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 #6: School Walkthrough
The School Walkthrough is a tool for criteria-based school development focused on key development areas in school improvement. Each rubric materialises and operationalises the norms, values and practices in regard to diversity, competence, backwards design, flexible differentiation, assessment and mindfulness of learning, resilience fostering school culture, as well as digital competence, team teaching and shared leadership, which is shown here as the most relevant tool for establishing teacher leadership.

Working with School Walkthrough

Exploring roles through improvisational theatre

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 #6 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.

Suggested steps of a school walkthrough activity

Identifying unused potential

A school walkthrough activity example: Focus on Shared Leadership

Not yet Beginning Developing Target Innovating
Clarity of roles

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