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Following is a list of application deadlines for grants, fellowships, and honors available to individuals. Asterisks (*) denote new entries.


* Deadlines Vary. Summer Institutes.

The National Endowment for the Humanities offers a list of 69 four- to six-week seminars and 17 three- to four-week regional and national institutes to be held around the country and abroad during the summer of 1993. K-12 teachers, librarians, and administrators in public, private, or religious schools are eligible to apply to attend one of the seminars or institutes. Recipients will receive a stipend of up to $3,200. To obtain the list and an application, contact: NEH Opportunities for School Teachers, 1100 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W., Room 406, Washington, DC 20506.

February 15. NASA Workshops.

The National Science Teachers Association and the NASA Educational Workshop for Math, Science, and Technology Teachers offer 215 fulltime, K-12 teachers the opportunity to spend two weeks during the summer at a NASA center learning about space technology. Applicants must have at least five years teaching experience. Winners will receive educational materials and an expense-paid trip to one of nine NASA centers. Contact: NEWMAST, NSTA, Space, Science and Technology Programs, 1742 Connecticut Ave., N.W., Washington, DC 20009; (202) 328-5800.

February 15. Classroom Research.

The National Council of Teachers of English offers the Teacher-Researcher Grants. Approximately four grants of up to $1,500 each are awarded to preK-14 teachers for classroom-based research on English or language arts teaching. The grants should be used for in-class research on questions that grow out of a teacher’s own classroom experience. Contact: Project Coordinator, NCTE Research Foundation, 1111 W. Kenyon Road, Urbana, IL 61801; (217) 328-3870.

February 15. Collaborative Research.

The National Council of Teachers of English offers the Teacher/Researcher Collaboration Grant. Up to $5,000 will be awarded to one team of classroom teachers and university researchers conducting classroom research. The grant cannot be used to fund a dissertation or degree project. Contact: Project Coordinator, NCTE Research Foundation, 1111 W. Kenyon Road, Urbana, IL 61801; (217) 328-3870.

February 17. International Peace.

The National Foundation for the Improvement of Education offers the William G. Carr Grant. Approximately two grants of up to $2,500 each will be awarded to teachers who develop classroom projects aimed at contributing to international cooperation, global education, or peace. Contact: NFIE, 1201 16th St., N.W., Washington, DC 20036; (202) 822-7840.

February 17. Professional Development.

The National Foundation for the Improvement of Education offers the Hilda Maehling Grant. Approximately two grants of up to $4,000 each will be made to teachers who want to implement local programs that enhance classroom skills, develop professional techniques, and encourage association among educators. Contact: NFIE, 1201 16th St., N.W., Washington, DC 20036; (202) 822-7840.

February 17. Dropout Prevention.

The National Foundation for the Improvement of Education and Nike’s Just Do It Fund offer the Just Do It Teachers’ Grants. Approximately 20 teachers receive grants, ranging from $5,000 to $25,000, to implement programs that promote the academic success of students at risk of dropping out of school. Preference is given to proposals centered in urban middle or junior high schools that also address multiculturalism. Contact: NFIE, 1201 16th St., N.W., Washington, DC 20036; (202) 822-7840.

* March 1. Journalism Education.

Ball State University offers the Ingelhart Assistantship in Journalism Education. The 11-month assistantship is awarded to a secondary school teacher seeking a master’s degree in journalism. The recipient is awarded a stipend and a tuition waver. Contact: Marilyn Weaver, Department of Journalism, BSU, Muncie, IN 47306; (317) 285-8900.

* March 1. Library Research.

The American Library Association offers the Carroll Preston Baber Grant. Up to $7,500 is awarded for the best proposal for innovative research to improve library services. Librarians and teachers who are ALA members are eligible. Contact: Office for Research and Statistics, ALA, 50 E. Huron St., Chicago, IL 60611; (800) 545-2433, ext. 4274.

* March 1. Children’s Librarians.

Bound to Stay Bound Inc. and the Association for Library Service to Children offer two scholarships of $5,000 each to men and women seeking a master’s degree in library science. Applicants must plan to work in an area of library service involving children under the age of 14. For application materials, send a postcard to: ALSC, 50 E. Huron St., Chicago, IL 60611.

* March 12. Leadership Program.

The National Society for Experiential Education, with support from the Dewitt Wallace-Reader’s Digest Fund, offers a two-year developmental leadership program for high school educators wishing to strengthen service-learning or in- ternship programs. Approximately 15 fellows will attend institutes, all expenses paid, and can apply to receive a grant of up to $1,500 for school and community projects. Each fellow will also be paired with a peer mentor. Contact: NSEE, 3509 Haworth Drive, Suite 207, Raleigh, NC 27609-7229; (919) 787-3263.

* March 15. Science Workshop.

The Scientist as Humanist Project, an organization seeking to integrate science and humanities studies, offers “Focus on Biology: Metaphors of Time and Rates of Change,” a seminar to be held July 5-30 in Concord, N.H. New England high school science and humanities teachers can apply for a grant to cover room, board, and books for the seminar and a $300per-week stipend. Contact: The Scientist as Humanist Project, 82 Watchtower Road, Contoocook, NH 03229; (603) 746-4991.

* April 1. Astronomy Workshop.

Project SPICA (Support Program for Instructional Competency in Astronomy), an organization promoting activity-based science teaching, offers a summer workshop for astronomy teachers in Cambridge, Mass., July 26-Aug. 13. Twenty K-12 teachers will receive travel expenses, room and board, and a $900 stipend. Participants will also receive money to support workshops they give after the conference. Contact: Darrel Hoff or Anne Canaday, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, 60 Garden St., Cambridge, MA 02138; (617) 495-9798.


* February 19. Cable Television.

Continental Cablevision, a cable television operator, offers the Educator Award. Principals, teachers, administrators, media specialists, and librarians should submit lesson plans that use “Cable in the Classroom” television programming available on Continental Cablevision. Fifteen winners receive a two-day, expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., in April. Contact: Continental Cablevision, Pilot House, Lewis Wharf, Boston, MA 02210; (800) 225-6248.

* March 1. Lesson Plans.

Arts & Entertainment Network invites submissions for its National Teacher Grant Competition. Teachers of grades K-12 or teams of teachers must create a lesson plan and class project based on an A&E television program. Three winners and five honorable mentions receive U.S. Savings Bonds ranging from $500 to $2,000 for their own use and video equipment for their school. All applicants receive complimentary subscriptions to A&E Magazine and Program Guide. Contact: A&E National Teacher Grant Competition, P.O. Box 1610, Grand Central Station, New York, NY 10163-1610.

* March 26. Technology.

Educom, a consortium of higher education institutions promoting information resources, offers, with support from IBM, the Louis Robinson Award for current or lifetime contributions to the use of information technology in education. One recipient will receive $25,000 in cash and $25,000 in IBM equipment and software. In addition, the winner will be invited to address a session of the 1994 Educom annual meeting. Contact: Educom, Suite 600, 1112 16th St., N.W., Washington, DC 20036; (202) 872-4200.

* April 1. Learning Disabilities.

The Council for Learning Disabilities offers its Outstanding Research Award. A complimentary registration at the International Conference on Learning Disabilities and a $300 cash award go to the author of the winning doctoral dissertation or master’s thesis on learning disabilities. Educators may nominate themselves or others. Contact: Council for Learning Disabilities, P.O. Box 40303, Overland Park, KS 66204; (913) 492-8755.


* February 1. Democracy In Education.

The Sixth Annual Democracy and Education Conference, to be held June 24-26 in Athens, Ohio, seeks proposals for workshops with the theme “Building School Communities.” Classroom teachers and administrators are eligible. Contact: The Institute for Democracy in Education, 210 McCracken Hall, Ohio University, Athens, Ohio 45701-2979; (614) 5934531.


Following is a list of free or inexpensive resources that teachers can order.


The Modern Learning Press offers Kindergarten Readiness: A Guide for Teachers & Parents. The 32-page booklet has an overview of the factors that affect student readiness for kindergarten, a description of a curriculum for young children, and a checklist for parents to evaluate their child’s readiness for school. Cost: $4.95 each; discounts are available for bulk purchases. Contact: Modern Learning Press, P.O. Box 167, Department PUB, Rosemont, NJ 08556; (800) 6275867.

Science Experiments.

Andrews and McMeel offers You Can with Beakman: Science Stuff You Can Do. The 156-page book helps students answer specific science questions with simple at-home or in-class experiments. Students and teachers in grades K-5 can follow step-by-step procedures for more than 50 experiments. Cost: $8.95 each.; discounts are available for teachers. Contact: Leo Kenney, Andrews and McMeel, 4900 Main St., Kansas City, MO 64112; (800) 826-4216.

Potato History.

The Washington State Potato Commission offers Multicultural History: The Potato. The free kit includes school activity sheets, nutritional information, and handouts designed to teach students in grades 4-6 about the history of the potato industry. Contact: Washington State Potato Commission, 108 Interlake Road, Moses Lake, WA 98837; (509) 765-8845.

Teen Book List.

The Young Adult Library Services Association, a division of the American Library Association, offers four lists of paperback books recommended for teenage readers. The free lists— on historical fiction, horror, mystery, and science fiction—each include 20 titles. Contact: YALSA Genre Titles Lists, Baker & Taylor, 2709 Water Ridge Parkway, Charlotte, NC 28217; (800) 775-1800.

Poverty Awareness.

Food for the Poor Inc., a nonprofit, interdenominational relief organization, offers free resource packets to help K-12 teachers raise students’ awareness of the plight of the Third World. The resources can be used for a single lesson or in long-term class projects. Contact: Sister Eileen Wentzel, Congregation of Saint Joseph, Educational Coordinator, Food for the Poor, 550 S.W. 12th Ave., Deerfield Beach, FL 33442; (800) 282-POOR.


The National Livestock & Meat Board offers Caretakers All, a free educational kit on ways to preserve land, air, and water resources. The kit includes a guide and hands-on lessons for teachers of grades 3-4, posters, and background information. Contact: Caretakers All, 444 N. Michigan Ave., 18th floor, Chicago, IL 606119909; (800) 368-3138.

Educational Software.

Edmark Corp. offers Software Guide, a free pamphlet on how to choose the best educational software for children. Educators rate the software based on nine criteria. Contact: Software Guide, Edmark Corp., P.O. Box 3218, Redmond, WA 98073; (206) 556-8484.

Student Exchange.

American Scandinavian Student Exchange, a nonprofit program that organizes student exchanges between North America and Europe, offers high school teachers and administrators information about hosting and recruiting exchange students. Foreign language teachers may also request information about leading a group of 15 students or more on one of ASSE’s 28-day Language Adventures in Europe. Call: (800) 677-2773.


Following is a list of contests, scholarships, and internships for students organized by application deadline. Asterisks (*) denote new entries.

February 1. Radio Message.

National Geographic World, a children’s magazine, announces its Splash Contest. Students in grades K-9 are invited to create a radio announcement about the importance of fresh water. The student’s message should be no longer than 60 seconds, may include music and sound effects, and must be recorded on an audio cassette. One winner from grades 6-9 and one from grades K-5 will travel to New Orleans to receive a $5,000 college scholarship. Their messages may be aired on national radio. Additional prizes will be awarded to runners-up and to the schools of the grand-prize winners. Contact: Splash Contest, Catherine Hughes, National Geographic World, Box 37357, Washington, DC 200137357.

February 1. Journalism.

The Freedom Forum offers up to 50 $2,500 scholarships to high school seniors planning to major in journalism or mass communications at a four-year U.S. college. For an application, contact: Karen Catone, Freedom Forum, 1101 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22209; (703) 284-2823.

February 1. Science/Technology.

The National Science Teachers Association invites K-12 students to apply for the Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision Awards. Teams of four students must create a vision of future technology by writing a descriptive paper and designing a series of storyboard frames illustrating scenes from a would-be video. Each member of the four winning teams receives a $10,000 U.S. Savings Bond. Each member of eight runners-up teams receives a $5,000 U.S. Savings Bond. Teachers who have not already received entry kits may write: Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision Awards, 1742 Connecticut Ave., N.W., Washington, DC 20009.

February 5. Civics.

RespecTeen, a Lutheran Brotherhood program that encourages student participation in government, offers the Speak for Yourself Letter-Writing Contest. Students in grades 7-8 who have written a 150- to 300-word letter to their congressional district’s U.S. representative about a problem affecting youth are eligible to enter. The author of the best letter from each congressional district will receive a $50 U.S. Savings Bond. One winner from each state will win a trip to the RespecTeen National Youth Forum in Washington, D.C., in April 1993. Contact: Speak for Yourself Letter Writing Contest, 625 4th Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55415; (800)-888-3820.

February 26. Environment.

The Seiko Corp. of America offers the Seiko Youth Challenge. Teams of two to four students in grades 9-12 are asked to identify, investigate, and analyze a community environmental problem and propose a solution. The winning team will receive a $25,000 scholarship to be divided among the team members; their school will receive a $5,000 award. Regional finalists will receive a $5,000 scholarship to divide and $1,000 for their school. Contact: Seiko Youth Challenge, DRB Communications, 1234 Summer St., Stamford, CT 06905; (800) 323-1550.

* February 28. Geography Competition.

American Express invites students in grades 6-12 to participate in its annual Geography Competition. More than $100,000 in travel awards will be given to students who design and complete intensive projects. Project categories are: Managing the Environment in a Changing World; the Geography of Travel and Trade; and Geographic Patterns of Cultural Contact and Cultural Diversity. To request entry kits or receive assistance, contact: (800) 395-GLOBE.

* March 1. Automotive Technology.

Sears Craftsman and the National Hot Rod Association offer scholarships for high school seniors planning careers in automotive technology or marketing. Fourteen recipients will receive $1,200 each. For an application contact: NHRA Youth and Education Services, 2035 Financial Way, Glendora, CA 91740; (818) 914-4761, ext. 276 or 296.

* March 15. Handwriting.

Peterson Directed Handwriting invites students in grades 3-8 to enter the National Awards Contest for Cursive Handwriting. One winner from each grade level receives a $50 U.S. Savings Bond. Contact: Peterson Directed Handwriting, 315 S. Maple Ave., P.O. Box 249, Greensburg, PA 15601-0249; (800) 541-6328.

* March 15. Editorial Cartoons.

Knowledge Unlimited announces the NewsCurrents Student Editorial Cartoon Contest. Students in grades K-12 are invited to submit their political or social cartoons for possible publication. The 21 winning cartoons will be published in Editorial Cartoons by Kids. Three first-place winners each receive a $100 U.S. Savings Bond. Additional prizes are given to second- and third-place winners in each category. Contact: Knowledge Unlimited, Editorial Cartoon Contest, P.O. Box 52, Madison, WI 53701.

* March 30. Essay Contest.

The Ayn Rand Institute invites high school freshmen and sophomores to enter an essay contest on Rand’s novella Anthem. The best essayist receives a $1,000 cash award. Ten second-prize winners receive $200 each, and 20 third-prize winners receive $100 each. The essay, on one of three topics specified by the institute, must be two to four double-spaced pages. Contact: Anthem Essay Contest, Ayn Rand Institute, P.O. Box 6004, Inglewood, CA 90312; (310) 306-9232.

* April 1. Video Contest.

The Florida Department of Citrus invites high school students to enter the 1992-93 National Nutrition Music Video Contest. Teens must write, direct, and star in a production that emphasizes the nutritional value of vitamin C and Florida orange juice. Two teams of five students or less receive the grand prize: $1,500 and a trip to Universal Studios in Orlando, Fla. Winning schools also receive $1,500. Thirty-five other winners receive additional awards. Contact: Florida Department of Citrus, 2755 E. Oakland Park Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33306; (305) 563-4672.

* April 15. Essay Contest.

The Ayn Rand Institute invites high school juniors and seniors to enter an essay contest on Rand’s novel The Fountainhead. First prize is a $5,000 cash award. Five second-prize winners receive $1,000 each, and 10 third-prize winners receive $500 each. The essays, on one of three topics specified by the institute, must be two to four double-spaced pages. Contact: Fountainhead Essay Contest, Ayn Rand Institute, P.O. Box 6004, Inglewood, CA 90312; (310) 306-9232.

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