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REQUESTS FOR PROPOSALS
*May 29--Technology innovation: Proposals are due for the Technology Innovation Challenge Grants, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education. The grants will focus on professional development to help prepare new teachers and support experienced teachers in the effective use of technology in teaching. The five-year awards will range from $1 million to $2 million per year. Each application must be submitted by a local education agency on behalf of a consortium of partners with resources for providing innovative professional-development programs for teachers, administrators, and other educators. Contact: Technology Innovation Challenge Grants, Attn: 84.303A, USDE, Application Control Center, Room 3633, Regional Office Building-3, 7th and D Sts. S.W., Washington, DC 20202-4725; (202) 708-8493.
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].
STUDENT SCHOLARSHIPS AND AWARDS
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.
TEACHER FELLOWSHIPS AND AWARDS
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 DHNF 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.
*June 1--Child care: Nominations are due for the Child Care Professional Gold Medal Awards, sponsored by Scholastic Inc. and Child Care Aware. The national awards program recognizes the importance of the child-care profession. Recipients will be selected based on knowledge and creativity in helping young people develop and learn, dedication to the field, and leadership in the community. Five national winners and 25 honorable mentions will be chosen by a panel of nationally recognized early-childhood experts. The national winners will receive $2,000 worth of Scholastic products, a $1,000 grant for professional development from Cheerios, $100 in classroom materials from Kaplan Cos., a Hewlett-Packard Co. Deskjet 670C printer, and complimentary subscriptions to Scholastic Parent & Child, and Early Childhood Today. Entry forms are available in the current issue of Scholastic Parent & Child; Web site: www.scholastic.com or www.childcarerr.org/childcareaware.
*June 9--College admissions: Applications are due for the 24th Annual College Board Summer Institute on College Admissions, sponsored by the College Board, for high school guidance counselors and college-admissions professionals, at the University of Central Florida in Orlando, Fla. The institute offers four program tracks for domestic and international college-admissions professionals and high school guidance counselors from the United States and abroad. Contact: M.H. Allen, CB, Suite 900, Highpoint Center, 106 E. College Ave., Tallahassee, FL 32301-7732; (850) 222-7999; fax: (850) 224-3077; e-mail: [email protected]; Web site: www.collegeboard.org.
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].
*Oct. 23--International education: Applications are due for the Fulbright Grants, sponsored by the U.S. Information Agency, the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board, and the Institute of International Education. The grants are for graduate study or research abroad in academic fields and for professional training in the creative and performing arts. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and hold a bachelor's degree or its equivalent by the beginning date of the grant. All applicants are required to have sufficient proficiency in the language of the host country to carry out their proposed study or research. Contact: U.S. Student Programs Division, IIE, 809 United Nations Plaza, New York, NY 10017; (212) 984-5330; Web site: www.iie.org/fulbright.