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Rania Sawalhi

Welcome at my page which reflects my time as a PhD student. My dissertation is titled” Teacher Leadership in Qatari Schools; Opportunities and Challenges'.


About me

After I graduated with a Bachelor's degree, I started my educational career teaching years 5-12, then working as academic vice principal, principal, strategic and project development manager, E- Learning director, research assistant and working in Qatar Univ. as Field training specialist.

Education is my passion and I believe teaching is the one profession that creates other professions.

My Master's project was about Qatar national professional standards implementation in Qatari independent schools. Also leading the implementation of “Leader in Me” in Al-Maha Academy, becoming the first school in the Middle East to apply this program.

I launched the first Educational Leadership Lab in Arab countries.

With practical experience and Train the trainers certificate. Giving more than 500 workshops and training sessions in Qatar and other countries. Presented in QTESOL 2009, SEC First action research conference , and in The first humanity conference. received many award i.e.the excellence award in 2009 from College of Education, Qatar University

Conducted my studies, e.g. Promoting reading in the Arab world
The book club model

About my thesis

Despite the extensive literature authored on teacher leadership in many western countries, relatively little attention has been given to such studies in Qatar or in the Middle East. In this mixed methods PhD dissertation, it is aimed to explore teacher leaders’ roles and responsibilities, opportunities and challenges in Qatari independent schools. The quantitative phase consists of sending a modified questionnaire, based on Teacher Leaders Inventory tool developed by (Angelle & DeHart 2011), to all independent schools in Qatar to examine the relationship between teachers and school leaders perceptions of the extent of teacher leadership in schools and the grade level, degree level and leadership status of the respondents. While in the qualitative phase a selected sample will be interviewed to explore in-depth teacher leaders’ self-perceptions towards the opportunities they have and the challenges they face and share practices.

Qatar, educational leadership, teacher leadership, shared leadership, distributed leadership.


•IRB Memeber, CITI, 2016

  • Diploma of Refugees' studies.2013

• Public policy analysis 2013

• Diploma in Total Quality management(2012)

• Diploma in Japanese management, Kaizen 2012

• Certified manager, Cambridge 2010

• Trainer of trainers (TOT) , British Council, 2009

• Master degree of Education Leadership, Qatar University, 2009

• Diploma of Family consultant.2007


Rania Sawalhi

R dot Sawalhi at warwick dot ac dot uk