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Bryk, A. S. and Schneider, B. (2003). Trust in Schools: A Core Resource for School Reform. ASCD.

This article emphasizes the importance of social and relational trust to school improvement. Strategies to develop mutual respect and trust are discussed. Strategies include listening during conflict, displaying openness to new ideas, demonstrating competence in core responsibilities, and exhibiting integrity and follow through.

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Cowan, D. (2009). Creating a Community of Professional Learners: An Inside View. SEDL.

Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) build collegiality and drive school improvement by focusing on teaching and learning. In this article, the author presents six steps to improving the quality of work produced by PLCs.

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Seikaly, L. (2012). Tips from School Improvement Leaders. School Improvement in Maryland.

A common obstacle for school improvement is too many demands and too little time. The author of this article discusses the aligned school improvement process, which prioritizes tasks and clarifies problems and goals. Eight suggestions are made to align school improvement efforts.

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Starr, L. (2010). Creating a Climate For Learning. Education World.

This article provides twelve key steps for developing and communicating policies and procedures for student conduct. An example student/parent/teacher compact is included. Minute-by-minute monitoring strategies are included, along with teacher ideas for classroom rewards and consequences.