Faculty of Education

Faculty of Education
Faculty of Education

Visiting Scholar Presentation by Megan Tschannen-Moran

Join us for a visiting scholar presentation by Dr. Megan Tschannen-Moran:

Cultivating Trust as a Key Resource for School Success

1:00 pm
Tuesday, September 20​, 2016
Duncan McArthur Hall A237

Megan Tschannen-Moran

Dr. Megan Tschannen-Moran is a professor of educational leadership at the College of William and Mary School of Education. She prepares prospective school leaders in the Educational Policy, Planning, and Leadership program. Her research focuses on relationships of trust in school settings and how these are related to important outcomes such as the collective efficacy beliefs of a school faculty, teacher professionalism, and student achievement. Another line of research examines teachers’ self-efficacy beliefs and the relationship of those beliefs to teacher behavior and student outcomes. She has published more than 40 scholarly articles and book chapters. Her book Trust Matters: Leadership for Successful Schools (2014, 2nd ed. Jossey-Bass) reports the experience of three principals and the consequences of their successes and failures to build trust. Her second book, Evocative Coaching: Transforming Schools One Conversation at a Time (2010, Jossey-Bass) co-authored with her husband Bob, presents a person-centered, no-fault, strengths-based model for supporting teacher professional learning. Prior to earning her doctorate at The Ohio State University in 1998, she was the founder and principal of The Good News Educational Workshop, a non-public school serving primarily low-income students on the north side of Chicago from 1979 to 1993. See Dr. Tschannen-Moran's website.

Abstract: A growing body of research attests to the vital role that trust plays in high performing schools. The level of faculty trust in the principal and in their teacher colleagues plays an important role in the climate of collective efficacy and academic press in the school. However, teacher mutual trust between teachers and students is the most potent predictor of student achievement. In one study, over 75% of the variance in student achievement could be explained by a set of trust variables. In this presentation, we will explore the nature and meaning of trust in schools, as well as the factors influencing the dynamics of trust in today’s schools.