The Dictionary by Merriam-Webster defines trust as “assured reliance on the character, ability, strength, or truth of someone or something” or “one in which confidence is placed” (trust. 2018. In Merriam-Webster.com). I believe that describes the necessary relationships that create a healthy and effective school.
Everyone involved in the education of a child, including the child, must have trust with each other: (1) Parents must trust the teachers and administrators to do what is in the best interest of their child. (2) Teachers and administrators must trust parents to back them on discipline issues and enforce habits and behaviors taught in the classroom. (3) Children must trust all of these people to keep them safe, love them, and steer them in the right direction for successful learning. (4) Teachers and administrators must trust children to follow directions and commit to their part of the learning process. And, (5) parents are asked to trust their child to make good choices and to communicate truthful information.
Without trust, schools become ineffective organizations, with constituents feeling the need to defend, deflect, and confront. With trust, schools can focus on collaboration, positive communication, and support.
As we approach the first day of school, creating and cultivating trust is the number one goal of the faculty, administration and staff at Noble Academy. We want to answer parent questions, learn about each child, and start the process of consistent communication that is a hallmark of our school.
Trust is hard to earn, but easy to lose, and we recognize that fact. Many families find Noble Academy because we offer the types of personal relationships with students and families that trust is built on. Our aim is to help all of our families have trust in the education their child is receiving.
We are excited to see our new and returning families and to continue the trust building process in the 2018-2019 school year!