Cover: Synthesizing and Sharing Insights to Accelerate Innovation Across a Global Education Network

Synthesizing and Sharing Insights to Accelerate Innovation Across a Global Education Network

A Case Study of Enseña Ecuador's and Enseña por Paraguay's Engagement with Teach For All's Teaching as Collective Leadership Framework

Published Feb 6, 2024

by Rebecca L. Wolfe, Elaine Lin Wang, Benjamin K. Master

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Research Questions

  1. How have network partners engaged with and applied Teach For All's TACL framework?
  2. What challenges have network partners encountered in their application of the TACL framework?

Teach For All is a global network of 60 independent organizations committed to educational equity. As part of its broader efforts to promote leadership in the classroom, Teach For All recently developed and released a new teaching and learning framework: the Teaching as Collective Leadership (TACL) framework. The framework is a tool that network partners can use to accelerate their development of teacher and student leadership. To illustrate how Teach For All is using the TACL framework, the authors of this report examine the efforts of two network partners—Enseña por Paraguay and Enseña Ecuador—to learn about and apply principles from the TACL framework in their unique contexts. Enseña por Paraguay and Enseña Ecuador were both early adopters of the TACL framework and report making programmatic changes since encountering the framework.

Key Findings

  • To accelerate the efforts of its network partners to develop teacher and student leadership, Teach For All has synthesized and is sharing learnings from across its entire network through a new framework for teaching and learning: Teaching as Collective Leadership (TACL).
  • Between 2021 and 2022, Teach For All global facilitated immersive learning experiences with Enseña por Paraguay and Enseña Ecuador to support these network partners' early engagement with the TACL framework. During these experiences, Teach For All global (1) provided opportunities to foster new ways of thinking, (2) created collective and shared experiences, (3) provided network partners with space to contextualize the framework, and (4) portrayed the work of implementing the TACL vision as ongoing.
  • Since engaging with the TACL framework, Enseña por Paraguay and Enseña Ecuador have refined their visions for student leadership and revised aspects of their programming to foster teaching as collective leadership.
  • Enseña por Paraguay and Enseña Ecuador representatives report facing four key challenges in their efforts involving the TACL framework: difficulty aligning perspectives across team members, time constraints, gaps between theory and day-to-day practice, and challenges related to local context.

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