I'm sending in three parts a list of grants, awards, and resources from the
the Teach For America website. (Thank you, TFA.) Not all are directly
related to science, so please pass along to your colleagues.


Grants and Awards 

November 15 SCIENCE
The California Coastal Commission's Whale Tail License Plate Grants Program
is now accepting applications for funding to support programs that foster
an appreciation of California's coast, marine life, or watersheds, with an
emphasis on reaching underserved youth. Deadline: November 15, 2001. See
http://www.coastal.ca.gov/publiced/plate/plgrant.html for more details and
the application and guidelines.

The Science Screen Report Inc., in conjunction with the National Science
Teachers Association, sponsors the Science Screen Report Award. K-12 science
teachers who have used commercially available films or videos to develop a
science unit or theme are encouraged to apply. One winner receives $1,000
plus up to $500 to attend NSTA's national convention. For more information,
contact: National Science Teachers Association Award Programs, 1840 Wilson
Blvd., Arlington, VA 22201-3000; (703) 243-7100; fax (888) 400- NSTA;

The International Reading Association and TLC School, a division of the
educational software publisher Learning Company Inc., announce the 2002
Presidential Award for Reading and Technology. Educators creatively using
technology to help students read are encouraged to apply. One grand-prize
winner receives a laptop computer and $1,000 of reading software from the
Learning Company. The winner also gets an expenses-paid trip to the IRA's
annual conference in San Francisco. Up to seven regional winners from the
United States, one winner from Canada, and one winner outside North America
each receive $500 of reading software. Individuals may nominate themselves
or others; all nominees must be full-time educators who work directly with
ages 5 to 18. For more information, contact: Executive Office, International
Reading Association, P.O. Box 8139, Newark, DE 19714-8139; (302) 731-1600,
ext. 221; fax (302) 731-1057; e-mail [EMAIL PROTECTED]; www.reading.org.

The National Science Teachers Association, in conjunction with various
corporate and association sponsors, offers a number of awards for K-12
science teachers and principals. The criteria for awards vary, but most
applicants are judged on innovation and commitment to teaching. Sponsors
include the Barrick Goldstrike Mines Inc.; the National Aeronautics and
Space Administration and other government associations; Ciba Specialty
Chemical Education Foundation; Toyota Motor Sales, USA Inc.; Toshiba America
Inc.; Estes Rocketry and the United States Space Foundation; Dow Chemical
Co.; Sears, Roebuck, and Co.; and the Drug, Chemical, and Allied Trades
Association. Awards include cash prizes totaling $1 million, computers, NSTA
memberships, and trips to the NSTA's national convention and workshops. For
more information, contact: National Science Teachers Association, 1840
Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22201-3000; (703)243-7100; fax (888) 400-6782;

November 15 SCIENCE
The 2001 Gustav Ohaus Awards for Innovations in Science Teaching are given
to teachers with innovative ideas for improving science education. Proposals
might include new designs in curricula, instructional methods, or program
organization and administration. Ohaus Corp., a manufacturer of educational
scales, and the National Science Teachers Association sponsor the awards.
One $1,000 prize and one $750 prize are given in four categories: elementary
school, middle school, high school, and college. For more information,
contact: National Science Teachers Association, Ohaus Awards Program, 1840
Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22201-3000; (888) 400-NSTA or (703) 243-7100

November 16 BUSINESS
The Wall Street Journal and the Employment Management Association
Foundation, which funds projects to enhance work force quality, sponsor the
School/Business Partnership Awards. This program encourages elementary and
secondary schools to collaborate with businesses on employment issues such
as work force preparedness. It awards $5,000 each to up to five
school/business partnerships that link curriculum to the workplace. Contact:
Wanda Flowers, Employment Management Association Foundation, 1800 Duke St.,
Alexandria, VA 22314-3499; (703) 535-6078; fax (703) 739-0399; e-mail
[EMAIL PROTECTED]; www.shrm.org/emaf.

November 23 NUTRITION
The Dole Food Company recognizes innovative teachers with the "Creative 5 A
Day" Contest. Teachers submit a description of an activity involving fruits
and vegetables, as well as a letter of recommendation from their school's
principal. Activities are judged by educators for their ability to motivate
children to eat fruits and vegetables. The grand-prize winner receives a 5 A
Day Party for his or her class hosted by Bobby Banana. For more information,
contact: Dole Nutrition Program, 100 Hegenberger, Suite 100, Oakland, CA
94621; fax (510) 639-5556; www.dole5aday.com.

The Boyer Center, a national education resource and research organization at
Messiah College in Pennsylvania, seeks applications from public and private
elementary schools for its national Best Practices 2002 award. This year's
theme, "Integrating Arts Into the Curriculum," focuses on arts education in
the classroom. Three schools each receive $10,000. Contact: Boyer Center,
P.O. Box 3024, Messiah College, Grantham, PA 17027; (717) 796-5077; e-mail
boyercenter@messiah. edu ; www.boyercenter.org.

The Mathematics Education Trust of the National Council of Teachers of
Mathematics sponsors the Lifetime Achievement Award. NCTM members who are at
least 55 years old and have at least 25 years of distinguished service to
math education are eligible. Each application must be supported by a letter
of nomination, the nominee's résumé, and up to five letters of
recommendation. Self-nominations are accepted. Contact: NCTM's MET, 1906
Association Dr., Reston, VA 20191-9988; (703) 620-9840, ext. 2113;
www.nctm.org/ about/met/lifetime.htm .

December 15 ASTRONOMY
The Astronomical Society of the Pacific welcomes nominations for the 2002
Thomas Brennan Award, which honors someone whose teaching or other work has
had a substantial impact on high school astronomy. Candidates must have
taught astronomy to high school students; organized workshops in astronomy;
or developed innovative courses, curricula, and science programs aimed at
the high school level. Nominations must be submitted on Brennan award forms,
and nominees must reside in North America. One winner receives a $250 award
and a plaque. The winner also writes an article for the ASP's Mercury
Magazine or "Universe in the Classroom" newsletter describing his or her
work. For more information, contact: Marilyn Delgado, Astronomical Society
of the Pacific, 390 Ashton Ave., San Francisco, CA 94112; (415) 869-2901;
e-mail: [EMAIL PROTECTED]; www.astrosociety.org.

December 17 SCIENCE
The American Chemistry Council, formerly the Chemical Manufacturers
Association, offers the Catalyst Award to recognize outstanding science
teachers. Elementary school science teachers and secondary school chemistry
teachers are eligible to receive up to $5,000. Contact: Barbara Long,
American Chemistry Council, 1300 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22209; (703)
741-5832; fax (703) 741-6086; e-mail: [EMAIL PROTECTED] ;
www. americanchemistry.com/chemecology .

January 10 
Eleanor Roosevelt Teacher - Fellowship up to $5,000 are offered for the
2002-2003 Academic Year. Application Deadline: 1/10/2002 To apply: Download
the Eleanor Roosevelt Teacher Fellowship application now.
http://www.aauw.org/3000/fdnfelgra/ertfapp.html or call 319-337-1716 ext.

The International Reading Association offers various grants and fellowships.
The Jeanne S. Chall Research Fellowship is a $6,000 grant to support
research in beginning reading, readability, reading difficulty, stages of
reading development, the relation of vocabulary to reading, and diagnosing
and teaching adults with limited reading ability. The Teacher as Researcher
Grant program supports teachers in their study of literacy and instruction;
grants of up to $5,000 are awarded, though priority is given to smaller
requests of $1,000 to $2,000. Elva Knight Research Grants of up to $10,000
each are awarded to IRA members for proposed research that addresses new and
significant questions in literacy and reading. The Nila Banton Smith
Research Dissemination Support Grant provides an IRA member with up to
$5,000 for a research-dissemination activity. Contact: Marcella Moore,
International Reading Association, 800 Barksdale Rd., P.O. Box 8139, Newark,
DE 19714-8139; (302) 731- 1600, ext. 423; fax (302) 731-1057; e-mail
[EMAIL PROTECTED]; www.reading.org.

American Society for Microbiology
"Living In a Material World" - $500 Grants for K-12 Teachers from the
American Society for Microbiology.

Lunar and Planetary Institute
The LPI-led Broker-Facilitator team is pleased to announce the availability
of small grants for Scientist-Teacher Cooperation. In an effort to increase
scientist participation in educational outreach we are offering up to $300
for materials and supplies for projects involving scientist-teacher
partnerships. Proposals will consist of a 1-2 page letter on school
letterhead signed by both scientist and teacher. The grants are intended to
be available to all scientists performing research supported by NASA's
Office of Space Science, including OSS-funded Principal Investigators and
their Co-Investigators, technical support staff, and graduate students. We
anticipate that most proposals meeting the basic requirements will be
funded. Proposals will be considered year-round, but monies will be awarded
on a first-come, first-serve basis until available monies are exhausted.
For more information:

Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science is
proud to announce the introduction of our newest K-12 program, the SACNAS
E-mentoring: Teacher-Scientist Partnerships Program! Educators and
scientists are encouraged to contact mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] for information
on participation. (Laptop computer grants are available through SACNAS for
teachers who lack access to the Internet)

Teacher Laptop Foundation
The Teacher Laptop Foundation aims to equip every K-12 teacher with a
state-of-the-art laptop with internet service at home for no charge.  To
register and learn more about the group and their goals, visit their website
at: teacherlaptop.org

Toshiba America Foundation
The Toshiba America Foundation awards grants for programs that improve
classroom teaching and learning of math, science, and technology for K-12
students.  Public and private schools, local educational agencies, and youth
organizations in the United States, Canada, and Mexico may apply.  Projects
should provide direct benefits to students and include teacher-led,
classroom-based experiences.  Grants of up to $5,000 are offered monthly
throughout the year; larger grants are awarded in March and September.  For
more information, contact: Toshiba America Foundation, Program Office, 1251
Avenue of the Americas, 41st Floor, New York, NY 10020; (212) 588-0820;
email: [EMAIL PROTECTED]; www.toshiba.com/about/taf.html.

Starlight Cameras 
Starlight Cameras, the makers of the pinhole camera and darkroom kit, give a
complimentary camera to a school every week.  Pinhole cameras are versatile,
rugged, and can be used to study image formation even without a darkroom.
Teachers send a description of their photography program and their school
address to request a camera, darkroom kit, and instruction book.  For more
information, contact: Jim Kosinski, Starlight Cameras, P.O. Box 540, Cherry
Valley, NY 13320; (607) 264-3480; email: [EMAIL PROTECTED];

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