EDUCATOR AND SCHOOL FELLOWSHIPS, CONTESTS, AWARDS, AND OTHER DEADLINES
March 1—Teachers: Applications are due for various summer seminars and institutes in the humanities, sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities. K-12 educators chosen to participate in the 2-6 week programs will receive fixed stipends to cover travel costs, living expenses, and books. Contact: National Endowment for the Humanities, 1100 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W., Washington, DC 20506; (202) 606-8463; e-mail: [email protected]; Web site: www.neh.gov/projects/si-school.html.
March 1—Teachers: Applications are due for the Teacher of the Year award, sponsored by Teachers’ Insurance Plan, a Meriden, Conn.-based company that offers car insurance plans for educators. One pre-K-16 teacher in each of 15 eligible states will receive a $1,000 cash prize, and his or her school will win $500. One national winner will receive an additional $2,500. Contact: Teachers' Insurance Plan, Teacher of the Year Committee, 500 South Broad St., Meriden, CT 06450; Web site: www.teachers.com/toty.
March 3—School awards: Applications are due for the National School Change Awards, sponsored by the Arlington, Va.-based American Association of School Administrators, the Fordham University school of education in New York City, and Upper Saddle River, N.J.-based Pearson Education. Schools in which significant change has occurred in the past several years can apply for the awards that include, among other prizes, a $5,000 grant. Contact: Francesca Sinatra; (212) 636-6682; e-mail: [email protected]; Web site: www.npli.org/nsca.
March 7—Mentoring: Applications are due for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring, sponsored by the National Science Foundation. Educators and organizations that have provided mentoring to a large number of students at the K-12, undergraduate, or graduate education levels for at least five years are eligible. Ten individual and ten organizational grants of $10,000 each will be awarded. Contact: David T. Temple, Jr.: (703) 292-4674; fax: (703) 292-9018; e-mail: [email protected]; Web site: www.nsf.gov/funding.
March 15—Call for proposals: Applications are due for proposals for the National Association of Biology Teachers Professional Development Conference in Albuquerque, N.M., Oct. 11-14. Presentations aimed at K-12 teachers in 17 different subject areas will be considered. Contact: NABT, 12030 Sunrise Valley Dr., Suite 110, Reston, VA 20191; (703) 264-9696; fax: (703) 264-7778; e-mail: [email protected]; Web site: www.nabt.org/sup/conferences.
March 24—Call for proposals: Applications are due for poster presentations for the National Association of School Nurses’ conference in New York City June 30-July 3. Conference themes are: school nurses as pacesetters for school health, collaboration between schools and communities, and developing resources and promoting self-care. Contact: Pat Roberts, Meeting Support Coordinator, NASN Eastern Office, P.O. Box 1300, Scarborough, ME 04070-1300; e-mail: [email protected]; Web site: www.nasn.org.
March 31—Teachers: Applications are due for the Summer Fellowship for Innovative Teachers, sponsored by the Murdock-Thompson Center for Teachers, based in Providence, R.I. The $2,000 stipends support the efforts of educators to develop innovative teaching strategies over the summer. Contact: The Murdock-Thompson Center for Teachers, 178 Gano St., Providence, RI 02906; (401) 621 9033; Web site: http://users.ids.net/~murdokca.
April 1—Teachers: Applications are due for the 13th Annual English Language Immersion Program in Poland, facilitated by Earl and Annmarie Adreani. Participants will teach English to Polish students in Siennica, Poland July 1-22. Room and board is included, but airfare must be paid by the participant. Interested teachers should send a cover letter and resume to: Earl and Annmarie Adreani, 77 Gayland Rd., Needham, MA 02492; e-mail: [email protected].
STUDENT SCHOLARSHIPS, CONTESTS, AND AWARDS
Throughout Feb.—Scholarships: Applications are being accepted for various scholarships from the Common Knowledge Scholarship Foundation, based in Davie, Fla. Students can compete for scholarships by completing online quizzes about The Bible, black history, chemistry, the FBI, and NASCAR racing. All scholarship opportunities are available online at www.cksf.org.
Throughout March—Scholarships: Applications are being accepted for the National Scholarship and State Scholarships Sweepstakes, sponsored by Nelnet, an educational lender based in Lincoln, Neb. Students entering college in the 2006-07 school year can register on www.nelnet.net/collegeplanning for $1,000 scholarship prizes, which are drawn weekly through March 31. Additional scholarship sweepstakes are available for students living in Colorado, Florida, Indiana, Louisiana, Maine, New Mexico, New York, and Texas.
March 1—Handwriting: Applications are due for the National Handwriting Contest, sponsored by Zaner-Bloser Educational Publishers, based in Columbus, Ohio. Students in grades 1-8 whose schools use Zaner-Bloser Handwriting products are eligible for prizes, including $500 in savings bonds. The classroom of one Grand National Winner will receive a new computer, Zaner-Bloser Handwriting Software, and the teacher will win a trip for two to Boston to commemorate National Handwriting Week. Contact: Zaner-Bloser National Handwriting Contest, P.O. Box 16764, Columbus, OH 43216-6764; Web site: www.zaner-bloser.com.
March 15—Essay contest: Applications are due for the Open the Unusual Door essay contest, sponsored by Barbara Summers and Boston-based publisher Houghton Mifflin. Students ages 13-18 can submit essays on the book Open the Unusual Door: True Life Stories of Challenge, Adventure, and Success by Black Americans, edited by Barbara Summers, or on the themes of challenge, adventure, or success. Three prizes, ranging from $200 to $500, will be awarded. Contact: Felicia Pride, Open the Unusual Door Essay Contest, Park West Station, P.O. Box 21044, New York, NY 10025; (917) 453-0826; e-mail: [email protected]; Web site: www.opentheunusualdoor.com/contest.htm.
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