Trust Matters: Leadership for Successful Schools / Edition 1

Trust Matters: Leadership for Successful Schools / Edition 1

by Megan Tschannen-Moran
     
 

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ISBN-10: 078797434X

ISBN-13: 9780787974343

Pub. Date: 08/06/2004

Publisher: Wiley

In today’s complex and rapidly changing environment, trust is difficult to achieve and maintain. However, trust is an essential element for the smooth functioning of any organization and especially in our schools. School leaders must cultivate trust if they are to fulfill their fundamental mission of educating students to be productive citizens.

Trust

Overview

In today’s complex and rapidly changing environment, trust is difficult to achieve and maintain. However, trust is an essential element for the smooth functioning of any organization and especially in our schools. School leaders must cultivate trust if they are to fulfill their fundamental mission of educating students to be productive citizens.

Trust Matters offers educators a practical, hands-on guide for establishing and maintaining trust within their schools as well as providing information on how to repair trust that has been damaged. Written by Megan Tschannen-Moran–an expert on the topic of trust and schools–Trust Matters is based in solid research. It outlines the five key elements on which individuals base their trust judgments (benevolence, honesty, openness, reliability, and competency) and explores the factors that influence the development of trust. The book explores the leader’s role in fostering high quality relationships among teachers, students, and parents and examines examples of positive outcomes of trusting school environments.

To clearly illustrate how trust influences the success (or failure) of schools, the author includes three examples of real-life school principals–all working in high-poverty urban elementary schools–to show how they handled the issue of trust. The successful principal balanced a concern for tasks with a concern for relationships within her school and created an environment that fostered trust. The other two principals failed, one because she was an overzealous reformer who alienated her faculty and the other because he lost the faith of his faculty by avoiding conflict. The lessons learned from these experiences provide a guide for establishing trust in our schools.

Each chapter contains a "Putting It into Action" section that offers practical advice for utilizing the book’s key suggestions in schools. The book also provides surveys, scoring directions, and norms for assigning the level of trust in schools.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780787974343
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
08/06/2004
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
6.34(w) x 9.22(h) x 0.95(d)

Table of Contents

1. A Matter of Trust.

2. What Is Trust?

3. Cultivating Trust.

4. Betrayal.

5. Revenge.

6. Teachers Trusting One Another.

7. Fostering Trust with Students and Parents.

8. Restoring Trust.

9. Becoming a Trustworthy Leader.

Appendices.

A. Measures of Trust in Schools.

B. Guide to Principals for Presenting Results of the Trust Surveys to Your Faculty.

C. Study Participants.

D. Directions for Future Research.

References.

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