About this episode

What is one of the key ingredients for the health of any organization that starts with a ’T’? Likely you guessed it—it’s TRUST. In a school district, how is trust established between superintendents and principals? That’s what we asked Dr. Justin Benna, a professor in North Dakota who has studied and written on this very topic. Lean in, listen, and enjoy!

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Justin Benna is an Assistant Professor of Practice in the School of Education at North Dakota State University where he teaches courses for aspiring and practicing school leaders. He arrived at NDSU after serving elementary schools for nearly three decades as a teacher and principal. His research focuses on the relational aspects of school life, new principal mentoring, and the efficacy of learning and teaching in educational leadership with publications in such journals as the Journal of School Leadership and the AASA Journal of Scholarship and Practice. He is actively involved in and has presented his scholarship at both state and national-level professional and academic associations. He holds degrees from Wartburg College (BA), Iowa State University (MEd), and the University of New Hampshire (Ph.D.).

About Jeff Rose, Vice President of Leadership Development at Cognia
Forward-thinking executive leader with over 20 years of education experience (3X Superintendent, Curriculum Director, Principal, & Classroom Teacher), primed to support leaders in their pursuit of solving the most complicated educational problems of practice.