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Digi- Block Inc., a developer of mathematics learning tools for elementary schools that is based in Watertown, Mass., recently awarded one lead grant and four honorable mention grants to schools for curriculum development using the company’s learning system for mathematics. The grant recipients and amounts were:

Wantagh Union Free School District, Wantagh, N.Y., $5,000; Butler County Schools, Greenville, Ala., $2,500; Pine Ridge School, Williston, Vt., $2,500; Mollison School, Chicago, $750; Arrowhead Elementary School, Phoenix, $750.



The David and Lucile Packard Foundation, a private philanthropy based in Los Altos, Calif., awarded a $467,469 grant to the Council of Chief State School Officers last month to support the efforts of state education agencies to ensure access to health insurance for all children.

The Washington-based council will use the grant to provide various services, including providing regular updates to state school officials about health-insurance developments that could affect student health or enrollment, prepare information on how state education departments can participate in providing health insurance to children, and conduct workshops on school-based outreach efforts aimed at improving health-insurance access in the community.


New American Schools, an Arlington, Va.-based organization that promotes school improvement strategies, recently recived a grant of $2 million from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, a philanthropy based in Miami that invests in journalism and community improvement.

The grant will be used to support consulting services to administrators and schools, to identify new instruction and management programs for schools, to finance loans to schools working with the organization, and to advocate for policy development aimed at school improvement.




* Applications are due March 1 for Digi- Block Math Grants, sponsored by Digi-Block Inc. Grants go to elementary schools to develop and implement curriculum using the company’s Digi-Block Learning System to teach elementary school mathematics. One grant of $5,000 is available. Contact: Grant Department, Digi-Block, 125 Walnut St., Watertown, MA 02472; fax: (617) 926-9555; e-mail:


Applications are accepted at any time for small grants for programs that improve classroom teaching and learning of math, science, and technology for grade 7-12 students, sponsored by the Toshiba America Foundation. Public and private schools, local education 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. Contact: TAF, Program Office, 1251 Avenue of the Americas, 41st Floor, New York, NY 10020; (212) 588-0820; e-mail:; Web site:



Applications are due Feb. 15 for grants from the National High School Civic Engagement Initiative, sponsored by the Philadelphia-based Pew Charitable Trusts, and administered by Providence College in Providence, R.I. Grants support the creation of “civic audit” sites, consisting of 20-25 schools, in which each school identifies and develops opportunities for civic engagement and education in the school and its community. Ten grants of $100,000 each will be awarded March 1, 2002, and are available to individual districts, teams of districts, institutions of higher education, or non-profit groups associated with high schools. Contact: Rick Battistoni, Director, NHSCEI, PC, Providence, RI 02918-0001; (401) 865-2787; fax: (401) 865-1206; e- mail: rickbatt@postoffice.providence. edu.


Applications are due Feb. 28 for grants that support innovative projects that improve music education for children, sponsored by the Mockingbird Foundation. Grants support nonprofit organizations and schools with music instruction and the provision of instruments and learning space, and gives preference to programs that target disadvantaged populations or that employ diverse or unusual methods of instruction. Grants from $50 to $5,000 are available. Contact: MF, 1461-B Old San Jose Road, Soquel, CA 95073; e-mail:; Web site:


Applications are due March 15 for grants from the First Amendment Schools project, sponsored by the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development and the First Amendment Center. Grants are to help schools teach and model the rights and responsibilities of citizenship and the principles of the First Amendment. Ten grants of $12,000 each will be awarded in May 2002 to K-12 public and private schools. Contact: Mike Wildasin, ASCD, (703) 575-5475, or Sam Chaltain, FAC, (703) 284-2808; Web site:


Applications are due March 15 for grants from the Innovation Grants program, sponsored by the National Education Association Foundation. Grants support two or more public school teachers, education support professionals, or university faculty who collaborate to develop innovative methods of improving student achievement. About 200 grants of $2,000 are available this year. Contact: NEA Foundation, Innovation Grants, 1201 16th St. N.W., Suite 416, Washington, DC 20036-3207; Web site: ams/innovation_guidelines.htm.


Applications are accepted at any time. Space Education Initiatives provides funding for Internet-based K-12 space education programs. The four programs sponsored nationwide are Moonlink, NEARlink, Marslink, and Orbital Laboratory. The availability of grant money varies by state. Educators may apply for funding through Space Explorers, Inc. Contact: SEI, (800) 965- 3763; Web sites:;;;;


Applications are accepted at any time. The Teaching Tolerance project of the Southern Poverty Law Center, a nonprofit group that fights discrimination, offers grants of up to $2,000 to K- 12 teachers. The grants are awarded for activities promoting diversity, peacemaking, community service, or other aspects of tolerance education. Applications should include a typed, 500-word description of the activity and the proposed budget. The number of grants awarded depends on available funding. Contact: Teaching Tolerance Grants, 400 Washington Ave., Montgomery, AL 36104; (334) 264-0286, ext. 374.



Applications are due Feb. 8 for grants from the Student Initiated Research Projects program, sponsored by the office of special education and rehabilitative services. Grants support research to improve the education of students with disabilities. Grants of up to $175,000 for three years are available. Contact: Mary E. Chambers, USDE, 400 Maryland Ave. S.W., Room 3322, Switzer Building, Washington, DC 20202-2647; (202) 205-8435.


Applications are due Feb. 19 for grants from the Smaller Learning Communities program, sponsored by the office of elementary and secondary education. Grants support the development and implementation of plans to create small, safe, and successful learning communities in schools. About 190 planning grants and about 90 implementation grants of varying amounts are available. Contact: Grants and Contracts Services Team, USDE, 400 Maryland Ave. S.W., Room 3317, Switzer Building, Washington, DC 20202-2550; (202) 260-9182.


Applications are due March 8 for NAEP Secondary Analysis Grants, sponsored by the National Center for Education Statistics. Grants support secondary research using data from the National Assessment of Educational Progress that can be used to assist policymaking, that improve the assessment, or that allow enhanced data analysis for the assessment. About six grants from $15,000 to $100,000 are available. Contact: Alex Sedlaceck, NCES, 1990 K St. N.W., Room 8007, Washington, DC 20006; (202) 502-7446; e-mail:


Applications are due March 15 for grants from the Preschool-Curriculum Evaluation Research program, sponsored by the office of educational research and improvement. Grants support evaluation of preschool programs to help identify early-childhood-education programs of high quality. About 10 grants of approximately $350,000 are available. Contact: Heidi Schweingruber, USDE, 555 New Jersey Ave., Room 602-O, Washington, DC 20208-5501; (202) 219-2040; e-mail:


Applications are due April 15 for grants from the Cognition and Student Learning Research program, sponsored by the office of educational research and improvement. Grants support research that applies learning on cognition and student learning to educational problems to improve student achievement. About 10 awards from $75,000 to $500,000 are available. Contact: Valerie Reyna, OERI, USDE, 555 New Jersey Ave., Room 600, Washington, DC 20208; (202) 219-1385; e-mail:

A version of this article appeared in the January 23, 2002 edition of Education Week


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