Teacher-led Innovation Fund (TLIF)
TLIF supports teams of qualified teachers from early learning services, ngā kōhanga reo, schools and kura to collaboratively develop innovative practices that improve learning outcomes. Round 4 closed on 22 February 2018.
- About the TLIF
- How TLIF funding can be used
- Successful projects from rounds 1-3 (list)
- Read more about some of the successful TLIF projects
- Evaluation of TLIF
- Resources for teachers thinking of entering the next round
The fund supports teams of teachers to develop innovative practices that improve learning outcomes especially for students who are Māori, Pasifika, have special education needs, or come from low socioeconomic backgrounds.
Projects could involve applying existing teaching practices in new ways or exploring new practices to see if they can improve learning outcomes.
To support students’ learning pathways, project teams are encouraged to partner with post-secondary education providers as well as and business and community organisations, where relevant to the project.
The funding provides an opportunity for teachers to:
- inquire into ‘puzzles of practice’, with other kaiako/teachers, to find ways of helping individual (or groups of) students to succeed
- work in partnership with experts, for example, academics, researchers, community and/or cultural leaders, innovation experts
- share what works with other kura/schools/services and educators across New Zealand.
The funding applied for must align with the purpose, scope, scale and expected benefits of the project.
Projects can include and fund tertiary organisations as appropriate.
The fund allows for project teams to bring in additional expertise if they need to.
Some of the current and completed TLIF projects
- List of projects and schools from Round 1 [PDF, 291 KB]
- List of projects and schools from Round 2 [PDF, 340 KB]
- List of projects and schools from Round 3 [PDF, 395 KB]
- Supporting teacher inquiry (external link) - 3 project leaders talk about their work to lift student achievement in their school community (project teams are from Waimairi School, Manutuke School, and Alfriston College)
- Plans come to fruition at Kaikorai Valley College (external link) - Dunedin students are benefitting from a TLIF project that aims to increase their engagement with science, technology and agriculture education (at Kaikorai Valley College)
- Thinking about thinking in the classroom (external link) - Step Up the Talk is an inquiry project that helps teachers critically reflect on the way they engage students in the learning process. (at Glenavon School)
The Teacher-led Innovation Fund (TLIF) is part of investing in educational success (IES) initiative to raise student achievement and strengthening teaching and education leadership. TLIF aimed to support teachers to develop innovative practices that improve learning outcomes, especially for students who are Māori, Pasifika, need additional support to learn, or come from low socioeconomic backgrounds.
This independent evaluation of the Teacher-Led Innovation Fund (TLIF) – using information from the first 3 rounds – shows that whilst some TLIF projects have been successful, there are also challenges that need to be solved to help TLIF improve.
- Read the Teacher-led Innovation Fund guide [PDF, 3.4 MB]
- Our library offers help with research (external link)
- Implementing a teacher-led inquiry: What matters? (exec summary of 2016 NZCER report) [PDF, 735 KB]
- Implementing inquiry: what can be learned from the Round 1 TLIF projects (NZCER full research report 2016) [PDF, 1 MB]
- Lessons learnt from the 2015/2016 application process [PDF, 437 KB]
- The Essential Guide to Professional Learning: Innovation (Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership) (external link)
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