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J-WEL pK-12

J-WEL pK-12 is reinventing pre-school, elementary, middle, and high school education to develop communities of the future thinkers and doers of the planet by engaging growing numbers of diverse learners and educators through design, research and implementation of educational innovations.


Primary education systems are the foundation of economic prosperity for the societies they serve, placing students on the path to achieving their full potential. Yet, these same systems face enormous resource constraints and increasing demands from growing populations. MIT researchers are developing new knowledge about how young students learn, creating curricular approaches, and developing technologies to revolutionize pK-12 learning and help primary education systems worldwide meet their goals.



Led by Faculty Advisors Prof. Angela Belcher and Prof. Eric Klopfer, the J-WEL pK-12 Collaborative brings to life MIT’s unique “mens et manus” learning approach through experiences that combine hands-on, project-based learning and the pursuit of learning progressions centered on foundational concepts in pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade. The collaborative will explore and develop teacher education programs and hands-on STEM curriculum, rethink assessments, and scale learning technologies and tools to support project-based learning.


J-WEL pK-12 Weeks

J-WEL Weeks are signature, goal-oriented programs that provide members with first-hand access to MIT’s educational resources and practice. The pK-12 Collaborative’s vision for the J-WEL Week is to bring together global participants with the MIT community in a conversation about pK-12 education best practices. Through a variety of sessions, as well as opportunities for networking, participants will learn about the work underway at MIT and collaboratively engage in designing solutions to benefit learners and educators in pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade education.