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Teacher Initiated Inquiry Projects (TIIP) Overview

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Teacher Initiated Inquiry Projects provided grants for teacher teams.

TIIP Program Overview

Lucille Smith Team

The goal of the Teacher-Initiated Inquiry Projects (TIIP) was to promote teacher innovation and creativity as a vehicle for school reform. TIIP awarded 80 grants of between $15,000 and $30,000 to teams of teachers in Los Angeles County across four cohorts. These grants were made possible with funding from the California Postsecondary Education Commission and the California Department of Education.

TIIP was created In 2009 when UCLA Center X, in partnership with LAUSD, Local District 4, and the UCLA College of Letters of Science, was awarded a Teacher Based Reform (T-BAR) Master Grant by the California Postsecondary Education Commission (CPEC).

Funding for the TIIP grants has ended.  We are incredibly proud of the work of the 80 teacher teams and the 25 individuals who participated in the TIIP Leadership Academy.  TIIP sought to promote teacher innovation and creativity by providing financial support to teachers as they identified, planned and implemented their own professional learning.  Projects funded through TIIP represented a spectrum of disciplines, grade levels and schools.


      Impact of TIIP Work

      Cohorts I and II

      Our TIIP work took a variety of forms.  The first two cohorts were awarded up to $30,000 for a two-year funding cycle to implement their learning.  As a part of their work,  teams are asked to disseminate their findings to their school communities and beyond through the creation of Team Portfolios. Team portfolios can be accessed through the showcase below:



      Cohort III

      We had 26 Teacher Teams participating in Cohort III.  These Teams were awarded $15,000 for a 16-month funding cycle.  Given the shorter time frame, Teams did not create web portfolios.  However, they were asked to share their learning with others.  Click on the link below to see some examples of what they shared.


      • TIIP III Presentations


      Cohort IV

      Our last TIIP cohort took on a different configuration.  Teams were significantly larger and included school site administrators.  These teams created video reflections to document the impact of their TIIP work.  Those reflections can be accessed here:




      TIIP Publications/Reports 






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