Opportunities for Trust Building in Times of Discord

Type: Article
Topics: Equity, Journal of Scholarship and Practice, Leadership Development

January 01, 2023

Trust, built over time, can be lost in a moment. Temporal and fragile, it is vulnerable to missteps, miscommunication, and mischief. Today’s school leaders operate in charged political environments fraught with controversies often sparked by design to sew discord and skepticism. Even for established and respected leaders with strong school-community relationships, today’s climate makes trust a tenuous commodity.

Public schools have been under scrutiny for at least since the A Nation at Risk report was published in 1983 and perhaps before that when in 1954 economist Milton Friedman called for reduced investment in “government schools” while providing parents with choice through vouchers (Friedman, 1955).


Ken Mitchell, EdD Editor AASA Journal of Scholarship and Practice Winter 2023
Editorial Review Board
AASA Journal of Scholarship and Practice

Kenneth Mitchell, Manhattanville College

Associate Editor
Barbara Dean, AASA, The School Superintendents Association

Editorial Review Board
Jessica Anspach, Montclair State University
Brandon Beck, Ossining Public Schools
Gina Cinotti, Netcong Public Schools, New Jersey
Michael Cohen, Denver Public Schools
Betty Cox, University of Tennessee, Martin
Vance Dalzin, Carthage College, Kenosha, WI
Mary Lynne Derrington, University of Tennessee
Ryan Fisk, East Rockaway Public Schools, NY
Denver J. Fowler, Southern Connecticut State University
Daniel Gutmore, Seton Hall University
Gregory Hauser, Roosevelt University, Chicago
Steve Hernon, St. John’s University
Zach Kelehear, Augusta University, GA
Kevin Majewski, Seton Hall University
Joanne Marien, Manhattanville College
Nelson Maylone, Eastern Michigan University
Robert S. McCord, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Emeritus
Barbara McKeon, Broome Street Academy Charter High School, New York, NY
Margaret “Terry” Orr, Fordham University
Brian Osborne, Lehigh University
David J. Parks, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Joseph Phillips, Manhattanville College
Joseph Ricca, White Plains City School District
Thomas C. Valesky, Florida Gulf Coast University, Emeritus
Charles Wheaton, Leadership Services, Granger, WA