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.

Proposals are due on Friday, February 24th.

Key Dates in 2017:

  • January 4th — Call for proposals released
  • January 12th — TSL Open House, NE49, 1-2pm
  • January 23rd – February 1st — Meetings with Potential Applicants
  • February 24th — Submissions due
  • April 18th — Decisions announced

Program Goals

The goal of the Teaching and Learning Innovation Grants (TLIG) program is to engage MIT faculty, staff, and students in research that can advance the quality of teacher preparation in the United States. We invite projects from diverse disciplinary perspectives and different stages of development, and the most competitive projects will be those holding the greatest promise to advance the teaching profession. We encourage a wide variety of research methodologies. We are particularly interested in projects that are not just educational outreach—where teachers get access to new teaching resources—but include educational research that advances understanding of student learning and teacher preparation.

Some TLIG projects may target long-term visions for improving teaching education, but we hope that some projects can directly impact the Woodrow Wilson Academy of Teaching and Learning. Projects that can benefit 5th-12th grade STEM teachers and competency-based education will get special consideration.

Examples of the kinds of topics that are of interest to the Woodrow Wilson Academy include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Supporting and assessing independent teacher learning in science and math
  • Identifying and remediating student misconceptions in science and math disciplines
  • Translating MIT’s hands-on, minds-on approach to learning into K-12 settings
  • Developing novel methods for teaching threshold concepts essential to advancing understanding in science and math
  • Applying research from cognitive science to inform STEM teaching
  • Assessing complex student understanding in science and math
  • Approaching STEM teaching in creative and novel ways

Read about the three proposals selected in 2015-2016.

Proposal Preparation and Submission

Proposals are submitted online through submittable.com.  Please use the Teaching and Learning Innovation Grants Budget Template in your submission.

Prior to submitting an application, there will be an open house/information session on January 12th from 1:00-2:00pm in NE49 room 2005. Applicants will have an opportunity to learn more about the Teaching Systems Lab, the Woodrow Wilson Academy, and the work both organizations are doing to develop innovative approaches to teaching and learning.

In addition, meetings will be available with TSL staff to help you prepare your proposal and discuss connections between your work and the Woodrow Wilson Academy. Meeting appointments can be made in January on a first-come, first-served basis.

Funding for this grant program is based on the expectation that the results of the projects will be made openly available by either open source or a license.

TLIG Grants Program CFP 2017

For additional questions or clarification, contact Sarah Jane Vaughan at svaughan@mit.edu.


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