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About The POGIL Project

The POGIL Project is a professional development organization for educators.  

The POGIL Project is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that brings together like-minded educators who wish to effect change within education. It works to disseminate its unique pedagogy, POGIL, at the secondary and college levels through professional development workshops as well as the production of curricular materials.

Mission Statement

The mission of The POGIL Project is to improve teaching and learning by fostering an inclusive, transformative community of reflective educators who design, implement, assess, and study learner-centered environments.

Mission, Vision, and Values Statement

Guiding Principles Statement

The POGIL Project's Long-Term Goals

The POGIL Project's Strategic Plan lays out several long-term goals for The Project.  These goals are intended to help guide the activities of The Project as it continues to grow and impact education in both the United States and across the globe.

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The POGIL Project's Strategic Plan

In 2013, The POGIL Project's Board of Directors approved a 5-year Strategic Plan designed to guide the activities of The Project. The plan set priorities for Project leadership, staff, members of the POGIL community, and those who are or will become interested in the work of The Project.  In 2018, with the input of the greater POGIL community, the Steering Committee oversaw a review and refresh of that initial plan and fine-tuned the plan's goals to carry The Project through the next five years.

Strategic Plan 

The POGIL Community

SPUR+ Grant Program

POGIL SPUR+ is designed to promote new ideas and spur collaboration amongst POGIL community members. Proposals must also further the goals of The POGIL Project as described in its current strategic plan. In 2022, SPUR+ hopes to award two small seed grants of up to $2500 each. Click here to see previous SPUR+ awardees.

Important Dates for POGIL SPUR+ 

There will be one "round" of awards each year.

  • Deadline for proposals: 5:00 p.m. E.T. on September 16, 2022.
  • Proposals accepted: July 1, 2022, through September 16, 2022.
  • Award decisions: November 18, 2022.
  • Projects must start between January 1, 2023 and July 1, 2023.


This 2017 SPUR+ grant was awarded to the SPIRAL team led by Ashley Mahoney (Bethel University) and Rob Whitnell (Guilford College). The team members met  in both St. Louis, MO and Greensboro, NC, to work on their  project to create a collection of POGIL lab materials. 


Peach Awards 2019


In 2015, The POGIL Project Steering Committee and Board of Directors established the POGIL Early Achievement Award (PEACH) in order to recognize significant and enthusiastic contributions of new practitioners to The POGIL Project. The award is given annually to one post-secondary level and one high school level winner and is presented at the POGIL National Meeting (PNM).  Recipients are invited to attend the PNM and are asked to give a short talk on their work.  The award, which comes with a $500 prize to be used for professional development, supports and encourages capacity building for POGIL Project leadership.

Click here for a list of the past POGIL PEACH Award winners.  

The POGIL Project will begin soliciting nominations for the 2023 PEACH Award in Summer 2022. Click here for more information.

The POGIL Impact Award

In 2021, The POGIL Project Steering Committee established the POGIL Impact Award to be bestowed on individuals or teams of individuals who have achieved extraordinary outcomes related to The POGIL Project’s strategic plan.  The award celebrates sustained impact and/or innovation achieved by a member or members of the POGIL community, and highlights a strong footprint in both The Project and the POGIL community. 

The POGIL Project will begin soliciting nominations for the 2022 Impact Award in Summer 2021. Click here for more information.

The POGIL Project as a Community of Transformation

In a 2015 study headed by Adrianna Kezar of The Pullias Center at the University of Southern California, The POGIL Project was one of four organizations identified as a new and unique type of organization called a Community of Transformation— a community that not only improves the practices of its members, but also achieves systemic change for greater impact. Kezar's study found that what drives these communities is a "focus on exploring philosophically, in deep and fundamental ways, how science is taught."  The full text of Kezar's study "Communities of Transformation and their Work Scaling STEM Reform" is available as a PDF.

Click above for information about the National Office staff, Steering Committee and POGIL Project Board of Directors.