Trust Matters: Leadership for Successful Schools / Edition 1

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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.

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“Megan Tschannen-Moran explains with vivid school examples how crucial the element of trust is to developing successful relations among faculty, staff, students, and parent/community members. Leadership void of trust robs a community of its potential to improve. Leadership with trust brings out the best in all of us. In such harried times in education, it is wonderful for leaders, and leaders to be, to have such a wonderfully insightful and descriptive book.”—Carl Glickman, president, The Institute for Schools, Education, and Democracy

“A thoughtful, lively, and carefully examined treatment of a very important topic.  Megan Tschannen-Moran deals with so many easily overlooked aspects of the issue of trust, in ways that reach both heart and mind. This book is practical in the best sense of that word. I hope it finds its way into hands of teachers, policymakers, school-board members, and above all parents. Trust is not merely a technical issue, but at the very heart of the dilemma of education for a democracy.”—Deborah Meier, co-principal, Mission Hills School, Boston, Massachusetts; author, The Power of Their Ideas and In Schools We Trust; and founder, Central Park East Schools

“Every school leader knows that success and the success of the school depends upon trust. What every school leaders does not know is what it means to become a trustworthy leader. Here they will find out.”—Roland S. Barth, author and educational consultant

Trust Matters is a welcome addition to the growing literature on the importance of trust in schools.  Perfect for a school-wide book study.”—Thomas J. Sergiovanni, Lillian Radford Professor of Education, Trinity University, San Antonio

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780787974343
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 8/6/2004
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.34 (w) x 9.22 (h) x 0.95 (d)

Meet the Author

Megan Tschannen-Moran is an assistant professor in the School of Education at The College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. She prepares prospective principals to be trustworthy school leaders. Her work has appeared in the Review of Educational Research, Teachers College Record, Educational Administration Quarterly, and the Journal of Educational Administration.

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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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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 3, 2004

    Fresh Advice for Beleagured Principalcs

    The practical advice in this book is invaluable for educational leaders who are under fire in today's climate. At points, it reads like a novel -- with up-close stories of 3 real-life principals. At other points, it reads like a self-help book -- with a comprehensive five-point model for understanding and building trust in schools. Once I started reading this book, I couldn't put it down. The applications were obvious and compelling. No school administrator should go without reading this book.

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