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If you are an Early Childhood director or owner, prepare to transform your school and life with the Schools of Excellence podcast. Tune in each week to learn from Chanie Wilschanski, the founder and host of the Schools of Excellence Podcast and a mom of 4 little kids. Each episode will be packed with tools and strategies - equipping you to build schools with higher staff retention, teacher motivation, parent partnership, collaborative culture, and a beautiful quality of life.

Every week, Chanie shares the truth about the journey to excellence, the strategies that are working TODAY, and the mindset about the critical decisions and choices that you make everyday which impact yourself, your teachers, parents, family, and children who you serve everyday.

In addition to weekly solo episodes, she'll also be inviting industry leaders and the changing makers of the landscape of education to give listeners the insides knowledge of what it takes to sustain excellence.

Don't miss an episode, subscribe today for everything you need for your leadership journey!

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If you are an Early Childhood director or owner, prepare to transform your school and life with the Schools of Excellence podcast. Tune in each week to learn from Chanie Wilschanski, the founder and host of the Schools of Excellence Podcast and a mom of 4 little kids. Each episode will be packed with tools and strategies - equipping you to build schools with higher staff retention, teacher motivation, parent partnership, collaborative culture, and a beautiful quality of life.

Every week, Chanie shares the truth about the journey to excellence, the strategies that are working TODAY, and the mindset about the critical decisions and choices that you make everyday which impact yourself, your teachers, parents, family, and children who you serve everyday.

In addition to weekly solo episodes, she'll also be inviting industry leaders and the changing makers of the landscape of education to give listeners the insides knowledge of what it takes to sustain excellence.

Don't miss an episode, subscribe today for everything you need for your leadership journey!

    Stories of Resilience with Kerstin Brinson

    Stories of Resilience with Kerstin Brinson

    The first positive COVID case in Seattle Washington was announced in February 2020.  As the rest of the nation went about their regular lives, Kerstin Brinson - the executive director at Kids Center - felt disbelief and shock as she bore witness to people going about their regular lives while it was already wreaking havoc on her 2 locations. 
    As a leader of 50 teachers, over 100 families, and 150 children, she holds great responsibility for their well-being. On top of that,  Kerstin is the wife to Jimmy and mother to Jenna who is 22, and Cassidy who is 6, who both come to the centers every day. 
    Kerstin shares her experiences as the news began to spread throughout America, and even as the pandemic overstayed its welcome. 
    She talks about:
    Why her survival instinct are so high and how the muscle memory of survival served her during those critical moments The kind of leadership skills that came in handy as COVID transferred how schools operated How to trust your decision-making capabilities and some of the critical decisions that Kerstin had to make Some of the mental health challenges that the pandemic brought forth, and how Kerstin and her team handles them Self-care tips that helped Kerstin stay afloat amidst a pandemic that wreaked havoc to the world’s economy The stigma associated with burnout, and how to change this narrative Why the decision to involve  managers in the decision to lay off some of her teachers was one of the best decisions she made How being vulnerable to her managers helped them open up and share some of their greatest concerns ...and so much more!
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    Sign up for the Build to Last Workshop HERE
    A FREE 4-day sprint on June 1-4, 2021 to help you remove overwhelm and interruptions to building a calendar and life that serves your personal and professional leadership goals.
    What You Will Learn in Build to Last Workshop on June 1-4:
    #1: How to create a sustainable calendar that has priorities and projects that move your school forward
    You deserve to have more time for family and the quality of life you want.
    #2: The habits for a culture of excellence
    So you build a rhythm for how to design culture every day and you don’t wait for problems to happen.
    #3: How to create boundaries and finish your to-do list
    So you can leave work every day confident that that day's work is done.
    #4: The Four Types of Interteam Conflict
    So you have the tools and scripts to navigate difficult conversations and have positive results.
    Click HERE to Sign up for the Build to Last workshop
    More about the show: If you are an Early Childhood director or owner, prepare to transform your school and life with the Schools of Excellence podcast. Tune in each week to learn from Chanie Wilschanski, the founder and host of the Schools of Excellence Podcast and a mom of 4 little kids. Each episode will be packed with tools and strategies – equipping you to build schools with higher staff retention, teacher motivation, parent partnership, collaborative culture, and a beautiful quality of life. 

    • 33 min
    18. Difficult Conversations: Victimhood - Part 4

    18. Difficult Conversations: Victimhood - Part 4

    Today’s episode is the final one in the four-part series of the Four Shields of Difficult Conversations. So far, I have talked about blaming, crying and deflection. Today I’ll be talking about the final shield - victimhood. 
    Do you ever come across teachers whose life is a series of drama that is never their fault? They could be suffering from the victim mentality! When challenges occur in life, it’s easy to let our emotions get the best of us and assume that the world is out to get us. It’s okay to have a pity party now and then. However, if it gets out of hand, it’s easy to start floundering in victimhood.
    This episode covers:
    The difference between an actual victim and someone playing the victimhood card How to navigate your conversations with a staff member that has the victim mindset How to tap into level 1 of commitment inside a teacher with the victim mentality Questions you should be thinking about when entering into a conversation with someone that's possibly in the victim mindset and so much more! Remember, breaking the pattern of victimhood is possible if one is committed to it! If you want an easy strategy for dealing with victimhood as a shield for difficult conversations, this episode is for you!
     
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    Resources and links mentioned in this episode:
     
    Get your Scripts Workbook at $97 HERE 
    Access the Difficult Conversations Template at $27 HERE
    Sign up for the Build to Last Workshop HERE
    A FREE 4-day sprint on June 1-4, 2021 to help you remove overwhelm and interruptions to building a calendar and life that serves your personal and professional leadership goals.
    What You Will Learn in Build to Last Workshop on June 1-4:
    #1: How to create a sustainable calendar that has priorities and projects that move your school forward
    You deserve to have more time for family and the quality of life you want.
    #2: The habits for a culture of excellence
    So you build a rhythm for how to design culture every day and you don’t wait for problems to happen.
    #3: How to create boundaries and finish your to-do list
    So you can leave work every day confident that that day's work is done.
    #4: The Four Types of Interteam Conflict
    So you have the tools and scripts to navigate difficult conversations and have positive results.
    Sign up for the Build to Last workshop
    More about the show: If you are an Early Childhood director or owner, prepare to transform your school and life with the Schools of Excellence podcast. Tune in each week to learn from Chanie Wilschanski, the founder and host of the Schools of Excellence Podcast and a mom of 4 little kids. Each episode will be packed with tools and strategies – equipping you to build schools with higher staff retention, teacher motivation, parent partnership, collaborative culture, and a beautiful quality of life. 

    • 18 min
    Stories of Resilience with Nicolene Santomartino

    Stories of Resilience with Nicolene Santomartino

    Listen Friday mornings for new episode releases of the Stories of Resilience Series during May and June
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    Today, tomorrow, and for an indefinite future
    We face the challenges of the ever-changing landscape of education.
    Our schools have seen hard times before
    In each of these cases the school leader's character, values, resilience, and mental strength have been put to the test.
    I'm excited to release a 6 part podcast series, The Stories of Resilience, where I share the stories of 6 school leaders who came together with their parents and teachers and made it out on the other side.
    I believe in the power of resilience to stand back up again.
    These stories are one of loss and grief yet consistent progress and inspiration.
    The past isn't a perfect guide to the present or into the future but to know that there are school leaders who have walked through difficult passages before, can help arm us against despair.
    These stories are vast and sometimes contradictory
    That's the dichotomy of leadership
    There is no single answer
    However, when leaders speak truth to the lies and excuses
    When compassionate leaders embrace the pain of the grief-stricken teachers and parents
    These moments shape the concepts and perceptions of the future leaders -- our children
    Our schools will always be complex
    There will always be challenges and obstacles
    And there is always a place for joy and for gratitude
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    I’m excited to introduce to you the Stories of Resilience series. 
    I had the opportunity to sit down with my first guest, Nicolene Santomartino. 
    Nicolene is the mom of two, school leader of 10 teachers and 65 families. 
    She holds great responsibility for the people in her care
    Many remember Italy as one of the largest hotspots for the chaos due to COVID. 
    Nicolene walks us through her experience during this time. 
    In this episode, Nicolene discusses: 
    The strength she found from keeping promises
    Holding difficult conversations with teachers to maintain accountability during a difficult time 
    How to effectively communicate with parents during difficult times 
    How to show empathy without having negative information tear her down 
    How she recognized burnout and how she built herself back up. 
    How being vulnerable with staff empowered them to open up while feeling safe and realizing self-care is important
    And so much more. 
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    If you are ready to take your school to the next level of growth and are looking for support, community, and accountability to make that happen - then would love for you to apply for our director's inner circle or owners HQ program. 
    Apply for the Director’s Inner Circle & Owner's HQ
    More about the show: If you are an Early Childhood director or owner, prepare to transform your school and life with the Schools of Excellence podcast. Tune in each week to learn from Chanie Wilschanski, the founder and host of the Schools of Excellence Podcast and a mom of 4 little kids. Each episode will be packed with tools and strategies – equipping you to build schools with higher staff retention, teacher motivation, parent partnership, collaborative culture, and a beautiful quality of life. 
     

    • 35 min
    Stories of Resilience Trailer

    Stories of Resilience Trailer

    The COVID crisis took a huge toll on the educational landscape
    and school leaders struggled to rise to the ever-changing obstacles that were thrown their way sometimes every hour!
    We are still reeling with consistent uncertainty, ambiguity, and chaos.
    Leaders are trying to make sense of it all and rebuild their cultures and trust with the teams and the families.
     
    This 6 part series are stories of school leaders who navigated these challenges and the practices and mindset that helped them move forward in a challenging season.
     
    Remember - you are NOT alone
    there is an army of leaders who are walking the same path as you
     
    There are thousands of others trying to do the same thing as you
     
    When we link arms together - we are stronger
     
    Subscribe to the podcast so you can get notified when the stories go live.
     
    and please rate and leave us a review - this helps other school leaders find our podcast.
     
    and if you want to join our special community of school leaders who are all doing hard things and doing them together.
     
    come join me in the schools of excellence lounge here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1320019694692592

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    17. Difficult Conversations: Deflection - Part 3

    17. Difficult Conversations: Deflection - Part 3

    As a school owner, you can agree with me that being the boss can be more difficult and less fun than most people think. The biggest challenge? The staff members at your school. Even if you're a born "people person," being in a position of authority means making tough choices, having tough conversations, and often finding yourself in a tough spot. 
    During tough conversations, you may have noticed some of your teachers using the deflection method to avoid taking responsibility. How do you respond to someone who is deflecting? The first place to start with is empathy. 
     
    Deflection is a defence mechanism from hell, because it is the hardest to work with at school. In today’s episode, I share tips on how to deal with the deflecting mechanism the moment you notice it being used by your teachers. 
     
    Tune in to learn more about:
    How to deal with deflecting tendencies in your teachers and hold them accountable How to keep the ball in a deflecting teacher’s court How to gently bring up the deflection tendencies to your staff’s attention without ruining your relationship with them And so much more!  
    Many times, when staff deflect when you bring something to their attention, it's because what you are talking about is not a priority in their life at that time. 
     
    Click Here to Listen on Apple Podcasts
    Click Here to Listen on Non-Apple Devices
     
     
    Resources and links mentioned in this episode:
     
    Get your Scripts Workbook HERE 
    Acces the Difficult Conversations Template HERE
     
     
     
     
    If you are ready to take your school to the next level of growth and are looking for support, community and accountability to make that happen - then would love for you to apply for our directors inner circle or owners HQ program. 
    Apply for the Director’s Inner Circle & Owner's HQ
    Looking for a do-it-yourself option of learning?
    Schools in transition is a virtual series for directors and owners who want to focus on stability, security, and success.
    The world has been shaken by a pandemic. The effects are being felt in our lives every day.  How do you lead your teachers during a season like this?  How do you support children and parents?  How do you make strategic decisions about your school in a season of unknowns?  
    For these answers and much more : You can check out our chanie.me/schoolsintransition 
    More about the show: If you are an Early Childhood director or owner, prepare to transform your school and life with the Schools of Excellence podcast. Tune in each week to learn from Chanie Wilschanski, the founder and host of the Schools of Excellence Podcast and a mom of 4 little kids. Each episode will be packed with tools and strategies – equipping you to build schools with higher staff retention, teacher motivation, parent partnership, collaborative culture, and a beautiful quality of life. 

    • 14 min
    16. Teacher Appreciation Week

    16. Teacher Appreciation Week

    Gratitude and appreciation need to be a habit - a constant in your life. And having a week in a year that is focused on key stakeholders that drive success in your school, is really special. It shows that you value them, and reinforces a culture you'd want to see in a school of excellence.
    While we may not remember every single detail of what happens in our lives, we will always remember specific moments of experiences. In this week’s episode, I share ideas on how you can make your teachers feel valued and appreciated this Teachers Appreciation Week. Tune in and get ideas on how you can be intentional with your appreciation this coming week!
    In a nutshell, I speak about:
    Why I love teacher appreciation week so much, and its similarities with mothers day Why your calendar is part of your identity The 3 things that teachers need now more than ever The 5 questions you should ask yourself before choosing any fun or creative ideas  No matter the situation your school is in right now, there is still room to be creative. As you think about all the work you will be doing in order to make this week special for your teachers, what moments do you hope stays in their brains forever?
    Click Here to Listen on Apple Podcasts
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    Resources and links mentioned in this episode:
     
    Get your FREE workbook for the Teacher Appreciation Week HERE.
    Sign up for the Ideal Week for High Achieving Owners Workshop HERE. 
     
    This workshop is ideal for you if you are looking to:
    Know what the next stage of growth looks like for your school Learn how to build out a calendar that serves your lifestyle and stage of life that you're in Identify the top priorities that you need to focus on to move your school in the right direction Learn what is working for other high achieving school owners in their stage of growth in the season that they're in right now Stop doing diffuse energy in a bunch of different directions that aren’t moving your school forward Sign up for the Ideal Week for High Achieving Owners Workshop HERE. 
     
    If you are ready to take your school to the next level of growth and are looking for support, community and accountability to make that happen - then would love for you to apply for our directors inner circle or owners HQ program. 
    Apply for the Director’s Inner Circle & Owner's HQ
    Looking for a do-it-yourself option of learning?
    Schools in transition is a virtual series for directors and owners who want to focus on stability, security, and success.
    The world has been shaken by a pandemic. The effects are being felt in our lives every day.  How do you lead your teachers during a season like this?  How do you support children and parents?  How do you make strategic decisions about your school in a season of unknowns?  
    For these answers and much more : You can check out our chanie.me/schoolsintransition 
    More about the show: If you are an Early Childhood director or owner, prepare to transform your school and life with the Schools of Excellence podcast. Tune in each week to learn from Chanie Wilschanski, the founder and host of the Schools of Excellence Podcast and a mom of 4 little kids. Each episode will be packed with tools and strategies – equipping you to build schools with higher staff retention, teacher motivation, parent partnership, collaborative culture, and a beautiful quality of life. 
     

    • 16 min

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