For the most part, kids are out of school for the summer, which means now is when some of the hardest work of educators is being done.

As one former principal told me, two especially important elements characterize a successful school year: “opening and closing a school. If you don’t get that right — along with all the other — you are doomed.”

The opening of school, of course, is when kids are most excited and teachers freshest. It is when the culture and climate is set for the year, and when kids learn the routines and expectations.

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