Following is a list of application deadlines for grants, fellowships, and honors available to individuals and schools. Asterisks (*) denote new entries.
GRANTS AND FELLOWSHIPS
*Open. School To Work.
The School to Work Foundation provides grants to help schools and teachers develop learning activities that apply what is being taught in the classroom to the real world. The foundation is interested in seeing how schools bring together educational achievement and work experiences. Grants may be used to start a new program or fund one that already exists. Grants to individuals average about $1,500; those to schools and districts range from $15,000 to $20,000. Contact: School to Work Foundation, 450-A Overland Trail, Prescott, AZ 86303; fax (520) 445-2757; e-mail [email protected]; www.stwnews.org.
April 10. Elementary Science Education.
Scholastic Inc. announces the Ms. Frizzle Award, a $10,000 grant to support a hands-on, inquiry-based K-6 science program. The teacher submitting the winning proposal receives $5,000 in cash for the program and $5,000 worth of Scholastic materials. Winners of four honorable-mention awards each receive $500 worth of books, software, and other Scholastic products. For more information, contact: Ms. Frizzle Award, Scholastic Inc., Dept. PR 98, 555 Broadway, New York, NY 10012; (212) 965-7920; www.scholastic.com/magicschoolbus.
April 15. Leadership.
The National Foundation for the Improvement of Education announces that it will award up to 50 grants annually to public school teachers and support staff through its Leadership Grants Program. The program is designed to help educators deepen their knowledge, improve their teaching skills, and provide leadership in their schools. Winners receive up to $1,000 a year for professional-development activities that focus on students' needs. Another round of grants will be awarded after an October 15 deadline. For more information and guidelines, contact: National Foundation for the Improvement of Education Leadership Grants, 1201 16th St. N.W., Suite 416, Washington, DC 20036-3207; (202) 822-7840; www.nfie.org.
*April 30. K-8 Teachers.
Curriculum Associates, a publisher of print and multimedia educational materials, announces several grants for teachers who have demonstrated excellence in K-8 teaching. Teachers are invited to submit proposals for projects to be implemented. Projects should demonstrate creative classrooms and high-quality learning environments through the use of teaching tools, including technology and print. Three educators will each receive $1,000 plus a $500 gift certificate for Curriculum Associates materials. Winners also serve on the Excellence in Teaching Cabinet. For more information, contact: Grant Program Committee Chair, Curriculum Associates Inc., 153 Rangeway Rd., P.O. Box 2001, North Billerica, MA 01862; (800) 225-0248; fax (508) 663-0521; e-mail [email protected]; www.curriculumassociates.com.
The Metropolitan Opera Guild seeks applicants for Creating Original Opera, a seven-day summer program designed to help teachers of grades 3-7 use opera and musical theater in their classrooms. Tuition, room, board, supplies, and fees are paid by the program, but there is a $175 fee paid by the schools of participating teachers. Deadlines vary by region: South, April 1; Midwest, April 15; Northeast/International, May 1; West, May 15. Contact: Shellie Bransford, 70 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY 10023; (212) 769-7026; www.operaed.org.
May 25. Materials Science.
ASM International, a society of metals and materials scientists, will award grants of $500 each to five K-8 teachers. Winners are selected based on two-page proposals describing curriculum-based, hands-on projects that involve student observation, communication, math and science skills, and awareness of materials. Contact: T.K. Glasgow, ASMI, NASA Lewis Research Center, MS 49-1, 21000 Brookpark Rd., Cleveland, OH 44135; (216) 433-5013; fax (216) 433-3680.
*June 15. Reading And Literacy.
The International Reading Association invites its members enrolled in a doctoral program to apply for the Helen M. Robinson Award, a $500 grant for a student in the early stage of dissertation research on reading or literacy. Contact: International Reading Association, Helen M. Robinson Award, Division of Research, 800 Barksdale Rd., P.O. Box 8139, Newark, DE 19714-8139; (302) 731-1600, ext. 226; e-mail [email protected]; www.reading.org.
*June 30. Computers.
Wolfram Research Inc., makers of Mathematica, a technical computing software system, announces the High School Grant Program. The program is designed to support the efforts of K-12 teachers worldwide who use Mathematica to develop computer-based classroom materials. Grant recipients get Mathematica training at Wolfram Research's corporate headquarters in Illinois, copies of the Mathematica software for their school's computer lab, and technical support. The number of grant recipients varies from year to year For more information, contact: (800) 441-MATH, ext. 279; e-mail [email protected]; www.wolfram.com/education/precollege/hsgp.
*July 1. Technology.
Electronic Data Systems, an information technology company, invites applicants for the EDS Technology Grant program. At least 20 $1,500 grants will be awarded to elementary teachers or teacher teams for projects that use information technology products and services to improve student learning. Eligible applicants must work at schools within 50 miles of communities where EDS has a presence. Contact: Electronic Data Systems, Community Affairs, 13600 EDS Dr., MS A6S-C39, Herndon, VA 20171; (888) 607-7566; fax (703) 742-1513; www.eds.com/community_affairs/com_tech_grants .
*August 15. Science Sabbatical.
Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, a government and university facility researching particle physics, seeks full-time middle and high school science or technology teachers to apply for the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory Teacher Fellowship Program. One applicant is selected each year for a nine- to 12-month appointment to participate in Fermi lab research and develop educational materials. The fellowship includes a stipend of $550 per week plus a research and travel allowance. Up to nine semester hours of graduate credit are available. Fellows must agree to return to teaching for at least two years after completion of the program. For more information, contact: Ron Ray, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, MS 231, P.O. Box 500, Batavia, IL 60510; (630) 840-8090; e-mail [email protected]
*April 1. Elementary Science.
The Lanacane Itch Information Center, in cooperation with the Association of Science-Technology Centers, invites K-6 teachers to submit their best original hands-on lesson plan for teaching about weather and how it affects our health. One grand-prize teacher winner and three runners-up will receive prizes including science-related merchandise and cash toward the purchase of teaching materials. For more information, contact: Lanacane Itch Information Center (Contest Materials), P.O. Box 328-LC, White Plains, NY 10602-0328; [email protected]; www.lanacane.com.
May 1. Exemplary Biology Teachers.
The National Association of Biology Teachers will name as an Honorary Member an individual who has "achieved distinction in teaching, research, or service in the biological sciences." The honoree becomes a lifetime member of the NABT and is recognized in NABT publications and at the NABT's national convention. Nominations may be made by any NABT member and must include a description of the candidate's qualifications, a detailed biographical summary, and supporting letters from at least nine NABT members. For more information, contact: Sherry Grimm, Awards Manager, National Association of Biology Teachers, 11250 Roger Bacon Dr., #19, Reston, VA 20190-5202; (800) 406-0775; e-mail [email protected].
*May 29. Foreign Language.
The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages asks national, state, and regional members to nominate educators for its Florence Steiner Award for Leadership in Foreign Language Education. Nominees must be K-12 foreign language teachers or administrators with a minimum of five years' teaching experience; they must also be members of the council with at least three years' standing. For more information, contact: Regan Greene, American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, 6 Executive Plaza, Yonkers, NY 10701-6801; (914) 963-8830, ext. 227; fax (914) 963-1275.
*July 10. Economics.
The National Council on Economic Education and the International Paper Company Foundation seek applicants for the National Awards for Teaching Economics. Individual teachers or teams of up to four teachers may enter. Candidates must have taught a course, instruction unit, or activity that relates economic principles to students' life experiences. Awards are made in five grade categories: primary (K-3), intermediate (4-6), middle/junior high school (7-8), senior high school (9-12), and an open category for multigrade or schoolwide programs. The first-place winner in each category receives $1,000; other prizes are $500 for second place, $250 for third place, and $100 for fourth place. Contact: the National Council on Economic Education at (800) 338-1192, ext. 725.
*July 15. Teacher Education.
The Association of Teacher Educators has established the Distinguished Clinician in Teacher Education award to honor school-based teacher educators in four divisions. Division I includes K-12 classroom teachers who supervise pre-service teachers, Division II K-12 classroom teachers who mentor other teachers, Division III district employees responsible for staff development or in-service teacher education, and Division IV university faculty who oversee and mentor pre-service and classroom teachers in professional development schools. Award-winners in each division receive $300 each. Applicants must be members of the ATE and must be nominated by their state affiliate. Contact: Frances Van Tassell, DCTE Selection Panel, c/o University of North Texas, Dept of TE&A, Box 311337, Denton, TX 76203-1337; (940) 565-4420; fax (940) 565-4952; e-mail [email protected]oef.coe.unt.edu>coef.coe.unt.edu.
*August 1. Teacher Education.
The Association of Teacher Educators seeks applicants for its Distinguished Dissertation in Teacher Education Award, which honors the author of an outstanding doctoral dissertation related to teacher education. The winner receives a plaque and national recognition. Candidates must have completed their doctoral dissertation within the past two years at a college or university accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education. For more information, contact: Veronica Stephen, Eastern Illinois University, 600 Lincoln Ave., Charleston, IL 61920; (217) 581-7896 or (217) 662-8553; e-mail [email protected].
*August 1. Teacher Education.
The Association of Teacher Educators seeks applicants for its two Distinguished Research in Teacher Education Awards. Candidates should submit research papers prepared within the last two years. Winners receive a plaque and recognition at the ATE's national conference. For more information, contact: Ken Pool, 2 College Hill, Western Maryland College, Westminster, MD 21157; (410) 857-2512; fax (410) 857-2515; e-mail [email protected].