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Feb. 28--ThinkQuest contest: Entries are due for the ThinkQuest contest, sponsored by Advanced Network and Services Inc. The contest is open to student ages 12 to 19, and asks student teams to create web-based educational tools and materials. Each team can have teachers or mentors who act as coaches, but students are required to do the work themselves. The top prize for the winning team is $25,000 per student in scholarships, $5,000 per coach, and $5,000 per school. There are five categories: arts and literature, interdisciplinary, science and mathematics, social sciences, and sports and health. Contact: Web site:

March 9--Skirball essay contest: Entries are due for the Skirball Essay Contest sponsored by the Skirball Institute on American Values of the American Jewish Committee. Tenth, 11th, and 12th graders are asked to submit essays on an American value which can be documented in the nation's history. This year students are to draw their study of American history and literature and consider to what extent Americans have learned to judge people "not by the color of their skin but by the content of their character." A $5,000 first prize winner will be chosen along with a second prize winner of $1,000 and a $500 winner of third place. Contact: Skirball Institute, 635 S. Harvard Blvd., Suite 214, Los Angeles, CA 90005-2511; (213) 381-1719; fax: (213) 381-1078.

March 19--Young Inventors Award: Entries are due for the Craftsman/NSTA Young Inventors Award Program sponsored by Sears, Roebuck and Co. and the National Science Teachers Association. Students in grades 4-6 are asked to invent and build a tool or modify an existing tool. The national winner will receive a $10,000 U.S. savings bond. Eleven regional winners will each receive a $5,000 savings bond. Contact: Craftsman/NSTA Young Inventors Awards Program, NSTA, 1840 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22201; (888) 494-4994; e-mail:; Web site:

March 20--HBO Contest: Entries are due for the Home Box Office "4 Little Girls" creative expression contest. The contest is open to students in grades 9-12. Students are asked to express their thoughts and feelings based on events featured in 4 Little Girls, a documentary film on the historic Birmingham, Ala. church bombing that claimed four lives in 1963. Four grand prize winners will each receive a $5,000 scholarship. Contact: HBO, (888) HBO-0060; Web site:

*April 15--Project contest: Entries are due for the third annual 1997-98 Digital Chisel 3 student project contest, sponsored by Pierian Spring Software. The contest recognizes K-12 students for their creative work with Java authoring software and Digital Chisel 3. There will be one $1,000 grand prize winner, five second place winners, and ten third place winners chosen by a panel of judges from Pierian Spring Software. Contact: Pierian Spring Software; Web site:


Feb. 20--Language summer institute: Applications are due for the Advancing Language Immersion Education summer institute, sponsored by the National Foreign Language Resource Center at the University of Hawaii. Each summer, the NFLRC sponsors a month-long institute which provides foreign language educators with opportunities for hands-on experience. The program is from July 6, 1998 to July 24, 1998 in Honolulu and is open to foreign language educators. Contact: NFLRC Summer Institute, University of Hawaii at Manoa, 1859 East-West Road #106, Honolulu, HI 96822; (808) 956-9424; fax: (808) 956-5983; e-mail: [email protected].

Feb. 27--Lesson Plan contest: Entries are due for the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development and Microsoft Corp., Lesson Plan Contest. K-12 educators can win a Compaq Presario ES PC, technology grants worth up to $500, and Microsoft software by sharing their creative uses of technology in the classroom. Winners will be selected in four categories: grades K-2, grades 3-5, grades 6-8, and grades 9-12. Contact: Microsoft Corp., K-12 Lesson Plan Contest, One Microsoft Way, Redmond, WA 98052-6399, Attn: Bldg. 22; Web site: or

*Feb.28--Teacher awards: Applications are due for the 1998 Shaklee Teacher Awards, sponsored by the Glenda B. and Forrest C. Shaklee Institute for Improving Special Education. The newly created award recognizes up to ten of the country's most outstanding educators of children with disabilities. The teacher award is one step in the process of increasing awareness of exemplary leaders and professional practice in special education. Winners will receive a $1,000 cash award, a pewter sculpture, and the opportunity to participate in a five-day learning experience led by the Shaklee Institute Senior Scholars. Contact: The Shaklee Institute for Improving Special Education, 2400 Jardine Drive, Wichita, KS 67219-4699, (316) 262-8271; Web site:

March 2--Rainforest workshop: Applications are due for 1998 Rainforest Workshop Scholarship Drawing, sponsored by Rainforest Workshops and the National Science Teachers Association. A $1,000 scholarship for a Summer Rainforest Workshop is available to K-12 educators. The workshop engages teachers and adminstrators in research with biodiversity experts, marine biologists, geographers, and others. Contact: RW, (800) 669-6806.

March 1--James Madison Fellowship: Applications are due for the James Madison Fellowship Program, sponsored by the James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation. The foundation awards fellowships to in-service secondary school teachers of American history, American government, and social studies in grades 7-12; and to graduating or graduated collegians who wish to become secondary school teachers of the same subjects. The awards of up to $24,000 cover tuition, fees, books, and room and board associated with study leading to a master's degree in American history, 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. Contact: JMFP, P.O. Box 4030, Iowa City, IA 52243-4030; (800) 525-6928; fax: (319) 337-1204; e-mail: [email protected]; Web site:

March 1--NEH Summer seminars and institutes: Applications are due for Summer Seminars and Summer Institutes, sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities' Division of Research and Education Programs. The NEH offers full-time K-12 teachers opportunities to study humanities topics in a variety of seminars and institutes. All teachers selected to participate in a seminar or institute will be awarded a stipend ranging from $2,350 to $3,700 to cover travel costs, books, other research expenses, and living expenses. Contact: NEH Seminars and Institutes Program, 1100 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W., Washington, DC 20506; (202) 606-8463; TDD: (202) 606-8282; e-mail: [email protected].

*March 15--Teaching excellence: Applications are due for the 1998 United States-Newly Independent States Awards for Excellence in Teaching Program. The program is funded by the United States Information Agency and administered by the American Council of Teachers of Russian and the American Council for Collaboration in Education and Language Study. The program is designed to promote the development of innovative teaching methodology in English and American Studies in Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Uzbekistan, and to foster contacts between secondary schools in the U.S. and the NIS. Up to twenty-seven U.S. secondary school teachers of the humanities, social studies, and language arts will be invited for two weeks to visit schools and communities of the NIS. All participant expenses will paid by ACTR/ACCELS. Contact: ACTR/ACCELS, 1776 Massachusetts Ave., Suite 700, Washington, DC 20036; (202) 833-7522.

*April 3--Teacher institute: Applications are due for the 1998 Teachers Institute, sponsored by the National Gallery of Art. The institute will concentrate on Greco-Roman mythology, but will also examine select myths from African, Native American, and Asian cultures. There will be three separate sessions: July 13-18, July 27-August 1, and August 10-15. The institute is open to educators of all subjects in K-12, and program enrollment is $200. Contact: Department of Teacher and School Programs, NGA, Sixth and Constitution Ave., N.W., Washington, DC 20565.

April 30--Teaching grant: Applications are due for the Excellence in Teaching Cabinet sponsored by Curriculum Associates Inc. Educators are asked to submit proposals for innovative teaching projects that exemplify excellence in K-8 teaching practices. Each educator chosen will receive a $1,000 implementation grant and up to $500 worth of Curriculum Associates materials. Submissions to the grant program is open to all educators teaching in grades K-8. Grants will be implemented in the 1998-99 school year. Contact: CA, Fax a request marked "Excellence in Teaching Cabinet Official Rules" (612) 359-0340; Web site:

May 1--Lesson Plan contest: Entries are due for most creative lesson plan contest sponsored by the Hobby Industry Association. In celebration of National Craft Month (March) educators are asked to submit lesson plans for students in grades K-8 that utilize craft materials to teach important core curriculum assignments. The educator who submits the winning entry will receive $500 worth of craft supplies for their school. Contact: NCM Lesson Plan, P.O. Box 5306, Parsippany, NJ 07054.


*March 1--Book award: Submissions are due for the third annual 1998 Once Upon a World Book Award, sponsored by the Simon Wiesenthal Center and the Museum of Tolerance. This award honors the childrn's book that best promotes the universal message of tolerance. To be eligible for the award the book must be written in English and published in 1997, the readership should fall in the six- to ten-year-old age group, and the book may be a picture book, fiction, non-fiction, or poetry. The winner will receive a $1,000 cash prize and a trip to Los Angeles, Calif. Contact: Janet N. Garfinkle, MT, (310) 553-9036, ext. 305.

March 2--TeachAsia grant: Applications are due for TeachAsia: Creating Educational Collaboratives program, sponsored by the Asia Society. The program invites schools and resource organizations to apply for its grant initiative, which fosters educational partnerships between public middle schools and Asia-related resource organizations such as colleges, universities, universities, museums, and libraries. Each winning project receives a grant averaging $15,000 to support the development and implementation of a school year-long staff development program for teachers. Contact: AS education department, 725 Park Ave., New York, NY 10021-5088; Web site:

*March 25--Public policy: Applications are due for the 1999 Ian Axford Fellowships in Public Policy, sponsored by the Commonwealth Fund. The fellowships give outstanding American professionals the opportunity to study, travel, and gain practical experience in public policy in New Zealand. The program aims to reinforce links between the two countries, improve public policy development, and build up a network of public policy. All applicants must be U.S. citizens. Contact: Robin Osborn, CF, One East 75th St., New York, NY 10021-2692; e-mail: [email protected]; Web site:

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