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Following is a list of application deadlines for grants, fellowships, and honors available to individuals and schools. Asterisks (*) denote new entries.


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 an existing one. Grants to individuals average about $1,500; those to schools and districts range from $15,000 to $20,000. For more information, contact: School to Work Foundation, 450-A Overland Trail, Prescott, AZ 86303; fax (520) 445-2757; e-mail [email protected]; www.stwnews.org.

*May 29. Improving Education.

The National Foundation for the Improvement of Education is calling for project proposals that outline ways to implement NFIE's recommendations for improving teacher professional development. The recommendations can be found in the Foundation's report Teachers Take Charge of Their Learning: Transforming Professional Development for Student Success. Organizations that represent or serve public school teachers or education support personnel are eligible. Up to eight organizations and their partners will receive one-year planning grants of up to $2,000. At the end of the year, participants submit their plans to NFIE and are eligible to receive implementation support. For more nformation, contact: the National Foundation for the Improvement of Education at (202) 822-7840; www.nfie.org.

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. For more information, 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]

*September 1. Music.

The National Music Foundation announces the 1998 American Music Education Initiative to encourage the teaching of American music in schools. Teachers of any subject in grades K-12 are invited to submit lesson plans to teach or use American music in their classrooms. Finalists receive grants of $1,000 each to purchase classroom materials or equipment; semi-finalists receive grants of $500 each. For more information and an application, contact: Gene Wenner, Education Coordinator, National Music Foundation, 70 Kemble St., Lenox, MA 01240; (413) 637-1800; 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.

*June 1. Social Studies.

The National Council for the Social Studies seeks nominations for its Exemplary Research in Social Studies Award and the Distinguished Career Research in Social Studies Award. The first recognizes outstanding research inquiry into significant issues in social studies education. The second recognizes research professionals who have made extensive contributions to social studies education. These awards are presented annually. The winner of the first award receives a commemorative gift and a chance to present his or her research at the Council's annual conference; the winner of the second award also receives a comprehensive NCSS membership. For more information, contact: National Council for the Social Studies, 3501 Newark St. N.W., Washington, DC 20016; (202) 966-7840, ext. 106; e-mail [email protected]

July 10. Economics.

The National Council on Economic Education and the International Paper Co. 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. For more information, 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]

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]


The 1998 Association of Teacher Educators Distinguished Dissertation in Teacher Education Award recipient is Melinda Scholl Wilder. An assistant professor at Eastern Kentucky University, Wilder teaches science education in the department of curriculum and instruction. Her winning dissertation is titled "Teachers' Beliefs About Scientific Literacy and Their Implementation Through Curriculum Change." Semifinalists in the competition were: Margaret Bolick of Austin, Texas; Marilyn Verna of Brooklyn, N.Y.; Theresa Santana of Howard Beach, N.Y.; Kim Koeppen of Davenport, Iowa; Patricia Renick of Dayton, Ohio; and Victoria Robinson of Cedar Falls, Iowa.

Lucie Swain, a 1st grade teacher at Josiah Bartlett Elementary School in Bartlett, New Hampshire, is the winner of this year's National KIND Teacher Award, presented by the National Association for Humane and Environmental Education. Among other things, her class raised money for an animal shelter, built bluebird houses for the school grounds, and started a recycling club. Swain received an inscribed plaque, and each classroom in her school gets a year's subscription to KIND News, a children's newspaper.

The Council of Chief State School Officers and Scholastic Inc. have named the following teachers as 1998 state teachers of the year:

Pamela Taylor Henson of Foley (Ala.) High School; Sonja Schmidt of Tri-Valley Middle School in Healy, Alaska; Peggy Woods of Amphitheater High School in Tucson, Ariz.; Charles Rossetti of Springdale (Ark.) High School; Ginger Brown of Chandler Tripp School in San Jose, Calif.; Mark Mavrogianes of Northglenn High School in Denver; Marianne Roche Cavanaugh of Gideon Welles School in Glastonbury, Conn.; and Harry Kutch of William Penn High School in New Castle, Del.

Brenda Posey of Ramstein American High School (representing the Department of Defense Dependent Schools); Brenda Gwenetta Jenkins of C. Melvin Sharpe Health School in Washington, D.C.; Grace Williams of North Shore Elementary School in Jacksonville, Fla.; Jamie Price Lipscomb of Evans Middle School in Newnan, Ga.; Roberta Marie Abaday of John F. Kennedy High School in Tamuning, Guam; Ellen Schroeder of Olomana School in Kailua, Hawaii; Glenda Jamison Eubanks of Nampa (Idaho) High School; Steven Tsutomu Isoye of Highland Park (Ill.) High School; and Kimberly Giesting of Connersville (Ind.) High School.

Ruth Ann Gaines of East High School in Des Moines, Iowa; Darla Mallein of Emporia (Kan.) Middle School; Susan Stucker of Paul G. Blazer High School in Ashland, Ky.; Gustavia Evans of Thomas Jefferson Junior High School in Monroe, La.; Joanne DeFilipp Alex of Stillwater Montessori School in Old Town, Maine; Robert Foor-Hogue of South Carroll High School in Sykesville, Md.; Mary Ginley of Center School in Longmeadow, Mass.; Katherine Ann Grzesiak of Eastlawn Elementary School in Midland, Mich.; Neil Witikko of Hermantown (Minn.) High School; Martha Hutson of Sumner Hill Junior High School in Clinton, Miss.; Carol Sue Reimann of Charles C. Clippard Elementary School in Cape Girardeau, Mo.; Patty Holmes Myers of Lewis & Clark Elementary School in Great Falls, Mont.; Patricia Randolph of Scottsbluff (Neb.) High School; Bonnie Parnell of Carson Middle School in Carson City, Nev.; and Vicki Donovan of Belmont (N.H.) Elementary School.

Beth Rose Neiderman of Mary S. Shoemaker School in Woodstown, N.J.; Carolyn Foster of R. M. James Elementary School in Portales, N.M.; Selina Akua Ahoklui of Erasmus Hall High School for Business and Technology in Brooklyn, N.Y.; Julian Coggins Jr. of Mount Pleasant (N.C.) High School; Vickie Boutiette of Westside Elementary School in West Fargo, N.D.; Sanh Chiet Lim of Oleai Elementary School in Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands; William K. Richey of Xenia (Ohio) High School. Kay Long of Broken Arrow (Okla.) Senior High School; Nicki Gayle Hudson of West Linn (Ore.) High School; and Susan Van Zile of Eagle View Middle School in Mechanicsburg, Pa.

Yolanda Rodriguez Fraticelli of Rafael Hernandez Marin in Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico; Maureen Spaight of Edward R. Martin Junior High School in East Providence, R.I.; Christine Fisher of Southside Middle School in Florence, S.C.; Denise Bryan of Belle Fourche (S.D.) Elementary School; Linda Arms Gilbert of Black Fox Elementary School in Murfreesboro, Tenn.; Joe Farley of Fulmore Middle School in Austin, Texas; Sharon Holmstrom of Snowcrest Junior High School in Eden, Utah; and Judith Allard of Burlington (Vt.) High School.

Philip Bigler of Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Alexandria, Va.; Yvonne Ullas of Naches Valley Primary School in Yakima, Wash.; Susan Lee Barrett of Cherry River Elementary School in Richwood, W.Va.; Carol Banaszynski of Deerfield (Wis.) Community Schools; and Mary Ellen Krisko of Worland (Wyo.) Middle School.


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

Student Contests.

The Ultimate Guide to Student Contests, Grades K-6, by Scott Pendleton, lists more than 200 academic competitions for youngsters. Topics covered include music, art, creative writing, languages, history, economics, computers, science, and handwriting. The book provides brief descriptions of each contest, including entry information, deadlines, and samples of winning entries. Cost: $14.95. Contact: Walker and Company, 435 Hudson St., New York, NY 10014; (800) 289-2553; fax (212) 727-0984.

At Risk.

The Bureau for At-Risk Youth offers teachers free copies of At-Risk Resources, a catalog featuring videos and multimedia products on such topics as careers, violence prevention, substance abuse, teen sexuality, parenting, and school success. Contact: the Bureau for At-Risk Youth, 135 Dupont St., P.O. Box 760, Plainview, NY 11803-0760; (800) 99-YOUTH; fax (516) 349-5521; www.at-risk.com.


The National 4-H Council has released a curriculum guide titled "Fields of Genes:Making Sense of Biotechnology in Agriculture." The 96-page guide, which was produced by the Council's Environmental Stewardship program, is designed for use with grades K-12. It offers ideas and exercises intended to help students understand the basic scientific principles that fuel the modern agricultural industry. The curriculum also addresses the ethical issues involved with new technology. Cost:$5. Contact:the National 4-H supply service at (301) 961-2934.

Caves And Maps.

The United States Geological Survey and the National Speological Society have produced "Exploring Caves," an educational packet for grades K-3. The materials focus on the formation of caves and cave-dwelling creatures. A poster, teaching guide, and instructional book with lesson plans and activities are included. Other teaching packets are also available, including "What Do Maps Show?" for grades 4-7; "Global Change," for grades 4-6; "Map Adventures," for grades K-3; and "Exploring Maps," for grades 9-12. Each is available free from: United States Geological Survey Information Services, Box 25286, Denver, CO 80225; fax (303) 202-4693; e-mail [email protected]; www.usgs.gov/education.


Intel Corp. and the International Society for Technology in Education, an organization that promotes the use of technology in schools, offers a technology education program kit titled "The Journey Inside: The Computer." The goal of this resource, which is available free to science, math, and computer teachers of grades 5-9, is to demystify computers by showing how they work. Materials include a teacher's guide, lesson plans, student materials, videos, a poster, and a hands-on chip kit. For a brochure or an order form, call: (800) 346-3029; www.intel.com/intel/educate/teacher/journey.


Free Stuff for Crafting, Sewing, and More, an annual directory of free or postage-only products, is available from Prime Publishing Inc. This year's directory features more than 400 items for such activities as ceramics, sewing, quilting, needlework, and cross-stitch. The directory includes, among other things, kits, free samples, and newsletters. Cost: $3. Contact: Prime Publishing Inc., 1954 First St., P.O. Box 663, Dept. CPPN105, Highland Park, IL 60035-0663.

Fiction Guide.

Novels and Plays, a resource for English teachers of grades 6-12 by Albert Somers and Janet Evans Worthington, features teaching guides for some 30 well-known books, including Julie of the Wolves, Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, The Pigman, Of Mice and Men, The Scarlet Letter, and Macbeth. Each entry includes a summary of the work, a listing of major themes and literary concepts, discussion questions, and suggestions for related reading. Cost: $24.50. Contact: Teacher Ideas Press, P.O. Box 6633, Englewood, CO 80155-6633; (800) 237-6124.

Folk Music.

Two Cougars + Sweet Rock Productions, in conjunction with teacher and musician John English and students at the Anna Boyd Early Childhood Development Center in South Carolina, have created an audiocassette tape, 1,2,3 Sing Along With Me. The tape features songs that teach counting, animals, body parts, and sequence skills, among others. Cost: $9.95; CDs are available for $14.95. Contact: John English, 132 Montgomery Rd., Columbia, SC 29203; (803) 735-0781; www.two-cougars.com.

Fruits And Vegetables.

Dole Food Co. is offering "5 a Day Live," a free kit to help kids put on a play that promotes the benefits of eating five servings of fruits and vegetables each day. The 40-minute play is based on an evening news broadcast; student reporters cover national, local, health, entertainment, and restaurant news. The kit includes script, directions for making costumes, set arrangements, song lyrics, and an audiotape of the music. To order, send a note on school letterhead to: Dole Nutrition Program, 155 Bovet, Suite 476, San Mateo, CA 94402; or fax the letter to (650) 570-5250.

Skills Primer.

McDonald Publishing Co. introduces Know-It-Alls, consumable study guides designed to help teachers and parents reinforce basic skills and concepts for grades 1-6. Each Know-It-All pad includes 200 activities focusing on such subject areas as language arts, math, social studies, and science. The pads, which have tear-out pages, are earmarked for specific grade levels. Cost: $6.95 each. Contact: McDonald Publishing Co., 567 Hanley Industrial Court, St. Louis, MO 63144; (800) 722-8080.

Foreign Languages.

The Oral Language Archive, created by the Language Learning Resource Center at Carnegie Mellon University, offers recorded dialogues in several languages, including French, Spanish, and Japanese. The recordings, by native speakers, are available in CD format. Each set, which includes 45 to 50 dialogues, costs $35. Contact: Oral Language Archive, Department of Modern Languages, Baker Hall 160, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3890; e-mail ola-[email protected] Transcripts and translations of all dialogues are available for download at ml.hss.cmu.edu/llrc/ola.html.


Sponsored by Partnership for America's Future, Borders Books & Music, Belkin Productions, and Writer's World Press, Teaching Lyricism in the Classroom: The Transition From Dickinson to Dylan includes essays, biographies, photographs, lesson plans, and essay and lyric-writing competitions. The publication is designed to help teachers use modern song lyrics in class activities, projects, and assignments. Cost: $27.56 ($29 for Ohio residents). For more information, contact: Lyricist Review, 815 Pierce Ave. N.W., North Canton, OH 44720; (330) 305-9130; www.lyricistreview.com.


The Kids Guide to the Millennium, by Ann Love and Jane Drake with illustrations by Bill Slavin, provides kids ages 8-12 with various activities to learn about millennia—past, present, and future. Student-activity titles include: "Countdown Calendar," "My Family at the Millennium," "Garbage Tells a Story," and "Your Gift to the Future." Cost: $7.95. For more information, contact: Kids Can Press at (800) 265-0884.


Business and Legal Reports Inc., a publisher of training information for schools, health care facilities, and community service organizations, announces a booklet called Teens & Nutrition. The booklet outlines a nutritious diet, how to make healthy food choices, and how to avoid food-related disorders such as anorexia, bulimia, binge-eating, and obesity. A quiz lets students discover how much they know about nutrition and their body. One copy is available free; more are $.98 or less depending on quantity. To order, call Business and Legal Reports Inc. at (800) 727-5257, or fax (203) 245-2559.


In Acrylic Painting, artist and teacher Wendon Blake explains acrylics, color, surfaces, and painting tools. He also provides technical exercises for various acrylic painting methods and illustrates painting styles with full-color and halftone reproductions by noted artists. Cost: $21.95. For more information, contact: Dover Publications Inc., 31 East 2nd St., Mineola, NY 11501; (516) 294-7000.


The Minority and Women's Complete Scholarship Book and The Graduate Student's Complete Scholarship Book list nongovernmental college financial aid for graduate students, women, minorities, and people with disabilities. Each book describes more than 1,000 scholarships, fellowships, grants, and low-interest loans from private organizations. Sourcebooks Inc., the publisher of both volumes, also offers The 'B' Student's Complete Scholarship Book as well as The Complete Scholarship Book. Cost: $18.95 each. For more information, contact: Sourcebooks Inc., 121 N. Washington St., Naperville, IL 60540; (800) 432-7444.


The National Geographic Society, with support from Exxon, has prepared a multimedia education kit titled "Habitats: Realm of the Tiger." The kit, which is intended for use with middle school kids, examines tiger habitats and efforts to save the endangered species. Included are two 60-minute videos, posters, transparencies, student handouts, trivia cards, and a teachers' guide. Cost: $40. (The Save the Tiger Fund receives $30 from each purchase.) For more information, call: (800) 5-Tigers.


In Discover Educational Toys for Children from Scholar Books, author Hilary Werdel describes more than 460 learning toys and activities for children ages 6 months to 18 years. Listed alphabetically are products, catalogs, periodicals, software, Web sites, and museums and organizations specializing in educational materials. Cost: $12.95. Contact: BookWorld Companies at (800) 444-2524.

Underage Drinking.

The U.S. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention offers Combating Underage Drinking, a free fact sheet on a new program established by the U.S. Department of Justice to address the problem of underage drinking. Contact: Juvenile Justice Clearinghouse, P.O. Box 6000, Rockville, MD 20849-6000; (800) 638-8736; e-mail [email protected]; www.ncjrs.org/fs94173.htm.

United States.

Abrams publishers announces a new series of compact books, Art of the State: The Spirit of America, State by State. The first four titles in the series are California, Iowa, Maryland, and New Mexico. Each volume highlights the exceptional characteristics of a state—its natural and man-made wonders, native and immigrant traditions, local writers, explorers, inventors, and artists, museums and historical societies, tourist attractions, statewide events, and official state symbols. Cost: $12.95 each. Contact: Harry N. Abrams Inc., 100 Fifth Ave., New York, NY 10011; (800) 345-1359.


In Zachronyms: Funny Words for Funny Times, futurist David Zach offers up a slew of clever acronyms that comment on various aspects of life at the start of the new millennium. Examples: YUMMIES, for Young Upwardly Mobile Mommies, and DINKWADS, for Double Income, No Kids, With a Dog. The book includes 200 such acronyms and more than 40 illustrations. Cost: $10.95. Contact: Innovative Futures Press, 225 E. St. Paul Ave., Suite 303, Milwaukee, WI 53202; (888) 243-1887; www.zachronyms.com.


Following is a list of World Wide Web sites that teachers and their students may find helpful.

Associated Press.

AccuWeather and the Associated Press announce the AccuNet/AP Photo Archive. Students of all ages can view and print out more than 400,000 photos from current and past news stories complete with photographer, caption, location, and creation date. Historical photos date to the turn of the century. Students can use the archive for research, reports, projects, and presentations. Subscribers will receive a source book of instructions and suggested lesson plans. Teachers are eligible for a free trial period by calling (800) 566-6606 or e-mailing [email protected] Go to the site at: ap.accuweather.com


Cartoonist Emmett Scott has created a Web site called Cartoon Corner. Scott offers drawing lessons, explains what cartoonists do, provides samples of his work, and supplies ideas for creative play, puzzles, stories, and funny pages. Students can enter their own punch lines into the bubbles of some of his cartoons. www.cartooncorner.com.

Cyber Savvy.

The Direct Marketing Association, a trade association for businesses interested in databases and interactive marketing, sponsors Get Cyber Savvy!, an online guide to Internet basics, behavior, and privacy. Print copies of Get Cyber Savvy! are also available for $2.50 each. Contact: Direct Marketing Association, Ethics and Consumer Affairs Department, 1111 19th St. N.W., Suite 1100, Washington, DC 20036-3603; (202) 955-5030; www.cybersavvy.org.


J. Kasper, a retired teacher, has launched the Middle School Cybrary, a resource to help middle school students conduct research on a wide range of topics. It includes hundreds of links to sites covering U.S. and world history, math, science, literature, art, and music. Kasper provides brief commentary on the merits of each link. www.geocities.com/Athens/Academy/6617/. A companion site designed for 4th and 5th graders can be found at www.geocities.com/EnchantedForest/Tower/1217.

Hispanic Students.

Chrysler Corp. sponsors a Web site to help Hispanic students locate college scholarships, fellowships, grants, and other financial aid programs. Students can get requirements and deadlines by searching particular regions, fields of study, or colleges and universities. www.hispanicscholarships.com/links.html.

Human Rights.

One World Online is the Internet branch of One World Broadcasting Trust, a British organization focusing on world issues, especially as they relate to broadcasting. Among the issues addressed are child labor, ethical consumerism, land mines, and women's rights. The site also includes a discussion area and a list of volunteer opportunities. www.oneworld.org.


The Write Site is a multimedia language arts curriculum developed by Greater Dayton Public Television and made possible by a grant from the Ohio Education Telecommunications Network Commission. It is designed to help middle school students explore the world of journalism. Students learn to craft leads, gather facts, and write stories for publication. The site includes historical background profiles of famous journalists. Teachers can download lesson plans and other teaching tools. www.writesite.org.

Library Of Congress.

The Library of Congress has a wealth of resource materials available online, including the American Memory collections, online versions of major library exhibits, the library's catalog of bibliographic records, copyright information, and reference services. The Learning Page, a section of the site for educators, provides activities, search guides, and other research tools. www.loc.gov.


Alexander Bogomolny, owner of Cut the Knot Software Inc., has created a site titled "Interactive Mathematic Miscellany and Puzzles" to help those with what he calls "math anxiety" get over their fears. Included are games and puzzles that use algebra, geometry, and probability—all designed to get kids to reason and work out problems. www.cut-the-knot.com.

Online Educator.

Online Education Inc. sponsors Online Educator, a monthly curriculum guide and journal that is designed to help teachers use computers in the classroom. Educators can search a wide range of subjects by grade level to locate links for lesson plans. The site also provides forums for discussion and opportunities for teachers to share links. ole.net/ole.


Cafe Progressive is a site designed and maintained by California teacher J. Todd Chase to provide political and educational resources for teachers, students, and activists. Included is a section designed especially for teachers and featuring editorials focusing on race, gender, class, economics, education, politics, and environmentalism as well as classroom ideas, lesson plans, and bulletin boards. users.lanminds.com/jchas.


The Web site of Project Vote Smart—a nonpartisan organization founded by Barry Goldwater, George McGovern, Bill Bradley, Geraldine Ferraro, and other leaders—features a section called the Vote Smart Classroom. The centerpiece is a database with the campaign positions, voting records, funders, and backgrounds of some 13,000 candidates and elected officials. Also included are lesson plans, vocabulary words, an introduction to the U.S. government, and links to other government-oriented sites. The classroom materials are not copyrighted so teachers can download, print, and use them in class. www.vote-smart.org.


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 K-12 students to submit manuscripts for possible publication. Authors receive a standard book contract and royalties. For submission guidelines and more information, contact: Raspberry Publications Inc., P.O. Box 925, Westerville, OH 43086-6925; (800) 759-7171.

*Open. Pen Pals.

World Pen Pals promotes international friendship and cultural understanding between young people around the world. Students in grades 4 through college are invited to request a pen pal overseas. Teachers may request a brochure on class participation. For an application, mail a SASE to: World Pen Pals, P.O. Box 337, Saugerties, NY 12477; (914) 246-7828.

May 1. Smoke-Free.

The Smoke-Free Class of 2000, a project sponsored by the American Lung Association and aimed at high school students graduating in 2000, is organizing a teens-only Web Site Design Contest. Nonsmoking 10th grade students are invited to submit a design for the official Smoke-Free Class of 2000 Web Site. The winner receives a free computer, courtesy of the American Lung Association and McNeil, marketers of Nicotrol. For more information, call your local Lung Association at (800) LUNG-USA or go to www.lungusa.org/smokefreeclass.

May 1. Vegetarian.

The Vegetarian Resource Group, a nonprofit organization, invites students ages 18 and under to submit essays on a diet that does not include fish, meat, or poultry. The two- to three-page essays may 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 age categories: 8 and under, 9-13, and 14-18. For more information, contact: Vegetarian Resource Group, P.O. Box 1463, Baltimore, MD 21203; (410) 366-VEGE; www.vrg.org.

May 1. Young Playwrights.

Very Special Arts, an affiliate of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, invites individuals with disabilities to enter the 1998 Playwright Discovery Program. Entrants submit an original script that focuses on some aspect of a disability. Work by a playwright 18 years old or younger is selected for production at the Kennedy Center in the fall. The winner also receives scholarship funds and a trip to Washington, D.C., to view the production. For more information, contact: Very Special Arts, 1300 Connecticut Ave. N.W., Suite 700, Washington, DC 20036; (800) 933-8721; TTY (202) 737-0645; fax (202) 737-0725; e-mail [email protected]

May 29. Female Athletes.

Mervyn's, a California-based department store chain, and the Women's Sports Foundation, a national nonprofit education organization, are sponsoring scholarships for female high school seniors involved in sports. One hundred students will receive $1,000 scholarships based on their athletic, academic, and community activities and financial need. To apply or request more information, visit your local Mervyn's department store or contact the Women's Sports Foundation at (800) 227-3988.

May 31. Young Inventors.

Learning Triangle Press, McGraw-Hill's children's science imprint, invites inventors ages 10-16 to enter the Learning Triangle Press SciTech Invention Sweepstakes. Contestants submit an entry form with a nonreturnable photograph of their invention. Multiple entries are accepted and judged on practicality, creativity, and originality. Five finalists are selected and asked to submit their invention for judging; one winner receives a $500 prize. Application forms and information are located in the back of two books for young inventors: Turn on the Lights From Bed! and Put a Fan in Your Hat!, both by automation engineer Robert Carrow. These books are available for $24.95 each in hardback and $14.95 in paperback. For more information, contact: Lydia Rinaldi, McGraw-Hill, 11 W. 19th St., New York, NY 10011; (212) 337-5045.

June 1. Arts.

The National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts honors high school seniors and artists ages 17 and 18 in the Arts Recognition and Talent Search. The foundation recognizes outstanding efforts in visual arts, dance, theater, writing, photography, and music composition and performance. Awards ranging from $100 to $3,000 are given to 125 students selected to take a one-week, expenses-paid trip to Miami for workshops and auditions. Students applying by June 1 pay a $25 entry fee; those applying between then and Oct. 1 pay a $35 fee. Entrants submit slides of their artwork, video or audiotapes of their performances, or writing samples. For more information, contact: Arts Recognition and Talent Search, 800 Brickell Ave., Suite 500, Miami, FL 33131; (800) 970-2787 or (305) 377-1148.

June 1. Kids' Magazine.

Creative Kids Magazine seeks nominations of children ages 8-14 to participate on the magazine's student advisory board. Board members advise the magazine staff and sometimes contribute stories or art. Teachers or parents submit a letter of recommendation to nominate students. The students also write a letter explaining their interest in the advisory-board position and complete a creative project illustrating why they are good candidates. For more information, guidelines, and a nomination form, contact: Creative Kids Advisory Board, P.O. Box 8813, Waco, TX 76714-8813; (800) 998-2208, ext. 312; e-mail Creative--[email protected]

June 1. Peace.

The Nuclear Age Peace Foundation announces its 1998 Swackhamer Peace Essay Contest. The 50th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the U.N. General Assembly will be Dec. 10, 1998. High school students should submit essays of 500 to 1,000 words on the importance of human rights and responsibilities as we approach the 21st century. Essays will be judged on subject knowledge, originality of ideas, development of point of view, insight, clarity, organization, and grammar. 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 Rd., Suite 123, Santa Barbara, CA 93108; (805) 965-3443; e-mail [email protected]; www.wagingpeace.org.

June 5. Multiple Sclerosis.

The Multiple Sclerosis Association of America invites high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors to participate in PROJECT: Learn MS, a scholarship essay competition. Students must write an essay of 500 to 1,000 words answering three questions about multiple sclerosis and issues affecting people with disabilities. One student will receive a $5,000 scholarship; three students will win a $1,000 scholarship. Entrants must obtain at least one sponsor willing to contribute $7.50. Students who raise additional funds for the MSAA receive a variety of prizes, including color televisions, sweatshirts, and T-shirts. For more information, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to: PROJECT: Learn MS, 706 Haddonfield Rd., Cherry Hill, NJ 08002.

*June 20. Publishing.

The 1998 Skipping Stones Youth Honor Awards recognize students ages 7-17 for their contributions to multicultural awareness, peace and nonviolence, social responsibility, and nature and ecology. Ten articles, poems, and photos that illustrate these themes will be selected for publication in the autumn issue of Skipping Stones magazine. There is a $3 entry fee. For more information, contact: Youth Honor Awards, Skipping Stones magazine, P.O. Box 3939, Eugene, OR 97403-0939; (541) 342-4956.

—Julie Hope Kaufman

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