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Following is a list of application deadlines for grants, fellowships, and honors available to individuals. Asterisks (

  • ) denote new entries.

Grants and Fellowships

  • October 27. Performing Arts.

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts' education department is accepting applications for the fifth annual Performing Arts Centers and Schools Institute, which will be held at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., April 24-28, 1996. The purpose of the institute is to promote school-community partnerships in the performing arts, with special focus on educating teachers. Up to 14 two-person teams consisting of one representative from a performing arts center and one from a nearby school system will be selected for participation. For more information, contact: Barbara Shepherd, Performing Arts Centers and Schools Program, Kennedy Center, Washington, DC 20566-0004; (202) 416-8806; fax (202) 416-8802.

October 31. Foreign Language.

The National Endowment for the Humanities, in conjunction with the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, offers its Fellowship Program for Foreign Language Teachers K-12.

Approximately 60 fellowships of $3,750 each will be awarded for six weeks of study abroad during the summer of 1996. Eligible are K-12 foreign language teachers who have spent at least three years in a full-time teaching position prior to the fellowship summer. ESL teachers, bilingual education teachers, and former winners are not eligible. To request an application form, contact: NEH Fellowship Program for Foreign Language Teachers K-12, Connecticut College, 270 Mohegan Ave., New London, CT 06320-4196; (203) 439-2282; fax (203) 439-5341.

  • November 1. Japanese.

The Northeast Asia Council and Association for Asian Studies, in conjunction with the Japan-United States Friendship Commission, offers teachers of Japanese grants of up to $2,500 to attend seminars on teaching about Japan; $1,000 for research travel in the United States; $5,000 to attend workshops on improving Japanese language teaching; and expenses for short-term travel to Japan. For more information, contact: NEAC-Grant, University of Michigan, One Lane Hall, Ann Arbor, MI 48109; (313) 665-2490.

November 1. Physics.

The Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory seeks applicants for its Teacher Fellowships. Science or technology teachers of grades 7-12 are eligible to apply for a nine- to 12-month sabbatical at the laboratory in Batavia, Ill., to participate in research in particle physics and to develop educational materials related to their experience. Three fellows will receive a stipend of $550 per week, the standard package of Fermi benefits for monthly term employees, and up to nine semester hours of graduate credit. For an application form, contact: Kevin McFarland, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, MS 122, Batavia, IL 60510; (708) 840-3266; e-mail [email protected]

December 21. Education Research.

The National Academy of Education seeks applicants for the 1996-97 Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowships. Individuals who have, or will have, earned a doctorate or equivalent degree between Jan. 1, 1990, and Dec. 31, 1995, in the humanities, social and behavioral sciences, or education are eligible. Applicants must submit research proposals that will make a significant contribution both to the study of education and to the discipline from which the work draws. Up to 30 fellows receive $40,000 for one year of academic study or $20,000 for two years if studying part time. For more information, contact: National Academy of Education, Stanford University, School of Education, CERAS 108, Stanford, CA 94305-3084; (415) 725-1003.

  • January 9. Gender Equity.

The American Association of University Women Educational Foundation offers the 1996-97 Eleanor Roosevelt Teacher Fellowships, which give female teachers the opportunity to learn techniques that will increase girls' self-confidence and academic performance, especially in math and science. Approximately 20 teachers who have demonstrated a commitment to gender equity in the classroom each receive stipends ranging from $1,000 to $10,000. Eligible are women who have taught full time in a K-12 public school for at least three consecutive years; at least part of their teaching assignments must include math, science, or technology. Contact: American Association of University Women Educational Foundation, Dept. 14, 2201 N. Dodge St., Iowa City, IA 52243-4030; (319) 337-1716, ext. 59.

  • January 16. Principals.

The Council for Basic Education--in conjunction with the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Esther A. and Joseph Klingenstein Fund, and the DeWitt Wallace-Reader's Digest Fund--offers the National Fellowships for Independent Study in the Humanities for Principals, intended to give principals four weeks of self-designed independent study in the humanities. Eligible are full-time elementary and secondary school principals with at least two years' experience who plan to continue as a principal for at least five more years. Applicants must also have taught for three years and hold a master's degree. For more information, contact: Council for Basic Education, National Fellowships for Independent Study in the Humanities for Principals, P.O. Box 135, Ashton, MD 20861; fax (301) 570-8655.


October 1. Private Enterprise.

The Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge invites full-time junior and sen-ior high school educators to apply for the Leavey Awards for Excellence in Private Enterprise Education. The program awards teachers who have conceived and implemented an innovative course, program, or project that fosters a better understanding of the American enterprise system. One grand-prize winner will be awarded $15,000; up to 20 others will receive cash gifts of $7,500 each. For more information, contact: Awards Department, Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge, Route 23, Valley Forge, PA 19482-0706; (610) 933-8825.

October 15. Learning Disabilities.

The International Reading Association invites its members to apply for the Albert J. Harris Award, which recognizes an outstanding contribution to the prevention and/or assessment of reading problems or learning disabilities. Those who have had publications appear in a professional journal or monograph between June 1, 1994, and June 1, 1995, are eligible for this $500 award. For guidelines, contact: Gail Keating, Division of Research, International Reading Association, 800 Barksdale Road, P.O. Box 8139, Newark, DE 19714-8139; (302) 731-1600, ext. 226; fax (302) 732-1057; e-mail 73314,[email protected]

October 20. Technology.

The Tandy Technology Scholars Program invites participating high schools to nominate an outstanding mathematics, science, or computer science teacher. One hundred winners will each receive a $2,500 cash award. Nominees must be full-time teachers with at least three classes in mathematics, science, or computer science and a minimum of three years' high school teaching experience. Applications are limited to high schools enrolled in the scholars program. To receive an application or information on how to enroll in the program, contact: Tandy Technology Scholars Program, P.O. Box 32897, TCU Station, Fort Worth, TX 76129; (817) 924-4087; fax (817) 927-1942.

November 1. Dissertation.

The Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development is accepting submissions for its 1995 Outstanding Dissertation Awards Program. Four winners will be recognized for exemplary dissertations that significantly advance the knowledge and understanding of education theories, concepts, and practices in any of four categories: curriculum, instruction, policy/organization, and supervision. The awards are open to any doctoral candidate whose dissertation was completed and approved by an accredited institution during the academic year Sept. 1, 1994, to Aug. 31, 1995. To request an entry form, contact: Karen Rasmussen, Project Facilitator, Outstanding Dissertation Awards Program, ASCD, 1250 N. Pitt St., Alexandria, VA 22314; (703) 549-9110, ext. 525; e-mail [email protected]

  • November 15. Science.

The National Science Teachers Association announces the Gustav Ohaus Awards. Two educators from the elementary, middle, and high school levels will each receive a $1,000 award and a $750 award, respectively, for an innovative project that improves science education. For more information, contact: National Science Teachers Awards Program, Attn: Lori Pinson, 1840 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22201-3000; (703) 243-7100.

  • December 1. Science And Math.

The National Science Foundation invites nominations for the 1996 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science and Mathematics Teaching Program. A total of 216 elementary and secondary school science and math teachers representing each state and U.S. territory will each receive a $7,500 grant to be used over a three-year period to improve their teaching of science and math. Winners also receive an all-expense-paid trip for two to Washington, D.C. For more information, contact the science or math consultant in your state department of education, or PAESMT, National Science Teachers Association, 1840 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22201-3000; (703) 243-7100.

December 1. Literature.

The American Library Association invites members of its Young Adult Library Services Association to apply for the 1996 Econo-clad Award for a Young Adult Reading or Literature Program. The $1,000 cash award is given to a member who has developed and implemented an outstanding library program for young adults ages 12-18. For more information, contact: Young Adult Library Services Association, American Library Association, 50 E. Huron St., Chicago, IL 60611; (800) 545-2433, ext. 4390; fax (312) 664-7459.

  • December 8. Heroes.

Reader's Digest announces the American Heroes in Education Awards, which recognize outstanding elementary and secondary school teachers and principals who are making a difference in the lives of their students. Ten awards of $5,000 each will be given to individual teachers and principals or teams of up to six teachers and principals; a $10,000 award will also go to each winning school. For more information, contact: Mary Terry, Reader's Digest American Heroes in Education Award, Pleasantville, NY 10572; (914) 244-2030.

December 31. Children's Nonfiction.

The National Council of Teachers of English is seeking nominations for the 1996 Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children. The prize will go to a book published in 1995. To nominate, send a letter, including the author's name, book title, publisher, copyright date, and a short description of what you liked about the book. Contact: Evelyn Freeman, Orbis Pictus Committee Chair, 499 Riley Ave., Worthington, OH 43085.

Call for Papers

October 15. Libraries.

The Library and Information Technology Association, the Library Administration and Management Association, and the American Library Association's Office for Information Technology Policy are seeking presentation proposals for the 1996 LITA/LAMA national conference. The conference theme is "Transforming Libraries: Leadership and Technology for the Information Age.'' For more information, contact: LITA/LAMA Conference Office, American Library Association, 50 E. Huron St., Chicago, IL 60611; (800) 545-2433, ext. 4268; fax (312) 280-3257; e-mail: [email protected]

October 15. Cultural Diversity.

Voices From the Middle, a periodical for middle school teachers published by the National Council of Teachers of English, is accepting manuscripts for its April edition on cultural diversity. To request submission guidelines, contact: Carol Schanche, National Council of Teachers of English, 1111 W. Kenyon Road, Urbana, IL 61801-1096.

  • December 1. Multicultural Literature.

The National Council of Teachers of English is looking for manuscripts for a proposed NCTE Classroom Practices volume titled United in Diversity: Multicultural Young Adult Literature. This publication will focus on the successful use of multicultural young adult literature in the classroom. For complete "call-for-paper'' information, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to: Lori Bianchini, National Council of Teachers of English, 1111 W. Kenyon Road, Urbana, IL 61801-1096.

Teaching Tools

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


Mazon Productions offers Astronomy 101: A Beginner's Guide to the Night Sky, a 25-minute video that looks at space through the eyes of a mother-daughter stargazing team. The video, filmed at Chicago's Adler Planetarium and designed for students ages 7-12, explains, among other things, what constellations and galaxies are, why stars seem to move across the sky, and how telescopes and binoculars work. Cost: $19.95, plus $3.95 shipping and handling. For more information, contact: Mazon Productions; (800) 332-4344.

Food Allergies.

The Food Allergy Network, a nonprofit organization, has published Off to School With Food Allergies: A Guide for Parents and Teachers. This two-booklet set suggests ways to help students cope with food allergies and make the transition from home to school easier. Cost: $8, plus $1 for shipping and handling. Contact: The Food Allergy Network, 4744 Holly Ave., Fairfax, VA 22030-5647; (703) 691-3179.


Carla Clark, a middle school teacher, offers Totally for Teachers, an eight-page newsletter for the exchange of educational ideas. It contains practical tips and teaching methods and gives teachers of all grade levels quick access to new, easy-to-use activities and strategies. Cost: $12.95 for a one-year individual subscription; $50 for a school subscription with reproduction rights. Contact: Totally for Teachers, Department 271, 55 Larchwood Drive, Pittsford, NY 14534-2458; (800) 711-2665.

U.S. Economy.

The New Press has released The New Field Guide to the U.S. Economy: A Compact and Irreverent Guide to Economic Life in America. This 224-page illustrated paperback taps the collective wisdom of more than 40 progressive economists affiliated with the Center for Popular Economics at Amherst University. It offers brief, jargon-free explanations of 160 economic topics and issues that affect Americans. Cost: $12.95. For more information, contact: The New Press; (800) 233-4830.

Child Abuse.

Family Insight Books offers The Sexually Abused Child: A Parent's Guide to Coping and Understanding, by Kathleen Flynn Mack. This book suggests ways to help child victims handle the situation. Topics include reporting the abuse, going to court, therapy, and prevention. Cost: $9.95, plus $3.50 for shipping and handling. Contact: Family Insight Books, P.O. Box 148, Williamsburg, MI 49690-0148; (800) 507-2665.


The World Leisure Corp. offers Getting To Know Kids in Your Life, a 160-page book by Jeanne McSweeney and Charlie Leocha that includes hundreds of activities and questions designed to help educators talk to, play with, and learn from 4- to 7-year-old children. Cost: $6.95. Contact: World Leisure Corp., 177 Paris St., Boston, MA 02128; (800) 444-2524.

Alzheimer's Disease.

The American Health Assistance Foundation offers Through Tara's Eyes: Helping Children Cope With Alzheimer's Disease, a free 37-page booklet designed to help children in grades K-5 learn about the disorder in terms they can understand. For more information, contact: The American Health Assistance Foundation; (800) 437-2423 or (301) 948-3244.

Hispanic Americans.

Teacher Created Materials Inc. has published Focus on Hispanic Americans, a 112-page reproducible book, designed for students in grades 4-8. Included are portraits and biographies of 29 notable Hispanic Americans who have made contributions in such areas as education and scholarship, fine arts, science and medicine, sports, and civic leadership. Cost: $10.95. Contact: Teacher Created Materials Inc., P.O. Box 1040, Huntington Beach, CA 92647; (800) 662-4321.

For your Students

Following is a list of contests, scholarships, and internships for students organized by application deadline. Asterisks (

  • ) denote new entries.

October 15. Young Playwrights.

Young Playwrights Inc. requests original scripts from writers ages 18 and younger for the Young Playwrights Festival National Playwriting Competition. Students may enter one or more plays of any style, length, or subject. Selected playwrights will participate in professional productions of their plays in the fall of 1996 in New York City. Each entrant will receive a written evaluation of his or her play. For more information, contact: 1996 Young Playwrights Festival, Dept TM, 321 W. 44th St., Suite 906, New York, NY 10036.

October 20. Scholars Program.

The Tandy Corp. and Texas Christian University invite nationally accredited high schools to nominate their top senior class mathematics, science, or computer science students for the Tandy Technology Scholars Program. One hundred $1,000 scholarships will be given for use at the college or university of the winning students' choice. For more information, contact: Tandy Technology Scholars Program, P.O. Box 32897, TCU Station, Fort Worth, TX 76129; (817) 924-4087; fax (817) 927-1942.

  • October 23. Art.

The U.S. Committee for UNICEF, Pier 1 Imports, and Better Homes and Gardens magazine invite children ages 13 and under to enter the fourth annual UNICEF "Kids Help Kids'' Greeting Card Contest. Children are asked to draw a picture depicting this year's theme "We are different. We are the same.'' One winner in the 7-year-old and under age group and one winner in the 8-13 group will receive an all-expense-paid trip to New York City and the United Nations. Entry forms are available at all Pier 1 stores. For the Pier 1 store nearest you, call: (800) 447-4371.

  • October 31. Math.

MathSoft Inc., developers of mathematical software, announces the Mathcad World Wide Web Math Competition. From Aug. 15 to Oct. 1, students can download the Mathcad Puzzle using Mathcad 6.0's software or any Web browser; type http://www.mathsoft.com. Contestants must solve the puzzle using Mathcad 6.0 windows software and then e-mail the solution to MathSoft. A panel of MathSoft judges will determine the winners based on the answer provided and the creativity of the solution. One grand-prize winner will receive a choice of a Packard Bell Pentium desktop computer system or 80,000 Northwest Airline WorldPerk air miles redeemable for air travel. Second- and third-place winners will receive $500 and $200, respectively. For more information, contact: Mathcad WWW Math Competition, MathSoft Inc., 101 Main St., Cambridge, MA 02142; (617) 577-1017.

October 31. Water-Quality Posters.

EcoWater Systems invites students in grades 6-8 to enter the World of Water contest. Students must submit a public-service poster offering tips and solutions on ways to conserve water and protect the earth's water supply. Three national winners each receive a $500 cash prize; their teachers receive either an all-expense-paid trip to the National Science Teachers Association convention or the cash equivalent toward the purchase of classroom equipment or materials. For more information, call: (800) 86-WATER.

  • November 1. Science-By-Mail.

The Boston Museum of Science offers Science-By-Mail, a program that pairs students in grades 4-9 with scientist pen-pals who help students complete hands-on experiments and activities. Memberships cost $43 for groups of one to four children and $259 for an entire class. For more information, contact: Science-By-Mail, Museum of Science, Science Park, Boston, MA 02114-1099; (800) 729-3300.

  • November 1. Essay Contest.

The Voice of America, in conjunction with the National Endowment for the Humanities, invites students in grades 10-12 to participate in its National Conversation Essay Contest. Students are asked to write an essay in 350 words or less on "What does it mean to be an American?'' Ten winners will be flown to Washington, D.C., with an adult for an awards ceremony and to read their essays on VOA's airwaves. One grand-prize winner will receive an Apple color PowerBook 520C computer. For more information, call: (800) NEH-1121.

  • November 15. Gardening.

The National Gardening Association announces its 13th annual Youth Garden Grants. Groups of a least 15 children between the ages of three and 18 must submit proposals for projects that show how gardening can serve as a learning tool about the environment, food production, problem solving, or teamwork. Three hundred grants worth more than $500 each in tools, seeds, plants, and gardening products will be awarded. To receive an application, contact: National Gardening Association, Youth Garden Grants Program, 180 Flynn Ave., Burlington, VT 05401.

November 15. Beetles.

The Coleopterists Society, an international organization that promotes the study of beetles, invites students in grades 7-12 to apply for its Youth Incentive Award. Two grants of up to $125--one for a student in grades 7-9 and one for a student in grades 10-12--will be awarded for creative and educational proposals that focus on beetles. Winners also receive a subscription to the society's journal and a certificate of recognition. For more information and an application form, contact: David Furth, Department of Entomology, Smithsonian Institution, MRC165, Washington, DC 20560; (202) 357-3146; fax (202) 786-2894.

  • December 1. Video Journalism.

Cable News Network, Turner Educational Services Inc., and Panasonic invite middle and high school students to enter the CNN Student Video Journalist Challenge. Five-person production teams (a writer, producer, camera person, correspondent, and editor) working with a teacher-adviser should produce a two-minute story in one of three categories: hard news, sports, or lifestyle. Four finalist teams, one in each category, will be selected. Each team member will receive a $1,000 U.S. Savings Bond and an all-expense-paid trip to the CNN Center in Atlanta where they will appear on a CNN special that will air the winning videos. For more information, contact: Turner Educational Services Inc.; (800) 251-0176.

December 1. Business Competition.

An Income of Her Own, a nonprofit economic literacy network, announces its 1995 National Teen Business Plan Competition. AIOHO invites young women and men ages 13-19 to submit a plan for a viable business that includes a marketing strategy, operational structure, and financing. Five girls and five boys will receive an all-expense-paid trip to San Francisco for an awards ceremony. The winners also will be matched with adult entrepreneurs who will serve as coaches for one year. For an application and more information, contact: Lynn Karlson, An Income of Her Own, National Teen Business Plan Competition, P.O. Box 987, Santa Barbara, CA 93102; (800) 350-2978; fax (805) 687-0983.

December 1. Science Talent Search.

The Westinghouse Electric Corp. and Science Service Inc. invite high school seniors to apply for the 54th annual Westinghouse Science Talent Search. Students must submit a written report on an independent research proj-ect in the physical sciences, behavioral or social sciences, engineering, mathematics, or biological sciences. In addition, students must submit an official entry form, one teacher recommendation, their educational transcript, and standardized test scores. Forty students will be named finalists and travel to Washington, D.C., to compete for $205,000 in scholarship money. Westinghouse awards one $40,000, one $30,000, and one $20,000 scholarship; three $15,000 scholarships; four $10,000 scholarships; and 30 $1,000 scholarships. For more information, contact: Science Service Inc., Youth Department, 1719 N St., N.W., Washington, DC 20036; (202) 785-2255.

  • December 8. Literature.

Read magazine, in conjunction with the Library of Congress, announces the 1996 Letters About Literature Essay Contest. Students in grades 6-12 are asked to write a letter to the author of a book they have recently read, explaining in 1,000 words or less what the book taught them about themselves. The grand-prize winner receives an all-expense-paid trip for two to Washington, D.C., to attend a luncheon at the Library of Congress and tour the nation's capital. For more information and an entry form, contact: Read magazine, Letters About Literature, Weekly Reader Corp., 245 Long Hill Road, Middletown, CT 06457, or call Wendy at (203) 638-2400.

  • December 15. Writing And Art.

Read magazine announces its 18th annual Writing and Art Awards Contest. Students in grades 6-12 should submit exemplary work in one of the following categories: fiction, essay, or artwork. Winners in each category will receive a $100 cash prize and will have their work published in the April issue of Read. For more information, contact: Read Writing and Art Awards, Weekly Reader Corp., 245 Long Hill Road, Middletown, CT 06457, or call Wendy at (203) 638-2400.

  • December 18. Literary Poster.

Reading is Fundamental Inc. invites students in RIF programs to enter the 1996 RIF National Poster Contest. This year's theme is "Big on Books.'' The winner and his or her immediate family members will receive an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., to be honored at RIF's National Reading Is Fun Week awards ceremony. The winning art will be reproduced as a poster and bookmark and be on display in the Capital Children's Museum in Washington, D.C. The winner will also receive a $500 U.S. Savings Bond. For more information, contact: Reading Is Fundamental, 600 Maryland Ave., S.W., Suite 600, Washington DC 20024, or call Janet Frick at (202) 287-3263.

  • December 22. Poetry.

Read magazine invites students in grades 4-12 to submit original poetry for the 8th annual Ann Arlys Bowler Poetry Contest. Students may submit up to three poems in any poetic genre. Six national winners will each receive $100, a medal of honor, and a congratulatory letter from the U.S. Poet Laureate. Their poems will also appear in the April issue of the magazine. For an entry form, contact: Bowler Poetry Contest, Read, Weekly Reader Corp., 245 Long Hill Road, Middletown, CT 06457, or call Wendy at (203) 638-2400.

  • January 10. Young Writers.

The National Council of Teachers of English is accepting nominations for the 1996 Promising Young Writers Program. Eighth grade English language arts teachers are encouraged to nominate students and submit samples of their best written work. Winning students will receive a certificate of recognition. The council charges a nomination fee of $5 per student. For more information, contact: Promising Young Writers Program, National Council of Teachers of English, 1111 W. Kenyon Road, Urbana, IL 61801-1096.

  • January 31. Letter Writing.

RespecTeen announces the 1996 Speak for Yourself competition. Students in grades 7-8 are invited to submit a copy of a letter they have written to one of their U.S. representatives on an important national issue. One winner from each state and the District of Columbia will be selected to attend the 1996 RespecTeen National Youth Forum, to be held May 11-16 in Washington, D.C. For more information, call: (800) 888-3820.

--Cheryl Gamble and Amanda Lewis

Vol. 07, Issue 02, Page 1-24

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