Following is a list of application deadlines for grants, fellowships, and honors available to individuals. Asterisks (*) denote new entries.
GRANTS AND FELLOWSHIPS
October 10. Library.
The American Library Association invites librarians to apply for its 1995 Grolier National Library Week Grant. The $2,000 grant, sponsored by the Grolier Educational Corp., will be awarded for a local or statewide public-awareness campaign that supports the theme “Libraries Change Lives” and the goals of the 1995 National Library Week. All libraries are eligible to apply. Contact: ALA Public Information Office, 50 E. Huron St., Chicago, IL 60611; (800) 545-2433, ext. 5044 or 5041.
October 15. Learning Disabilities.
The International Reading Association offers the Albert J. Harris Award. One $500 grant will be awarded for an outstanding contribution to the understanding of reading or learning disabilities. Eligible are all reading educators, researchers, students, and others who are IRA members. Contact: Gail Keating, Division of Research, IRA, 800 Barksdale Road, P.O. Box 8139, Newark, DE 19714-8139; (302) 731-1600, ext. 226.
*October 25. Energy Research.
The Energy Department invites middle and high school math and science teachers to apply for the Teacher Research Associate program. The eight-week seminar, to be held during the summer of 1995, will take place at 28 different research facilities across the country and will allow teachers to study such disciplines as chemistry, physics, and ecology. Nearly 300 grants will be awarded; each provides travel costs, a $550-per-week stipend, and up to $1,000 in housing expenses for those who live 50 miles or more from the site. Eligible are grade 7-12 math, science, and technology teachers. Contact: Jaye Melcher or Chase Hathaway, Program Manager, Energy Department-TRAC Program, Associated Western Universities Inc., 4190 S. Highland Drive, Suite 211, Salt Lake City, UT 84124; (801) 273-8931.
October 31. Reading Research.
The International Reading Association offers the Elva Knight Research Grant. Four to seven grants of up to $5,000 each will be awarded for outstanding research in reading and literacy. Eligible are all reading educators, researchers, students, and others who are IRA members. Contact: Gail Keating, Division of Research, IRA, 800 Barksdale Road, P.O. Box 8139, Newark, DE 19714-8139; (302) 731-1600, ext. 226.
October 31. Foreign Language.
The National Endowment for the Humanities offers its Fellows Program for Foreign Language Teachers. Approximately 70 fellowships of up to $3,750 each will be awarded for six weeks of study abroad during the summer of 1995. Eligible are K-12 foreign language teachers who have spent at least three years teaching full time prior to the fellowship summer. ESL teachers are not eligible to apply. 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.
November 30. Crafts.
The Association of Crafts and Creative Industries invites applications for the ACCI Create-a-Craft School Grant Program. More than $120,000 worth of materials, including instructional videotapes, project guides, and activity sheets, will be distributed to approximately 600 schools for the introduction of crafts projects. Eligible are all schools in the United States and Canada that are committed to encouraging student creativity through crafts. Contact: ACCI Create-a-Craft School Grant Program, 1100-H Brandywine Blvd., P.O. Box 2188, Zanesville, OH 43702-2188; (800) 294-5680.
December 22. Education Research.
The National Academy of Education seeks applicants for the Spencer PostDoctoral Fellowships. Individuals who have, or will have, earned a doctorate or equivalent degree between Jan. 1, 1989, and Dec. 31, 1994, in the humanities, social and behavioral sciences, or education are eligible to submit research proposals that are directly related to education issues. Up to 30 fellows receive $40,000 for one year of academic study or $20,000 for two years if studying part time. Contact: NAE, Stanford University, School of Education, CERAS 507, Stanford, CA 94305; (415) 725-1003.
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 Fellowship Program, P.O. Box 4030, Iowa City, IA 52243-4030; (800) 525-6928.
Open. Coaches Honor Roll.
Coaches Care, an awards program sponsored by the Gatorade Co., invites nominations of full-time coaches who have displayed special care and concern for young people for the Coaches Care Honor Roll, which is published in a national coaching magazine. Each year, four coaches from the honor roll are selected to be featured in a public-service advertising campaign. They also receive additional awards and merchandise from Gatorade. For more information and a nomination form, contact: Coaches Care, P.O. Box 194, Hinsdale, IL 60522-0194.
*December 1. Children’s Poetry.
The International Reading Association invites submissions for its first Lee Bennett Hopkins Promising Poet Award. The award, named for the American author and anthologist, will be given every three years, starting in 1995, to honor promising new writers of children’s poetry. One winner receives a $500 cash prize at the 1995 annual convention, to be held April 30-May 5 in Anaheim, Calif. Eligible are educators and writers who have published no more than two books of children’s poetry. Contact: Eileen Burke, Chairwoman, IRA Lee Bennett Hopkins Promising Poet Award Committee, 48 Bayberry Road, Trenton, NJ 08618.
December 1. Multicultural Leadership.
Gale Research and the American Library Association Ethnic Materials Information Exchange Round Table invite school librarians to apply for the 1995 Multicultural Award, which recognizes outstanding leadership and achievement of librarians in serving the multicultural community. One winner receives a $1,000 cash prize and a citation. Contact: David Cohen, Chairman, Gale Research/EMIE Round Table Multicultural Award, Queens College Library School, NSF Building 316, Flushing, NY 12367.
January 15. Gifted Children.
The Intertel Foundation Inc. invites individuals and organizations to apply for the 1995 International Hollingworth Award Competition. Applicants must submit a research proposal in the field of education or psychology of gifted children. One winner receives a $2,000 cash prize and a certificate. For more information, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to: Roxanne Cramer, Chairwoman, HAC, 4300 Sideburn Road, Fairfax, VA 22030-3507.
CALL FOR PAPERS
Open. Early Childhood.
The Educational Resources Information Center/Elementary Early Childhood Education Clearinghouse, a national database of education resources, seeks authors for digests on topics related to early childhood and elementary education. For more information, contact: Bernard Cesarone, Editor, ERIC/EECE, 805 W. Pennsylvania Ave., Urbana, IL 61801-4897; (800) 583-4135; e-mail: email@example.com.
Open. Preschool Math.
Dimensions of Early Childhood, a quarterly journal published by the Southern Early Childhood Association, seeks articles in the areas of science and math related to early childhood education. Contact: Elizabeth Shores, Editor, P.O. Box 56130, Little Rock, AR 72215-6130.
September 1. Violence And Youth.
The Harvard Educational Review is soliciting papers for a special issue on violence and youth. Of particular interest are articles that specifically address the social conditions, theories, insights, programs, interventions, and forms of violence that surround this topic. Individuals who work with children or who have new insights on violence prevention are encouraged to submit their writings. Manuscript length can range from 10-30 pages. Contact: Harvard Educational Review, Attention: Stephen Sherblom/ Jane Tchaicha, Special Issue on Violence and Youth, Gutman Library, Suite 349, 6 Appian Way, Cambridge, MA 02138; (617) 495-3432.
September 3. School Psychologists.
The National Association of School Psychologists is soliciting proposals for presentation at its 27th Annual Convention, to be held in Chicago, March 21-25, 1995. Of particular interest are proposals that address improving the mental health, well-being, and academic success of children. Submissions must include three pages or less summarizing the proposed presentation, along with a maximum of 200 words stating its objectives. Contact: 1995 Call for Presentations, NASP Meetings and Conventions Department, 8455 Colesville Road, Suite 1000, Silver Spring, MD 20910; (301) 608-0500.
*October 5. Educational Computing.
The National Educational Computing Association invites computer educators and administrators to submit papers and workshop proposals for the 16th National Educational Computing Conference, to be held June 15-17, 1995, in Baltimore. The conference theme is “Emerging Technologies—Lifelong Learning”; of particular interest are papers that address the present and future uses of technology in the educational process. Papers can represent any area of computer education, including business and industry training. For more information, contact: NECC ‘95, 1787 Agate St., Eugene, OR 97403-1923; (503) 346-2834.
*December 1. Children And Pollution.
The Children’s Environments Research Group, an organization that studies children in the physical environment, seeks submissions for the “Children, Pollution, and Environmental Health” special issue of Children’s Environments, an international journal. Educators are urged to submit papers, book reviews, and work-in-progress reports that explore the health risks children face as a result of environmental pollution. Papers can address research applications, theories, or environmental policy. For submission 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.
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Inabeth Miller of Carlsbad, Calif., has received the 1994 Computerworld Smithsonian Information Technology Leadership Award for Education, sponsored by the C.E. Stone Foundation, an organization established to link information technology with education. Miller, a national leader in distance learning and computer-aided teaching as well as a former teacher and librarian, won the award for her commitment to bringing modern technology into the classroom. Miller was recognized at the Computerworld Smithsonian Education Symposium, held this past June in Washington, D.C.; her work will be included as part of the permanent archives of the Smithsonian National Museum of American History.
The Education Commission of the States has presented Ernest Boyer with the 1994 James Bryant Conant Award, which recognizes outstanding contributions to education, including public service and scholarly research. Boyer, president of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, received the prestigious award at the 1994 ECS National Forum and Annual Meeting, held this past July in Honolulu. In addition to his former positions as U.S. Commissioner of Education and chancellor of the State University of New York, Boyer has written many influential and widely acclaimed books and reports on elementary, secondary, and undergraduate education.
The School Development Program of the Yale Child Study Center has named five elementary and secondary school principals as recipients of the second annual Patrick Francis Daly Memorial Award for Excellence in Education. The award, named for a New York school principal who lost his life while trying to help a child, is given to five educators who demonstrate outstanding leadership. The winners are: Rich Cansdale of John Marshall Elementary School in San Diego; Brian Fitz-Harris of Booker Elementary School in Sarasota, Fla.; Marlene Guy of Richardson Elementary School in Washington, D.C.; Edna Negron of Betances Elementary School in Hartford, Conn.; and Dennis Williams of West Mecklenburg High School in Charlotte, N.C.
Following is a list of free or inexpensive resources that teachers can order.
The American Association for the Advancement of Science has released two free booklets: Find Your Future and You’re in Charge. Each 34-page booklet contains advice and strategies for high school and college students with disabilities who may be considering careers in science, engineering, and mathematics. The booklets quote a number of disabled scientists and science students who offer tips for succeeding in their fields. Contact: Project on Science, Technology, and Disability, American Association for the Advancement of Science, 1333 H St., N.W., Washington, DC 20005; (202) 326-6630.
As part of its Unsung Americans biography series, Ward Hill Press has released a new, expanded edition of Zora Neale Hurston: A Storyteller’s Life, by Janelle Yates. This 98-page paperback, intended for children ages 10-16, describes the struggles and triumphs of one of America’s most important and influential writers. Although Hurston died in obscurity in 1960, her work has been rediscovered for its celebration of African-American folklore and tradition. The narrative is accompanied by black-and-white illustrations. Cost: $9.95. Contact: Ward Hill Press, P.O. Box 424, Staten Island, NY 10304; (718) 816-9449; fax (718) 816-4056.
TAB Books, a division of McGraw-Hill Inc., has published Nature Through Science and Art, by Susie Gwen Criswell. This 176-page softcover book contains photographs, illustrations, and hands-on science and art activities designed to educate children in grades 3-6 about nature and environmental topics such as photosynthesis, cycles of nature, and animal intelligence and memory. Cost: $12.95. Contact: TAB Books, McGraw-Hill Inc., Blue Ridge Summit, PA 17294-0850; (717) 794-2191.
TAB Books also offers Microbiology, written by H. Steven Dashevsky, a leading science educator. This 160-page softcover book contains 49 experiments designed to demonstrate the importance of bacteria and other microorganisms to students ages 8-13. Each experiment includes background information, a list of needed materials, and step-by-step instructions, along with helpful illustrations. Cost: $10.95. Contact: TAB Books, McGraw-Hill Inc., Blue Ridge Summit, PA 17294-0850; (717) 794-2191.
The American Kennel Club has developed the “Best Friends” program to teach elementary school students about the benefits and responsibility of owning a dog. This free kit includes a 20-minute videotape, a full-color poster, and two teachers’ guides that contain activities for students. Also available is Corey’s Fun and Educational Activity Book, designed for children in grades K-3, which incorporates educational messages about dog ownership into 16 pages of puzzles, games, and coloring. Cost: $2 for the activity book. Contact: American Kennel Club, 51 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10010.
USA TODAY has created Power Teaching with USA TODAY, a 67-page, full-color handbook designed to help elementary and secondary school teachers incorporate current events into their curriculum. In addition to maps, photographs, and activity ideas, the handbook contains profiles of journalists and teachers; it also describes how USA TODAY is put together each day. Cost: $6. Contact: USA TODAY, Educational Development, 1000 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22229-9723; (800) USA-0001.
Educators Progress Service Inc., publisher of educational resource materials, offers the newly revised 1994-95 Elementary Teachers Guide to Free Curriculum Materials. This 430-page softcover book contains more than 2,000 listings of free booklets, leaflets, posters, and charts on a wide variety of subjects, such as consumer education, history, science, AIDS, and recycling. Cost: $25.95. Contact: Educators Progress Service Inc., 214 Center St., Randolph, WI 53956; (414) 326-3126.
Partners for Environmental Progress, an organization established by the Dow Chemical Co. to address environmental problems, offers free subscriptions to The ULS Report. This bimonthly newsletter (the letters in the title stand for “Use Less Stuff”) features articles on waste reduction and resource conservation, along with tips to help people become more conscientious consumers. Contact: Robert Lilienfeld, Editor, ULS Report, P.O. Box 130116, Ann Arbor, MI 48113; (313) 668-1690.
Letters To Celebrities.
The Berkley Publishing Group offers a new edition of The Kid’s Address Book, by Michael Levine, head of an entertainment public-relations firm. This 220-page softcover book lists more than 2,000 addresses of actors, musicians, athletes, and other celebrities that kids ages 6-15 can write to; they are encouraged to send fan mail, ask for information, or simply share their thoughts and opinions. Also included are addresses of clubs, organizations, hot lines, and U.S. and world leaders. Cost: $9. Contact: Berkley Publishing Group, 200 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10016; (800) 788-6262.
Children With Disabilities.
The National Lekotek Center, an organization dedicated to serving children with disabilities, offers Compuplay News. This newsletter, published three times a year, is designed for educators and parents interested in using computers to help children who have disabilities. Each issue contains features on new software and hardware, along with computing tips, columns, and articles written by computer experts and educators. Cost: $20 for a one-year subscription. Contact: National Lekotek Center, 2100 Ridge Ave., Evanston, IL 60201; (800) 366-PLAY.
Acts Of Kindness.
Conari Press, a book publisher, offers Kids’ Random Acts of Kindness, a 122-page collection of stories written by children in grades 1-8 that describe their feelings about kindness and compassion. A free teachers’ guide, which includes research findings and activities for the classroom, is also available. Cost: $8.95. Contact: Conari Press, 1144 65th St., Suite B, Emeryville, CA 94608; (510) 596-4040.
FOR YOUR STUDENTS
Following is a list of contests, scholarships, and internships for students organized by application deadline. Asterisks (*) denote new entries.
Open. Student Publishing.
Flying Pencil Press, an independent publisher, invites children ages 8-14 to submit original fiction, nonfiction, poems, art, and cartoons for inclusion in an anthology of children’s work. Submissions must be related to an upcoming theme of the book. For a list of themes, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to: Flying Pencil Press, P.O. Box 7667, Elgin, IL 60121.
September 1. Golf Scholarships.
Students ages 12-18 who are planning to attend college are invited to apply for the Chrysler Junior Golf Scholarship Program. Forty $1,000 scholarships will be awarded based on academic achievement and involvement in extracurricular activities. Applicants should have an interest in golf but need not be competitive golfers. For more information, contact Regina Borgia at (212) 484-7412.
September 30. Story Writing.
Mountain Lake Software Inc., developers of Macintosh software packages, invites students ages 7-16 to enter its story-writing contest. Contestants must submit an original story, written in English, of no more than 20 pages accompanied by at least two colored illustrations. Winners will be chosen from three age categories: 7-10, 11-13, and 14-16. The first-prize winner in each category receives an HP DeskWriter 560C printer; second- and third-prize winners receive software packages. To obtain an official entry form, contact: Mountain Lake Software Inc., 298 Fourth Ave., Box 401, San Francisco, CA 94118; (800) 669-6574.
*October 1. Ballet.
The National Federation of Music Clubs invites young male and female dancers between the ages of 13 and 16 to apply for the Thelma A. Robinson Scholarship in Ballet. One $1,500 scholarship will be awarded to a serious student of ballet who plans to pursue a professional dance career. Applicants must submit a videotape of their repertoire, along with a recommendation from a school administrator. For more information, contact: Jimme-Jean Ekwurzel, NFMC Thelma A. Robinson Scholarship in Ballet Chairman, 1648 S.E. Sixth St., Deerfield Beach, FL 33441-4997; (305) 428-0890.
October 1. Peace Poster.
Lions Clubs International invites children ages 11-13 to enter its Seventh Annual International Peace Poster Contest. Participants must submit a poster depicting their interpretation of this year’s theme, “Peace in My World,” in pencil, pen, crayon, marker, paint, or chalk. One grand-prize winner receives a $1,500 cash award, along with an all-expenses-paid trip to New York City to visit the United Nations building. All participants must be sponsored by their schools and local Lions club. For more information, contact Janet McMahan at (708) 571-5466, ext. 371, or the Lions Club International headquarters at (800) 288-8846.
October 3. Business Competition.
An Income of Her Own, a national program of entrepreneurial education for young women, announces its 1994 National Business Plan Competition. AIOHO invites young women ages 13-19 to submit plans for a viable business, including marketing strategies, operational structure, and financing. Six winners receive an allexpenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C., for the awards ceremony, cash grants for their business plans, membership in AIOHO, and a business resource kit. For an application, contact: Lynn Karlson, Competition Director, P.O. Box 987, Santa Barbara, CA 93102; (800) 350-2978.
October 14. Technology Scholars.
Radio Shack, Tandy Corp., and Texas Christian University invite nationally accredited high schools to nominate their top mathematics, science, or computer science student from the senior class for the Tandy Technology Scholars program. The program awards $1,000 scholarships to 100 students annually. Trophies are awarded to schools with prize recipients. Contact: Tandy Technology Scholars, TCU Box 32897, Fort Worth, TX 76129; (817) 924-4087.
*October 15. Young Playwrights.
Young Playwrights Inc. invites students ages 18 or younger to submit their original plays for its annual Young Playwrights Festival National Playwriting Competition. Students must enter one or more plays of any style, length, and subject. Selected writers will be invited to the Young Playwrights Spring Conference, to be held in New York in April 1995, during which several plays will be chosen for off-Broadway production. Contact: 1995 Young Playwrights Festival, Dept. PR, 321 W. 44th St., Suite 906, New York, NY 10036.
October 28. Water-Quality Posters.
EcoWater Systems, manufacturers of residential water-treatment equipment, invites students in grades 6-8 to enter the World of Water contest. Students must submit a public-service poster designed to educate others about water-quality issues, such as pollution and conservation. Three national winners each receive a $500 cash prize; their teachers receive either an all-expenses-paid trip to the National Science Teachers Association Convention or the cash equivalent to buy classroom supplies and equipment. Call: (800) 86-WATER.
November 1. Humanities.
The National Endowment for the Humanities announces its 1995 High School Younger Scholars Awards. Roughly one out of six applicants will be selected to work full time for nine weeks during the summer on a project in the humanities. A participating student might interpret literary works, explore historical events, or analyze philosophical and religious texts. Each participant will work with a teacher acting as project adviser. Students selected receive $2,100 to cover expenses, including $500 for the project adviser. Contact: Younger Scholars Guidelines, Room 316, Division of Fellowships and Seminars, National Endowment for the Humanities, 1100 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W., Washington, DC 20506; (202) 606-8459.
November 11. Art Of Caring.
The Caring Institute of Washington, D.C., announces the Fourth Annual Art of Caring Poster and Essay contests. Students in grades 1-6 should submit posters they’ve created that express their feelings on the importance of caring for others. Students in grades 7-12 should submit essays, short stories, or poems that describe what caring really means. Entries in both contests will be judged on originality, creativity, technique, feeling, and effort. First-place winners in each contest receive a $100 U.S. Savings Bond and a trip to Washington, D.C., to see their work exhibited at the Frederick Douglass Museum and Hall of Fame for Caring Americans. Second- and third-place winners receive a $75 and $50 U.S. Savings Bond, respectively. Contact: Art of Caring Poster and Essay Contest, Caring Institute, 519 C St., N.E., Washington, DC 20002-5809.
*November 15. Scholarships.
The Tylenol Corp. invites high school seniors to apply for a Tylenol Scholarship. Ten $10,000 scholarships and 500 $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to students who demonstrate outstanding leadership in school, community, and volunteer activities. Eligible are students who plan to enroll in an undergraduate course for the 1995 fall semester. Students currently enrolled in an undergraduate program with one or more years remaining are also eligible. To receive an application, contact: Tylenol Scholarship Fund, Citizens’ Scholarship Foundation of America Inc., 1505 Riverview Road, P.O. Box 88, St. Peter, MN 56082.
November 15. Gardening.
The National Gardening Association offers its 12th Annual Youth Garden Grants. Groups of at least 15 children between the ages of 3 and 18 are eligible to receive more than $500 worth of tools, seeds, plants, and garden products for their school, youth club, or community organization. Three hundred grants will be awarded to groups whose proposals are innovative, sustainable, and based on need, among other things. Contact: Garden Grants, Dept. PS, NGA, 180 Flynn Ave., Burlington, VT 05401.
December 9. Literature.
Read magazine, in conjunction with Center for the Book at the Library of Congress, invites students in grades 6-10 to enter the 1995 Letters About Literature Writing Contest. Students are asked to write a letter in 1,000 words or less to their favorite author (living or dead), explaining how that author’s book influenced their lives. The grand-prize winner receives an all-expenses-paid trip for two to Washington, D.C., to attend a ceremony at the Library of Congress, during which he or she will read the winning letter. For an entry form, contact: Letters About Literature, Read magazine, The Weekly Reader Corp., 245 Long Hill Road, Middletown, CT 06457-9291; (203) 638-2622.
A version of this article appeared in the September 01, 1994 edition of Teacher as Extra Credit