Megan Tschannen-Moran is a Professor of Educational Leadership at William & Mary School of Education. Growing out of her fourteen years of experience as the founder and principal of a school serving a primarily low-income and minority student population in a distressed neighborhood of Chicago, she is motivated to work at the intersection of theory and practice so that schools grow in their capacity to serve all students well.
Her research and scholarly publications focus on relationships of trust in school settings and how these are related to important outcomes such as the collective efficacy beliefs of a school faculty, teacher professionalism, and student achievement. Her book Trust Matters: Leadership for Successful Schools 2nd Ed. (2014, Jossey-Bass) reports the experience of three principals and the consequences of their successes and failures to build trust. Another line of research examines teachers’ self-efficacy beliefs and the relationship of those beliefs to teacher behavior and student outcomes.
Together with her husband Bob, she has published two books on coaching. Evocative Coaching: Transforming Schools One Conversation at a Time (2010, Jossey-Bass) equips those who coach teachers to improve instruction, while Evoking Greatness: Coaching to Bring Out the Best in Educational Leaders (2017) supports those who coach building level and central office leaders. Both present a person-centered, no-fault, strengths-based model for supporting professional learning.
Recently, Dr. Tschannen-Moran and her students have developed a new measure of school climate, the Vibrant School Scale, that assesses the aspirations of educational leaders, teachers, students, and parents for schools that cultivate enlivened minds (e.g., curiosity, creativity, and critical thinking), emboldened voice (e.g., democratic decision processes that include teachers, students, and parents), and playful learning.