Build a learning community of teachers across the state

Build a learning community of teachers across the state

Tamil Nadu state government in India employs ~290k teachers who are spread across schools in various districts and towns in the state. Collaboration among so many teachers spread so widely was a problem the department wanted to solve.

The teachers during their daily research come across new and better methods/resources for teaching. This discovery previously remained limited to themselves or their immediate colleagues. However, with Workplace they are now sharing such useful educational resources among the state-wide teaching community so that everyone can watch and learn from such localised findings. This promotes collaboration and helps build a learning organisation.

And the language isn’t a barrier. Although most teachers share in their local language ‘Tamil’ but others could use the ‘See Translation’ feature to read it in their chosen language if it was different from Tamil.


  • Peer led learning & development at scale
  • Enhanced collaboration through feedback loops
  • Better trained and prepared teaching staff

How to do it in your organisation in three simple steps

  • Create subject specific groups and keep them ‘open’ privacy type for all interested people to see the contents. Allow any member to add more members for enhanced visibility and allow all members to post. 
  • Have a relevant cover picture for this group and make a pinned post that conveys the objective of this group
  • Encourage initial champions to share their learning and development content to get the group going

About the organisation

Tamil Nadu is the 2nd largest state economy in India with a GDP of USD 220 billion (larger than the likes of New Zealand, Greece and Venezuela as on Nov’18). Their public school education department employs ~290k teachers who are spread across various districts and towns in the state.

More about the organisation here.

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