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*Sept. 1--Music education initiative: Proposals are due for the 1998 American Music Education Initiative, sponsored by the National Music Foundation. The foundation invites K-12 teachers of all subjects in public or private schools to submit lessons that teach or use American music. One goal of the initiative is to provide a collection of lessons about American music that teachers can use. Teachers whose lessons are selected will be awarded grants of $500 to $1,000 each. Contact: Gene C. Wenner, Education Coordinator, NMF, 70 Kemble St., Lenox, MA 01240; (413) 637-1800; e-mail: [email protected]


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 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 27--Teacher fellowships: Applications are due for the Charter School Teacher Fellowship Program, sponsored by the Council for Basic Education. The fellowship will be awarded to three teams of four K-12 teachers from charter schools. The teachers chosen will spend six weeks in self-directed, independent study focusing on ideas that support the academic content of their curriculum. From their study, the teams will come up with curricular products and introduce them to their charter schools the following year. Awardees will receive $2,500 each , and $500 will be given to the charter school. Contact: CBE, Charter School Teacher Fellowship Program, 1319 F St. N.W., Suite 900, Washington, DC 20004-1152; Web site:

April 30--Teaching grants: 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.

*July 1--Journalism-teacher awards: Applications are due for the National High School Journalism Teacher Awards Program, sponsored by the Dow Jones Newspaper Fund Inc. The program will identify outstanding high school journalism teachers with at least three years' experience who have done exemplary work in the 1997-98 academic year. The DJNF will select one "teacher of the year," four "distinguished advisers," and several "special recognition" advisers. The teacher of the year will write a quarterly column for the DJNF's newsletter, Adviser Update. Contact: DJNF, P.O. Box 300, Princeton, NJ 08543-0300; (609) 452-2820.


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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