OUR MODEL

The Leadership Institute is a multi-year partnership between Dignitas and schools designed to equip educators to transform education in their community. The Leadership Institute includes four programs in combination to catalyze transformation and sustain development. Visit our profile on Umoja Primary School to see our partnership and model in action.

Leadership Training Institute (LTI)

This intensive 3-week classroom-based training introduces ideas and concepts that empower educators to be inspiring leaders and excellent teachers. The aim is to shift beliefs, attitudes, and values so that educators see the potential in their schools and students. The Training Institute lays the foundation for educators to take charge of improving their schools and catalyzes school improvement efforts.

Coaching

Our professional coaches provide personalized, in-class mentoring to Leadership Training Institute fellows. Coaching focuses on practical applications of skills and concepts learned in training to ensure they are implemented in the classroom. This is a critical step to producing career-long improvements. Individualized coaching also ensures that each teacher receives support specific to his or her needs and abilities. Read more about our coaching approach and meet one of our coaches on the blog.

Workshops

Our workshops provide targeted professional development for both school leaders and teachers and build more complex knowledge and skills on top of the foundation created in the LTI. Workshops also specifically address cross-cutting issues that affect all schools as well as topics that are best-suited to group learning. Read about our August 2015 workshop series on the blog.

Infrastructure Support

Dignitas recognizes many schools in marginalized communities lack the basic level of infrastructure necessary to begin improving education quality. Furthermore, Dignitas seeks to empower schools by preparing educators to independently seek financial stability and external support. Therefore, Dignitas provides small grants to partner schools and uses this process to coach school staff on resource acquisition and maintenance skills. Read about one aspect of our infrastructure support program: uniform distributions.

Learn more about how these programs work together to affect change through our partnership with schools.