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ERIC Number: ED495579
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Apr-13
Pages: 144
Abstractor: ERIC
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-4129-1513-7
Building Trust for Better Schools: Research-Based Practices
Kochanek, Julie Reed
Corwin Press
Relationships between principals, teachers, and parents cannot be ignored when attempting school reform. No matter how innovative the changes or ideas, reform is unlikely to succeed unless the adults work together to implement it. This book answers the question of how to build trust within the school community. Parents are dependent on teachers to educate their children. Teachers are dependent on principals to create school conditions that are conducive to helping children learn. This excellent new resource identifies links between the growth of trust and positive organizational outcomes that benefit school improvement efforts. But how do we build trust? The author offers an innovative process model of trust building. Increased trust in schools: (1) fosters participation among faculty in school reform efforts; (2) creates a greater openness to innovation among teachers; (3) increases outreach to parents; and (4) produces even higher academic productivity in schools. There is a need for efficient sharing of information in schools across role relationships. This can be done with the building of trust between principals, teachers, and parents as they work together toward a common goal! Following a foreword (Anthony S. Bryk) and preface, this book presents seven chapters: (1) Introduction: Making a Case for Trust; (2) Trust Building as a Developmental Process; (3) MacNeil Elementary School: Improving a High-Trust School; (4) Mills Elementary School: Starting From a Lack of Trust; (5) Cole Magnet Elementary School: Coming Back to Trust; (6) An Examination of Trust Building through Quantitative Analyses; and (7) Implementing Trust-Building Strategies in Your School. The following resources are also included: (1) CCSR Relational Trust Measures; and (2) Measures of Key Concepts of Trust Building. The book concludes with a list of references and an index.
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