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Dec. 15--Environmental partnerships: Proposals are due for the Phillips Educational Partnership Awards, sponsored by Phillips Petroleum. An estimated 73 awards of $500 to $5,000 will be granted to primary and secondary schools and adult nonprofit community organizations and nature centers that propose a well-thought approach to meeting an environmental need. Contact: Phillips Petroleum Company, P.E.P. Program, 16 D1 PB, Bartlesville, Okla. 74004.
Dec. 15--Students with disabilities: The U.S. Education Department is inviting applications for new awards under the Program for Children With Severe Disabilities. For research projects for educating children with severe disabilities in inclusive settings, an estimated three awards of about $175,000 each will be granted to public or nonprofit private organizations or institutions. Contact: Dawn Hunter, U.S.E.D., 400 Maryland Ave., S.W., Room 4620, Switzer Bldg., Washington, D.C. 20202-2644; (202) 205-5809; TDD: (202) 205-8169.
Dec. 17--Students with disabilities: The U.S. Education Department is inviting applications for new awards under its Services for Children With Deaf-Blindness Program, which provides assistance to address the special needs of infants, toddlers, children, and youths with deaf-blindness. An estimated four awards from a total of $680,000 in available funds will be granted to public or nonprofit private agencies, institutions, or organizations, including American Indian tribes and the Bureau of Indian Affairs (if acting on behalf of schools operated by the bureau for children and students on reservations) and tribally controlled schools funded by the Interior Department. Contact: Charles Freeman, U.S.E.D., 400 Maryland Ave., S.W., Room 4617, Switzer Bldg., Washington, D.C. 20202-2644; (202) 205-8165; TDD: (202) 205-8169.
Dec. 17--Students with disabilities: The U.S. Education Department is inviting applications for new awards under its Secondary Education and Transitional Services for Youth With Disabilities Program for model demonstration projects to identify and develop alternatives for youths with disabilities who have dropped out of school, or are at risk of dropping out. An estimated five awards of about $106,000 each will be awarded to institutions of higher education, state or local education agencies, and other public or nonprofit private institutions or agencies. Contact: Michael Ward, U.S.E.D., 400 Maryland Ave., S.W., Room 4624, Switzer Bldg., Washington, D.C. 20202-2644; (202) 205-8163; TDD: (202) 205-8169.
Dec. 20--Career education: Entries are due for the 1994 American Association for Career Education Citations for Career Education Initiatives. Awards will honor excellence in 16 categories, including management, counseling, assessment, evaluation, curriculum, research, in-service education, partnerships and collaboratives, publications, and public information. Contact: Pat Nellor Wickwire, President, A.A.C.E., 2900 Amby Pl., Hermosa Beach, Calif. 90254-2216; (310) 376-7378.
Dec. 22--Youth talent search: The U.S. Education Department is inviting applications for new awards under its Talent Search Program, intended to identify qualified youths who are low-income and potential first-generation college students and to encourage them to complete high school and enroll in postsecondary education; to publicize the availability of student financial assistance at the postsecondary level; and to encourage persons who have not completed secondary education to re-enter such programs. An estimated 300 awards ranging from $180,000 to $450,000 each will be awarded to institutions of higher education, public and private agencies and organizations, and combinations of institutions, agencies, and organizations. Contact: Prince O. Teal, U.S.E.D., 400 Maryland Ave., S.W., Room 5065, Washington, D.C. 20202-5249; (202) 708-4804.
Dec. 23--Student contests: Entries are due for the Weekly Reader Essay Contest, sponsored by Read magazine and the Library of Congress, and for the Writing and Art Awards Contest, also sponsored by the magazine. The essay contest is open to students in grades 6-12; this year's theme is "Books Change Lives.'' A letter of no more than 1,000 words, written to an author, should explain how reading the author's book has changed the student's life. Contact: Read, (203) 638-2622. For writing- and art-contest rules, contact: Read Writing and Art Awards, Weekly Reader Corporation, 245 Long Hill Rd., Middletown, Conn. 06457; (203) 638-2406 or 638-2695.
Jan. 5--Humanities: Applications are due for the Independent Study in the Humanities Fellowship Program, sponsored by the Council for Basic Education and funded primarily by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Teachers and librarians may apply individually or in two-person teams for over 175 awards of $3,200 each (stipend for six weeks of study plus book award); principals may apply for awards of $2,100 each (stipend for four weeks of study plus book award). Contact: C.B.E., Attn: 94-I, P.O. Box 135, Ashton, Md. 20861.
Jan. 7--Special education: The U.S. Education Department is inviting applications for new awards under its Program for Children and Youth With Serious Emotional Disturbance, to support projects for improving special education and related services for these young people. An estimated two awards of $175,000 each for the first 12 months of the projects will be awarded to institutions of higher education, state and local education agencies, and other appropriate public and private nonprofit institutions or agencies. Contact: Darlene Crumblin, U.S.E.D., 400 Maryland Ave., S.W., Room 3525, Washington, D.C. 20202-2641; (202) 205-8953.
Jan. 10--Substance abuse: The U.S. Health and Human Services Department is inviting applications for projects to conduct meetings and conferences to coordinate and exchange information on preventing tobacco, alcohol, and other substance abuse. Conferences should focus on knowledge dissemination, consensus-building, and health promotion concepts and practices among high-risk youths. An estimated 15 projects, funded at up to $50,000 each, will be awarded to local education agencies, higher-education institutions, and other public and private nonprofit and for-profit organizations. Contact: Office of Budget, Planning, and Evaluation, Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, U.S. Health and Human Services Department, Rockwall II, Ninth Floor, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, Md. 20857, (301) 443-6980.
Jan. 14--Quality schools: Proposals are due for the third national conference on "Creating the Quality School,'' to be held March 31-April 2 at the Holiday Inn Airport West in Oklahoma City, Okla. Administrators, teachers, and school board members are invited to submit proposals for papers and presentations that focus on issues of increased educational success and opportunity for all students. Contact: Edward W. Chance, Director, Center for the Study of Small and Rural Schools, University of Oklahoma, 555 East Constitution, Room 313, Norman, Okla., 73037-0005; (405) 325-1450.
Jan. 14--Students with disabilities: The U.S. Education Department is inviting applications for new awards under its Research in Education of Individuals with Disabilities Program. The awards are intended to advance and improve the knowledge base and improve the practice of professionals, parents, and others, including regular educators, who provide early intervention, special education, and related services to children with disabilities. For field-initiated research projects of up to 60 months in duration, an estimated 20 grants of about $100,000-$180,000 a year will be awarded to state and local education agencies, institutions of higher education, and other public agencies and nonprofit private organizations. Contact: Darlene Crumblin, U.S.E.D., 400 Maryland Ave., S.W., Room 3525, Switzer Bldg., Washington, D.C. 20202-2641; (202) 205-8953. TDD:Call the Federal Dual Party Relay Service, (800) 877-8339.
Jan. 15--Gifted children: Applications are due for the 1994 International Hollingworth Award Competition, for proposed research in the area of the education or psychology of gifted children and youths, sponsored by the Intertel Foundation Inc. The award consists of a $2,000 cash grant and certificate. Contact (with self-addressed, stamped envelope): Roxanne H. Cramer, Chairman, Hollingworth Award Committee, 4300 Sideburn Rd., Fairfax, Va. 22030-3507.
Jan. 15--Professional development: Applications are due for two programs sponsored by the Esther A. and Joseph Klingenstein Center at Teachers College, Columbia University. The Klingenstein Fellowship provides a year of study at Teachers College to 12 teachers and administrators in private secondary schools who have more than five years of professional experience; fellows receive an $11,000 tuition allowance and a $23,000 stipend, among other benefits. The Klingenstein Visiting Fellows Program for Heads of Independent Schools features a month of symposia examining the issues confronting independent school leaders; the fellowship includes housing, full tuition, and participation in a variety of cultural events. Any head of an independent K-12 school that has a nondiscriminatory admissions policy is eligible to apply. Contact: E.A. & J.K.C., Teachers' College, Columbia University Box 125, New York, N.Y. 10027; (212) 678-3449.
Jan. 19--Science and mathematics: Applications are due for the Sci-Mat Fellowship Program, sponsored by the Council for Basic Education and funded primarily by the National Science Foundation. Seventy teams of two teachers each--one science or mathematics teacher and one humanities teacher--will be awarded fellowships of $2,600 per team (stipend plus book award) to study linking the sciences and the humanities in a setting of their choosing. Contact: C.B.E., Attn: 94-S, P.O. Box 135, Ashton, Md. 20861.
- Jan. 21--Student competition: Entries are due for the Duracell/N.S.T.A. Scholarship Competition, sponsored by Duracell and the National Science Teachers Association. Students in grades 9-12 are invited to design and build an educational, useful, battery-powered device that runs on any combination of Duracell batteries, and to enter a written description, wiring diagram, and photograph of the device. Savings bonds ranging from $100 to $20,000 will be awarded to the 100 award winners. Contact: D./N.S.T.A. S.C., 1840 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, Va. 22201-3000; (703) 243-7100.
Jan. 27--Bilingual education: The U.S. Department of Education is inviting applications for short-term training to improve the skills of education personnel and parents participating in programs for limited-English proficient persons. An estimated 29 awards ranging from $75,000 to $150,000 each will be granted to local education agencies, state education agencies, and private for-profit or nonprofit organizations that apply after consulting L.E.A.s and S.E.A.s. Contact: Petraine Johnson, U.S.E.D., 400 Maryland Ave., S.W., Room 5086, Switzer Building, Washington, D.C. 20202-6642; (202) 205-8722.
Jan. 28--Bilingual education: The U.S. Department of Education is inviting applications for projects to identify and disseminate effective bilingual education practices for limited-English-proficient students. The awards are intended to support projects helping L.E.P. children historically underserved by L.E.P. programs and involving children from low-income families. An estimated 26 grants ranging from $50,000 to $150,00 each will be awarded to local education agencies, higher education institutions, and private nonprofit organizations applying separately or jointly. Contact: Mary Mahony, U.S.E.D., 400 Maryland Ave., S.W., Room 5086, Washington, D.C. 20202-6642; (202) 205-8722.
Jan. 31--Social studies: Nominations are due for the Middle States Council for the Social Studies 1993-1994 awards, recognizing educators in the field of the social studies. Nominators must be members of the M.S.C.S.S., and nominators and nominees must be educators. Contact: Edward J. Rielly, 25 Clay Ave., Apt. 406, Scranton, Pa. 18510-2192.
Feb. 1--Music: Applications are due for the Interlochen scholarship program, sponsored by the National Federation of Music Clubs. Two partial scholarships of $1,635 each will be awarded for eight weeks of summer music study at Interlochen Arts Camp in Interlochen, Mich. The scholarship competition is open to students in grades 10-12 who are currently studying piano, voice, or orchestral instruments. Contact: Van Mills, 2710 Leland Dr., Jackson, Mich. 49203; (517) 782-8703.
- Feb. 1--Music: Applications are due for the Stillman-Kelley Scholarship for the Southeastern region, sponsored by the National Federation of Music Clubs. The first-place winner will receive $1,000, and the second-place winner $500, for further music study. Applicants must not have reached their 17th birthday by March 1 of the year of auditions. Contact: N.F.M.C., 1336 North Delaware St., Indianapolis, Ind. 46202; (317) 638-4003.
Feb. 1--Science: Entries are due for the ExploraVision competition, sponsored by the National Science Teachers Association and Toshiba. Students in grades K-12, working in teams of three or four under the supervision of a teacher, are invited to submit a description paper and a story board illustrating technology at work in the community. Four winning teams will receive savings bonds ranging from $5,000 to $10,000. Contact: N.S.T.A., E.V. Awards, 1742 Connecticut Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20009; (202) 328-5800.
- Feb. 3--Students with disabilities: The U.S. Education Department is inviting applications for new awards under its Children With Severe Disabilities Program, for model in-service training projects to prepare personnel to educate students with severe disabilities in general-education classrooms. An estimated three awards ranging from $155,000 to $170,000 each will be awarded to a public or nonprofit private organization or institution. Contact: Dawn Hunter, U.S.E.D., 400 Maryland Ave., S.W., Room 4620, Switzer Bldg., Washington, D.C. 20202-2644.
Feb. 11--Science and technology: Entries are due for the NYNEX Science and Technology Awards, sponsored by the NYNEX Foundation and administered by the National Science Teachers Association. Teams of two to four high school students from New York, Massachusetts, Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Connecticut are invited to devise practical solutions to community problems using science and technology. The three top teams will receive will be awarded development grants totaling $250,000 to bring their winning ideas closer to reality. Contact: (800) 9X-TEAMS.
Feb. 28--Geography: Entries are due for the fifth annual American Express Geography Competition, sponsored by the American Express Philanthropic Program, for students in grades 6-12. Eighteen teams of students will share the $100,000 in prize money. Contact: (800) 395-GLOBE.
- March 1--Arts education: Applications are due for the Reston Prize, sponsored by Arts Education Policy Review, to recognize the best policy paper on the relationship between K-12 arts education and higher education. Applicants should submit a previously unpublished manuscript of 3,500 to 4,000 words. The winner will receive a $1,000 prize and publication in the review. Contact: R.P., A.E.P.R., Heldref Publications, 1319 18th St., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20036-1802.
- March 1--Arts education: Applications are due for the Young Writers' Award, sponsored by Arts Education Policy Review, to recognize the best policy paper on any subject concerning K-12 arts education. Entrants must be under 35 years old and submit a previously unpublished manuscript of 3,500 to 4,000 words. Winners will receive a $500 prize and publication in the review. Contact: Y.W.A., A.E.P.R., Heldref Publications, 1319 18th St., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20036-1802.
March 1--History and social studies: Applications are due for the 1994 James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation awards, for in-service high school teachers of American history, American government, and social studies and for graduating or recently graduated collegians who wish to become secondary school teachers of these subjects. The $24,000 awards cover tuition, fees, books, and room and board associated with study leading to master's degrees in American history or political science or education with concentrations in the framing, principles, and history of the U.S. Constitution. Stipends cover five years of part-time study by teachers or two years of full-time study by recent baccalaureates. At least one fellowship is awarded annually to a recipient in each state, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and, taken together, the other territories. Contact: James Madison Memorial Fellowship Program, P.O. Box 4030, Iowa City, Iowa, 52243-4030; (800) 525-6928; fax: (319) 337-1204.
- March 1--School libraries: Applications are due for the 1994 Leadership Development Grant, sponsored by the International Association of School Librarianship, to encourage school-library leadership in developing countries. The grant will enable the winner to attend the 1995 I.A.S.L. conference in Nigeria. Contact: The Secretariate, I.A.S.L., P.O. Box 19856, Kalamazoo, Mich. 49019.
- March 1--Music: Applications are due for the Brevard Music Center Scholarship, sponsored by the National Federation of Music Clubs. One $1,850 scholarship will be awarded for six weeks of summer study at the music center in Brevard, N.C. The competition is open to students of band and orchestral instruments who must have reached their 13th but not their 21st birthday by March 1 of the contest year. Contact: Mrs. Robert E.L. Freeman, 30 Heathwood Circle, Columbia, S.C. 29205; (803) 256-1090.
March 1--Summer seminars: The Division of Fellowships and Seminars of the National Endowment for the Humanities is inviting applications for summer seminars on a variety of texts in the humanities. Full-time or regular part-time teachers of grades 7-12 at public, private, or parochial schools are invited to apply for one seminar. For each seminar, 15 teachers will be awarded stipends of $2,450, $2,825, or $3,200 each, depending on the length of the seminar. Contact: Public Information Office, N.E.H., 1100 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20506; (202) 606-8443.
- March 11--Student scholarships: Applications are due for the MCI International Scholar Awards, for bilingual students attending New York City and Los Angeles Unified School District public high schools. Twenty scholarships of $5,000 each will be awarded to students who are fluent in two or more languages, will be graduating in spring of 1994, and have plans to pursue studies in telecommunications, marketing, international or general business, computer science, communications, or engineering. Contact: MCI, 1200 South Hayes St., Arlington, Va., 22202.
March 15--Cartooning: Entries are due for the 1994 Student Editorial Cartoon Contest, sponsored by NewsCurrents magazine. Students in grades K-12 are invited to submit original cartoons on any subject of nationwide interest. Twenty-one winners will receive savings bonds ranging from $50 to $100. Contact: N.C. Magazine, P.O. Box 52, Madison, Wis. 53701; (800) 356-2303 or (608) 836-6660.
March 15--Drug-abuse prevention: Registration is due for the "Murals Reflecting Prevention'' program, sponsored by Learning Systems Group and Very Special Arts. Participating teachers of students in grades 1-12 will receive free educational materials including a project packet and video, featuring age-appropriate information on alcohol, tobacco, and other drug education, as well as suggestions for creating portable or traditional wall murals. Contact: L.S.G./V.S.A., 1331 F St., N.W., Suite 800, Washington, D.C. 20004; (202) 628-8080; TDD: (202) 737-0645.