA 22030-3507.

  • February 15. Athletics.

The Women’s Sports Foundation, a nonprofit educational organization, in conjunction with Budget Rent-A-Car, is accepting nominations for its Budget CAR Coaches Award. Eligible are female recreational sports directors and coaches of high school or Division III sports teams. Fifty regional winners will each receive $250. They will then go on to compete for one of four national awards of $500 each, to be presented at the annual conference to be held in Orlando, Fla., in May 1996. For a nomination form, contact: Women’s Sports Foundation, Eisenhower Park, East Meadow, NY 11554; (800) 227-3988; fax (516) 542-4716.

February 15. Chemistry.

The Polymer Education Committee of the American Chemical Society, in conjunction with the Dow Chemical Company Foundation, invites junior high and high school chemistry teachers to apply for the 1996 Award for Excellence in Polymer Education. Teachers will be judged on their innovative uses of classroom and laboratory activities that promote the understanding of polymer chemistry. One national winner will be recognized at the American Chemical Society’s national conference and will receive a cash prize, a set of polymer chemistry materials for use in the classroom, and a certificate of recognition. To receive an application, contact: Professor David Collard, School of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA 30332-0400.

February 15. Home Economics.

The American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences, in conjunction with GLENCOE/McGraw-Hill and the Teacher of the Year Endowment Fund, offers the National Family and Consumer Sciences Teacher of the Year Award. The $1,000 award also includes up to $500 in financial support to attend the AAFCS annual meeting in Nashville, Tenn. Eligible are K-12 teachers of family and consumer sciences. For more information, contact: The American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences, 1555 King St., Alexandria, VA 22314; (703) 706-4600; fax (703) 706-4663.

  • March 1. Arts Education.

Heldref Publications offers two prizes for articles written about arts education. The 1996 Young Writers Award will go to the best article on any aspect of K-12 arts education policy written by a teacher under the age of 35; the winner receives a $500 cash prize. The 1996 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 be between 3,000 and 3,500 words in length. For more information, 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 15. Biology.

The National Association of Biology Teachers, in conjunction with Prentice Hall publishers, is accepting nominations for its Outstanding Biology Teacher Awards. One winner from each state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Canada, and the overseas territories will each receive a free one-year membership in the NABT, a plaque to be presented at the 1996 NABT annual convention in Charlotte, N.C., and a $1,500 certificate for travel expenses and the purchase of biology supplies and equipment. Eligible are current biology and life science teachers of grades 7-12 with at least three years’ teaching in a public or parochial school. For more information, contact: National Association of Biology Teachers, 11250 Roger Bacon Drive, #19, Reston, VA 22090-5202; (703) 471-1134.

  • March 15. Campaign Programming.

C-SPAN is accepting entries for its 1995-96 Equipment-For-Education Grant. Entries should highlight creative and effective uses of C-SPAN’s Campaign ’96 programming in the classroom. They can consist of videotape, student artwork, photographs of classroom activities, student testimonials, and any other appropriate material. Two grand prizes will be awarded: one expense-paid trip to the Democratic National Convention in Chicago and one to the Republican National Convention in San Diego. Winners will have the opportunity to participate in C-SPAN’s coverage of the convention. C-SPAN will award up to 30 televisions and VCRs to additional winners. To receive an application, contact: C-SPAN in the Classroom, 1995-96 Equipment-for-Education Grant Program, 400 N. Capitol St., N.W., Suite 650, Washington, DC 20001; (202) 737-3220.

  • March 31. First-Year Teachers.

Sallie Mae is accepting nominations for its First-Class Teacher Awards Program. Eligible are first-year teachers who have shown outstanding instructional skills and have interacted effectively with faculty, staff, students, parents, and the community. Teachers must be nominated by their district’s superintendent. As many as 53 winners, one from each state, the District of Columbia, and the eastern and western territories, will each receive a $1,500 cash award and a personalized lucite sculpture. For a nomination form, contact: Sallie Mae, Corporate Communications, 1050 Thomas Jefferson St., N.W., Washington DC 20007; (202) 298-3019; fax (202) 298-3160.

  • April 1. PTA.

The National PTA, in conjunction with the Hearst Foundation, invites nominations for the Phoebe Apperson Hearst Outstanding Educator Award. Educators currently employed in preschool through senior high school who have demonstrated professional excellence and commitment to the objectives of the PTA are eligible. A local PTA unit nominates one individual for the competition. The winner will be awarded an expense-paid trip to the 1996 National PTA Convention in Washington, D.C., and a cash award of $2,000. The local PTA that prepared the application will receive $2,000 for a project of special interest to the winner. Three honorable-mention winners will receive plaques of recognition. Contact: National PTA, 330 N. Wabash Ave., Suite 2100, Chicago, IL 60611-3690; (312) 670-6782.

April 1. Theater.

Tekgod Publications invites high school theater teachers in communities of less than 10,000 residents to apply for the Rural Theater Teacher of the Year Award. One $500 cash award will be given for outstanding and selfless service in isolated, financially limited, and culturally unsupportive environments. For applications, contact: Tekgod Publications, 10400 Connecticut Ave., Suite 100-222, Kensington, MD 20895; (800) 293-TEKI.

  • April 19. Principals.

MetLife and the National Association of Secondary School Principals, in association with the United States Department of Education, invite applications for the 1997 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. One Principal of the Year will be chosen from each state, the District of Columbia, New York City, and the Department of Defense schools; four national finalists will then be selected and will each receive a $2,500 grant. The National Principal of the Year will be selected from among the finalists at a banquet in January 1997. He or she will be honored at the association’s annual convention in Orlando, Fla., in March 1997 and will receive an additional $7,500. Contact: National Association of Secondary School Principals, 1904 Association Drive, Reston, VA 22091; (703) 860-0200.


  • February 1. Language.

Language Arts, the official journal of the National Council of Teachers of English, invites manuscripts on the topic “Learning About Language in Today’s Language Arts Programs.’' Aspects of this topic should include the role of phonemic awareness and decoding in beginning reading instruction, grammar teaching and spelling instruction, as well as other issues related to a child’s ability to know about and reflect on language use. Contact: William Teale, Editor, Language Arts, College of Education, University of Illinois at Chicago, 1040 W. Harrison St., Chicago, IL 60607-7133.

  • February 1. ESL.

English Journal, the periodical of the high school and middle school divisions of the National Council of Teachers of English, is accepting essays on teaching English as a Second Language. Topics might include strategies and resources, ways to integrate non-English-speaking students into a classroom, or an English teacher’s obligation to ESL students. For more information, contact: Leila Christenbury, Editor, English Journal, School of Education, Virginia Commonwealth University, P.O. Box 842020, Richmond, VA 23284-2020.

February 15. Tolerance.

The Southern Poverty Law Center invites prekindergarten through 1st grade teachers to submit their success stories in teaching racial equality and harmony. Several stories will be highlighted in an upcoming video produced by the center’s Teaching Tolerance project. For more information, contact: Margie McGovern Films, 1498 Dolores St., San Francisco, CA 94110; (415) 641-6100; fax (415) 641-6200.

  • March 1. Children’s Literature.

Children’s Literature in the Secondary Classroom, an edited collection that explores the ways teachers use children’s literature with young adults, is accepting essays for publication. Topics may include using children’s literature to teach literary criticism, gender issues, or composition. Other topics will be considered, as well. Papers should be double-spaced and be between five and 15 pages in length. For more information, contact: Bruce Goebel, Department of English, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT 84112; (801) 581-6168.

  • March 1. Biology.

The National Association of Biology Teachers’ publication department is seeking life science and biology activities for a new How-To-Do-It publication designed for teachers of grades K-6. Anyone with experience teaching students in this age group is encouraged to send his or her original lab exercises, teaching tips, and ideas. Of special interest are hands-on, investigative exercises dealing with living organisms. Submissions should be typed and double-spaced. For more information, contact: Sherry Grimm, National Association of Biology Teachers, 11250 Roger Bacon Drive, #19, Reston, VA 22090-5202; (703) 471-1134; (800) 406-0775.


The National Council of Negro Women has selected seven regional recipients and one national winner for its Excellence in Teaching Award, honoring exemplary teachers throughout the United States who have made significant contributions in the education of African-American students. The national winner is Addie Shopshire-Role of Archer High School in Atlanta. The regional finalists are: Charmaine Keeton of Harrington Elementary School in Denver; Rena Morrow of the J.R. Masterman Laboratory & Demonstration School in Philadelphia; Euna Thompson of the Patterson Career Center in Dayton, Ohio; Helen Arnold-Massey of Lillian Nicholson Specialty School for Mathematics and Science in Chicago; Edward Turpin of J.C. Nalle Elementary School in Washington, D.C.; Shirley Adelia Stewart of McDonough #19 Elementary School in New Orleans; and Diann Phillips Ashe of Crawford Long Middle School in Atlanta.

Thirty-six teachers nationwide have been selected as 1995 recipients of the American Teacher Awards, sponsored by the Walt Disney Co. and McDonald’s Corp. Three teachers were recognized in each of 12 categories. The honorees are listed by category.

Athletic Coach: Nancy Dilks of Morresville (N.C.) High School; Alvis Johnson of Harrodsburg (Ky.) High School; and Richard Ruffalo of Belleville (N.J.) High School. Early childhood: Linda Alston of Hallet Science/Technology Academy in Denver; Francine Elizabeth Jean Johnson of Oscar Stanton DePriest Elementary School in Chicago; and Ellen O’Rourke Knudson of Victor Solheim Elementary School in Bismarck, N.D. English: Grace Kanai Brown of Manzano High School in Albuquerque, N.M.; Christine Nicolette Gonzalez of Booker T. Washington High School for Performing Arts in Dallas; and Diane Simon

of Horace Mann School for the Deaf in Allston, Mass. Foreign Language/English As A Second Language: Thomas Keith Cothrun of Las Cruces (N.M.) High School; Peggy Hagmann of North High School in Eau Claire, Wis.; and Gabriela Epstein Yonker of Chevy Chase (Md.) Elementary School.

General Elementary: Excell Norman Hunter of Buchanan Street Elementary School in Los Angeles; Gwynn Taft Pearman of West Hills Elementary School in Knoxville, Tenn.; and Linda Starkweather of Lincoln Heights Elementary School in Fuquay-Varina, N.C. Mathematics: Cindy Boyd of Abilene (Texas) High School; Rosenia Christiansen of William Lincoln School in Brookline, Mass.; and Roosevelt Peters of Baker (La.) Middle School. Performing Arts: Alphonse Michael Marks of Hattiesburg (Miss.) High School; Gary Moore of Carver Creative and Performing Arts Center, Carver High School in Montgomery, Ala.; and Sandra Brown Williams of Roosevelt Middle School in Eugene, Ore. Physical Education/Health: Jill Anderson of Norwalk (Iowa) Middle School; Karen Mendon of Montebello (Calif.) Intermediate School; and Larry Satchwell of Shiloh Elementary School in Lithonia, Ga.

Science: Mary Lofton Davidson of the Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science in Columbus, Miss.; Stephen Rodecker of Chula Vista (Calif.) High School; and Ranjini Weerasooriya of J.R. Masterman Demonstration School in Philadelphia. Social Studies: Linda Darus Clark of St. Thomas More in Brooklyn, Ohio; Jody Smothers Marcello of Blatchley Middle School in Sitka, Alaska; and Kazar Anthony Matoian of North Park Summit High School in San Diego. Visual Arts: Ana Raquel Beechner of Adelante Academy in San Antonio; Virginia Karen Freyermuth of Duxbury (Mass.) Junior/Senior High School; Art Sherwyn of Wasco (Calif.) Union High School. Vocational/Technical Education: John Robert Holmes of John Marshall High School in Milwaukee; James Jackson Sr. of Mundelein (Ill.) High School; and Rick Moore of Henderson High School in Chamblee, Ga.


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


WGBH Boston, in conjunction with the National Science Foundation, has produced Partnerships That Work, a 49-minute videotape designed to help middle school teachers develop an after-school curriculum that will involve their students with science. The video, filmed in three Boston science museums, and accompanying guidebook highlight such activities as dissecting owl pellets and building microscopes. Cost: $19.95. To order, call: (800) 255-9424.


The American Jewish Committee is offering a free 12-page pamphlet, “Religion in Public Schools: What Is Permissible, What Is Not,’' that deals with such topics as school prayer, the teaching of creationism, and religious holidays in the classroom. To receive a copy, send a stamped, self-addressed, business-size envelope to: Janice Hyman-Walpo, American Jewish Committee, 165 E. 56th St., New York, NY 10022.

African-American History.

HarperCollins has published Glory Days, by Janus Adams, a 384-page book that contains 365 important people, events, and accomplishments in African-American history. Arranged by calendar date, categories include independence, heroes, law, literature, women’s studies, engineering, and more. Cost: $18. Contact: HarperCollins; (800) 242-7737.


The Terrific Science Press has published Teaching Physics With Toys, prepared in conjunction with the National Science Foundation. The 296-page book contains hands-on activities that allow kids in grades K-9 to explore and learn about inertia, kinetic energy, the laws of motion, and other basic physics principles. The book includes reproducible work sheets. Also available is Teaching Chemistry With Toys. Cost: $17.96 each. Contact: McGraw-Hill, P.O. Box 546, Blacklick, OH 43004; (800) 722-4726; fax (614) 755-5645.


Zero Population Growth Inc., a nonprofit organization, offers free educational kits for kids and teens. Kid’s Pack, designed for children in grades 1-6, presents a variety of environmental and population activities; it includes stickers, word games, and a poster. Teen Pack, designed for students in grades 7-12, offers global perspectives on overpopulation and land use; also included are ideas to enhance research papers and suggestions for starting petition drives. Contact: ZPG’s Population Education Program, 1400 16th St., N.W., Suite 320, Washington, DC 20036; (202) 332-2200; fax (202) 332-2302; e-mail


Zino Press has published Editorial Cartoons By Kids 1996, compiled by the editors of NewsCurrents, an educational current events program. The 200-page book contains political and social cartoons by students in grades 3-12, including the top winners in each age category of the NewsCurrents Student Editorial Cartoon Contest. Cost: $9.95. Contact: Zino Press, P.O. Box 52, Madison, WI 53701; (800) 356-2303; fax (608) 831-1570.


Greathall Productions Inc. has introduced A Storyteller’s Version of Shakespeare for Children, told by Jim Weiss. The 60-minute tape, designed for students in grades 4-12, retells A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Taming of the Shrew. Cost: $9.95 for a tape, $14.95 for a CD. Contact: Greathall Productions Inc., P.O. Box 813, Benicia, CA 94510; (800) 477-6234; fax (707) 745-5820.


The Department of Veterans Affairs offers “Celebrating America’s Freedoms,’' a free package of 16 essays and fact sheets on topics ranging from the origins of Veterans Day to the history of the American flag. The series is in black and white and is designed for reproduction and distribution. To order the series, contact: Department of Veterans Affairs, (80D), Office of Public Affairs, 810 Vermont Ave., N.W., Washington, DC 20420.


The National Council of Teachers of English has published Books for You: An Annotated Booklist for Senior High Students, 1995 Edition. The 430-page book groups more than 1,000 books published between 1990 and 1994 within 36 subject categories, including: “Adventure and Survival,’' “Family Relationships,’' “Inspiration and Religion,’' and more. Included are author, subject, and title indexes, as well as an appendix that lists award-winning works of poetry, fiction, drama, and nonfiction. Cost: $15.95 for NCTE members; $21.95 for nonmembers. Contact: National Council of Teachers of English, 1111 W. Kenyon Road, Urbana, IL 61801-1096.


MATH MADE Easy Educational Videotapes offers a free copy of their quarterly four-page newsletter, Learning Trends, that contains educational tips and articles for students of all ages. To receive a free copy, contact: Learning Trends, MATH MADE Easy, 205 Kings Highway, Brooklyn, NY 11223; (800) MATH-HELP.

Language Development.

The National Center for Research on Cultural Diversity and Second Language Learning has released Fostering Second Language Development in Young Children: Principles and Practices, by Barry McLaughlin. The 16-page report offers guidelines for teaching language skills to young children with limited proficiency in English, including suggestions for developing student-generated texts and stimulating social interaction. Cost: $4. Contact: The National Center for Cultural Diversity and Second Language Learning, Center for Applied Linguistics, 1118 22nd St., N.W., Washington, DC 20037; (202) 429-9292.


The editors at Planet Dexter, an education book publisher, are offering Planet Dexter’s Card Zone, a 64-page book, plus deck of cards, for children ages 8-12 that contains a variety of fun probability experiments and learning games. Cost: $12.99. To order, contact: Planet Dexter, One Jacob Way, Reading, MA 01867-3999; (800) 358-4566; fax (617) 944-8243.

Social Studies.

Read, a language arts magazine for junior and senior high school students, is offering class sets (25 copies) of materials on the Civil War and the Holocaust. The Civil War set contains nonfiction articles on the Underground Railroad and the battle of Gettysburg, plus a play on the plot to assassinate president-elect Lincoln before his inauguration. The Holocaust issue includes nonfiction articles on the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, a play version of “Daniel’s Story,’' plus an excerpt from Ida Vos’ novel Anna Is Still Here. Cost: $4.95 per set. There is a limit of two sets per teacher. To order, send payment to: Weekly Reader Corp., Read Back Issues, 245 Long Hill Road, Middletown, CT 06457.


Teacher Created Materials Inc. is offering Portfolio Planner, a step-by-step guide to portfolio assessment. The 144-page book includes reproducible forms and practical suggestions for making and using portfolios in all grades and curricular areas. Cost: $12.95. Contact: Teacher Created Materials Inc., 6421 Industry Way, Westminster, CA 92683; (800) 858-7339; fax (800) 525-1254.

Free Poster.

Teachers Insurance and Annuity

Association is offering a free, 18-by-30-inch color poster depicting a variety of apples grown in the United States. Supplies are limited. Send your request in writing to: Maria Gutierrez, Poster Offer, Instructor, TIAA, 750 Third Ave., 7th Floor, New York, NY 10017.

Children’s Books.

Scholastic Professional Books has published Getting the Most From Predictable Books, by Michael Opitz. The 111-page book contains strategies and activities for teaching children in grades K-2 using more than 75 favorite children’s books, among them Steven Kellog’s Is Your Mama a Llama? and Karla Kuskin’s City Noise. Cost: $12. Contact: Scholastic Inc., 411 Lafayette St., New York, NY 10003; (800) 724-6527.

Study Guide.

Richard Gallagher, a teacher and educational consultant, has published How To Study: More Than 100 Ideas To Take the Mystery Out of Studying, for students of all ages. The 144-page book includes pointers on memorization, reading to remember, note taking, test taking, and concentration. Cost: $9.95. Contact: Richard Gallagher, 416 Comly St., Philadelphia, PA 19120; (800) 766-7883.


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

  • ) denote new entries.

January 10. Young Writers.

The National Council of Teachers of English is accepting nominations for the 1996 Promising Young Writers Program. Eighth grade English language arts teachers are encouraged to nominate students and submit samples of their best written work. Winning students will receive a certificate of recognition. The council charges a nomination fee of $5 per student. For more information, contact: Promising Young Writers Program, National Council of Teachers of English, 1111 W. Kenyon Road, Urbana, IL 61801-1096.

  • January 12. Inventions.

Duracell and the National Science Teachers Association invite high school students to enter the Duracell/NSTA Scholarship Competition. Students must design and build a working mechanical device powered by Duracell batteries that performs a useful function. Students should photograph their devices, draw schematic diagrams of them, and write a two-page paper describing their uses. The top 100 finalists will be asked to send their actual machines for judging. The first-place winner receives a $20,000 U.S. Savings Bond; five second-place winners each receive a $10,000 bond; 94 additional winners receive bonds of up to $1,000 in value. Contact: Duracell/NSTA Scholarship Competition, National Science Teachers Association, 1840 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22201-3000.

  • January 12. Savings Bonds.

The U.S. Treasury Department welcomes submissions for its fifth annual Savings Bonds Poster Contest. Students in grades 4-6 are asked to create a poster that promotes the U.S. Savings Bonds programs and the importance of saving for the future. Three winners from each state and the District of Columbia will each receive a $1,000, $500, and $200 U.S. Savings Bond, respectively, and be entered in the national contest. The top three winners from that group will receive a $5,000, $2,000, and $500 U.S. Savings Bond, respectively. The three national winners will travel free to Washington, D.C., to receive their awards. For an entry form, contact: National Student Poster Contest, Bureau of the Public Debt, Savings Bonds Marketing Office, Room 331, 999 E St., N.W., Washington, DC 20226.

  • January 12. Safety.

The National Safe Kids Campaign encourages children in grades K-9 to research a local safety issue and design a project to address the problem. Children may conduct a public awareness campaign, work with local officials to enforce or improve safety laws, or distribute safety products to those in need. Fifty-two grand-prize winners will receive an expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., to participate as Safe Kids spokespeople during National Safe Kids Week, May 4-11, 1996. For contest guidelines, contact: National Safe Kids Campaign, 111 Michigan Ave., N.W., Washington, DC 20010-2970; (202) 884-4993; fax (301) 650-8038.

January 29. Design.

The New Jersey Institute of Technology invites submissions for the 1996 National Architectural Design Competition for High School Students. Students are asked to submit designs for “A Cafe for Your Neighborhood.’' Project requirements include sketches of ground plans, a section cut of the building, and a three-dimensional view or a perspective view of the cafe. One grand-prize winner will be awarded a five-year, full-tuition scholarship to NJIT; a second-prize winner will receive a five-year, half-tuition scholarship. Four $250 cash prizes will also be awarded. Awards are contingent upon admission to the NJIT School of Architecture. All entrants must have a teacher sponsor. For registration materials, contact: Sandy Moore, Competition Coordinator, School of Architecture, New Jersey Institute of Technology, University Heights, Newark, NJ 07102-1982; e-mail

  • January 31. Art And Writing.

The Alliance for Young Artists and Writers, a nonprofit organization, invites students in grades 7-12 to submit entries for the Scholastic Art Awards and the Scholastic Writing Awards. Approximately 500 Scholastic Art Awards will be distributed in four categories: fine arts, design, crafts, and portfolios. Approximately 200 awards will be distributed for the Scholastic Writing Awards in seven categories: short story, essay/nonfiction/opinion writing, dramatic script, poetry, humor, science fiction/fantasy, and writing portfolio. Cash prizes range from $100 to $5,000. For more information, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to: The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, 555 Broadway, New York, NY 10012-3999.

  • January 31. Float Design.

The International House of Pancakes is sponsoring its fifth consecutive “Dream Up Our Float Contest,’' in conjunction with its participation in the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade. Children ages 6-12 are asked to write a brief description of “The Best Day in My Life’’ and sketch their idea of a float based on this theme. Seven regional finalists will be chosen; the grand-prize winner will be selected from this group. That person wins a trip for four to Pasadena, Calif., where he or she will ride on IHOP’s float in the 1997 Rose Parade, visit Universal Studios, and attend the Rose Bowl Game. In addition, the winner receives a multimedia computer from AT&T and a set of seven CD-ROM software titles. All regional finalists will receive a FunSaver camera from Kodak and athletic shoes from LA Gear. Winners, along with their classmates, will be treated to a pancake party at a local IHOP restaurant. For more information, contact: IHOP Corp., “Dream Up Our Float Contest,’' 525 N. Brand Blvd., 3rd Floor, Glendale, CA 91203; (714) 708-9176.

January 31. Publish A Book.

Raintree/Steck-Vaughn Publishers announces the 1996 Publish-A-Book Contest. Students in grades 2-6 are encouraged to submit their original fiction or nonfiction stories on the theme “Mysteries.’' Entries must be typed, double-spaced, and mailed by a sponsor, either a teacher or a librarian. Stories for grades 2-3 should be 300 to 500 words; entries for grades 4-6 should be 700 to 900 words. One winner from grades 2-3 and four winners from grades 4-6 each receive a $500 advance against author royalties and 10 copies of the published book; 30 honorable-mention winners each receive a $25 cash prize. For more information, contact: Publish-A-Book Contest, Raintree/Steck-Vaughn Publishers, P.O. Box 27010, Austin, TX 78755.

January 31. Travel.

EF Educational Tours invites students in grades 9-12 to apply for the EF Ambassador Scholarship. Students must submit any type of poetry, prose, art, computer program, photograph, or essay that highlights their plan for global or local change. Sixty-two students will be awarded a 10-day Ambassador Tour of Europe, including round-trip airfare, accommodations, meals, and more. To request an application or for more information, contact: EF Educational Tours, Scholarship Programs, One Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA 02142; e-mail; World Wide Web

January 31. Letter Writing.

RespecTeen announces the 1996 Speak for Yourself competition. Students in grades 7-8 are invited to submit a copy of a letter they have written to one of their U.S. representatives on an important national issue. One winner from each state and the District of Columbia will be selected to attend the 1996 RespecTeen National Youth Forum, to be held May 11-16 in Washington, D.C. For more information, call: (800) 888-3820.

  • February 1. History.

The National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution invites graduating high school seniors who will be majoring in American history to apply for the American History Scholarship. Up to two $2,000 annual scholarships will be awarded for four years of study; in addition, $1,000 annual scholarships will also be awarded. Applicants must be sponsored by a local DAR chapter. For more information, contact a local DAR chapter or NSDAR, 1776 D St., N.W., Washington, DC 20006-5303; (202) 628-1776; fax (202) 879-3252.

February 1. Technology.

The National Science Teachers Association, in conjunction with the Toshiba Corp., announces the fourth annual Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision Awards. Groups of three to four students in grades K-12, guided by one teacher-adviser, must choose some type of technology and envision how it might be used 20 years from now. Members of four first-place and eight second-place teams will receive a weekend trip to Washington, D.C. In addition, students on the first-place teams will each receive a $10,000 U.S. Savings Bond; those on second-place teams will receive $5,000 bonds. The teacher-adviser and schools of the national finalist teams will be awarded a choice of Toshiba products. Contact: Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision Awards Program, 1840 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22201-3000; (703) 243-7100.

  • February 2. Traffic Safety.

The American Automobile Association is accepting submissions for its National School Traffic Safety Poster Program. Students in grades K-12 must submit an original poster dealing with some aspect of traffic safety. One grand-prize winner from each of four grade levels will be awarded a $500 U.S. Savings Bond. Thirty first- through third-place winners in each age group will also win savings bonds. Contact: AAA, Poster Program Headquarters, Traffic Safety Department, 1000 AAA Drive, Heathrow, FL 32746-5063; (407) 444-7000; fax (407) 444-7956.

  • February 9. Peace Studies.

The United States Institute of Peace invites students in grades 9-12 to submit a 1,500-word essay examining the definition of the United States’ national security interests, including thoughts on military intervention and use of humanitarian, diplomatic, or economic resources. First-place state winners will receive college scholarships of $750 and be eligible for national awards of up to $5,000. All first-place state winners will attend, free of charge, an awards program in Washington, D.C., in June 1996. Contact: United States Institute of Peace, National Peace Essay Contest, 1550 M St., N.W., Suite 700, Washington, DC 20005-1708; (202) 429-3854.

  • February 15. Geography.

Delta Air Lines invites students ages 9-13 to enter its fourth annual international geography essay competition: Delta’s World Adventure Challenge With Carmen Sandiego. Students ages 9-11 must write a 1,000- to 1,200-word essay, 12- and 13-year-olds a 1,300- to 2,000-word essay, on a specified geography topic. Twelve World Champions win $1,000 U.S. Savings Bonds, compact disc radio cassette recorders, and free trips for three to Disney World. One grand-prize winner will be chosen from the World Champions to receive an additional $500 worth of cassettes and four round-trip economy-class tickets. Thirty-eight national winners receive $100 U.S. Savings Bonds, portable radio cassette players, and gift packages. For more information, contact: Delta’s World Adventure Challenge With Carmen Sandiego, 7400 Graham Road, Fairburn, GA 30213; (800) DELTA-18.

  • February 29. Fiction.

Highlights for Children magazine

invites youngsters and adults to enter its 17th annual fiction writing contest. Entries should be stories about children in today’s world; they should have not been previously published and be 900 words or fewer in length. Three winners receive $1,000 each and will have their work published in upcoming issues of Highlights for Children. Entries must be postmarked between Jan. 1 and Feb. 29. Send manuscripts with a self-addressed, stamped envelope to: Highlights for Children, Fiction Contest, 803 Church St., Honesdale, PA 18431.

  • March 1. Historical Figures.

Cobblestone Publishing Inc., publisher of Cobblestone magazine, announces its Person of the Year Contest. Students ages 8-15 are asked to choose a person from a list of four historical figures--Geronimo, Anne Hutchinson, Stonewall Jackson, and John Philip Sousa--and prepare a video, poster, or essay on the individual. Entries, which will serve as ballots, should consist of a description of the person within the medium of the chosen category. The winner in each category will receive a $200 U.S. Savings Bond; his or her winning work will be published in the Cobblestone issue that highlights the 1995 Person of the Year. Contact: 1995 Person of the Year Contest, Cobblestone Publishing Inc., 7 School St., Peterborough, NH 03458.

--Alison Coy

  • March 1. Epilepsy Scholarship.

Parke-Davis, a national pharmaceutical company, invites nominations for the 1996 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 scholarships of $3,000 each will be awarded. Contact: Parke-Davis Epilepsy Scholarship Program, c/o InterMed, 1180 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10036; (800) 292-7373.

March 1. Handwriting.

Zaner-Bloser Educational Publishers and Parker Pens invite elementary schools that use Zaner-Bloser materials to enter its 1996 National Handwriting Contest. Zaner-Bloser will provide the contest materials to each participating school, which then selects one winning entry per grade level for submission. Six national contest winners each receive a $500 U.S. Savings bond, a Parker Pen, and a plaque. The class of the winning student will receive a plaque and T-shirts. Only entries made through

the classroom will be considered.

For an information packet, call: (800) 924-9233.

March 15. Handwriting.

Peterson Directed Handwriting announces the 1996 National Cursive Handwriting Contest. Students in grades 3-8 are invited to submit an example of their best cursive handwriting. One winner from each grade level will receive a $50 U.S. Savings Bond. All entries judged excellent will be elected to the National Cursive Handwriting Honor Society and will be awarded a membership certificate. Grade 3 entries may be in pencil; entries from grades 4-8 must be in ink. For an entry form, send a self-

addressed, stamped envelope to: Peterson Handwriting, 315 S. Maple Ave., P.O. Box 249, Greenburg, PA 15601-0249; (800) 541-6328; fax

(412) 836-4110.

March 22. Drunk Driving.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving announces the 1996 MADD PosterEssay Contest. The theme is “Drinking and Driving Is a Road to Nowhere.’' The poster contest is open to children in grades 1-12; posters may be created using crayon, marker, paint, ink, or pencil. Children in grades 4-12 are eligible for the essay contest; entries should be about 250 words long and written in English or Spanish. Seven first-place winners in both categories will each be awarded a $1,000 U.S. Savings Bond, a plaque, a ribbon, and an expense-paid trip to an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. Seven second-place winners in both categories will each be given a $500 U.S. Savings Bond, a plaque, and a ribbon. Seven third-place winners in both categories will receive a $250 U.S. Savings Bond, a plaque, and a ribbon. For more information, contact: MADD National Office, Programs Department, 511 E. John Carpenter Freeway, Suite 700, Irving, TX 75062; (214) 744-6233, ext. 217.

--Alison Coy

A version of this article appeared in the January 01, 1996 edition of Teacher as Extra Credit