Following is a list of application deadlines for grants, fellowships, and honors available to individuals. Asterisks (
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GRANTS AND FELLOWSHIPS
February 1. Professional Development.
The National Foundation for the Improvement of Education offers the 1994 Hilda Maehling Grants Program. The one-year program supports projects designed to enhance classroom skills and activities, develop professional techniques, or encourage association among educators. Those selected receive grants of up to $4,000 each. NEA members are eligible. Contact: NFIE, 1201 16th St., N.W., Washington, DC 20036; (202) 822-7840.
February 1. Global Understanding.
The National Foundation for the Improvement of Education offers the 1994 William G. Carr Grants Program. The one-year program supports classroom projects designed to contribute to international cooperation, global education, or peace. Those selected receive grants of up to $2,500 each. Eligible are NEA members and members of international educational organizations affiliated with the NEA. Contact: NFIE, 1201 16th St., N.W., Washington, DC 20036; (202) 822-7840.
- February 15. NASA Workshops.
The National Science Teachers Association and NASA invite applicants for NASA's Educational Workshop for Mathematics, Science, and Technology Teachers. The two-week program supports observation and study of NASA's educational programs and projects at one of nine NASA centers between mid-June and mid-August; 100 teachers receive educational materials, three hours of graduate credit from Oklahoma State University, and an expense-paid trip to the workshop. Eligible are mathematics, science, and technology teachers of grades 712 with at least five years of teaching experience. All applicants must be citizens of the United States. Contact: NEWMAST, NSTA, Space, Science, and Technology Programs, 1840 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22201; (703) 312-9360.
- February 15. Art Workshop.
The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, a nonprofit organization, offers "The Power of Art: Educating Students with Learning Disabilities.'' The one-day workshop, to be held on May 20 in Washington, D.C., is designed to raise awareness of how art can be used to teach academics to students with learning disabilities; 20 teachers each receive a certificate of participation, art supplies, and are invited to attend a reception in their honor. Eligible are U.S. art teachers in public or private schools where some or all of the students have learning disabilities. Contact: Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, The Lab School of Washington, 4759 Reservoir Road, N.W., Washington, DC 20007; (202) 944-3083.
February 15. Classroom Research.
The National Council of Teachers of English offers the 1994 TeacherResearcher Grants. Several one-year grants of up to $1,500 each will be awarded to preK-14 teachers for classroom-based research in English or language arts teaching. Applicants must be NCTE members. Contact: Project Assistant, 1111 W. Kenyon Road, Urbana, IL 61801; (217) 328-3870.
February 15. Collaborative Research.
The National Council of Teachers of English offers the 1994 TeacherResearcher Collaboration Grants. Up to $5,000 will be awarded to teams of preK-14 classroom teachers and university researchers conducting classroom-based research on language arts or related issues. The one-year grant cannot be used to fund a dissertation study or other degree project. All applicants must be NCTE members. Contact: Project Assistant, 1111 W. Kenyon Road, Urbana, IL 61801; (217) 328-3870.
- March 1. Library Research.
The American Library Association offers the Carroll Preston Baber Research 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 to apply. Contact: American Library Association, Office of Research and Statistics, 50 E. Huron St., Chicago, IL 60611; (800) 545-2433, ext. 4274.
- March 1. Humanities.
The National Endowment for the Humanities offers 71 four-, five-, and six-week seminars to be held during the summer of 1994 on a variety of texts in the humanities--ranging in topic from "The Bront's'' to "Literature of the Holocaust.'' Each seminar provides 15 teachers with the opportunity to work with a distinguished scholar. All teachers will be awarded a stipend of up to $3,200, depending on the length of the seminar. Eligible are grade 7-12, full-time teachers at public, private, or parochial schools; other K-12 school personnel are also invited to apply. Applicants must be U.S. citizens who have not participated in any other NEH summer seminars. Contact: Public Information Office, NEH, 1100 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W., Washington, DC 20506; (202) 606-8463.
March 1. Television.
The Arts & Entertainment Network invites applications for its Teacher Grant Competition. Teachers in grades K-12 must submit an innovative lesson plan using Ivanhoe, Vanity Fair, The Mayor of Casterbridge, or any other program appearing on the network. Twelve winners will each receive savings bonds of up to $2,000 and video equipment for their schools. All entrants will receive a complimentary one-year subscription to A&E Magazine. Contact: Community Development, Arts & Entertainment Network, P.O. Box 1610, Grand Central Station, New York, NY 10163.
March 1. Constitution.
The James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation awards fellowships to teachers or prospective teachers. Each $24,000 award covers expenses related to pursuing a master's degree in American history, political science, or education with a concentration on the U.S. Constitution. Eligible are high school teachers of American history, American government, or social studies and recent college graduates who wish to become secondary teachers of these subjects. Fellowships will be awarded to at least one recipient from each state, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and, taken together, the other U.S. territories. Contact: The James Madison Memorial Fellowship Program, P.O. Box 4030, Iowa City, IA 52243-4030; (800) 525-6928.
- March 2. Dropout Prevention.
The National Foundation for the Improvement of Education offers the 1994-95 Student Success Grants Program. Approximately 18 grants of up to $4,000 each will be awarded to teachers who develop projects aimed at increasing parental involvement in schools, improving students' confidence, or creating approaches to learning built upon students' own environments and experiences. Eligible are preK-higher education faculty members and support staff in public educational institutions. Contact: NFIE, 1201 16th St., N.W., Washington, DC 20036; (202) 822-7840.
- March 4. Leadership Development.
The National Society for Experiential Education offers a two-year developmental leadership fellowship for high school educators wishing to strengthen their schools' servicelearning and internship programs. Fifteen fellows will be selected and paired with peer mentors. Eligible are teachers of grades 9-12, counselors, directors of service-learning and internship programs, principals, and superintendents. Minigrants of up to $2,100 a year will be available for each of the 15 fellows. Contact: National Society for Experiential Education, 3509 Haworth Drive, Suite 207, Raleigh, NC 27609-7229; (919) 7873263.
- March 15. American West.
The Social Science Education Consortium offers "The American West: An Institute for Secondary History and Literature Teachers.'' The four-week program, to be held July 11 through Aug. 5 at the University of Colorado at Boulder, examines the American West from a variety of humanities perspectives; 30 teachers each receive a $1,000 stipend and other related expenses, such as transportation, housing, meals, and materials. Eligible are secondary American history and literature teachers. Contact: James Giese, Social Science Education Consortium, 3300 Mitchell Lane, Suite 240, Boulder, CO 80301-2296; (303) 492-8154.
- March 15. Constitution.
The Center for Civic Education sponsors "The U.S. Constitution: American Political Ideas and Their Theoretical Context.'' The summer institute, which runs from July 10 to Aug. 5 at the University of California at Los Angeles, supports study of the literature associated with the development of the Constitution; 25 elementary and secondary teacher-scholars will each receive a $1,000 stipend and other related expenses, such as housing and transportation. Eligible are history, social science, civics, and government teachers. Participants are expected to conduct local inservice programs during the school year following the program. Contact: Professor Duane Smith, Center for Civic Education, 5146 Douglas Fir Road, Calabasas, CA 91302; (818) 591-9321.
- February 14. Cable Television.
Continental Cablevision offers the 1994 Educator Award. Teachers, administrators, librarians, and media specialists are invited to submit classroom projects that use distance learning, video production, or multimedia in conjunction with "Cable in the Classroom'' television programming, available through Continental Cablevision. Twelve to 14 winners will 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. Hall of Fame.
The National Teachers Hall of Fame invites applications for its Third Annual Teacher Induction Program. Designed to honor outstanding teachers, the program asks applicants to submit a completed application, personal statement, and five letters of support. This year's five finalists will be inducted into the hall of fame, located in Emporia, Kan., on June 18. In August, they will attend a reception at the White House Rose Garden hosted by President Clinton. Eligible are public and private school, preK-12 classroom teachers who are certified. Candidates may be retired. Contact: The National Teachers Hall of Fame, 1320 C of E Drive, Emporia, KS 66801; (800) 96-TEACH.
CALL FOR PAPERS
- March 1. Arts Education.
The Helen Dwight Reid Educational Foundation invites submissions for its 1994 Young Writers' Award. One winning policy paper on any subject concerning K-12 arts education will be selected for publication in an issue of Arts Education Policy Review. The author of the winning manuscript will receive $500. Eligible are individuals under 35 years of age. To obtain guidelines, contact: AEPR, Heldref Publications, 1319 18th St., N.W., Washington, DC 20036-1802; (202) 296-6267, ext. 256.
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
In November, the National Council for the Social Studies presented four teachers--one at the elementary level, one at the middle school level, and two at the secondary level--with its Social Studies Teacher of the Year Award. The winners, selected for their promotion of responsible social studies curricula and instruction, were honored at a luncheon at which they each received $2,500 and a commemorative plaque. The four teachers are: Linda Kay Reeves of Pat Nixon School in Cerritos, Calif.; Gary Swalley of Edwardsville (Ill.) Junior High School; Linda Black of Cypress Falls High School in Houston; and Brenda Campen of Mount Edgecumbe High School in Sitka, Alaska.
Following is a list of free or inexpensive resources that teachers can order.
The National Dairy Council has developed Eat the Five Food Group Way!, a full-color graphic guide to nutritious eating for children ages 6-10. The free kit, which includes a poster, an educational handout, and a 24page teacher's guide, emphasizes the importance of variety in a healthy diet. Contact: National Dairy Council, O'Hare International Center, 10255 W. Higgins Road, Suite 900, Rosemont, IL 60018-5616; (800) 4268271.
The American Home Sewing and Craft Association, a nonprofit trade organization, is distributing Get Ready, Set...Sew!, an educational kit developed for use in art classes. The kit, which contains a teacher's guide, activity sheets, and a classroom wall poster, is designed to reinforce sewing skills of students in grades 4-6. Cost: $2 for shipping and handling. Contact: AHSCA, 1375 Broadway-Dept. ATK, New York, NY 10018; (212) 302-2150.
The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics offers Activities for Active Learning and Teaching: Selections from the Mathematics Teacher, a 244-page paperback that includes activities designed to help students in grades 7-10 become engrossed in mathematics. Chapter topics include problem solving, numeracy, algebra, geometry, data analysis, and probability. Cost: $11. A free NCTM catalog is also available upon request. Contact: NCTM, 1906 Association Drive, Reston, VA 22091-1593; (800) 2357566.
The American Library Association offers the 1993 READ Catalog. The 31page, color booklet offers library and reading materials ranging from National Library Week posters to recommended readings on multicultural themes. For a free copy, send a postcard to: American Library Association Graphics, 50 E. Huron St., Chicago, IL 60611; (800) 545-2433, ext. 5046.
American Express has employed a resident geographer, Ms. Atlas Map (a.k.a. Terry Asplund), to answer questions about the earth and its changing landscape. Ms. Map will take questions from teachers of grades K-12 and their students on weekdays, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. (EST), through the end of February. She can be reached at (800) 395-GLOBE.
The Smithsonian Institution offers Collecting Their Thoughts: Using Museums as Sources for Student Writing, a 64-page guide that suggests ways teachers of grades 6-12 can use museums and primary sources to teach writing. The free guide provides background essays, lesson plans, activities, handouts, and samples of student writing. Contact: The Smithsonian Institution, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, Arts and Industries Building, Room 1163, MRC 402, Washington, DC 20560; (202) 357-2425.
Education, Training, and Research Associates, publisher of health education materials, offers The 1993-1994 Comprehensive Health Education Resources, a free, 107-page catalog for teachers of grades K-12 that lists materials on such topics as HIV/AIDS, sexual abstinence, sexually transmitted diseases, violence prevention, and family life, among others. Contact: ETR Associates, Box 1830, Santa Cruz, CA 95061-1830; (800) 3214407.
Forests and Fire Safety.
The Smithsonian Institution and the U.S. Department of Agriculture offer "Happy 50th, Smokey Bear!,'' a free, full-color kit designed to help K-3 students learn about woodland habitats and what they can do to protect them. In addition to background information on Smokey, the kit includes 11 activities, a poster, a puzzle, a reading list, and additional classroom resources. Contact: Smokey Bear Kit, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, Smithsonian Institution, Arts and Industries Building, Room 1163, MRC 402, Washington, DC 20560; (202) 357-2425.
Nation's Capital Guide.
The National Building Museum, an educational institution that presents exhibitions and programs about American achievements in building, offers Washington: Symbol and City, a 32-page, illustrated guide designed for secondary school teachers planning class trips to the nation's capital. The guide includes more than 40 student activities that can be completed before, during, and after a visit to the city. Send $2 for shipping and handling to: Public Affairs, National Building Museum, 401 F St., N.W., Washington, DC 20001.
Drug Abuse Prevention.
The National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information offers If You Change Your Mind, a 31-minute video documentary designed to gen- erate discussion about biomedical research and the biological consequences of drug use. The free video comes with a 15-page teacher's guide that provides 17 science education activities and a 15-page magazine for middle school students. Contact: National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information, Box 2345, Rockville, MD 20847-2345; (800) 7296686.
FOR YOUR STUDENTS
Following is a list of contests, scholarships, and internships for students organized by application deadline. Asterisks (
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Open. Student Publication.
Tyketoon Publishing Co., a children's book publisher, invites students in grades 1-8 to submit original manuscripts--in either English or Spanish--that they have both written and illustrated. At least one author from each grade level will be selected to have his or her work published. Students will receive payment upon publication. For guidelines, send a selfaddressed, stamped envelope to: Tyketoon Publishing Co., 7417 Douglas Lane, Fort Worth, TX 76180.
Open. Trucker Buddy.
Kenworth Truck Co. and Chevron Lubricants sponsor "Trucker Buddy,'' a free pen-pal service that matches professional truck drivers with primary school classrooms across the nation. Truckers write to classes from the road, giving them a unique perspective on geography, history, and the economy. Students practice communication skills by writing back to their trucker buddies. Contact: Trucker Buddy, P.O. Box 1020, Elkhorn, WI 53121; (800) MY-BUDDY.
- February 1. Music.
The National Federation of Music Clubs, an organization chartered by Congress, invites students in grades 10-12 to apply for an eight-week partial scholarship for summer music study at Interlochen (Mich.) Arts Camp. Eligible are students studying piano, voice, or orchestral instruments who are native born or naturalized citizens of the United States. Applicants are asked to submit 10- to 20-minute cassette tapes of their works. Two winners will receive approximately $1,635 each for the scholarship program. Contact: Van Mills, 2710 Leland Drive, Jackson, MI 49203.
February 1. Peace.
The United Nations Association of the United States of America and the Dailey Family Foundation invite students in grades 9-12 to apply for the 1994 National High School Essay Contest of the United Nations. Applicants must submit an essay, 1,000 words in length or less, that focuses on how the United Nations can achieve international peace and security in the postCold War era. The first-, second-, and third-place winners and their teachers will travel to New York in April to meet with U.N. officials, attend UNAUSA's annual U.N. Ball, and receive cash prizes of $1,000, $750, and $500, respectively. Contact: United Nations Association of the USA, 1319 18th St., N.W., Washington DC 20036-1802; (202) 785-2640.
February 15. Environment.
Jostens Inc., Mead Paper, and Butler Paper Co. invite high school yearbook staffs to enter the 1993 World Up Environmental Competition. The high school that creates the most effective environmental plan for their school or community--while focusing on the four R's: recycle, reuse, reduce, and respect--will receive a $10,000 grand prize to be divided between the school and yearbook staff. To obtain an entry packet, contact: World Up Environmental Competition, P.O. Box 20127, Minneapolis, MN 55420.
February 18. Creative Writing.
Cobblestone Publishing invites students ages 8-15 to apply for its Write An Epic Simile Contest. To be considered an epic, the poem must, in 100 words or less, focus on a national theme and relate enough details and events to create a sense of history and a feeling of pride in the nation's past. Three winners will have their works published in Calliope's May/June 1994 issue and will receive an assortment of prizes. Contact: Write an Epic Simile Contest, Calliope, 7 School St., Peterborough, NH 03458.
February 25. Environment.
The Seiko Corporation of America offers the Seiko Youth Challenge. Teams of two to four students in grades 9-12 are asked to identify, investigate, analyze, and propose a solution to a specific environmental problem facing their communities. The winning team will receive a $25,000 college scholarship to be divided among the team members; their school will receive a $5,000 grant. Regional winning teams will receive a $5,000 college scholarship and a $1,000 grant for their schools. All entrants will receive certificates of participation. Contact: Seiko Youth Challenge, DRB Communications, 1234 Summer St., Stamford, CT 06905; (800) 323-1550.
- February 28. Geography.
Weekly Reader invites elementary and middle school classes to take part in its GeoPortrait Contest. Students must respond to the following question: "If you had to construct a portrait of your community and fit it into a 12 inch by 18 inch box, what would you include?'' Boxes might contain maps, photographs, artifacts, and oral histories, among other things. They cannot, however, contain living creatures or items that may spoil. Two grand-prize winning classes and eight first-prize winning classes will receive engraved GeoPortrait winner's cups, T-shirts, and certificates for each class member. Eight second-prize winning classes will receive engraved GeoPortrait winner's cups and certificates for each class member. Grand-prize teachers will receive $500, first-prize teachers $200, and second-prize teachers $50. Contact: Weekly Reader, 245 Long Hill Road, Middletown, CT 06457-9291; (203) 638-2415.
February 28. Geography.
American Express invites students in grades 6-12 to participate in its annual Geography Competition. More than $100,000 in prize money will be given to 18 teams of students who design and complete intensive projects. The three project categories are: the Environment; Travel and Trade; and Cultural Diversity. To request kits, call: (800) 395-GLOBE.
- March 1. Special Scholarship.
Parke-Davis, a national pharmaceutical company, invites applicants for the third annual Epilepsy Scholarship Program. The scholarship recognizes students with epilepsy who have excelled in both academics and extracurricular activities. Eligible are high school seniors and college freshmen, sophomores, and juniors with epilepsy who have completed a college or university application or are already enrolled. Applicants must be undergoing treatment by a physician for their condition. Fourteen winners will share $42,000 in tuition grants and attend an awards ceremony to be held April 30 at the American Academy of Neurology meeting in Washington, D.C. Contact: Susanna Silverman, Parke-Davis Epilepsy Scholarship Program, Intramed, 1180 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10036; (800) 972-7503.
March 1. Creative Writing.
Cobblestone Publishing invites students ages 8-15 to apply for its 1994 Person of the Year Contest. Students must use one of four media--video, audio, poster, or essay--to describe the historical significance of Harriet Tubman. One winner in each of the categories will be announced in the June 1994 issue of Cobblestone magazine and will receive a $250 savings bond. Contact: Person of the Year Contest, Cobblestone Publishing Inc., 7 School St., Peterborough, NH 03458.
- March 15. Music Study.
The National Federation of Music Clubs invites students of band and orchestral instruments to apply for a six-week scholarship for music study at Brevard (N.C.) Music Center this summer. Eligible are U.S. citizens between the ages of 13 and 20. Applicants must submit a taped performance. Contact: National Federation of Music Clubs, Robert E.L. Freeman, 30 Heathwood Circle, Columbia, SC 29205; (803) 256-1090.
- March 30. Essay Contest.
The Ayn Rand Institute invites high school freshmen and sophomores to enter an essay contest on Rand's novelette Anthem. One first-prize winner will receive a $1,000 cash award, 10 second-place winners receive $200 each, and 20 third-place winners receive $100 each. The essay, on one of three specified topics, must be two to three double-spaced, typewritten pages. To learn about the topics, contact: Anthem Essay Contest, Ayn Rand Institute, Box 6099, Inglewood, CA 90312; (310) 306-9232.
- April 1. Automotive Technology.
Sears Craftsman and the National Hot Rod Association invite high school seniors seeking careers in the automotive-technology or automotivemarketing fields to apply for a 1994 Sears Craftsman Scholarship. Students are eligible if they plan to enter an accredited two- or four-year college, university, or trade/technical school upon graduation. Applicants must submit an essay, official high school transcript, two completed recommendation forms, and a completed application. Fourteen winners will each receive a $1,200 scholarship. Contact: Sears Craftsman Scholarship, NHRA Youth and Education Services, Box 5555, Glendora, CA 917400950; (818) 914-4761, ext. 276.
- April 1. Leather.
Tandy Leather Co., a supplier of leather-craft products, invites seniors in public, private, or parochial high schools to apply for its 1994 Leather Art Scholarship Program. In addition to submitting artwork that is at least 50 percent leather, applicants must complete an entry form and a summary of their project. The firstthrough fourth-place winners will receive a $2,000, $1,500, $1,000, and $500 scholarship, respectively. For an application, contact: Tandy Leather Co., Attention: Art Scholarship Program, P.O. Box 2934, Fort Worth, TX 76113; (817) 551-9600.
- 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. One first-prize winner will receive a $5,000 cash award, five second-place winners receive $1,000 each, and 10 third-place winners receive $500 each. The essay, on one of three specified topics, must be two to four double-spaced, typewritten pages. To learn about the topics, contact: The Fountainhead Essay Contest, Ayn Rand Institute, Box 6004, Inglewood, CA 90312; (310) 3069232.
April 15. Drama for Disabled.
Very Special Arts, an international organization dedicated to providing arts programs for people with disabilities, sponsors the Young Playwrights Program. Students ages 12-18 are invited to submit a script with a disability theme. The playwrights whose scripts are chosen will travel to Washington, D.C., to participate in final rehearsals and to attend the play's premiere production at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Contact: Young Playwrights Program, Very Special Arts, Education Office, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, DC 20566; (202) 628-2800 or (202) 737-0645 (TDD).--Adrienne Coles, Christy J. Zink, and Johanna Zucaro