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How Relationships Drive School Improvement—And Actionable Data Foster Strong Relationships


As a teacher of 10 years I find that teaching is very isolating unless we are able to create communities of practice to share ideas with one another. Teachers are in need of a supportive environment that has structures in place to help further their skills, involve them in decision-making processes and allow for creative flexibility. Organizational factors do foster strong relationships as participation breeds commitment. Committed teachers may have strong psychological ties to their school, their students, or their subject areas. (Firestone, Pennell 1993).

Within this article, I do agree that relationships within the school system whether it be through the administration, or students, they are important. Just like the article states from a publication called the 5essentials, what makes an elementary/middle school strong is -- strong leaders, professional capacity, parent-community ties, instructional guidance, and a student centered learning climate. When looking at a school setting, the parent-community involvement is key because they are the ones who are letting their children attend these schools. Although the article does not go into depth with this essential, it is definitely one to look at but I am glad that it mentioned it. Another thing from the article is just creating an environment where the admin (principal) can trust the staff (teachers) and where the teachers can trust each other, and lastly, where the student can trust the staff. In "A Study of Relationships between Teacher Leadership, Student Trust, and Studnent Commitment to Ethical Goodness" it focused on the leadership of the teacher in the classroom to gain the students trust. I think this could be applied to all areas though which is the concept of "influence." Everyone should be able to take part in this because we are constantly influencing people whether that be our own staff, students, or each other-- it is an important concept to keep in mind.

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