collaboratively for the best learning outcomes for every child.

Teacher-led Innovation Fund

The Teacher-led Innovation Fund (TLIF) enables groups of teachers, including those in Communities of Learning | Kāhui Ako, to complete innovative projects and develop new practice to improve progress and achievement for children and young people.

There are 3 project categories – projects costing less than $40k, between $40k and $75k, and over $75k. $18 million over 5 years has been provided to fund these innovative projects that:

  • inquire into ‘puzzles of practice’ to find ways of helping learners to succeed
  • work in partnership with experts, e.g. academics, researchers, community and/or cultural leaders, innovation experts
  • spread what works to other Kāhui Ako/kura/schools/early learning services and educators across New Zealand.

A TLIF project is one approach for teachers and kaiako to systematically investigate and spread innovative practices that have the potential to improve learning across your Kāhui Ako. They enable you and your colleagues to become world-class experts and leaders of learning. They also generate valuable results and insights that can be shared across your Kāhui Ako.

Through developing your achievement challenges, you may identify specific problems that need innovative teaching solutions. TLIF can help you address these challenges.

How this tool could be used

Application rounds open every November until 2018:

  • Round 3 closes 16 March 2017 (for Y1–13) and 13 April 2017 (for ECE)
  • Round 4 opens November 2017
  • Round 5 opens November 2018

To ensure all learners are supported across the pathway, eligibility now extends to all certified early learning teachers and kaiako in kōhanga reo holding Tohu Whakapakari, and all primary and secondary kaiako/teachers in state and state integrated kura/schools/Kāhui Ako.

How to apply:

  1. go to the Teacher-led Innovation Fund web page
  2. read the Teacher-led Innovation Fund Guide
  3. complete the Proposal Application Form.

Related tools

Expert Partners are your ‘critical friends’

  • they provide feedback and review of achievement plans and collaborative inquiries, and support the spread of effective practices.

The Local Curriculum Design Smart Tool

  • an online tool that will support Kāhui Ako to combine their strengths, and the strengths of their community, to support collaborative inquiry and design rich learning experiences.

Kāhui Ako Across Schools Teachers

  • use their expertise to work across schools to improve teacher practice to meet shared achievement challenges, and to facilitate the spread of effective practices.

Action planning ideas

These prompts will help you decide whether TLIF can help you explore innovative teaching practice.

  • Look at your Kāhui Ako data. What are the specific ‘burning issues’ that you need to respond to?
  • What are the puzzles of practice, and/or achievement challenges, that you find hardest to solve?
  • Do you have a teacher or educator who is keen to complete a TLIF project?
  • Identify who you can work with to challenge your current ways of solving puzzles of practice. Talk with experts, for example Expert Partners, to try to find new and more effective solutions to intractable problems.
  • Ask your learners, whānau, iwi and community for their input. Research is clear that users should be part of the innovation process.
  • Has your concept already been investigated and is a body of knowledge already available to support your inquiry?
  • Are there digital teaching practices, digital learning processes or digital tools that look promising?

Link with the Community of Learning | Kāhui Ako Development Map

This tool will help your Community of Learning | Kāhui Ako progress within Domain 1 of the Development Map: Teaching collaboratively for the best learning outcome for every child.