Lesson 2: Building Trusting Relationships with Staff

The most important factor in determining the social-emotional climate of a school is the quality of the relationships among the adults on the campus–the teachers and administrators. In fact, Dr. Roland Barth, the founding Director of the Principals’ School at Harvard University claims, “The nature of relationships among the adults within a school has a greater influence on the character and quality of that school and on student accomplishment than anything else.” It starts at the top. The principal sets the tone, and if it is warm, accepting, trusting, and encouraging, it will permeate the entire school. Teachers will tend to be warm, accepting, trusting, and encouraging with one another and with their students.

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