NEF Mini-Grants are going fast! Congratulations to November’s winners: Nicholas DiAntonio, Benjamin Maki, Amy Bloom, Kathi Rotkiewicz, and Clark Clements.


What are NEF Mini-Grants?

NEF Mini-Grants are small-scale grants given to teachers at the middle and high school levels for projects that enhance the curriculum and enrich the student experience. We look forward to receiving more applications in the coming months. Our next deadline is December 1st. Apply at:


A Rolling Whiteboard for Co-Taught Small Group Models
Nicholas DiAntonio and Benjamin Maki
Natick High School

Natick High School has several co-taught inclusion classrooms. To help facilitate small group work, and to differentiate curriculum delivery according to student needs, the classroom is often split into two groups taught in parallel. This project will study the effectiveness of a rolling white board as a partition as well as an alternate presentation space in these classrooms. Teachers will report on the success of this intervention with their peers and determine whether or not more rolling white boards should be purchased for other co-taught classrooms at NHS.


Natick Student Book Award
Amy Bloom and Kathi Rotkiewicz
Wilson and Kennedy Middle Schools
Wilson $350 and Kennedy $500

In this joint Middle School project, all students and teachers in both buildings will be invited to participate in this “free choice” reading program. Students and teachers alike will select from a list of new titles published in 2017 that have been chosen by the school librarians. Throughout the year, library staff will promote the program, track the books being read, and hold book talks. Readers will evaluate and write a review for each book read, which will be shared with the community. In May, students and teachers will vote for their favorite book in a contest spanning both schools.


RoboNatick Registration 2017
Clark Clements
Natick High School

The T and E in STEM is often overlooked in favor of Math and Science. This grant will pay for the registration fees of three robotics teams for the 2017-2018 FIRST Robotics League competition. Students will compete in the FIRST Technical Challenge, which includes real world problem solving. Club members will also work with middle school students on robotics projects at Wilson and Kennedy.