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Stage Two: Storming
Teams in the Storming stage are ready to pursue concrete steps for making their teacher-powered school a reality. The team focus in this stage is design: establishing the models for leadership, teaching, learning, and management that the school leadership team will use once the school is running. Your design team will also seek outside support and approval for the school and governance model that you are designing.
This is a good time to remember that there is no perfect order for pursuing the steps in this stage. In fact, of all the stages in this guide, Storming is the section that includes the most information and resources. Since there are a number of steps, you can expect to go back and forth among them as your team designs an effective plan.
Your team will quickly discover that, as one teacher put it, the design process is “not for the faint of heart.” Before you get started, peruse the entire section and form a strong yet flexible plan that will help you stay on track. Rushing through this stage is not recommended. Take the time you need to design and set up your school for success.
Storming stage steps include:
Design team facilitation resources.
Leadership resources, sample organizational charts, and planning for leadership changes.
- Creating a high-performance culture
- Developing a shared purpose
- Deciding whether to formally organize the teacher team
- Determining an approach to teacher evaluation and tenure
- Ensuring the teacher-powered team is a community of learners
- Defining budgeting processes and priorities
- Creating a strategy for attracting families
Identifying funding sources, finding time to design, connecting with a start-up coach, securing political support, and discovering tools and ideas for potential supporters.