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 Academy of Teaching and Learning, requests proposals from MIT faculty for research and design projects that have a potentially transformative impact on education and can inform the development of teacher education programs and initiatives.

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.

Recipients include:

  • Just The Facts: synthetic biology for co-evolution of master teachers and a BioBuilder curriculum (Natalie Kuldell). A proposal to design and disseminate a unique teacher-informed evolutionary biology curriculum, using real-world synthetic biology experiments.
  • Informal Science Education For Learners, Parents, and Educators (Laura Schulz). A research program to introduce children and their parents to scientific inquiry and leverage early science learning in an informal, media-based format.
  • Interest-Based Pathways into Coding: Developing Strategies and Materials to Help Teachers Engage a Broader Range of Students in Computational Thinking (Mitchel Resnick). A program to develop new learning materials and workshops to help teachers support interest-based approaches to coding, providing students with opportunities to learn computational concepts and skills by working on projects related to their personal interests.

Read more about TLIG or how to submit a proposal.