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

  • ) denote new entries.


  • Open. Organizations.

The Pew Charitable Trusts invites educational organizations to submit proposals for 1996 grants. Project proposals are accepted year-round and are reviewed on a rolling basis. Initially, applicants should submit a brief letter of inquiry--between two to three pages in length--which includes a description of the organization and the nature of its work; its achievements; a statement of the problem or need the organization plans to address; an explanation of how it is to be addressed; a time frame for the project; and an estimated budget, as well as the amount of money being requested. Only tax-exempt organizations are eligible for funding. For guidelines, contact: The Pew Charitable Trusts, 1 Commerce Square, 2005 Market St., Suite 1700, Philadelphia, PA 19103-7017; (215) 575-9050.

  • Open. Field Research.

Earthwatch, a nonprofit organization that supports scientists worldwide, offers a fellowship program for K-12 teachers interested in working on one of approximately 100 field research projects. Affiliated projects in such subject areas as zoology, art, health care, marine biology, and archaeology are under way in 22 U.S. states and more than 69 countries. Most fellowship expeditions last about two weeks. Full and partial fellowships are available. For more information, contact: Earthwatch, 680 Mt. Auburn St., Watertown, MA 02172; (800) 776-0188.

Open. Graphic Arts.

The Graphic Arts Education and Research Foundation invites graphic art educators to submit "minigrant'' proposals for educational projects in the graphic communications field, such as programs designed to teach students about graphic arts technology and management. Grants of up to $2,500 each will be awarded. For proposal guidelines, contact: Graphic Arts Education and Research Foundation, 1899 Preston White Drive, Reston, VA 22091-4367; (703) 264-7200; fax (703) 620-0994.

May 1. Biology.

The National Association of Biology Teachers seeks applications from high school biology teachers who wish to work with an industrial partner to field-test their biotechnology activities. The individual selected will receive a stipend, software, on-line computer access, and material allowance. For more information, contact: National Association of Biology Teachers, Attn: Kathy Frame, 11250 Roger Bacon Drive, #19, Reston, VA 22090-5202; (703) 471-1134.

May 30. Creative Classroom.

Creative Classroom, the Children's Television Workshop's publication for K-6 teachers, Crayola, and MCI announce the CTW's Plan a Dream Award. Three grants of $2,500 each will be given to support model programs designed to motivate students and inspire teachers in any of the following areas: science, technology, math, language arts, social studies, and the arts. Eligible are full-time, certified K-6 teachers. For more information, contact: Creative Classroom/Plan a Dream Award, CTW, 1 Lincoln Plaza, New York, NY 10023.

June 1. Social Studies.

The Fund for the Advancement of Social Studies, in conjunction with the National Council for the Social Studies, invites social studies teachers and teacher educators who have created projects that emphasize innovative teaching in social studies to apply for its "general grant.'' The 1996 theme is "Social Studies Education: Setting the Standards--Making the Difference.'' Two grants of up to $1,000 will be awarded in each of the following categories: grades K-5, 6-9, 10-12, and teacher education. NCSS membership is required. Contact: National Council for the Social Studies, 3501 Newark St. N.W., Washington, DC 20016; (202) 966-7840, ext. 106.

June 15. Reading And Literacy.

The International Reading Association invites IRA members in a doctoral program to apply for its Helen M. Robinson Award, a $500 grant earmarked for a student in the early stage of his or her dissertation research in any area of reading or literacy. Contact: International Reading Association, Helen M. Robinson Award, Division of Research, 800 Barksdale Road, P.O. Box 8139, Newark, DE 19714-8139; (302) 731-1600, ext. 226.

  • October 15. Literacy Research.

The International Reading Association is accepting applications for the Elva Knight Research Grant. Four to seven grants of up to $5,000 each will be awarded for research that addresses new and significant questions in literacy and reading. Eligible projects should be completed within two years. Applicants must be IRA members. Contact: Elva Knight Research Grant, Division of Research, International Reading Association, 800 Barksdale Road, P.O. Box 8139, Newark, DE 19714-8139; (302) 731-1600.

  • October 15. Research Dissemination.

The International Reading Association offers the Nila Banton Smith Research Dissemination Support Grant. One grant of up to $5,000 is intended to assist any IRA member spending two to 10 months working on a research dissemination activity. 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.


  • May 1. Art.

Artsedge, a national arts and education information network, invites educators to apply for the Curriculum Studio Recognition Program. The award recognizes an exemplary arts curriculum project that was implemented in a K-12 class of 20 or more students. The selected project will be showcased on a World Wide Web page on the Internet. For more information, contact: Tim Magner, Program Manager, Artsedge, Kennedy Center, Washington, DC 20566-0001; (202) 416-8870; e-mail [email protected]

May 15. Computers.

Proxima Corp., a desktop projection company, announces the Win With Proxima Contest for Educators. Applicants must submit their ideas for combining desktop projection with other state-of-the-art technologies to enhance classroom instruction. The first-prize winner will receive a Mobile Media Center featuring a Proxima 5100 Desktop Projector, laptop computer, and media cart, plus an expense-paid trip to the National Educational Computing Conference in June. Second prize is a Proxima 2400 Desktop Projector, and third prize is a Proxima Ovation LCD panel and overhead projector. Eligible are classroom teachers, media center directors, principals, and administrators. To receive a contest kit, call: (800) 447-7692, ext. 672.

  • May 31. Special Education.

The Edmark Corp., publisher of educational software and print materials, invites applications for its 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 will receive a Power Macintosh 5200 or its equivalent and a $1,000 gift certificate for Edmark products. The second-place winner will receive a Hewlett-Packard Deskjet 660Cse color printer and a $500 gift certificate for Edmark products. The third-place winner will receive an external CD-ROM drive and $250 gift certificate for Edmark products. Eligible are all special education teachers. Contact: Edmark Special Educator of the Year Award, The Edmark Corp., P.O. Box 97021, Redmond, WA 98073-9721; (800) 362-2890.

June 1. Writing.

The National Council for the Social Studies announces the James Michener Prize in Writing. One $5,000 award will be given to an individual who has, through his or her writing, enhanced social studies education and the profession. For more information, contact: NCSS Information Services, 3501 Newark St. N.W., Washington, DC 20016; (202) 966-7840, ext. 106.

June 14. Ambition.

The National Council for the Social Studies invites teachers to apply for the Christa McAuliffe Award. A $1,000 award will be given to the applicant whose proposal best exemplifies a unique ambition or dream that under ordinary circumstances would be unfulfilled. Applicants must be NCSS members and full-time K-12 social studies teachers or teacher educators. Contact: NCSS Information Services, 3501 Newark St. N.W., Washington, DC 20016; (202) 966-7840, ext. 106.

  • July 1. Journalism.

The Dow Jones Newspaper Fund seeks nominations for the National High School Journalism Teacher of the Year Award. The award honors an outstanding high school journalism teacher with at least three years' experience who has done exemplary work during the 1995-96 academic year. The winning teacher will speak at the annual convention of the American Society of Newspaper Editors and the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. The winner will also receive a $1,000 college scholarship for further study in journalism. Four runners-up will be named Distinguished Advisers and receive $500 scholarships. Contact: Dow Jones Newspaper Fund, P.O. Box 300, Princeton, NJ 08543-0300; (609) 452-2820.

  • August 1. Mentoring.

The American Association for the Advancement of Science seeks nominations of individuals who have demonstrated extraordinary leadership in increasing the participation of underrepresented groups in the fields of science and engineering. The Lifetime Mentor Award, which recognizes 10 years or more of mentoring in one of these two fields, comes with a $5,000 cash prize. The Mentor Award, which recognizes less than 10 years of service, comes with a $2,500 cash prize. For more information, contact: American Association for the Advancement of Science, 1333 H St. N.W., Washington, DC 20005; (202) 326-6670.

  • October 1. Dissertation.

The International Reading Association invites doctoral students in the field of reading/literacy research to apply for the Outstanding Dissertation of the Year Award. The $1,000 award is available to those who have completed dissertations between Sept. 1, 1995, and Aug. 31, 1996. The winner and finalists will be invited to present their research at the IRA's annual convention. Applicants must be IRA members. Contact: Outstanding Dissertation of the Year Award, Division of Research, International Reading Association, 800 Barksdale Road, P.O. Box 8139, Newark, DE 19714-8139.

  • 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 or learning disabilities. Those who have had publications appear in a professional journal or monograph between June 1, 1995, and June 1, 1996, are eligible for the $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 [email protected]


  • June 3. Censorship.

English Journal, the periodical of the secondary division of the National Council of Teachers of English, is accepting essays on censorship. Personal stories, advice for beginning teachers, and recommended resources are requested. For more information, contact: English Journal, Leila Christenbury, Editor, School of Education, Virginia Commonwealth University, P.O. Box 842020, Richmond, VA 23284-2020.

  • June 15. Gender.

The editors of Women and Language are accepting submissions for a special issue on "Rethinking Gender,'' to be published in Spring 1997. The issue will focus on the construct of gender, language about gender, and the interactive impact of language and gender in communications. Submissions can take the form of poetry, prose, personal narratives, essays, and criticism. They should be 3,000 words or 12 pages in length. For more information, contact: Women and Language, Department of Communication, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA 22030; (703) 933-1099; e-mail [email protected]

  • August 1. Short Stories.

Teaching Short Fiction: An Anthology of Pedagogical Strategies for Favorite Short Stories is accepting manuscripts on how to teach short fiction. Teachers are welcome to send in typed, double-spaced manuscripts that are three to 10 pages in length. For more information, contact: Carole Hamilton, Editor, Teaching Short Fiction, P.O. Box 1871, Charlottesville, VA 22903; (804) 977-8750; e-mail [email protected]


The American Association of School Administrators and ServiceMaster Co. named Janet Barry, superintendent of the Central Kitsap School District in Silverdale, Wash., the 1996 National Superintendent of the Year. Barry received a gold medallion, a $2,000 U.S. Savings Bond, and other awards. In addition, a $10,000 scholarship will be awarded in her name to a student attending the high school from which she graduated.

Carolyn Craig-Brown has been named the 1995 National Football League Teacher of the Year. The former English teacher of the Washington Redskins' running back Brian Mitchell received a $5,000 check from the NFL; a $10,000 student scholarship was presented in her name to Plaquemine (La.) High School, where she now teaches. Craig-Brown was honored at the AFC-NFC Pro Bowl in Honolulu this past February.


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


Chicago Review Press has published Why Design? Activities and Projects From the National Building Museum, by Anna Slafer and Kevin Cahill. Targeted at high school students, the 197-page book takes a project approach to teaching about design and the skills needed to produce buildings. Cost: $19.95. Contact: Independent Publishers Group, 814 N. Franklin St., Chicago, IL 60610; (800) 888-4741.


Gorka Inc., a marketing company, offers Helping Children Watch TV, a 108-page handbook with more than 100 TV-related learning activities. The handbook also describes tactics advertisers use to appeal to children. Cost: $9.95, plus $2.50 for shipping and handling. Contact: Gorka Inc., P.O. Box 560296, Miami, FL 33256.

Science Museum.

McGraw-Hill Inc. offers Make An Interactive Science Museum: Hands-On Exhibits, by Robert Gardner, a former science teacher. The 176-page book is designed to help children ages 10 and older build their own science museum. It provides step-by-step instructions for a wide range of projects. Cost: $16.95. Contact: McGraw-Hill Inc., Professional Book Group, 11 W. 19th St., New York, NY 10011; (800) 822-8158.

Playground Safety.

The University of Northern Iowa, in conjunction with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, has established a National Program for Playground Safety. The initiative includes a home page on the World Wide Web; a library loan service through the University of Northern Iowa; pamphlets, brochures, and other resource materials; a network of information professionals; and more. For more information, contact: National Program for Playground Safety, University of Northern Iowa, School of Hpels, Cedar Falls, Iowa 50614-0161; (800) 554-PLAY;

Musical Theater.

Bad Wolf Press offers Classroom Musicals for Beginners, a free information packet designed to guide teachers through their first musical theater productions. It targets such aspects as casting, scheduling, costumes and sets, staging, rehearsals, and more. Also included is a list of recommended musicals. Contact: Ron Fink, Bad Wolf Press, 5391 Spindrift Court, Camarillo, CA 93012.

Industrial Revolution.

Prakken Publications Inc. has released Technology's Past: America's Industrial Revolution and the People Who Delivered the Goods, by Dennis Karwatka. Designed for high school classrooms, the 272-page volume includes sections on such inventors as Alexander Graham Bell, George Washington Carver, and Thomas Edison. Cost: $19.96. Contact: Prakken Publications Inc., 275 Metty Drive, Suite 1, P.O. Box 8623, Ann Arbor, MI 48107-8623; (313) 769-1211; (800) 530-9673; fax (313) 769-8383.


The National Crime Prevention Council is distributing the booklet Reducing Gun Violence: What Communities Can Do. The document discusses causes of gun violence and offers solutions that a number of communities nationwide have implemented, examples of other prevention strategies, a resource directory, and more. Cost: $9.95, plus 10 percent shipping and handling. Contact: National Crime Prevention Council Fulfillment Center, P.O. Box 1, 100 Church St., Amsterdam, NY 12010; (800) NCPC-911; fax (518) 843-6857.

Science Careers.

Twin Sisters Productions offers a free 30-minute sampler cassette of their I'd Like To Be A . . . science series, which includes audio tapes on careers in astronomy, paleontology, entomology, and marine biology. The cassettes in the series are designed for children ages 4-9. Each cassette comes with a 24-page lyric booklet, complete with activities, illustrations, coloring pages, and fact sheets. To order the sampler, send $3 for shipping and handling to: Twin Sisters Production Inc., 1340 Home Ave., Suite D, Akron, OH 44310. The individual cassettes, which cost $9.98 each, can also be ordered from Twin Sisters.

Education Books.

Corwin Press Inc. offers free copies of their Spring 1996 Educators Catalog. The catalog lists books on a wide range of topics, including private-sector grant writing, new approaches to classroom discipline, and teacher evaluation techniques. Contact: Corwin Press Inc., Sage Publications Co., 2455 Teller Road, Thousand Oaks, CA 91320-2218; (805) 499-9774; fax (805) 499-0871.


Court TV offers a free three-hour video that provides an in-depth analysis of the Nuremberg Trials. The tape includes highlights from the original court proceedings and interviews with reporters, prosecutors, and defending attorneys involved in the trials. The offer is open to middle and secondary schools and religious institutions. Contact: Nicole O'Leary, Court TV, 600 Third Ave., 10th Floor, New York, NY 10016; (212) 973-2800.

First Job.

Career Press has published Your First Job, a 192-page book by Ron Fry that addresses the most needed-to-know information about successfully competing in the current job market. Designed for high school seniors, it includes chapters on résumé writing, interviewing, networking, and more. Also available from the same series is Your First Résumé and Your First Interview. Cost: $9.99 each. Contact: Career Press, 3 Tice Road, P.O. Box 687, Franklin Lakes, NJ 07417; (800) CAREER-1.

AIDS Education.

Routledge Publishing has released Teaching AIDS, a manual by Douglas Tonks designed to help schools develop AIDS education programs. The 208-page book provides practical methods of presenting information about AIDS and discusses a range of other AIDS-related issues, such as condom distribution and the promotion of abstinence. Price: $16.95. Contact: Routledge Publishing, 29 W. 35th St., New York, NY 10001-2299; (800) 634-7064.

Period Book.

Walker and Co. has published The Period Book, by Karen Gravelle and her 15-year-old niece, Jennifer. The 128-page book is designed to guide adolescent girls through all the physical, emotional, and social changes that accompany puberty. The book also discusses such topics as premenstrual syndrome, hygiene, and the first-time visit to the gynecologist. Cost: $8.95. Contact: Walker and Co., 435 Hudson St., New York, NY 10014; (800) 289-2553.


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

  • ) denote new entries.
  • Open. Children's Books.

Raspberry Publications Inc., publisher of children's books written and illustrated by young people, invites students in grades K-12 to submit manuscripts for possible publication. Authors receive a standard book contract and royalties, which they are encouraged to put into a trust fund for college. For more information, contact: Raspberry Publications Inc., P.O. Box 925, Westerville, OH 43086-6925; (800) 759-7171.

  • Open. Caring.

The Caring Institute is seeking nominations of students in grades K-12 who have demonstrated extraordinary compassion, caring, and selflessness. Ten winners will be honored in an exhibit at the Hall of Fame for Caring Americans in Washington, D.C. In addition, they will receive a bronze statue and a session at the U.S. Space Camp in Huntsville, Ala. To nominate a student, send in a summary of his or her activities along with the person's name, date of birth, address, phone number, school name, and grade. For more information, contact: Caring Institute, 320 A St. N.E., Washington, DC 20002-5940.

May 1. Vegetarian.

The Vegetarian Resource Group, a nonprofit organization, invites students ages 18 and under to submit essays on the aspects of a diet that does not include fish, meat, or poultry. Each essay should be between two and three pages in length and can be based on research, interviews, and/or personal beliefs and experiences. A $50 U.S. Savings Bond will be awarded to one winner in each of the following categories: ages 8 and under; 9-13; and 14-18. For more information, contact: The Vegetarian Resource Group, P.O. Box 1463, Baltimore, MD 21203; (410) 366-VEGE.

May 1. Mathematics.

The Children's Television Workshop, in conjunction with Nike Inc., invites students in grades 3-7 to enter the Math Talk Shoe-In Sweepstakes. Students must work in teams to estimate the number of shoes it would take to fill their classroom from floor to ceiling; the answers must include an explanation of how students reached their results. Winners will be chosen by a random drawing. The winning class will receive a pair of Nike shoes for every class member, as well as for the teacher. For more information, contact: Children's Television Workshop, 1 Lincoln Plaza, New York, NY 10023.

May 1. Publishing.

Landmark Editions Inc. announces the 1996 National Written and Illustrated by . . . Awards Contest for Students. Youngsters may enter their original books in one of three age categories: 6-9; 10-13; or 14-19. Students must both write and illustrate their entries. One winner chosen from each age category will be awarded a publishing contract; winners receive an expense-paid trip to the offices of Landmark in Kansas City, Mo., where professional editors and art directors will assist them in the final preparation of the text and illustrations. The authors will be paid royalties on sales. For guidelines, send a self-addressed, business-size envelope with 64 cents postage to: 1996 NWIB Awards Contest, c/o Landmark Editions Inc., 1402 Kansas Ave., Kansas City, MO 64127.

  • May 15. Student Advisers.

Creative Kids, a national magazine, is accepting nominations of children ages 8-14 to serve on the magazine's advisory board. Duties include providing feedback to editors and acting as writers and artists for the magazine. Nominees must complete a proj-ect--a poem, essay, collage, or piece of artwork--that illustrates why they are good candidates. Contact: Creative Kids Advisory Board, P.O. Box 8813, Waco, TX 76714; (800) 998-2208, ext. 312; e-mail [email protected]

May 27. Multiple Sclerosis.

The Multiple Sclerosis Association of America invites high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors to participate in the MS Scholarship Essay Competition, also known as PROJ-ECT: LEARN MS. Students must write an essay between 500 and 1,000 words that answers three questions about multiple sclerosis and issues affecting people with disabilities. One Golden Scholarship winner receives a $7,000 award; nine Silver Scholarship winners receive $1,000 each. For more information, contact: PROJ-ECT: LEARN MS, 706 Haddonfield Road, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002; (800) LEARN-MS; (609) 488-4500.

  • May 31. Korea.

The Korean Information Center of the Embassy of the Republic of Korea announces the 1996 Essay Contest on Korea. The contest, designed to enhance the understanding of the emergence of Korea in the modern world, is open to high school teachers and students in grades 9-12. Organizers have selected two topics for each group. Each essay should be less than 750 words for students and 1,000 words for teachers. The grand prize is $3,000 and an all-expense paid one-week trip for two to Korea. Seventeen other students and eight other teachers will also receive cash and electronic prizes. For topic information, contact: Korean Information Center, Essay Contest, 2370 Massachusetts Ave. N.W., Washington, DC 20008; (800) 841-3692; (202) 797-6343; e-mail [email protected]

June 1. Stock Market.

The NASDAQ Stock Market invites students ages 5-18 to submit an essay on the topic, "What Stock Markets Mean to America.'' NASDAQ will choose 25 essays from five age groups: 5-6, 7-9, 10-12, 13-15, and 16-18; winners will each get $1,000 to invest. In addition, the writer of the first-place essay in each category will win a trip to Washington, D.C., to observe the electronic market in action. For more information, contact: The Office of Investor Relations, NASDAQ Stock Market, 1735 K St. N.W., Washington, DC 20006; (301) 590-6500.

June 3. Peace.

The Nuclear Age Peace Foundation announces its 1996 Swackhammer Peace Essay Contest. High school students should submit essays between 500 and 1,000 words in length that address this question: "The first resolution of the U.N. General Assembly in 1946 called for the elimination of atomic weapons from national armament. Building upon the efforts of the past 50 years, what do you propose should be done during the next five years to realize the goal of nuclear weapon abolition?'' The first-, second-, and third-place winners will receive $1,500, $1,000, and $500, respectively. For more information, 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 national magazine for student writing, announces its fourth annual Literary Magazine Contest and Critique. Student editors are invited to enter their schools' literary magazines in the national competition. Golden Pen Awards go to the best overall high school entry and the best overall middle school entry. Prizes will also be awarded in special categories: Best Design, Best Writing, and Best Art and Photography. Merlyn charges a $60 entry fee per category. Each entry will receive a written critique. For more information, contact: Merlyn's Pen Contest and Critique, P.O. Box 910, East Greenwich, RI 02818; (401) 885-5175.

  • July 1. Literary Magazine.

The National Council of Teachers of English invites schools to submit their student literary magazines for its 1996 Program to Recognize Excellence in Student Literary Magazines. Entries must have been published between September 1995 and July 1996. They first will be judged on a state-by-state basis, followed by a national judging. The winning schools receive certificates of recognition. The NCTE charges a $25 entry fee. For more information, contact: National Council of Teachers of English, 1111 W. Kenyon Road, Urbana, IL 61801-1096; (217) 328-3870, ext. 221.

--Arohi Pathak

Vol. 07, Issue 08, Page 1-24

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