The third round of bids for the popular $18 million Teacher-led Innovation Fund (TLIF) has opened today.
The TLIF - which is part of the government's Investing in Educational Success initiative - supports and resources teachers to collaboratively explore new ways and ideas to improve learning outcomes.
“We know the quality of teaching has the single biggest in-school impact on learners and this fund is giving our excellent teachers the opportunity to investigate and then inspire best practice. This project is for the benefit of every child and young person in this country,” says Education Minister Hekia Parata.
“This fund supports teachers to develop excellent practice and share what works across schools so that it becomes common practice.”
Over the last two years, the TLIF has funded 86 teacher-led inquiry projects. It is available until 2020. Funding criteria have a particular focus on improving learning outcomes for children and young people who are Māori, Pasifika, have additional learning support needs and/or come from low socio-economic backgrounds.
“Research shows that teaching and learning improve when education providers work with each other, and with their community. So I encourage more teachers working in Communities of Learning | Kāhui Ako to collaboratively develop TLIF project proposals this time around," says Parata.
Applications for the third round close on 16 March 2017 with projects starting in July 2017. Teachers can find resources to help them plan TLIF projects, and apply via the Ministry of Education website.