Social Trust: A Moral Resource for School Improvement

January, 1996
Anthony S. Bryk and Barbara Schneider

Do trusting relationships among adults in a school help children learn? In an era of widespread distrust of educational institutions and their ability to educate children, Chicago attempted to expand local control in order to improve its schools, calling on parents, teachers, and administrators to "join together in sustained cooperative efforts around school improvement." This report reveals that a trusting school climate is an important resource for improving teaching and learning. 

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