Following is a list of application deadlines for grants, fellowships, and honors available to individuals. Asterisks (*) denote new entries.
GRANTS AND FELLOWSHIPS
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.
* April 1. Social Studies.
The National Council for the Social Studies offers the Fund for the Advancement of Social Studies Education Grant. Applicants must write a proposal for an innovative teaching activity on the theme “Expectations and Excellence in Social Studies: Developing Civic Competence.” Two winners total from four grade categories— K-5, 6-9, 10-12, and college/university—receive grants of up to $1,000 each. Eligible are K-12 and collegiate-level teachers who are NCSS members. Nonmembers can file for membership when applying for the grant. Contact: FASSE General Grant, NCSS, 3501 Newark St., N.W., Washington, DC 20016; (202) 966-7840.
April 15. Earth Science Workshop.
Project ESTEEM (Earth Science Teachers Exploring Exemplary Materials), an organization promoting activity-based earth science teaching, offers a summer workshop for earth science teachers in Cambridge, Mass., from July 5-23. Twenty K-12 teachers will receive travel expenses, room and board, and a $900 stipend. Additional money will be given to applicants who present workshops in their areas after the conference. Contact: Darrel Hoff or Anne Canaday, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, 60 Garden St., MS-71, Cambridge, MA 02138; (617) 495-9798.
April 15. Humanities.
The Institute for Arts and Humanities Education, in cooperation with the National Endowment for the Humanities, offers the Figaro Teacher Institute: Interdisciplinary Study of the 18th Century. The four-week summer institute, which focuses on improving humanities education, is held at Rutgers University. This year’s participants will engage in an interdisciplinary study of the character of Figaro in the Age of Enlightenment. Participants receive free tuition, room and board, and $1,000. Eligible are teachers in grades 3-12 of any discipline. Contact: Program Coordinator, Institute for Arts and Humanities Education, Box 352, New Brunswick, NJ 08903; (908) 463-3640.
* May 1. Humanities.
The National Endowment for the Humanities offers fellowships to support six to 12 months of full-time, uninterrupted study and research for significant contributions to the humanities. NEH fellowships can be used to work on books, monographs, series of articles, and interpretive catalogues to accompany exhibitions. Approximately 200 applicants will receive up to $30,000 each for work beginning no earlier than Jan. 1, 1994, and no later than April 1, 1995. Eligible are independent scholars, scholars in colleges and universities, and scholars associated with institutions such as museums, libraries, and historical societies. Contact: Division of Fellowships and Seminars, NEH, Room 316, 1100 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W., Washington, DC 20506; (202) 606-8466.
May 1. Humanities.
The National Endowment for the Humanities offers the Teacher-Scholar Program. The program supports an academic year of full-time independent study in a humanities subject to help educators gain an in-depth understanding of a topic they teach. Approximately 30 recipients each may receive up to $30,000 and a $500 honorarium for a mentor in their field of study. Eligible are full-time precollegiate humanities teachers and librarians who teach at least half of the school day. Contact: Teacher-Scholar Program, Division of Educational Programs, Room 302, 1100 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W., Washington, DC 20506; (202) 606-8377.
* September 1. Geography.
The National Council for the Social Studies, in cooperation with the George Cram Co., 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 at the classroom, district, or state level. Eligible are individuals involved in social studies education. Contact: Geography Grant, NCSS, 3501 Newark St., N.W., Washington, DC 20016; (202) 9667840.
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.
April 1. Mathematics/Language Arts.
The Center on Learning, Assessment, and School Structure invites language arts or mathematics teachers of grades 7-12 or teams of teachers—including teachers from other disciplines—to apply for its Dodge Curriculum Design Award. Applicants should submit enticing, coherent, and effective units on English or math topics and texts for high schoolers and provide evidence that their units reach a diverse student population. The top three winners in each category will receive a cash award of $1,000 each. In addition, up to 20 winners will have their work distributed nationally, in video and print, through the Dodge Anthology of Exemplary Curriculum Design. Each winner will receive a copy of the complete anthology. Contact: Dodge Award, CLASS, 39 Main St., Geneseo, NY 14454; (716) 243-5500.
* April 12. Cable Television.
Colony Communications Inc. invites submissions for its Cable in the Classroom Innovation Awards. Teachers who work in one of 11 Colony Cable Systems in five states—California, Florida, Massachusetts, New York, and Rhode Island—are eligible to enter a classroom project developed around “Cable in the Classroom” programs. Sixty teachers in grades 5-12 will be recognized for innovative and effective projects. Twenty gold-level winners receive five TV and VCR sets for their schools and will compete nationally for a grand-prize vacation to Washington, D.C. Silver- and bronze-level winners receive personal awards, such as cameras and compact disc systems. Contact: Local Colony Cable System or Thom O’Grady, Public Relations Manager, Colony Communications, 169 Weybosset St., Providence, RI 02901.
* May 1. Teacher Education.
The Association of Teacher Educators accepts submissions for the 12th annual Distinguished Dissertation in Teacher Education Award. The award aims to encourage, recognize, and promote exemplary doctoral-level research on teacher education. The winner will be recognized at the association’s annual convention held Feb. 1216, 1994, in Atlanta. Contact: Gerald Krockover, Purdue University, School of Education, 1443 Matthews Hall, Room 106, W. Lafayette, IN 47907-1443; (317) 494-5580.
* May 20. Social Studies.
The National Council for the Social Studies, in conjunction with Social Issues Resources Series Inc., invites nominations for its Defense of Academic Freedom Award. The award recognizes an individual who has made a significant contribution to the preservation of academic freedom in social studies education. The winner will be honored at the NCSS annual meeting and receive a $1,500 cash award. NCSS membership is not required. Contact: NCSS, 3501 Newark St., N.W., Washington, DC 20016; (202) 966-7840.
* May 31. Writing.
Writer’s Digest invites authors of original, unpublished manuscripts to enter the 1993 Writer’s Digest Writing Competition. Categories include articles, short stories, poems, and scripts. The grand-prize winner receives an expense-paid, professional networking trip to New York City and a commemorative plaque. The first-place winner in each category receives $250 and a 1993 Writer’s Market; additional prizes vary. Contact: Writer’s Digest, 1993 Writing Competition, (Category), 1507 Dana Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45207; (513) 531-2222.
* June 1. Educational Contribution.
The publishing company McGrawHill offers the Harold W. McGraw Jr. Prize. Up to three winners receive $25,000 each for their contributions to the advancement of knowledge through education. Eligible are individuals currently involved in some aspect of American education; candidates must be nominated in the areas of teaching, administration, policy planning, business, government, publishing, or adult education. Contact: The Harold W. McGraw Jr. Prize in Education, McGraw-Hill, 1221 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10020.
* June 1. Social Studies.
The National Council for the Social Studies invites nominations for the Outstanding Social Studies Teacher of the Year Awards. A $2,500 award is given to a classroom teacher at the elementary, middle, and secondary school levels. Only NCSS members of at least two years are eligible. Contact: NCSS, 3501 Newark St., N.W., Washington, DC 20016; (202) 9667840.
* July 15. Economics.
The National Council on Economic Education and the International Paper Co. Foundation sponsor the National Awards for Teaching Economics. The program honors innovative classroom economics projects implemented between July 1, 1992, and June 30, 1993. Four winners in each of five grade categories—K-3, 4-6, 7-9, 10-12, and open—receive plaques and cash awards ranging from $100 to $1,000. Eight honorable mentions in each category also receive plaques. Contact: NCEE and IPCF, 432 Park Ave. S., New York, NY 10016; (212) 685-5499, ext. 796.
* August 15. Educational Contribution.
The National Council for the Social Studies, in conjunction with Social Studies School Service, invites nominations for the Spirit of America Award. The award recognizes an individual who has made a significant contribution that exemplifies the American democratic spirit. The winner receives a cash award, commemorative plaque, and publicity for the achievement. Contact: National Council for the Social Studies, 3501 Newark St., N.W., Washington, DC 20016; (202) 966-7840.
CALL FOR PAPERS
* July 1. Cognitive Assessment.
The South Padre Island International Conference on Cognitive Assessment of Children and Youth in School and Clinical Settings—to be held Nov. 2627 on South Padre Island—seeks papers, demonstrations, videotapes, or films about cognitive assessment of children, especially from a cultural and linguistic viewpoint. All papers presented at the conference will be published in a monograph. Papers can be submitted in English or Spanish. Contact: James Magary, University of Texas-Pan American, Department of Educational Psychology, 1201 E. University Drive, Edinburg, TX 78539; (210) 381-3463.
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
The National Council for the Social Studies has announced its Outstanding Social Studies Teachers of 1992. Dorothy L. W. Dobson, the Elementary Social Studies Teacher of the Year, teaches at the Edith Bowen Laboratory School in Logan, Utah. Barbara Ann Ameiss, the first recipient of the Middle Level Social Studies Teacher of the Year, teaches at Hazelwood Junior High in Florissant, Mo. James Mamer of Irvine (Calif.) High School and Shaun Bresnahan of Belchertown (Mass.) were honored as Secondary Social Studies Teachers of the Year. The honor includes a $2,500 cash award.
The NCSS presented its Christa McAuliffe Award to Alan Haskvitz of Walnut, Calif., who will use the $1,000 grant to create tapes that explain in Spanish the meaning of essential documents in U.S. history and how they relate to works such as the Magna Carta.
The NCSS gave its $2,500 Geography Grant, co-sponsored by the George Cram Co., to Marsha Yoder of Lakeland, Fla., and Helen Finken of Iowa City, Iowa, for their proposal, “Geo-Links: From Corncobs to Sugar Cane.”
Augusta Baker received the Association for Library Service to Children’s Distinguished Service Award. The $1,000 award honors an individual member of ALSC who has made significant contributions to library services for children. Baker received the award for achievement in the field of African-American literature.
FOR YOUR STUDENTS
Following is a list of contests, scholarships, and internships for students organized by application deadline. Asterisks (*) denote new entries.
Open. Student Publication.
The Write Stuff, a desktop publishing company, invites students in grades 7-12 to submit original works of fiction and nonfiction, photography, cartoons, poetry, reviews, editorials, or humor. Chosen entries will be published in a new national tabloid written for students by students, called U.X. Press. Project organizers have already completed the publication’s pilot issue and are hoping to gain corporate sponsorship to distribute the newspaper free of charge to junior and senior high schools. For more information or for a free copy of the pilot issue, call: (800) 822-9762.
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 thirdprize 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.
* May 1. Student Authors.
Landmark Editions, a children’s book publishing company, invites students ages 6-19 to enter its 1993 National Written & Illustrated By...Awards Contest. Students must submit a book they have both written and illustrated. One author in each of three age categories—6-9, 10-13, and 1419—is awarded a publishing contract, royalties, and an expense-paid trip to Landmark’s offices in Kansas City, Mo. Entry fee is $1. For guidelines, send a self-addressed, business-sized envelope, stamped with 58 cents postage, to: Contest, Landmark Editions, P.O. Box 4469, Kansas City, MO 64127.
* May 1. Essay Contest.
The Vegetarian Resource Group invites students to enter its Vegetarian Essay Contest. Awards are given in three age categories—8 and younger, 9-13, and 14-18. Applicants must write a two- to three-page essay on any aspect of vegetarianism. Essays may be based on research, personal opinion, or interviews. One winner in each age category receives a $50 savings bond. Contact: VRG, P.O. Box 1463, Baltimore, MD 21203; (410) 366VEGE.
* June 1. Essay Contest.
The Nuclear Age Peace Foundation invites all high school students to apply for its 1993 Swackhamer Prizes. Applicants must submit a 1,000- to 1,500-word essay on the topic “How Can the United Nations Be Persuaded to Adopt a Bill of Rights for Future Generations?” First-, second-, and third-place winners receive $1,500, $1,000, and $500, respectively. Contact: NAPF, 1187 Coast Village Road, Suite 123, Santa Barbara, CA 93108; (805) 965-3443.
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