Dec. 18--Poster contest: Entries are due for the 1996 Reading
Is Fundamental Inc. National Poster Contest. The contest will
recognize art that best conveys RIF's 30th-anniversary theme,
"Big on Books." Children in RIF programs, grades K-12, are
eligible. Winners will be announced in January. The contest
winner and immediate family will receive an expense paid trip
to Washington, D.C. to be honored at an awards ceremony in
April and they will also receive a $500 U.S. Savings Bond.
Contact: Janet Frick, RIF, 600 Maryland Ave., S.W., Suite 600,
Washington, D.C. 20024; (202) 287-3263.
Oct. 27--Art: Applications are due for the Fifth Performing
Arts Centers and Schools: Partners in Education Institute,
which will be held at the John F. Kennedy Center for the
Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., April 24-28, 1996. The
purpose of the institute, funded by the U.S. Education
Department, is to promote school-community partnerships in
the performing arts, with special focus on the education of
teachers. Up to 14 two-person teams consisting of a
representative from a performing-arts center and a
neighboring school system will be selected for participation.
Contact: Performing Arts Centers and Schools Program, Kennedy
Center, Washington, D.C. 20566-0004; fax: (202) 416-8802.
Oct. 31--Foreign teachers' fellowships: The National
Endowment for the Humanities is now inviting applications for
its 1996 summer fellowship program for K-12 foreign-language
teachers. Stipends of $3,750 each will be provided for six
weeks' study abroad. Applicants must have three years'
full-time K-12 teaching experience, with at least one-half of
the teaching schedule in foreign languages during each of
those years; be employed by a U.S. school or U.S. school
abroad; and have the intent to teach foreign languages at
least five more years. Former winners of the program and
teachers of English as a second language and bilingual
education are not eligible. Contact: N.E.H. Fellowship
Program for F.L. Teachers K-12, Connecticut College, 270
Mohegan Ave., New London, Conn. 06320-4196; (203) 439-2282;
fax: (203) 439-5341.
Sept. 1--Academic leadership: Nominations are due for the
15th Annual Leadership for Learning Awards, sponsored by
the American Association of School Administrators and
Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association. Parents,
teachers, administrators, and community members nationwide
are invited to nominate superintendents and innovative
student-achievement programs. A $4,000 cash award is
available in each of three categories of school district:
rural, suburban, and urban. Contact: Darlene Pierce,
A.A.S.A., (703) 875-0736.
Sept. 15--Environmental awards: Entries are due for the
Phillips Environmental Partnership Awards, sponsored by
the Phillips Petroleum Company. The awards target primary
and secondary schools and adult nonprofit community
organizations and nature centers. Awards ranging from
$500 to $5,000 will be given in five categories: wildlife
and habitat; water; parks and school grounds; recycling;
and other. Contact: P.P.C., PEP Program, 16D1 PB,
Bartlesville, Okla. 74004.
Dec. 20--Career-education award: Applications are due
for the American Association for Career Education
Awards for Excellence and Innovation. The a.a.c.e.
Citations for Career Education Initiatives are offered
in 16 categories, including student, staff, and
employee education, training, counseling, management,
assessment, evaluation, and research. Contact: Pat
Nellor Wickwire, A.A.C.E., 2900 Amby Place, Hermosa
Beach, Calif. 90254-2216; (310) 376-7378.