The Teacher-Leader Collaborative Grants program, made possible through the generous support of the William Penn Foundation, reinforced strong collaboration between principals and teachers as a means to increase broad-based leadership in Philadelphia schools. The program provided an opportunity for teams of teacher-leaders and their principal, led by a designated project lead, to apply for grants totaling between $5,000 and $15,000 to address a school-specific challenge to student learning.

Research clearly points to the impact that distributed leadership has on student achievement gains – highlighting the positive impact of shared responsibility for students’ learning. The Teacher-Leader Collaborative Grants Program builds on these findings by encouraging and supporting teachers and principals to work together in identifying the challenge, applying for the grant, and implementing the initiative, thus having the greatest possible positive impact on their school communities.