The Institute for Learning and Teaching (ILT) was founded in 1970 as an expression of the university's commitment to the public service mission of an explicitly urban campus. With the financial support of the Ford Foundation and under the leadership of a respected educator, Gregory Anrig, the institute was created to focus on an in-service education and to foster innovative approaches to educational change.
ILT programs have been offered in many cities and towns throughout the state, with substantial involvement in Boston, Cambridge, Somerville, Quincy, Salem, Lawrence, Lowell, Fall River, and New Bedford. The institute has a successful track record in fundraising, regularly securing close to $1 million per year in grants from public and private funding sources, including corporations, businesses, foundations, and federal and state governments.
Current supporters of ILT programs include the following: the Amelia Peabody Foundation, the federal government, the Tomfohrde Foundation, the Boston Public Schools' Department of Language Learning and Support Services, the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, the Clipper Ship Foundation, the National Writing Project, the Calderon Foundation, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the Liberty Mutual Foundation, and the Massachusetts Foundation for Humanities.