The School District and the Development of Trust in New Principals: Policies and Actions that Influence Succession

Part of the Studies in Educational Leadership book series (SIEL, volume 13)


Administrator turnover is an important event in the life of a school as principals provide direction for the school and have the potential to affect its culture. This chapter builds on earlier findings concerning the establishment of trust in a new principal’s administration. In this chapter, we explore the external factors by focusing on the role that school districts play in creating a policy and procedural environment that affects the development of trust between teachers and principals, particularly in schools that have experienced rapid turnover in principals. Practices used by different principals in order to build relationships may be able to provide greater insight into the process of succession. Furthermore, teachers who frequently experience leadership succession events would likely have insights and opinions about the patterns of succession processes. We were interested in whether some processes and practices were more successful than others in fostering trust in the new administrator.


School District School Board Succession Event Central Office School Council 
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The authors would like to thank the administrators and teachers who kindly agreed to be part of this study.

This research is supported by the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada .


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of EducationUniversity of Western OntarioLondonCanada
  2. 2.Faculty of EducationSt. Francis Xavier UniversityAntigonishCanada
  3. 3.School of EducationUniversity of NottinghamNottinghamUK
  4. 4.Faculty of EducationMount Saint Vincent UniversityHalifaxCanada

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