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Following are application deadlines for grants and fellowships available to individuals and schools. Asterisks (*) denote new entries.

CyberLearning Universe, a project of the nonprofit National Education Foundation, is offering 5,000 teachers free tuition for more than 1,000 of its Internet-based online personal and professional computing courses, including PC Basics, Internet Basics, Web Design Basics, Microsoft Office, Windows 2000, and Web Master. Although tuition is covered, a $55 registration fee is required. To sign up, visit CyberLearning’s Web site. For more information, contact: National Education Foundation, CyberLearning, 1428 Duke St., Alexandria, VA 22134; (703) 821-2100; fax (703) 821-2161; e-mail; www.

The Edward E. Ford Foundation annually awards grants to National Association of Independent Schools-member secondary schools in the United States and to NAIS- member state and regional associations. For more information, contact: Walter Burgin, Executive Director, Edward E. Ford Foundation, 1912 Sunderland Pl. N.W., Washington, DC 20036-1608; (202) 955-1028; fax (202) 955-8097; e-mail office@eeford. org;

C-SPAN, the cable television network that covers the U.S. Congress, seeks applicants for its Middle and High School Teacher Fellowship Program. Three fellows work at C-SPAN in Washington, D.C., for four weeks in the summer to develop high school print, video, and online materials for the network. Fellows each receive a $3,500 stipend, $2,000 to cover housing expenses, and $500 toward purchases at the archives. Round-trip airfare and other travel expenses also are included. For more information, contact: C-SPAN Middle and High School Teacher Fellowship Program, C-SPAN in the Classroom, (800) 523-7586; e-mail educate@c-span. org; fellowship.asp.

Curriculum Associates, a publisher of educational materials, announces a number of grants for outstanding K-8 teachers. Grants are awarded for proposals that effectively make use of teaching tools such as technology and print. Three educators each receive $1,000 plus a $500 gift certificate for Curriculum Associates materials. For more information, contact: Grant Program Committee Chair, Curriculum Associates Inc., 153 Rangeway Rd., P.O. Box 2001, North Billerica, MA 01862-0901; (800) 225-0248; www.

The First Amendment Schools Project, cosponsored by the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development and the First Amendment Center, awards 10 grants of $12,000 each to public and independent elementary, middle, and high schools in the United States. FAS grants are used to transform the ways schools teach students the rights and responsibilities of citizenship and to increase public understanding of First Amendment principles. For more information, contact: Mike Wildasin, ASCD, 1703 N. Beauregard St., Alexandria, VA 22311-1714; (703) 575-5475; e-mail mwildasi@ascd. org; www.firstamendmentschools. org.

The NEA Foundation for the Improvement of Education announces its Innovation Grant program to promote educational endeavors leading to student achievement of high standards. The foundation annually awards up to 200 grants of $2,000 each to teams of two or more educators. Preference is given to applicants who serve economically disadvantaged or underserved students, as well as to members of the NEA. Grants may be used for resource materials, supplies, equipment, transportation, software, and professional fees. For more information, contact: National Foundation for the Improvement of Education, 1201 16th St. N.W., Washington, DC 20036-3207; (202) 822-7840;

The National Geographic Society Education Foundation offers grants totaling $100,000, each worth up to $5,000, to support innovative geography-education activities. Proposals are judged on how well the projects support the implementation of national and state geography standards, involve teachers and students in hands-on work and field experiences, stimulate community awareness and participation, and encourage teachers’ content competency. Contact: Teacher Grants, National Geographic Society Education Foundation, 1145 17th St. N.W., Washington, DC 20036-4688; (202) 857-7000; www.nationalgeographic. com/education.

The National Council for the Social Studies and the George F. Cram Company Inc. offer the Grant for the Enhancement of Geographic Literacy. Individuals and groups working in school districts, public institutions, or universities may submit a proposal for a program aimed at integrating the study of geography into social studies curricula. The winning individual or team receives $2,500, a commemorative gift, and national recognition. For more information, contact: Grant for the Enhancement of Geographic Literacy, National Council for the Social Studies, 8555 16th St., Suite 500, Silver Spring, MD 20910; (301) 588- 1800; e-mail;

*April-May OPERA
The Metropolitan Opera Guild seeks applicants for Creating Original Opera, a weeklong summer training program that provides elementary and middle school teachers with information, tools, and experience to form a student production company. Participants are eligible for graduate and professional-development credit. Twenty-five schools are selected based on an application completed by the principal and two teachers. Selected schools, which are represented in the program by one music and one classroom teacher, receive a grant sponsored by the GE Fund, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, and the Vivendi Universal Fund to cover training, housing, supplies, tuition, a curriculum notebook, and an honorarium for each teacher. Participating schools pay for transportation and a $225 fee. The program is held at Princeton University, the Cincinnati Conservatory, and Arizona State University. Deadlines vary by region.

For more information, contact: Shellie Bransford, Program Director, Metropolitan Opera Guild, Education at the Met, 70 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY 10023; (212) 769-7023 or (212) 769-7026; e-mail;

The National Endowment for the Humanities invites groups of teachers to apply for Humanities Focus Grants. Recipients spend 12 to 18 months considering humanities topics or mapping instructional directions for teaching the humanities. Proposals must identify a coherent sequence of topics to be explored and provide a detailed list of texts and materials to be considered. Projects must show a commitment from participating groups and individuals. The grants range from $10,000 to $25,000. Applications are subject to three general criteria for evaluation: intellectual quality, design quality, and potential for significant impact. For more information and application materials, contact: Division of Education Programs, NEH, 1100 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W., Room 302, Washington, DC 20506; (202) 606-8380; e-mail;

The National Rural Education Association and the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association announce the Mini-Grant program. Any K-12 rural teacher whose school is served by a Rural Electric Cooperative or whose students’ homes are served by a Rural Electric Cooperative is eligible. Ten grants of $300 are offered for classroom-based projects that feature student investigation of scientific energy or electricity. Projects must demonstrate student-teacher cooperation and coordination with local electrical cooperatives; they must also focus on student learning and adhere to other specified guidelines. Contact: Rural Teacher Mini-Grants, NREA Headquarters, 10 Education Building, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO 80523-1588; (970) 491-7022; e-mail

*April 19 LANGUAGE
The Center for Applied Linguistics seeks applicants for its G. Richard Tucker Fellowship. From June 2002 through May 2003, including a four-week residency at the center in Washington, D.C., the fellow works with senior CAL staff on one of the group’s ongoing research projects or on a suitable project suggested by the fellow. During the remainder of the year, the fellow remains in contact with the CAL staff as needed. Priority is given to proposals that focus on language education and testing or on language issues related to minorities in the United States or Canada. The competition is open to master’s or doctoral candidates currently enrolled in a degree program in any field that is concerned with the study of language. Applicants must have completed the equivalent of at least one year of full-time graduate study. Minorities are especially encouraged to apply. The fellowship pays a $2,400 stipend plus travel expenses. For more information, contact: Grace Burkart, Center for Applied Linguistics, 4646 40th St. N.W., Washington, DC 20016; (202) 362-0700; e-mail

—Rose Gordon and Sarah Wassner


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