Teacher Leadership Toolset
for equity and learning

The toolset has been designed to support the development of teacher leadership in school cultures with a flat hierarchy which are undergoing transformation, oriented to equity and learning as the theory of action driving their work with all students. Such deep cultural change requires schools to become learning organizations, in which all professionals see themselves as learners and in which highly effective professionals are recognized and leveraged for improving school quality.



Tool #5: My P-Group
“My P-Groups” is a tool for identifying and working in a structured and focused manner with colleagues who are sources of positive energy. P-Group work is structured as a professional learning community. It is based on the principle of self-choice as a way to support new teacher leaders in role-taking and role-making, in particular in schools where teacher leadership is just beginning to emerge and its role and function are not yet clearly defined.

What do we mean by teacher leadership?

Teacher leaders are highly effective teachers who accept responsibility beyond classroom instruction for a task or function which contributes to quality development at their school. These teachers act as leading professionals, drawing upon external and experiential knowledge to continually improve their practice with a focus on equity and learning. They are sources of inspiration for their colleagues and ambassadors for their schools.

By taking on a teacher leadership role, teachers “break ranks” and become visible to colleagues as leaders. Where teacher leadership is new, “breaking ranks” in the flat hierarchy typically found in school cultures commonly results in irritation, on a spectrum from speaking up and attracting attention to designed intervention and resistance.

There are many ways in which Tool #5 may be used. Here are two suggestions:

School leaders (principals and teacher leaders) consciously suspend past experiences, constructs, personal perceptions and pre-judgements to work systematically in an inquiry mode. The principle underlying the inquiry is: Each of us is important and has an important contribution to make in our school.

Steps of a p-group activity


Suggested topics, materials and organization of a p-group activity (60-minute session)

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