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*April 1--Education initiative: Proposals are due for grants to develop new models for using interactive technology to advance student learning, sponsored by the America Online Foundation. Project teams can apply for grants of up to $7,500 to support creative ideas for using the Internet in the classroom. In addition to K-12 teachers and administrators, teams can include parents and community leaders. Review criteria will place special emphasis on proposals from schools and communities that reach socioeconomically disadvantaged children. Contact: AOL Foundation, Attn: Corporate Outreach Division, 22000 AOL Way, Dulles, VA 20166; (703) 265-1342; e-mail: [email protected]; 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--National service: Entries are due for the National Service Scholarships, sponsored by the Corporation for National Service. The $1,000 scholarships are available for 10,000 high school students who give significant service to their communities. The congressionally funded scholarships provide $500 of each $1,000 award; each scholarship is matched with at least $500 from local sources. Each high school may select one junior or senior who has performed outstanding acts of service in the community for at least one year. Contact: CNS, 1201 New York Ave. N.W., Washington, DC 20525; (202) 606-5000; Web site:

*June 30--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, or extracurricular activities. Applicants should provide a statement or essay including: what career in science they want to pursue and why, extracurricular activities demonstrating career commitment, and the person or persons who have influenced their career choice and why. Contact: Infusium 23 Women in Science Awards, 40 W. 57th St., 23rd Floor, New York, NY 10019.


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 the Young Playwrights Inc. The two-day program is open to all teachers in grades 2-12. The workshop focuses on playwriting as a tool to teach creative writing, critical thinking skills, and individual expression. The fee for the workshop is $225, teachers can attend free when booking an in-school workshop. 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: Curriculum Associates, by faxing 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.


*April 21--Doctoral fellowships: Applications are due for the American Educational Research Association/Spencer Foundation fellowships. The fellowships are for doctoral students midway through their degree programs. Recipients will receive awards up to $16,000 for a one-year fellowship, plus $4,000 in travel money for professional-development activities. Contact: AERA, Spencer Fellowship, 1230 17th St. N.W., Washington, DC 20036.

*Aug. 31--Math and science education: Applications are due for the annual TAP America Award, sponsored by the Electronic Industries Foundation. The grant program recognizes a project developed by a school and an electronics company working together to help teach children the importance of math and science in the real world. Eligible projects must involve at least one member company of the Electronic Industries Association; target students in grades 5-8 who are isolated from resources that enrich the math or science curriculum by socioeconomic or geographic factors; link a specific math or science topic to a real-life situation; and make innovative use of the company's technological resources and staff. The winning project's school will receive a $10,000 grant. Contact: TAP America Award, EIF, 2500 Wilson Blvd., Suite 210, Arlington, VA 22201-3834; (703) 907-7414; fax: Attn: TAP, (703) 907-7401; e-mail: [email protected]

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