Grants, Contests & Awards: Looking for Funds to Make an Innovative Technology Project Possible? Seeking Recognition for Outstanding Teachers or Students in Your District? Here's a Sampling of Some Great Opportunities

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Inspired Teacher Scholarships for Visual Learning, from Inspiration Software, are offered annually to K-12 teachers. Thirty educator scholarships of $750 each will be awarded to support ongoing training in technology and visual learning for teachers across the United States. Learn more about the scholarships and how to apply by visiting www.inspiration. com/scholarship. The deadline for applications is January 27.

Cable in the Classroom's Leaders in Learning Awards recognize policy makers, educators, administrators, and community leaders who have made major contributions to transform K-12 education in and outside the classroom. Winners receive $3,000 and an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C. Awards are made for achievements that are examples of best practices and that show potential for national expansion. Further information is available at www.ciconline.org/leadersinlearning awards/default.html. The deadline for nominations is January 31.

Follett Software Company sponsors the AASL Information Technology Pathfinder Award. This award recognizes members of the American Association of School Librarians for their innovative use of information technology in the school library. Awards are made in two categories: grades K-6 and 7-12. The library media specialist receives $1,000, and the school library receives $500. Application information is available at www.ala.org/ala/aasl/aaslawards/ aaslawards.htm. The deadline for applications is February 1.

The Christopher Columbus Fellowship Foundation invites students in grades 6-8 to compete for a Christopher Columbus Award. Students work in teams to apply the scientific method of problem solving to real-world issues in their communities. The finalist teams receive $200 to further develop their ideas and travel, all-expenses-paid, to The EPCOT Center at Walt Disney World in Florida to display their solutions and compete for prizes. For additional information, visit www.christopher columbusawards.com. The deadline for entries is February 14. …