Following is a list of application deadlines for grants, fellowships, and honors available to individuals. Asterisks (
- ) denote new entries.
GRANTS AND FELLOWSHIPS
- April 1. Computers/Physics.
Project InSIGHT offers a workshop for physics and general science teachers from July 11-15 in Cambridge, Mass. Individuals will help project staff members design student activities and develop measures of students' understanding. Participants receive a stipend of $300, room and board, and reimbursement for travel expenses up to $350. Late applications will be accepted through the end of the month. Contact: Project InSIGHT, Attention: Annette Trenga, HarvardSmithsonian CFA, 60 Garden St., MS71, Cambridge, MA 02138, or call Chuck Whitney at (617) 496-4794.
- April 1. Astronomy.
Project ARIES (Astronomy Resources for Intercurricular Elementary Science) offers a workshop for 3rd and 4th grade teachers from July 24-Aug. 5 in Cambridge, Mass. In addition to exploring such topics as time, light, and color, participants also develop student activity booklets and revise teacher materials. Teachers receive a $600 stipend, room and board, and reimbursement for travel expenses up to $350. Contact: Project ARIES, Harvard-Smithsonian CFA, 60 Garden St., MS-71, Cambridge, MA 02138; (617) 495-5434; FAX (617) 496-5405.
April 1. Astronomy.
Project SPICA (Support Program for Instructional Competency in Astronomy), an organization promoting activity-based science teaching, offers a summer workshop for astronomy teachers, to be held in Cambridge, Mass., from July 25-Aug. 12. Approximately 30 K-12 teachers receive reimbursement for travel expenses up to $350, room and board, and a $900 stipend. Participants also receive money to support workshops they give after the conference. Contact: Linda French, Harvard-Smithsonian CFA, 60 Garden St., MS-71, Cambridge, MA 02138, or call Judith Peritz at (617) 496-4785.
- April 22. Math.
The Annenberg Foundation and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting offer awards totaling approximately $2 million for two to four projects that accelerate the pace of high school math reform. Applicants are asked to create visual examples of mathematics teaching that are engaging, reflect current developments in math, and use telecommunications and infor- mation technologies. Eligible are high school teachers, librarians, administrators, and organizations. Contact: The Annenberg/CPB Math and Science Project, Attention: Guidelines, 901 E St., N.W., Washington, DC 20004; (202) 879-9711.
May 1. Humanities.
The National Endowment for the Humanities offers its Teacher-Scholar Program, which supports an academic year of full-time independent study to help educators gain an in-depth understanding of a topic in the humanities. Approximately 30 recipients each receive up to $30,000. Eligible are precollegiate humanities teachers who have completed at least three years of full-time teaching and librarians who spend half their time teaching humanities courses. Contact: NEH Teacher-Scholar Program, 1100 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W., Room 302, Washington, DC 20506; (202) 606-8377.
- April 8.
The Rural, Small Schools Network invites nominations for its Seventh Annual Teacher Recognition Program. Rural teachers whose schools are members of the network and who are using computer networking to link their students to other classrooms outside of their schools are asked to submit a portfolio of their work. Approximately five winners each receive a $500 honorarium for professional development. Teams of teachers are encouraged to apply. Contact: Ruth Bayer, Rural, Small Schools Network, 83 Boston Post Road, Sudbury, MA 01776; (508) 443-7991.
- May 30. Special Educator.
The Edmark Corp., publisher of educational software and print materials, invites applications for its first Special Educator of the Year Award. One winner who has designed an innovative instructional program for special needs students using at least one Edmark product receives a Macintosh or IBM-compatible computer and a $2,000 gift certificate for Edmark products. Five runners-up each receive a $1,000 gift certificate. Any certified special education teacher or therapist is eligible. To receive an entry form, call: (800) 362-2890.
- June 30. Journalism.
The Dow Jones Newspaper Fund Inc. invites applications for its National High School Journalism Teacher of the Year Awards. Newspapers, press associations, colleges, and high school administrators are asked to nominate exceptional teachers of high school journalism or advisers of school newspapers. One $1,000 scholarship in the name of the winner and $500 scholarships in the names of four honorable-mention winners will be awarded to seniors at the schools of the award-winning teachers. For application materials, contact: The Dow Jones Newspaper Fund Inc., P.O. Box 300, Princeton, NJ 08543-0300; (609) 452-2820.
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
The National Foundation for the Improvement of Education has named five teachers as Christa McAuliffe Educators for their leadership in multicultural education and their innovative use of technology. The winners are: Arlene Costello of Oakcrest Elementary School in Pensacola, Fla.; Nana Hill of Academic Competitiveness Through Technology Academy in McKinney, Texas; Hazel Lockett of Vernon Davey Junior High School in East Orange, N.J.; Jaime Roybal of C.E. Rose Elementary School in Tucson, Ariz; and Robin Wax of Pioneer High School in Ann Arbor, Mich.
Marilou Winkler, a 5th grade teacher at Canterbury Woods Elementary School in Annandale, Va., has received the 1993 National Football League Teacher of the Year Award. Each month during the regular football season, a panel of educators and civic leaders selects one teacher for his or her influence on the life of a professional football player. Winkler was chosen from this year's teachers. She had been nominated by Seattle Seahawks tackle Andy Heck, who said she not only helped him with his academic development but also supported his football career. Winkler received a $5,000 grant, and $10,000 was presented to Canterbury Woods Elementary in her and Heck's names. The teacher was honored in February during pre-game activities at the Pro Bowl in Honolulu.
The National Association of Secondary School Principals and the Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. have named Ann Blakeney Clark the 1994 National Principal of the Year. Clark, who is principal of Alexander Graham Middle School in Charlotte, N.C., was selected for her studentcentered focus and community involvement. Clark received a $10,000 grant for her school and met with President Clinton in February.
Winnifred Bolinsky, a 5th grade teacher at Fogelsville Elementary School in Allentown, Pa., has received first prize in the 1993 A&E Teacher Grant Competition, sponsored by the Arts & Entertainment Network. Bolinsky and her students created an interdisciplinary, multimedia project on 20th century history using the A&E program Aaron Copeland: A Self Portrait. Bolinsky received a $1,500 savings bond, and her school received a color television, a VCR, and a collection of A&E videos.
The National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts, a nonprofit organization that encourages and supports emerging artists, has awarded two Distinguished Teacher in the Arts awards. The winners are: Ellen Davis, a theater instructor at the New World School of the Arts in Miami, and Mary Martha Lappe, a dance instructor at Houston's High School of the Performing and Visual Arts. The two were selected for their profound influence on students' artistic development. They each received plaques at an NFAA gala held this past January.
Following is a list of free or inexpensive resources that teachers can order.
The National Science Teachers Association offers Safety in the Elementary Science Classroom, a 22-page flipchart guide that offers detailed, practical tips on such topics as first aid, eye protection, and fire prevention. Cost: $7.95, plus $3.75 shipping and handling. Contact: NSTA Publications Sales, 1840 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22201; (800) 722-NSTA.
The National Archives offers "The Road West,'' a teaching unit designed to introduce middle school geography students to maps and mapmakers. The kit includes full-scale facsimiles of the seven sections of the Oregon Trail, suggestions for learning activities, and student work sheets. Cost: $9, plus $3 shipping and handling. Contact: National Archives Trust Fund, P.O. Box 100793, Atlanta, GA 30384; (800) 788-6282.
California Newsreel, a nonprofit production and distribution center, offers its 1994 African-American Perspectives video catalog. The free, 24page catalog lists 20 documentary films on African-American life and history suitable for use in the high school classroom. Contact: California Newsreel, 149 9th St., Suite 420, San Francisco, CA 94103; (415) 621-6196.
Pearce-Evetts Productions, an educational publisher, offers Space Songs for Children, a cassette and book set created by songwriter Tonja Evetts Weimer to teach the basics of space flight and astronomy to children ages 3-8. The 12 songs range from dance tunes to lullabies and include lyrics on such topics as the moon, planets, and eating and sleeping in space, among others. The 104-page accompanying book provides activities for children to do with each song. It also includes a glossary of space terms and a bibliography. Cost: $13.95 for the set; $9.95 for cassette only. Both require $3 for shipping and handling. Contact: Pearce-Evetts Productions, 624 Ridgeview Drive, Suite 117, Pittsburgh, PA 15228; (800) 842-9571.
Healthy Choice, maker of food products, offers "A Healthy Challenge,'' a free lesson kit designed to teach secondary school students about nutrition. The program consists of a poster with a nutrition quiz and a month's worth of learning activities on the back. Suggested activities include taking inventory of one's kitchen, counting calories, and designing a food label. Contact: Healthy Eating Lesson Plan, c/o Healthy Choice, P.O. Box 8797, St. Louis, MO 63102.
Free Spirit Publishing Inc. offers the How Are You Feeling Today? poster, designed to help children understand their feelings. The 18 inch by 24 inch color poster, available in several languages, shows 30 different facial expressions--ranging from exhausted and ecstatic to embarrassed and smug. Cost: $9.95. Contact: Free Spirit Publishing Inc., 400 First Ave. N., Suite 616, Minneapolis, MN 55401-1730; (800) 735-7323.
The Children's Literacy Initiative, a nonprofit organization, offers Creating a Classroom Literacy Environment, a 34-page booklet designed for teachers of preK through 2nd grade who wish to enhance their students' reading experiences. It includes tips on how to choose quality books and set up a library corner. Cost: $5.95, plus shipping and handling, or $5 each for orders of 25 or more. Contact: Children's Literacy Initiative, 320 Walnut St., Philadelphia, PA 19106; (215) 574-2920.
The Conservation and Renewable Energy Inquiry and Referral Service, an office of the U.S. Department of Energy, offers the free resource packet titled "Education Materials for Teachers.'' Designed for elementary and secondary teachers, it includes activities to promote energy conservation, a list of inexpensive energy-related education materials, and two bibliographies. Contact: CAREIRS, P.O. Box 3048, Merrifield, VA 22116; (800) 523-2929.
Workman Publishing has released Up Your Score: The Underground Guide to the New SAT and PSAT, a 272page book designed to help high school students on the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test and the SAT. The book offers study techniques, strategies, and review materials. The student-written text has been updated to reflect revisions in the 199495 SAT. Cost: $8.95; discounts available for bulk orders. Contact: Workman Publishing, 708 Broadway, New York, NY 10003; (800) 722-7202.
Business and Legal Reports, publisher of educational booklets, offers Teens and Alcohol, a 15-page illustrated booklet that examines the dangers of alcohol use and the link between alcohol and health and emotional problems, accidents, and trouble at home, in school, and with the law. Cost: 77 cents each for quantities of 25-99 and 59 cents each for quantities of 100-499. To order, call: (800) 7-ASK-BLR; FAX (203) 245-2559.
Lee Canter & Associates, sponsor of classroom-management workshops, offers The Canter Report, a free, semiannual publication for K-12 teachers and administrators that provides practical information and resource guidance on such topics as classroom discipline and school safety. It also addresses a number of questions frequently asked by new teachers or those with challenging students. Each issue includes a pullout poster. Contact: Lee Canter & Associates, Box 2113, Dept. CR, Santa Monica, CA 90407-2113; (800) 677-4791.
The International Reading Association has published Teachers' Favorite Books for Kids: Teachers' Choices 1989-1993. The 104-page softcover describes more than 150 books recommended by teams of U.S. teachers and librarians. Each book description is followed by a suggestion for use in the classroom. Cost: $8. Contact: Order Department, IRA, 800 Barksdale Road, P.O. Box 8139, Newark, DE 19714-8139; (800) 336-READ, ext. 266.
The Women's Educational Equity Act Publishing Center offers a free catalog of more than 200 nonsexist, multicultural learning tools. The materials, geared for a wide range of subjects, were developed through a federal program dedicated to reducing and eliminating educational disparities between boys and girls. Contact: WEEA Publishing Center, Education Development Center Inc., 55 Chapel St., Newton, MA 02158-1060; (800) 225-3088 or (617) 969-7100, ext. 2354.
The Bureau for At-Risk Youth has published its 1994 winter catalog of resources. The free, 56-page volume contains listings of more than 500 videos, publications, posters, and prevention programs for educators, counselors, parents, and others who work with at-risk children. Topics include career development, personal improvement, and drug-abuse prevention. Contact: Bureau for At-Risk Youth, 645 New York Ave., Huntington, NY 11743; (800) 99-YOUTH.
Discovery Communications offers All About Copyright, a 12-page booklet that details the off-air taping guidelines of 31 different television networks. In addition, it lists a contact person at the networks where special permission is required. For a free copy while supplies last, contact: Discovery Communications, Attention: Educational Relations, 7700 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda, MD 20814-3579.
Randall Publications offers Newskid, a national, biweekly newspaper designed for children ages 8-13. Similar to most adult newspapers in design and format, the periodical reports on both national and world news in a simplistic and colorful way. Cost: $13 for a six-month subscription; classroom discounts are available. To order, call: (800) 774-NEWS.
Youth Sports Guide.
The National Youth Sports Foundation for the Prevention of Athletic Injuries Inc., a nonprofit organization working to promote safety in sports, offers The Sports Source. The 50-page guide contains names, addresses, and phone numbers of 347 sports-related organizations, such as national sports medicine groups, injury-prevention programs, and coach certification programs. Cost: $10, plus $1.75 shipping and handling. Contact: National Youth Sports Foundation, 10 Meredith Circle, Needham, MA 02192; (617) 449-2499.
CompuBooks, publisher of educational software, offers a series of detective novels, by teacher and author Gary Wiley, on IBM-compatible computer disks. These books-on-disk are written for 9- to 14-year-old students. They follow the adventures of a teenage sleuth, his best friend, and his dog as they solve various crimes in the small fictional town of Mystic Bay. Cost: $4.50 per title, plus 50 cents shipping and handling. Contact: CompuBooks, P.O. 2203, Rancho Cardova, CA 95741
The Walt Disney World Co. invites educators to visit Epcot Center in Orlando, Fla., free of charge. Certified public and private school teachers and principals can obtain an Epcot '94 Teacher's Pass, valid through Dec. 30, 1994, by presenting a copy of an active teaching credential, verification of current employment, and photo ID at Epcot's Guest Relations desk. For more information, call: (407) 560-PASS.
Women and Science.
The National Women's History Proj- ect offers Science is Women's Work: Photos and Biographies of American Women in the Sciences, a 56-page booklet on notable female scientists and mathematicians, such as astronomer and educator Maria Mitchell and nuclear physicist Chein-Shiung Wu. Written for grades 4-8, the book is designed to inspire young readers to pursue similar work in their adult lives. Cost: $8.50, plus $3.50 shipping and handling. Contact: National Women's History Project, 7738 Bell Road, Dept. P, Windsor, CA 95492; (707) 838-6000.
FOR YOUR STUDENTS
Following is a list of contests, scholarships, and internships for students organized by application deadline. Asterisks (
- ) denote new entries.
- Open. Getting Published.
KidsWrite, a literary magazine for and by children ages 5-14, invites original submissions of fiction and nonfiction stories, poems, and book reviews for its quarterly publication. Artwork, when corresponding to literary submissions, is also accepted. Those whose writing is accepted receive two free copies of the magazine. Contact: KidsWrite Inc., P.O. Box 95, Ridgewood, NJ 07450.
- Open. Pen-Pal.
The National Science Foundation offers the "Science-By-Mail'' program. Coordinated by the Museum of Science in Boston, the program connects students in grades 4-9 with scientist pen-pals. The scientists then help the students complete hands-on experiments and activities. Contact: Melissa Cotter, Museum of Science, Science Park, Boston, MA 02114-1099; (800) 729-3300.
April 1. Turkey Recipe.
The National Turkey Federation invites students ages 12-18 to enter its National Turkey Lovers' Recipe Contest for Teens. Contestants must submit an original recipe that serves four to eight people using at least one pound of fresh or fully cooked turkey meat. Each recipe is judged for taste, originality, appearance, appeal, and simplicity. One grand-prize winner receives a $2,000 cash award. Other winners receive cash awards up to $1,000. To obtain a copy of contest rules, send a self-addressed, stamped, business-size envelope to: RULES, National Turkey Federation, 11319 Sunset Hills Road, Reston, VA 22090-5227; (703) 435-7209.
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 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. 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).
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 receives 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.
May 1. Getting Published.
Landmark Editions, a children's book publisher, invites students ages 6-19 to enter its National Written and Illustrated By...Awards Contest for Students. Participants 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-size envelope, stamped with 58 cents postage to: 1994 National Written & Illustrated By...Awards Contest, Landmark Editions Inc., P.O. Box 4469, Kansas City, MO 64127.
- May 2. Travel.
Delta Air Lines invites middle school students to answer the essay question, "If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?'' Each student must address an essay to another student anywhere in the world and explain why he or she would like to visit that student's hometown and why that student would want to visit the writer's hometown. Twenty finalists are awarded college scholarships and are invited to attend a weekend celebration at Disney World with their sponsoring teachers, who also receive scholarships for continuing education. One grand-prize winner receives a trip for four to any Delta destination worldwide. For an entry form, contact: Delta Air Lines; (800) 52-DELTA.
- June 1. Peace.
The Nuclear Age Peace Foundation invites high school students to enter its 1994 Swackhamer Prize essay contest. In no more than 1,000 words, applicants must write a letter to U.N. Secretary General Boutros-Ghali with proposals for making the United Nations more effective in achieving its goals. The first-place winner receives $1,500, the second-place winner $1,000, and the third-place winner $500. The three winning essays will be published by the Foundation and sent to the U.N. Secretary General. Contact: Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, 1187 Coast Village Road, Suite 123, Santa Barbara, CA 93108; (805) 965-3443.
- June 30. Literary Magazine.
Merlyn's Pen, a magazine of students' writing, announces its 1994 Literary Magazine Contest and Critique. Students in grades 5-12 are invited to submit their schools' literary magazine to be professionally critiqued and entered in a national competition. Golden Pen Awards go to the best overall high school entry and the best middle school entry. Prizes will also be given in special categories: best design; best art and photography; and best writing. Cost per entry is $60. Additional fees are required for entry in each of the special categories. For information and an application form, contact: Merlyn's Pen Contest and Critique, P.O. Box 910, East Greenwich, RI 02818; (401) 885-5175.--Everett F. Boyd, Adrienne Coles, and Heidi Wunder
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