Ed Directions’ coaches emphasize that academic leaders need to make sure that the opening of school is successful. It has to be planned, marketed, and implemented so that all students finish the Opening Period knowing that they can be successful this year. Since the Formative Period follows directly on the heels of the Opening Period, all staff must understand the opportunity offered by the Formative Period for developing learners and improving student potential.
This also has to be planned and marketed before school starts so that teachers can be prepared, and they don’t lose instructional momentum trying to make an unanticipated switch in focus. The preparation for a successful Formative Period begins with effective leadership in the weeks before school starts.