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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 connect and support educators from all disciplines interested in implementing, improving, and studying student-centered pedagogies and learning environments.  

The POGIL Community

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 sets priorities for Project leadership, staff, members of the POGIL community, and those who are or will become interested in the work of The Project.

Strategic Plan 

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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SPUR+ Grant Program

The new POGIL SPUR+ is designed to promote new ideas and spur collaboration between POGIL community members. In 2017, SPUR+ will award two small seed grants of up to $2500 for proposals that further the goals of The POGIL Project as described in its current strategic plan.

Important Dates for POGIL SPUR+ 

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

  • Deadline for proposals: 5:00 p.m. E.T. on October 2, 2017.
  • Proposals accepted: August 1, 2017, through October 2, 2017.
  • Award decisions: November 15, 2017.
  • Projects must start between January 1, 2018, and July 1, 2018


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. 


The POGIL Project PEACH Awards 2016


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 is now accepting nominations for the 2018 PEACH Award. 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.