At Dignitas, we empower educators to transform their schools through leadership development and instructional coaching so that their schools become vibrant places of learning where all children thrive and succeed.

Each partner school receives individualized support for at least one year. The Partnership Progression demonstrates a high-level overview of how Dignitas seeks to develop in educators the skills, attitudes, and beliefs that will transform school staff into leaders who can independently drive school improvements and development.

The gradual release of the I-Do, We-Do, You-Do approach is essential for creating sustainable change. See how our partnership progresses in a real school community at Umoja Primary School.


In the first phase of partnership, Dignitas focuses on sharing knowledge that educators will need in their toolkit as they seek to improve their own practice and the whole school. In this phase, Dignitas often needs to model and teach new concepts, particularly through the Leadership Training Institute, which is the first and a foundational step in school partnership. Dignitas invites fellows from each school to participate in LI to ensure that a critical mass of school leaders feel motivated and are prepared to support school improvement.


After partner educators have had time to develop an understanding of new skills and concepts, Dignitas shifts more responsibility for learning and school improvement onto the partner school themselves. In Phase Two, it’s important that fellows start leading school change with mentorship and feedback from Dignitas. The workshops and coaching conducted in Phase Two builds on previous training to help educators progress further in personal and school development.


In the final phase of partnership, schools are expected to continue school improvement efforts independently, with minimal support from Dignitas. Dignitas provides a limited number of workshops in response to demonstrated need and on-call support. In this final phase, it is schools who set the agenda and priorities for interaction. Dignitas also continues to monitor school development and conducts a final evaluation to determine if schools are fully equipped to exit the partnership and continue school transformation efforts.

How we Partner 

A one year Leadership Institute for instructional leadership teams committed to improving the quality of teaching and learning in community schools. Instructional leaders are school leaders (educators in official leadership roles such as Head teachers and Deputies), and Teacher Leaders (teachers of influence who are emerging leaders). In cohorts of 3-5 fellows from each partner school, instructional leadership cohorts learn and grow together to transform their schools.

A one year Leadership Institute exclusively for Head teachers and their Deputies. Developed and run in partnership with Global School Leaders, the program provides targeted professional development to improve instructional leadership and student learning outcomes.

Upon request, Dignitas provides customized professional development and training to help schools and educational organizations increase effectiveness, address gaps, and improve learning. After consultation, the Dignitas team will create a unique training program according to the identified needs and available resources.