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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: [email protected]; 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:

*April 15--Science awards: Essays are due for the second annual Infusium 23 Women in Science Awards, sponsored by the national hair-care brand Infusium 23. The contest is open to high school girls who want to pursue a career in science. Grants of $1,000 will be given to 23 students to use for college, summer classes, and extracurricular activities. Applicants should provide a statement or essay including: what career in science they want to pursue and why; extracurricular activities demonstrating their career commitment; and the person(s) who has influenced their career choice and why. Completed statements or essays should also include name, home address, phone number, age, school grade, and the school name. Contact: Infusium 23 Women in Science Awards, 40 W. 57th St., 23rd Floor, New York, NY 10019.


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 25--Training institute: Applications are due for the spring session of the "Teaching on Your Feet!" Teacher Training Institute, sponsored by Young Playwrights Inc. The two-day program is open to all teachers of grades 2-12. The workshop focuses on playwriting as a tool to teach creative writing, critical-thinking skills, and individual expression. Although the fee for the workshop is $225, teachers can attend free when booking an in-school workshop. A special hotel and theater package is available for out-of-town teachers. Contact: Young Playwrights Inc., 321 W. 44th St., Suite 906, New York, NY 10036; (212) 307-1140.

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 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 New Zealand-United State links, improve public policy development, and build up a network of public policy on both sides of the Pacific. 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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