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The magazine Reader's Digest plans to honor "heroes" in education over the next three years with cash awards of $5,000 for the winners and $10,000 for their schools.

The "American Heroes in Education" program, to which the magazine has pledged $150,000 annually, will cite 10 individual educators--or teams of up to six teachers and principals--whose efforts "are making a difference in U.S. schools."

"The teachers and principals we seek to honor are the unsung heroes of our nation--educators who are solving critical problems facing schools everywhere," said George V. Grune, the publication's chief executive officer, in a statement.

Nomination forms have been mailed to teachers and principals in more than 100,000 public and private schools.

Any teacher or administrator may nominate a colleague or group of colleagues, according to the sponsors; the nomination forms will be evaluated by a panel of educators, who will select 25 finalists for site visits. The winners will be announced March 15, 1989.

For further details and nomination forms, write: The Reader's Digest Association, Inc., American Heroes in Education Awards, c/o Bruce Trachtenberg, Pleasantville, N.Y. 10572.

The family that owns the Gallup Organization, one of the nation's best-known polling firms, has sold it to a Nebraska-based market research concern.

With the proceeds from the sale, the family plans to establish the Gallup International Foundation, which will use research techniques to survey public opinion on new ideas in education, health, and other fields.

The Gallup Organization has for many years conducted an influential annual survey of the public's attitudes towards education.

The life and thought of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. should be taught more widely in the schools, educators maintained at a conference held in Washington last week.

The conference, sponsored by the National Education Association, the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change, Inc., and other groups, focused on encouraging use of Dr. King's work in all areas of school curricula.

Ernest Boyer, president of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, urged that the civil-rights leader's message be used as a tool for teaching values in schools and that his writings be taught as works of literature.

Coretta Scott King, Dr. King's widow, said his philosophy of nonviolence "offers an alternative to the state of conflict" present in the nation's urban schools.

Curriculum-development materials are available from the nea, 1201 16th St., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20036-3290; or the Martin Luther King Jr. Center, 449 Auburn Ave., N.E., Atlanta, Ga. 30312.

Teachers will be trained to discourage students from engaging in activities that increase their risk of contracting aids, under a five-year program begun by the National Education Association.

The union will work with its affiliates and the Atlanta-based Health Information Network to develop programs to convince students to avoid high-risk activities. The program is being supported by a $175,000 grant from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control.

Vol. 09, Issue 04

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