What is it? How do we build it? What does it look like?
"It is a greater compliment to be trusted than to be loved."
"This is the first time I have thought about trust as the work of teachers. I always thought it came from the top down, either the principal had it or didn't and that determined trust in the school. Now I realize trust is teachers' work."
Veteran Teacher, District Association Rep.
Trust has been described as the “lubricant” that keeps an organization, or school, working efficiently. A school that has developed a culture of trust is more likely to successfully implement and sustain school reform initiatives.
The intangible and complex nature of trust makes it difficult to define. However, several researchers have studied trust in schools and this information helps educators gain a better understanding of trust. One definition from the research is: “Trust is one’s willingness to be vulnerable to another based on the confidence that the other is benevolent, honest, open, reliable, and competent.” (Tschannen-Moran, 2004)
Trust is especially important in interdependent relationships like that of teachers and principals. It is an essential component in successful Professional Learning Communities. Trust is too important to be left to chance. This section provides activities and resources to help intentionally build trust into Professional Learning Communities.