LogoThe aim of the program is to help schools create a learning and teaching environment that supports the student. This is done by supporting the abilities of the schools in implementing evidence-based and collaborative leadership practices. Schools that participate in Future School program, can move from determining their needs to their sustainable implementation in everyday school life. 

The concept of school improvement

Future School addresses the importance of the change in the school culture, which is achieved through following the qualities of the change process - dialogue, meaningfulness, ownership. These qualities represent in as the guiding principles to the three cornerstones of the programme:

  • distributed leadership for teacher collaborative learning throughout the program, school teams learn how to consciously manage change and to create favourable environment for that.
  • evidence-driven decision-making – schools monitor and analyse the change process (teachers as researchers).
  • co-creation for improving students' learning – schools analyse students´ learning processes and based on the areas that need improvement, they plan and try different improvement activities and new approaches that are developed with university specialists. The impact of these activities are analysed. Collaboration happens on three levels – inside the school, between university and school, and between different schools.

Cornerstones frame the joint improvement process for the schools and university.


Future School Team and Mentors

Scool improvement team

School improvement mentors

  • Hiie Asser, Principal of Tartu Annelinna Gymnasium
  • Sirje Kautsaar, Principal of Rae Gymnasium
  • Anu Köidam, Principal of Ilmatsalu Basic School
  • Sigrid Melts, Deputy Director of Tallinn European School
  • Kristi Mumm, Head of Education at Forseliuse School
  • Margo Sootla, Principal of Paide Gymnasium
  • Ene Tannberg, Principal of Miina Härma Gymnasium
  • Tiina Tiit, Head of Education at Pelgulinna Gymnasium

Published articles


  • Eisenschmidt, E., Ahtiainen, R., Kondratjev, B. S., Sillavee, R. (2021). A study of Finnish and Estonian principals’ perceptions of strategies that foster teacher involvement in school development. International Journal of Leadership in Education, 1−24.
  • Eisenschmidt, E., Vanari, K., Tammets, K. (2020). Tulevikukool: Eesti kooliuuenduse praktikast. M. Heidmets (Toim.). Haridusmõte (508−536). Tallinn: Tallinna Ülikooli Kirjastus. (Education).
  • Nakus, D. 2019. Õpetajate õpioskuste alaste teadmiste kujunemine õpiringi abil ühe kooli näitel [Master thesis]. Tallinn: Tallinn University.
  • Oppi, P. (2023). Teacher leadership – supporting teachers’ collaborative learning in Estonian schools. [Doctoral Thesis]. 
  • Oppi, P.; Eisenschmidt, E. (2022). Developing a professional learning community through teacher leadership: a case in one Estonian school. Teaching and Teacher Education, 1. DOI: 10.1016/j.tatelp.2022.100011.
  • Oppi, P.; Eisenschmidt, E.; Jõgi, A-L. (2022). Teacher’s readiness for leadership – a strategy for school development. School Leadership and Management.
  • Oppi, P.; Eisenschmidt, E.; Stingu, M. (2020). Seeking sustainable ways for school development: teachers’ and principals’ views regarding teacher leadership. International Journal of Leadership in Education, 1−23. DOI: 10.1080/13603124.2020.1849809.
  • Poom-Valickis, K., Eisenschmidt, E., Leppiman, A. (2021). Creating and Developing a Collaborative and Learning-Centred School Culture: Views of Estonian School Leaders. Center for Educational Policy Studies Journal, 1−21.
  • Rääk, K.; Eisenschmidt, E.; Tammets, K. (2021). Exploring the Perceptions of Estonian Teachers’ Data Use in School Development. Education Sciences, 11 (6), 26.05.2021. DOI: 10.3390/educsci11060262
  • Tirri, K., Eisenschmidt, E., Poom- Valickic, K., Kuusisto, E. (2021). Current Challenges in School Leadership in Estonia and Finland: A Multiple-Case Study among Exemplary Principals. Education Research International, 1-11.
  • Vanari K. & Eisenschmidt E. (2022) Missions, Visions, and Goals for School Improvement - A Typology of Estonian Schools, Leadership and Policy in Schools, DOI: 10.1080/15700763.2022.2160360
  • Vanari, K. (2020). Ülikooli ja kooli partnerlus tõenduspõhiseks kooliarenduseks süsteemiteoreetilisest vaatenurgast [Thesis, Tartu Ülikool]. https://dspace.ut.ee/handle/10062/67106 


Vanari, K., Tammets, K., Eisenschmidt, E. (2020). School-university partnership for evidence-driven school development. in Tirri K., Toom A. (Eds.). Pedagogy and Pedagogical Challenges (1−10). Helsinki: IntechOpen. 

Future Schools and educational institutions that have completed a development program based on the Future School methodology

Future Schools



1 Muraste School
2 Tallinn 32nd High School
3 Pääsküla School
4 Rahumäe Basic School



5 Tallinn Art Gymnasium
6 Ruila Basic School
7 Pelgulinna Gymnasium
8 Peetri Kindergarten-Basic School
9 Väätsa Basic School



10 Open School
11 Kadriorg German Gymnasium
12 Raasiku Basic School
13 Tartu Private School
14 Tartu Forseliuse School
15 Viimsi Gymnasium



16 Tallinn School of Service
17 Kallavere High School
18 Ilmatsalu Basic School
19 Luua Forestry School
20 Rapla Central School



21 Võru Kreutzwaldi School
22 Viljandi Jakobson School
23 Kalamaja Basic School
24 Valga Basic School
25 Tallinn Arte Gymnasium



26 Oskar Luts Palamuse Gymnasium
27 Tartu Veeriku School
28 Tallinn Mahtra Basic School
29 Tallinn Mustamäe Gymnasium, Primary School Level



30 Ehte Humanities Gymnasium
31 Lilleküla Gymnasium
32 Türi Basic School
33 Hiiu School
34 Kadrina High School

The schools participating in the 3rd-year School Development Program



35 Paistu School
36 Holstre School
37 Kärdla Basic School
38 Käru Basic School
39 Vara Basic School



40 Kuristiku Gymnasium
41 Merivälja Basic School
42 Tallinn Mahtra Basic School, II level
43 Tallinn United Gymnasium
44 Viimsi School

The Future School Program for Schools Transitioning to Estonian-language Education



45 Narva Gymnasium
46 Maardu Gymnasium
47 Tartu Annelinn School

Evidence-Driven Leadership for Mental Health Supportive School Culture



48 Käina School
49 Lihula Gymnasium
50 Tallinn German Gymnasium
51 Türi Basic School
52 Võnnu High School

Entrepreneurial School Development Programme: Evidence-Driven Leadership for Enterpreneurial School Culture



53 Iisaku Gymnasium
54 Illuka School
55 Jõhvi Basic School
56 Kiviõli 1st High School
57 Kohtla-Järve Gymnasium
58 Kohtla-Järve Järve School
59 Maleva Basic School in Kohtla-Järve

Leading Learning in Hobby Schools



60 Tallinn Nõmme Hobby School
61 Tallinn Music School
62 Tallinn Art School
63 Tallinn Kopli Youth Center
64 Tallinn Kanutiaia Hobby School
65 Tallinn Hobby Center Kullo
66 Tallinn Tondiraba Hobby School
67 Nõmme Music School
68 Mustamäe Children's Creative House
69 Lasnamäe Music School

Development of Educational Innovations based on the Principles of Change Management



70 Ehte Humanities Gymnasium
71 Kindergarten Ojake
72 Kindergarten Paekaare
73 Tallinn's Liikuri Kindergarten
74 Tallinn Järveotsa Gymnasium
75 Tallinn Art Gymnasium
76 Tallinn Kindergarten Pääsusilm
77 Tallinn Lepatriinu Kindergarten
78 Tallinn Liikuri Kindergarten
79 Tallinn Meelespea Kindergarten
80 Tallinn Mustakivi Kindergarten
81 Tallinn Paekaare Kindergarten
82 Tallinn Teacher's House


Evidence-Based Management Preschool Management



83 Kiikhobu Kindergarten
84 Lepatriinu Kindergarten
85 Männiku Kindergarten
86 Männikäbi Kindergarten
87 Tallinn Bellflower Kindergarten
88 Tallinn Cat's Family Kindergarten
89 Tallinn Magdaleena Kindergarten
90 Tuule Kindergarten



91 Private Kindergarten Tiki-Triki
92 Kiiu Kiigepõnni Kindergarten
93 Kindergarten Naeratus
94 Children's Club Midrimaailm
95 Daycare Center Päkapikk
96 Salme Kindergarten-Primary School
97 Tallinn Spring Kindergarten
98 Tallinn Birch Kindergarten
99 Tallinn Cuckoo Kindergarten
100 Tallinn Naksitrallid Kindergarten
101 Tallinn Nõmmekannike Kindergarten
102 Tallinn Bluebird Kindergarten
103 Tallinn Loitsu Kindergarten
104 Tallinn Mürakaru Kindergarten



105 Kehtna Kindergarten Siller
106 Luunja Kindergarten Midrimaa
107 Rapla Kindergarten Kelluke
108 Saku Kindergarten Terake



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