March 1. Arts Education.
The National Association of Schools of Art and Design, the National Association of Schools of Dance, the National Association of Schools of Music, and the National Association of Schools of Theater sponsor the $1,000 Reston Prize. Applicants submit an in-depth policy analysis of 3,000-3,500 words describing the relationship between K-12 arts education and higher education; papers must not have been published previously. The winner’s paper will be published in the November/December issue of Arts Education Policy Review. Contact: Arts Education Policy Review Competitions, Reston Prize, Heldref Publications, 1319 18th St. N.W., Washington, DC 20036-1802; (202) 296-6267; fax (202) 296-5149.
*March 1. Education Leaders.
The McGraw-Hill Companies seek nominations for their 1998 Harold W. McGraw Jr. Prize in Education. Up to three prizes of $25,000 each are awarded to individuals who have made a difference in American education. For more information, contact: Teresa White, Harold W. McGraw Jr. Prize in Education, 1221 Avenue of the Americas, 45th Floor, New York, NY 10020; www.mcgraw-hill.com/corporate/news--info/prize--97/
March 1. Young Writers’ Award.
The Arts Education Policy Review invites authors under the age of 35 to apply for the Young Writers’ Award, sponsored by Heldref Publications. Manuscript entries must be 3,000-3,500 words and address K-12 arts education policy; they must not have been published previously. The winner receives a $500 prize and will be published in the September/October issue of the Review. Contact: Arts Education Policy Review Competitions, Young Writers’ Award, 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 offers the Outstanding New Biology Teacher Achievement Award, sponsored by Edvotek Inc., a manufacturer of molecular biology products. Biology and life-science teachers of grades 7-12 who have no more than three years’ teaching experience are eligible. Candidates must have designed an innovative program or technique. The winner receives a one-year NABT membership and $750 for travel expenses to the annual NABT convention as well as biological supplies and equipment. Teachers can nominate themselves or colleagues. For more information, contact: Sherry Grimm, Awards Manager, National Association of Biology Teachers, 11250 Roger Bacon Dr., #19, Reston, VA 20190-5202; (703) 471-1134.
March 15. Middle School Biology.
The National Association of Biology Teachers invites teachers of grades 5-8 to apply for its Middle School Teaching Award. Sponsored by Apple Computer Inc., the award recognizes teachers of interdisciplinary science courses who have led an innovative life-science activity or unit. Candidates are judged on their teaching ability, community and school involvement, initiative, and relationships with students. The winner receives a Power Macintosh computer, recognition at the NABT convention, and a one-year NABT membership. For more information, contact: Sherry Grimm, Awards Manager, National Association of Biology Teachers, 11250 Roger Bacon Dr., #19, Reston, VA 20190-5202; (703) 471-1134.
*March 20. Awards Program.
The National Association of Secondary School Principals runs the National Association of Student Councils/National Organization on Disability Awards Program, a competition designed to recognize school programs for the disabled. Middle level and high schools in which the student council has helped organize activities involving students with a disabling condition are eligible. One middle school and high school will each receive a $500 award. The competition is supported financially by J.C. Penney Co. and the National Organization on Disability. There is no official application. For specific instructions on how to enter the awards program, contact: National Association of Secondary School Principals, Department of Student Activities-NASC/NOD, 1904 Association Dr., Reston, VA 20191-1537; (703) 860-0200, ext. 325; fax (703) 476-5432; e-mail email@example.com; www.nassp.org/dsa/dsa--frm.htm.
*March 31. Inclusion.
AbleNet Inc., which designs devices to assist people with disabilities, announces its 1998 Inclusion Award. The award recognizes teams of people who demonstrate vision and innovation in using simple technology to make it easier for people with severe disabilities to participate in activities at home, school, work, and in the community. A $500 AbleNet gift certificate and $500 cash will be awarded to each winning team. For more information, contact: AbleNet 1998 Inclusion Award, 1081 10th Ave. S.E., Minneapolis, MN 55414-1312; (800) 322-0956; fax (612) 379-9143.
*March 31. New Teachers.
Sallie Mae, the federally chartered college loan group, in conjunction with the American Association of School Administrators, honors first-year elementary and secondary school teachers through its First Class Teacher Awards Program. Superintendents and private school heads are invited to nominate one K-12, first-year teacher. A winner is selected from each state, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. territories. Winners receive a weekend in Washington, D.C., and $1,500. For more information, contact: Sallie Mae, 11600 Sallie Mae Dr., Reston, VA 20193; (703) 810-7158.
*April. Social Studies.
The National Council for the Social Studies seeks nominations for its Social Studies Programs of Excellence Awards, sponsored by MetLife Resources, a division of Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. Nominations must be made by NCSS-affiliated state councils. Application deadlines for state nominations vary but are generally in April. Award winners make a presentation at the NCSS annual conference and receive a commemorative gift, some travel assistance for conference presentations, and national recognition. For more information, contact your state NCSS affiliate or the National Council for the Social Studies, 3501 Newark St. N.W., Washington, DC 20016; (202) 966-7840, ext. 106; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
*Mid-April. Cable Television.
Time-Warner Cable announces the Time-Warner Cable National Teacher Awards. Educators from state-accredited private or public U.S. schools in a Time-Warner Cable service area are eligible. Candidates submit examples of activities they have developed that combine cable programming and/or the Internet with innovative teaching. Fifteen teachers or teacher-teams receive $1,000 and a trip to Washington, D.C. For more information, contact your local Time-Warner Cable company or Bonnie Hathaway, Time-Warner Cable, Corporate Communications, 290 Harbor Dr., Stamford, CT 06902; (203) 328-0620; e-mail email@example.com.