PK-12 Teaching and Learning Innovation Grants (TLIG)

The TLIG program provides seed funding for MIT community members to bring new ideas for STEM teaching and teacher education to life.

At MIT, the nature of work in math, science and engineering is transforming around us.  Across fields, we can can see how skills like computational thinking, design thinking and systems thinking are increasingly important in academia and in industry.  This gives us a unique perspective on what kinds of shifts will be needed in K12 education.

Teachers must be prepared for today’s learning environments. But to have a real and lasting impact they must be ready to change today’s classrooms into ones that prepare students for a new and different world than schools were originally designed for. Those classrooms, and the world they serve, are evolving ever more rapidly. The Teaching Systems Lab investigates the complex, technology-mediated classrooms of the future and the systems we need to develop to prepare teachers for those classrooms.

The Teaching Systems Lab, with support from the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, MIT’s Teaching Systems Lab announces the 2018-2019 call for proposals for the Teaching and Learning Innovation Grants. The WW Foundation established the Woodrow Wilson Academy for Teaching and Learning, a graduate school to prepare teachers and school leaders. TLIG grants, managed by TSL, will chart the future of teacher preparation and inform the development of curriculum at the WW Academy.

This year, we invite the MIT community to envision CS education for K-12 schools, focusing on both what students and teachers need to know. With the rapidly changing technology and economy, CS competency is increasingly becoming a new basic skill to be productive in the 21st Century. In spite of the high demand for CS education in K-12 schools, most schools do not offer a single course in computer science and programming, and the student population of the existing classes often do not represent diverse backgrounds and interests (Google & Gallup, 2016).

TLIG aims to bring MIT CS educators together to tackle the problem of CS teacher licensing and teacher competencies–i.e. what are skills, concepts, dispositions that teachers need to have in relation to the licensure agency’s requirements. We also want to leverage MITs rich history and innovative takes on CS education by emphasizing the role of creativity, playfulness, artificial intelligence, and affective computing. We are seeking to find innovative models of CS education within the MIT community and investigate implications of those models on K-12 education, particularly for teacher education.

At MIT, there are a wide variety of groups and programs that are engaged in PK-12 activities from diverse disciplinary perspectives. This grant program seeks to support those activities, and enhance the ability of those programs to be creative and innovative in developing and researching new ideas. As part of MIT’s commitment to educational transformation, grant recipients will engage with MIT and external communities to share their findings.

TLIG Grants Program CFP 2018

TLIG Budget Template 2018

Read more about TLIG or how to submit a proposal.