Recent research reveals that 90 percent of school leaders say building trust is important to their mission, yet only about half were confident in their ability to do so. Additional research shows that high levels of trust in educational institutions and their leaders result in significant benefits — including greater financial stability, fewer behavior management issues, healthier parent and community relations, increased faculty and staff retention rates, and higher levels of student achievement. But despite the positive outcomes related to high trust levels with school leaders, few schools intentionally invest time, energy, or resources to develop trust in their leaders.
The behaviors of a trusted school leader who can support a healthy school environment are many, varied, and interconnected. Like a suspension bridge in their need for stable structural components, school leaders build trust by assembling seven key interworking elements. Then, as they work to ensure the structural components fall firmly into place, they transform into trusted leaders able to advance the school’s central mission with the buy-in and support of the full school community.
Dr. Toby A. Travis is the founder of TrustED®, a framework for school improvement focused on developing trusted leaders. The application of his research serves as the basis for the TrustED® School Leader 360 Assessment, which schools worldwide utilize to inform school improvement initiatives. In addition, he is an Executive Consultant with the Global School Consulting Group, an Adjunct Professor for the International Graduate Program of Educators for the State University of New York College at Buffalo, an experienced teacher and administrator, and currently serves as the Superintendent of The Village Christian Academy in Fayetteville, North Carolina.
In today’s episode, Dr. Toby and James talk about his latest book “TrustED: The Bridge to School Improvement.” which reminds educators and parents that trust is the key component for healthy, successful learning.