Activities and Grants

Mini Grants:

Thanks to a COMMIT NSF grant, you can apply for a mini grant, up to $500, for many activities that help you and NE-IBLM flourish. For example, you could:

  • facilitate a reading group and get paid for your time organizing and holding the meetings,

  • facilitate a PLC (see blogs for PLC that have been organized in the past)

  • pay for the books for a reading group or other materials for a PLC,

  • organize one or several themed tea meetings,

  • plan a course or module with someone else in NE-IBLM and report back to the community,

  • organize a larger session at a regional MAA or NE-IBLM conference,

  • write a blog about your experience with IBL in a particular context (we are especially interested in input from those faculty in departments where IBL is not the common practice),

  • organize and facilitate a discussion or workshop in your department around IBL, and submit a one page description of the event. All invitations are welcome, but we are especially interested in input from those faculty in departments where IBL is not the common practice.

  • travel to visit classes or meetings (once covid is done...)

  • something else we have missed? Talk to someone on the leadership team to see what else is possible!

You can either talk to someone on the leadership about your idea or you can apply for one of the IBL mini-grants at this link.

Feedback Survey:

For any activity you participated in or facilitated, we would appreciate if you could fill out this survey The information is both for the COMMIT - NSF grant and for us to learn how the community is supporting you right now. Thanks :)

Professional Learning Communities allow faculty from our region to collaborate on activities related to IBL. This could include Classroom Visits, Reading Groups, Content Planning Groups, etc.

In the NE-COMMIT / NE-IBLM coaching model an experienced IBL faculty member (the coach) is paired with a faculty fellow who is interested in advancing their use of IBL. The coach and fellow not only observe each other's teaching but actually co-teach, model teaching techniques to each other, and reflect together on a common teaching experience.

HOPES Helpers offering professional -emotional support

HOPES is a group of NE-COMMIT members who are willing to provide professional - emotional support to others in need. This work started at the NE-COMMIT conference in 2021 with the session “Let’s talk about it… Toxic Environments in Academia”. The overall goal of the session was to bring to light how members have been marginalized in the past and present and to work toward a larger academic system that is a more supportive and nurturing work environment. Click here for more information.

Classroom Visits

Each semester, faculty are invited to share their schedule of IBL(ish) classes, so that we can visit and learn with each other. You can add your classes to the list at and see other people's entries at this link:

If you are interested in visiting someone, reach out to them to connect and discuss details.


Smaller regions inside the New-England region may want to start their own structure. The local ambassador is the connecting link between NE-COMMIT / NE-IBLM and the smaller region - including reaching out to other practitioners. The local activities could include PLCs, Classroom Visits, Coaching, Workshops, etc.

Boston Area:

Mami Wentworth, Mel Henriksen (Wentworth Institute of Technology)