Following is a list of application deadlines for grants, fellowships, and honors available to individuals. Asterisks (
- ) denote new entries.
GRANTS AND FELLOWSHIPS
April 1. Science.
Miami University offers its Terrific Science Program. The program provides a choice of three workshops designed to help teachers enhance their science teaching skills. The 10- to 15day workshops are held in June, July, and other times throughout the school year at Miami University. Participants receive four to six graduate credits, free tuition, and a travel, housing, and supplies stipend. Also included are take-home materials and an outreach allowance. Eligible are K-12 teachers. Late applications will be considered if space allows. Contact: Terrific Science Programs, Miami University at Middletown, 4200 E. University Blvd., Middletown, OH 45042; (513) 424-4444, ext. 269.
- April 1. Social Studies.
The National Council for the Social Studies offers the Fund for the Advancement of Social Studies Education General Grant. Applicants must write a proposal outlining innovative ideas for teaching the contemporary relevance of 1492. Two winners in each of three categories receive $1,000 each. Eligible are K-12 and collegiatelevel teachers. Contact: The FASSE General Grant Committee, NCSS, 3501 Newark St., N.W., Washington, DC 20016; (202) 966-7840.
April 1. Social Studies.
The Presidential Classroom offers its Federal Forum Program. The oneweek session, which includes seminars with leading government officials, foreign diplomats, journalists, lobbyists, and business leaders, is held June 28-July 3 in Washington, D.C. Winners receive scholarships of $725. Eligible are K-12 teachers. Contact: Presidential Classroom, 441 N. Lee St., Alexandria, VA 22314; (800) 441-6533.
- April 15. Overseas.
The American Library Association and the U.S. Information Agency offer the 1992-93 Library/Book Fellows Program. The program allows fellows to work in Africa, the American Republics, Asia, Europe, Canada, or the Middle East for three months to one year. Approximately 15 fellows receive stipends of $30,000, as well as travel expenses; some countries also assist with the cost of housing. Eligible are U.S. citizens with education and experience in library or information science, publishing, or related fields; fluency in the host country's language is desired. Send a resume with a cover letter briefly stating desired position, foreign language skills, subject of expertise, and desired length of service to: L/BFP, ALA, 50 E. Huron St., Chicago, IL 60611; (800) 545-2433, ext. 3200. April 17. Poetry, Fiction, And Nonfiction.
Weekly Reader Corp. offers its third annual writing scholarship to the Wesleyan Writers' Conference. The conference, which includes seminars, lectures, readings, and manuscript consultations with published writers, editors, and literary agents, is held June 28-July 3 at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Conn. Four teachers receive full tuition, room and board, and transportation. Eligible are K-12 teachers who subscribe to any of the corporation's periodicals. Contact: Associate Editor of READ, Weekly Reader Corp., 245 Longhill Road, Middletown, CT 06457; (203) 638-2622.
April 24. Humanities.
The Arts Foundation of New Jersey, in cooperation with the National Endowment for the Humanities, offers the Leonardo Teacher Institute. The four-week summer institute, which focuses on improving humanities education and enables participants to interact with visiting artists and scholars, is held at Rutgers University. Participants each receive $1,000 and free tuition and room and board. Eligible are teachers in grades 3-12 of any discipline. Contact: Program Coordinator, Arts Foundation of New Jersey, Box 352, New Brunswick, NJ 08903; (908) 463-3640.
April 30. Literature.
The National Research Center on Literature Teaching and Learning offers its Teacher Research Institute. The program, which focuses on teachers as researchers, is held July 6-17 at the State University of New York at Albany. About 18 teachers each receive free tuition, a $200 stipend, and three graduate credits in English. Eligible are all high school or middle school English teachers. Contact: National Research Center on Literature Teaching and Learning, SUNY at Albany, School of Education (B9), 1400 Washington Ave., Albany, NY 12222; (518) 442-5134.
May 1. Independent Study.
The National Endowment for the Humanities offers the TeacherScholar Program. The fellowship supports full-time independent study in history, literature, foreign languages, and other humanities disciplines during the 1993-94 academic year. Up to 50 individuals each receive up to $30,000. Eligible are qualified elementary and secondary school teachers and librarians who teach humanities subjects at least half time. Contact: National Endowment for the Humanities, Division of Education Programs, Room 302, 1100 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W., Washington, DC 20506; (202) 786-0377.
May 1. Science.
The American Chemical Society offers the Science Technology Society Minigrants. Approximately 10 winners receive up to $1,000 to develop a science and technology curriculum. Eligible are high school chemistry teachers who are members of ACS. Contact: ACS, 1155 16th St., N.W., Washington, DC 20036; (202) 8724590.
May 15. Math And Science.
The Annenberg Foundation and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting offer several awards totaling $2.5 million for innovative math and science reform projects targeted at policymakers. Another group of awards totaling $2.5 million will be given for similar projects targeted at teachers. Eligible are K-12 teachers and administrators. Contact: Annenberg/CPB Math and Science Project, Attention: Guidelines, 901 E St., N.W., Washington, DC 20004-2006; (202) 879-9658.
May 15. Science.
Bell Atlantic and the American Association for the Advancement of Science offer the Bell Atlantic-AAAS Institute, a year-long program of inservice education and materials development in communications and information technology. The program includes teacher-scientist partnerships, free membership in a computer network, a $500 stipend for course and materials development, and a two-week, three-credit summer course in computer applications, fiber optics, robotics, and remote sensing at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Eligible are teachers in grades 5-9 in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia. Contact: Bell AtlanticAAAS Institute, 1333 H St., N.W., Box SEN, Washington, DC 20005; (202) 326-6629.
- June 1. Technology.
The National Foundation for the Improvement of Education, in partnership with the BellSouth Foundation, introduces its Learning Tomorrow Grants Program. The grants are designed to stimulate and support experimentation with technology. Grant amounts vary and cover a wide range of expenses. Applications must come from teams of three people, with the leader being a practicing classroom teacher from Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, or Tennessee. Contact: NFIE, 1201 16th St., N.W., Washington, DC 20036; (202) 822-7840.
- September 1. Geography.
The National Council for the Social Studies, in cooperation with the George Cram Company, a map publisher, offers its Geography Grant. A $2,500 award is given to the applicant who submits the best proposal for enhancing geographic literacy. Eligible are all teachers involved in the broad spectrum of social studies education. Contact: Grant Committee, NCSS, 3501 Newark St., N.W., Washington, DC 20016; (202) 966-7840.
- June 1. Educational Contribution.
McGraw-Hill Inc., a publishing company, offers the Harold W. McGraw Jr. Prize. Up to three winners receive $25,000 each for their significant contributions toward improving education. Eligible are individuals currently involved in some aspect of American education; candidates must be nominated. Contact: The Harold W. McGraw Jr. Prize in Education, McGraw-Hill, 1221 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10020.
July 15. Journalism.
The Dow Jones Newspaper Fund invites high school journalism teachers to apply for the 1992 National High School Journalism Teacher of the Year Award. One winner and four Distinguished Advisers will be selected for outstanding work. A $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to a high school senior in the winner's name. Four $500 scholarships will be awarded in the name of each Distinguished Adviser. Contact: DJNF, P.O. Box 300, Princeton, NJ 08543-0300; (609) 452-2820.
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Following are the 1992 State Teachers of the Year listed alphabetically by state. The National Teacher of the Year will be selected from this group and announced this month. The winners are:
Penelope Moore of Mountainview Elementary School in Sylacauga, Ala.; David Alan Piasecki of Tri-Valley School in Healy, Alaska; Ligoligo Fa'asa of Lupelele School in Pago Pago, American Samoa; Walter Snow of Westwood High School in Mesa, Ariz.; Brenda Joyce Sivils Ball of Pine Bluff (Ark.) High School; Maria Azucena Vigil of Las Lomas Elementary School in La Habra, Calif.; Paul Schmidt of Westgate Elementary School in Lakewood, Colo.; Evelyn Ooka Manglona of San Vincente Elementary School, representing the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands; Robert Coleman of Pomperaug High School Alternative Educational Program in Middlebury, Conn.
Mercedes Ferrari of Milford (Del.) High School; Jacquelyn Watts Hinton of Ramstein Junior High School, representing the Department of Defense Dependents Schools; Gloria Thompson of Taft Junior High School in the District of Columbia; Kathleen Huie of Fort Pierce (Fla.) Westwood High School; Sue Ellen Cain of Carrollton (Ga.) Junior High School; Linda Emi Coleon of Henry Perrine Balwin High School of Wailuku, Hawaii; Margaret Duncan of McGhee Elementary School in Lewiston, Idaho; Arthur Peekel of Rolling Meadows (Ill.) High School.
Michael Kaiser of Pine View Elementary School in New Albany, Ind.; Nancy Mounts of North High School in Sioux City, Iowa; Norman Dale Conard of Uniontown (Kan.) High School; Thomas Welch of Jessamine County High School in Nicholasville, Ky.; Mary Lou Maples of Lessie Moore Elementary School in Pineville, La.; Franklin McElwain of Limestone (Maine) Junior and Senior High School; Gemma Hoskins of Jarrettsville (Md.) Elementary School; Ronald Adams of Broad Meadows Middle School in Quincy, Mass.
Thomas Fleming of Washtenaw County Juvenile Detention Center in Ann Arbor, Mich.; Rhoda Stroud of Webster Magnet Elementary School in St. Paul, Minn.; Betty Whitlock of Clinton (Miss.) High School; Earnestine Blakley of Bessie Ellison Elementary in St. Joseph, Mo.; Nancy Stucky of Sandstone Elementary in Billings, Mont.; DeLoris Tonack of Goodrich Junior High School in Lincoln, Neb.; Kathleen Magee of Andrew J. Mitchell Elementary School in Boulder City, Nev.; Arthur Johnson 2nd of Nashua (N.H.) Senior High School.
Nancy Gorrell of Morristown (N.J.) High School; Michael Thayer of Vista Middle School in Los Cruces, N.M.; Paul van Wie of Wheatley School in Old Westbury, N.Y.; Annie Pegram of R.N. Harris Elementary School in Durham, N.C.; Judy Hellen Wegenast of Centennial Elementary in Fargo, N.D.; Marion Lipinski of Center Street Village School in Mentor, Ohio; Rhonda Harryman of Cross Timbers Elementary School in Edmund, Okla.; Daniel Tilson of Eastwood Elementary School in Roseburg, Ore.; Rudolph Sharpe Jr. of Lower Dauphin High School in Hummelstown, Pa.; Ivette Cortes of Repblica de Mexico in Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico.
Judith Kiernan Sweeny of Lincoln (R.I.) Junior and Senior High School; Jeanne Sink of Morningside Middle School in North Charleston, S.C.; Lennis Larson of Spearfish (S.D.) High School; Delores Doyle of ReevesRogers Elementary School in Murfreesboro, Tenn.; Rosa Lujan of Ysleta Elementary School in El Paso, Texas; Colleen Densley of Canyon Crest Elementary in Provo, Utah; Jane Cutting Miller of Lawrence Barnes School in Burlington, Vt.; Lena Regina Harding Williams of Churchland Junior High School in Portsmouth, Va.; Patricia RobertsDempsey of Challenger High School in Spanaway, Wash.; Beverly Ann Hoffmaster of Berkeley Heights Elementary School in Martinsburg, W.Va.; John David Gravelle of Merrill (Wis.) Senior High; and Joan Marie Barker of Green River (Wy.) High School.
Kelly Kuntz, a media specialist at Hiteon Elementary School in Beaverton, Ore., won the Library Media Specialist of the Year Award given by 3M and the Association for Educational Communications and Technology. Kuntz received an expense-paid trip to AECT's convention in Washington, D.C., and an overhead projector and plaque from 3M.
Following is a list of free or inexpensive resources that teachers can order.
The Astronomical Society of the Pacific offers teachers, school librarians, administrators, and youth group leaders a free quarterly newsletter on teaching astronomy. Requests should be written on school stationary. Contact: Teachers' Newsletter Department, Astronomical Society of the Pacific, 390 Ashton Ave., San Francisco, CA 94112.
Central American Education Books.
The Network of Educators on Central America, an organization that promotes cross-cultural understanding between North and Central Americans, offers a classroom resource titled "Central America in the Classroom.'' The 15-book collection, appropriate for various age groups, includes such titles as: Evaluating Foreign Elections, Where is Guatemala and What is Quetzal? and Wilfredo: The Story of a Boy From El Salvador. Costs range from $7.50 to $15.95 per book, postage included. For an order form, contact: NECA, 1118 22nd St., N.W., Washington, DC 20037; (202) 4290137.
Community Service Kit.
StarServe, a program dedicated to expanding student community service, offers a free kit for schools. The kit includes a K-12 teachers' guide, student activity masters (available in English or Spanish), posters (specify elementary or secondary), reproducible letters from celebrities, and a resource guide. Contact: StarServe, P.O. Box 34567, Washington, DC 20043; (800) 888-8232.
White House History.
The White House Historical Association and Very Special Arts presents the White House 200th Anniversary Art Exhibition. The organization offers White House resource materials including a videotaped guided tour through the White House, a teacher's guide for the video, and an illustrative book on the families that have lived, worked, and entertained there. Supplies are limited. Cost: $6.95, shipping included. Send check payable to Very Special Arts along with name and school address to VSA, Attention: White House Resource Materials, 1331 F St., N.W., Suite 800, Washington, DC 20004.
National Education Goals Packet.
The Educational Resources Information Center System, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Educational Research and Improvement, offers Striving for Excellence: The National Education Goals. This 72-page packet is designed to help principals, teachers, parents, and community members understand the new goals and explore promising programs for achieving them. Cost: $5. Contact: ACCESS ERIC, 1600 Research Blvd., Rockville, MD 20850; (800) USE-ERIC.
Self-Help Comic Book.
The American Psychiatric Association offers Let's Talk About It, a comic book designed for youngsters struggling with depression. The book is available in English or Spanish. (Specify when ordering). For a single copy, send 50 cents to APA's Division of Public Affairs, 1400 K St., N.W., Department CP, Suite 1050, Washington, DC 20005; (202) 682-6220.
Children's Book Newsletter.
The Young Reader, The Boston Globe's newsletter about children and reading, features the top 25 children's books of 1991 in its winter 1992 issue. The issue is being offered free of charge. Send a 29-cent stamped, selfaddressed, business-size envelope to The Young Reader, Winter '92, The Boston Globe, Public Relations Department NR, P.O. Box 2378, Boston, MA 02107-2378.
Environmental Ideas Book.
Written by John Javna of EarthWorks Group and published by Andrews and McMeel, 50 Simple Things Kids Can Do To Save The Earth is a 156-page paperback containing facts and activities for children concerning the environment. Topics include recycling, water and energy conservation, rain forest preservation, and tree planting. Cost: $6.95, with quantity discounts available for educational use. Check bookstores or order from the publisher. Contact: Andrews and McMeel, 4900 Main St., Kansas City, MO 64112; (816) 932-6700.
Conservation International and the McDonald's Corp. offer "The Rain Forest Imperative,'' an educational study unit and 25-minute video designed to help students in grades 6-12 understand the issues surrounding the rain forest crisis. The unit is suitable for life science, geography, or social science curricula. Send $9.95 to McDonald's Education Resource Center, P.O. Box 8002, St. Charles, IL 601748002. Or call (800) 627-7646.
Rain Forest Coloring Poster.
Earnest Endeavors Inc., offers "Color Me Saved No. 1: The Rain Forest,'' a 26-inch-by-48-inch coloring poster depicting a rain forest and its inhabitants. Send an $8.00 check or money order to Earnest Endeavors, 1807 N. 79th St., Department E, Elmwood Park, IL 60635. (Illinois residents add 7 percent for tax.)
FOR YOUR STUDENTS
Following is a list of contests, scholarships, and internships for students organized by application deadline. Asterisks (
- ) denote new entries.
April 6. Essay, Photo, And Video.
Miralite Communications Inc., satellite communication distributors, announces the 1992 Satellite Student Challenge. Students in grades 7-12 who are or were enrolled in a class delivered via U.S. satellite between Sept. 1990 and April 1992 are eligible. To enter, the student must write an essay, take a photograph, or produce a videotape (or any combination) that illustrates the benefits of satellite communication and the equal opportunity it provides. Prizes include a personal computer, a 35mm camera, and a video camera. Each winner's school also receives the prize. Contact: Miralite Communications, 4040 MacArthur Blvd., Suite 307, Newport Beach, CA 92660; (714) 474-1900.
- April 15. Invention Contest.
The U.S. Patent Model Foundation, in conjunction with K-Mart, invites students in grades K-8 to enter its Invent America! contest. Winners at state, regional, and national levels receive savings bonds ranging in value from $200 to $1,000. Selected winners and their parents and teachers also receive an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C., where winning inventions will be displayed. A free starter kit that includes student and teacher handbooks and contest entry information is available. Send $2.95 for postage and handling to: Invent America!, 510 King St., Suite 420, Alexandria, VA 22314; (703) 6841836.
- May 1. Essay Contest.
The Vegetarian Resource Group invites students to enter its annual Vegetarian Essay Contest. Awards are given in two categories, 8th grade and under and 9th-12th grade. Students must write a two- to three-page essay on any aspect of vegetarianism. Essays may be based on interviews, research, or personal opinion. Winners receive a $50 savings bond. Contact: VRG, P.O. Box 1463, Baltimore, MD 21203; (410) 366-VEGE.
May 1. Getting Published.
Landmark Editions, a children's book publishing company, invites students ages 6-19 to enter its 1992 National Written & Illustrated By. Awards Contest. Participants must submit a book they have both written and illustrated. One winner in each of three age categories is awarded a publishing contract, royalties, and an expense-paid trip to the offices of Landmark, in Kansas City, Mo. The R.D. and Joan Dale Hubbard Foundation will award $5,000 scholarships to each of the winners. Entry fee is $1. For a copy of the guidelines, send a self-addressed, business-sized envelope stamped with 58 cents of postage, to: Contest, Landmark Editions, P.O. Box 4469, Kansas City, MO 64127.
- May 31. Poster Exhibit.
World Gratitude Day Inc. and the Outer Space Affairs Division of the United Nations invites students to submit paintings for its Children's Poster Exhibition honoring "International Space Year.'' Children, ages 7 through 14, may submit paintings-- no larger than 17 inches by 22 inches-- that express their ideas about space, the environment, and the planet. Selected posters will appear in the September 1992 exhibit. Contact: The Outer Space Affairs Division, Room S-3260, United Nations, New York, NY 10017.
- June 1. Essay Contest.
The Nuclear Age Peace Foundation invites applicants for its 1992 Swackhamer Prizes. High school students must submit a 1,000-1,500 word essay on the topic "How Can the Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons Be Prevented?'' Three contest winners will receive from $500 to $1,500 each. Contact: NAPF, 1187 Coast Village Road, Suite 123, Santa Barbara, CA 93108; (805) 965-3443. --Glenn Gordon and Jody Santora