Following are application deadlines for awards, honors, and contests available to teachers. Asterisks (*) denote new entries.
March 2 ADVERSITY
Partnership for America’s Future, the Christopher Columbus Fellowship Foundation, and Panasonic announce the Freida J. Riley Teacher Award for an American teacher who overcame tremendous adversity or made an enormous sacrifice to positively impact students. The award recipient receives an expenses-paid trip to the award ceremony at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C., and a $5,000 check to be used as the recipient wishes. Contact: Gay Evans, Executive Director of Programs, Partnership for America’s Future, (330) 376-8300; e-mail [email protected]; www.pafinc.com/Riley.htm.
March 15 BIOLOGY
The National Association of Biology Teachers announces a number of award competitions. Edvotek Inc. cosponsors both the Outstanding New Biology Teacher Achievement Award, given to a biology or life science educator of grades 7-12 with less than three years’ teaching experience, and the Biotechnology Teaching Award, given to a secondary school teacher or undergraduate college faculty member. New Biology Teacher applicants must have developed an original, outstanding program or technique and made a contribution to the profession at the start of their careers. Biotechnology applicants must demonstrate an innovative classroom approach that incorporates the principles and processes of that field. Science Kit, Boreal Laboratories, and the NABT’s Role and Status of Women in Biology Education give the Award for Excellence in Encouraging Equity, recognizing efforts by biology educators to promote equity in the educational community. Judging criteria vary for each award. All winners receive a recognition plaque and other prizes; all awards are presented at the NABT national convention in Cincinnati in the fall. Contact: Louise Pittack, NABT, 12030 Sunrise Valley Dr., Suite 110, Reston, VA 20191-3409; (703) 264- 9696; fax (703) 264-7778; e-mail [email protected]; www.nabt.org.
March 29 WASTE MANAGEMENT
The Solid Waste Association of North America sponsors the Excellence in Solid Waste Education Awards, which recognize extraordinary efforts in educating the public on solid-waste-related issues. Two awards are given, including one for K- 12 curriculum. Entries are judged on technical accuracy, educational goals, quality of design and communications, program evaluation, and originality. For more information, contact: Solid Waste Association of North America, P.O. Box 7219, Silver Spring, MD 20907; (301) 585-2898; www.swana.org.
*March 31 DISNEY AWARDS
The Walt Disney Company asks students, parents, administrators, teachers, and community members to nominate K-12 teachers who ignite the spark of creativity in their classrooms for Disney’s American Teacher Awards. Each nominee completes an application packet provided by the Walt Disney Company, and a national committee of educators chooses about 30 honorees. Each wins $10,000, and his or her school receives $5,000. The honorees also participate in a summer professional-development program, enabling them to maximize their abilities as innovative teacher leaders. In addition, the Outstanding Teacher of the Year receives a $25,000 honorarium; his or her school receives $10,000. Starting February 1, nominations may be made by calling (877) ATA-TEACH or logging on to www.disneylearning.org.
April 1 MATH AND SCIENCE
The National Science Foundation and the White House present the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. The effort recognizes K-12 teachers in four groups: elementary science, elementary mathematics, secondary mathematics, and secondary science. Up to 216 teachers from each state and each U.S. jurisdiction receive a $7,500 NSF grant for their schools to be spent over a three-year period on improving mathematics and science programs. For more information or to contact state science or mathematics coordinators, go to www.ehr.nsf.gov/ pres_awards.
April 1 SOCIAL STUDIES
The National Council for the Social Studies seeks nominations for the Outstanding Elementary, Middle School Level, and Secondary Social Studies Teachers of the Year awards. Teachers must have maintained NCSS membership for at least two years prior to the nomination date, and they must demonstrate exceptional abilities in six of seven criteria. Winners receive $2,500, a commemorative gift, an opportunity to present at the NCSS annual conference, and a complimentary one-year NCSS membership. Weekly Reader, Scholastic Inc., and Time magazine sponsor the award. For more information, contact: Ana Post, Manager of Recognition Programs and Special Projects, NCSS, 8555 16th St., Suite 300, Silver Spring, MD 20910; (301) 588-1800, ext. 114; fax (301) 588-2049; e-mail [email protected] ncss.org; www.socialstudies.org/ awards/teachers.html.
*April 6 PERFORMANCE EXCELLENCE
The Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, sponsored by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, annually recognizes organizations for performance excellence in five categories, including education. Public and private elementary and secondary schools are eligible to receive the awards. Up to three winners are chosen based on such criteria as student learning achievements and improvements in education design and delivery, leadership, and strategic planning. For more information, contact: Baldrige National Quality Program, National nstitute of Standards and Technology, Administration Building, Room A600, 100 Bureau Dr., Stop 1020, Gaithersburg, MD 20899-1020; (301) 975-2036; fax (301) 948-3716; e-mail [email protected]; www.quality.nist.gov.
*April 14 CABLE TELEVISION
Time Warner Cable announces its National Teacher Awards. Educators from state- accredited private or public schools in Time Warner Cable service areas are eligible. Candidates submit examples of innovative classroom activities developed using cable programming or the Internet. Twenty teachers or teacher teams receive $1,000 and expenses-paid trips to Washington, D.C. For more information, contact the local Time Warner Cable company or: Bonnie Hathaway, Time Warner Cable, Corporate Communications, 290 Harbor Dr., Stamford, CT 06902; (203) 328-0620; e-mail [email protected] twcable.com.
*April 15 INCLUSION
AbleNet Inc., which designs devices to assist people with disabilities, announces its Tristar Award. The award recognizes educators who demonstrate vision and innovation in using simple technology to enable people with severe disabilities to participate in activities at home, school, work, and in the community. Individuals or teams of two or more people may apply. The winner receives a $500 AbleNet gift certificate, $500 for travel to the group’s Closing the Gap conference, and a $1,000 gift certificate for the submitting school. Second- and third-place prizes also are awarded. Contact: AbleNet Inc., 2002 Tristar Award, 1081 10th Ave. S.E., Minneapolis, MN 55414-1312; (800) 322- 0956; fax (612) 379-9143; e-mail [email protected] com; www.ablenetinc.com.
*April 29 ESSAY CONTEST
The Harry Singer Foundation, an organization that promotes responsibility and involvement in public policy, invites teachers to write essays answering the question “What do we do when adults refuse to be good role models for their children?” in 1,000 to 2,000 words. The grand-prize winner receives $5,000; 10 awards of $100 each also are granted. Contact: Essay Contest, Harry Singer Foundation, P.O. Box 223159, Carmel, CA 93922; (831) 625-4223; fax (831) 624- 7994; e-mail [email protected]; www. singerfoundation.org.
*April 30 HEROES
ING Northern Annuity, a national insurance company, seeks applicants for the Education’s Unsung Heroes Awards. Full-time K-12 educators, paraprofessionals, and school staff who have initiated effective teaching programs are eligible. One hundred finalists win $2,000 to further their projects. Three winners receive an additional $25,000, $10,000, or $5,000 for their projects. Contact: Kathy Walton, Education’s Unsung Heroes Awards, Citizens’ Scholarship Foundation of America, 1505 Riverview Rd., St. Peter, MN 56082; (800) 426-7050, ext. 62888; www. unsungheroes.com.
*April 30 SOCIAL STUDIES
The National Council for the Social Studies honors outstanding social studies programs through the Social Studies Programs of Excellence Award. Programs must be nominated through state councils for the social studies. Awards are given in three grade categories: K-6, 5-9, and 9-12. Winners receive a commemorative gift for their schools, teacher certificates, and the opportunity to present at the NCSS annual conference. Because deadlines vary, applicants should contact their state council award coordinator for details. Contact: Ana Post, Manager of Recognition Programs and Special Projects, NCSS, 8555 16th St., Suite 300, Silver Spring, MD 20910; (301) 588-1800, ext. 114; fax (301) 588-2049; e-mail [email protected]; www. socialstudies.org/awards/curriculum. html.
—Rose Gordon and Sarah Wassner
Vol. 13, Issue 6, Pages 49-51