The Director's Inner Circle
A 12-month program to help progressive early childhood directors:
It's August and I keep noticing frazzled directors and other school leaders overwhelmed and struggling to get the year started and I keep wondering why I don't feel this way.
It's because I've worked with Chanie this year and she's helped me set up the right systems and strategies in place for my school!
-- Rivka Wineberg, City Gan, Long Island City, New York
How does this program work?
This is a 12 month membership program - that is completely virtual.
How do I get access to you?
You can ask all your questions during our bi-monthly support sessions (more details below)
How will I have enough time
to get all my questions answered?
I have a specific framework for questions to ensure you get the support that you need.
Do you feel that your time and energy is being drained by putting out fires and supporting your team that can’t solve their own problems?
Do you feel that you need to constantly micromanage your team?
Are you tired of leaving meetings and the banging your head against the wall because this is the 3rd time that all your staff are moving in different directions and there is no cohesiveness to anything!
Have you ever gotten into your car at the end of the day and gripped the steering wheel so tight because your body felt like it was spit out of a vacuum?
Are you being sucked in by everyone else's problems and concerns, and your head is spinning so fast because you're barely able to make a dent in your to-do list!?
If that is you and you want to put an end to it -
then I welcome you to check out the Directors Inner Circle
You will get CLARITY, GUIDANCE and TRAINING + ACCOUNTABILITY
Here is what you get when you join The Director's Inner Circle:
Live Support Calls
Every other week, we get together on Zoom and I will answer your questions, share my screen with you to give instruction and feedback. When you can't make it, you can submit your question in advance, and my answer will be recorded for you. I go deep. I study your question before our call and I spend a lot of time thinking how to best answer it.
Being at the top is lonely - so aside from the obvious benefit of getting personal help and guidance from me personally, you are also going to be part of a group of other human beings who will become your friends!
We have accountability challenges. This is a points based system where you are rewarded for your wins. This is REAL accountability, not just talk. It’s a very structured program. I’ll be giving our rewards, surprise prizes and many more goodies!
(Where the Action Happens)
The Vault will have worksheets, and cheat sheets with simple 5-10 minute activities or tasks to consistently help you how to move the needle on your school. Be sure to watch the Sneak Peek video below to see how The Vault is organized!
You know how every single day you log into Facebook or your email or whatever and you notice something new? And you slap yourself on the head and think " I really DO NOT have time to figure this out!". That's what "The Newsroom" is all about. I'm keep you updated on all the latest in EC Leadership and great content for your teachers, and I’ll let you know if it's something you need to know about and use in your school, or if it's a waste of time! Even if you don't have time to log in to the Facebook Group to keep up with what's going on that week, I'll still send you a Friday roundup of the best content that was shared that week.
VIP Training - The Proactive Learning
Each month you will receive a new mini training - 15-20 minutes long so you watch it and can take action right away.
You’ll also be getting a done for you email - ready to copy and paste to send to your staff with links to any videos or articles from our Newsroom.
Monthly Goal Planning Sessions
One Tuesday a month we have Tuesday Mixers. It’s our planning session, at the end of each session we set our themes for the upcoming month, and our goals!
No more having it on your To do list and must do - it will get done!
Private Facebook Group
All content is protected.
If you have a struggle with a teacher, a question to ask, need support, myself and all the other directors are there to help
Weekly action steps so that you're consistently getting results
Plus these bonuses:
Founding Members Price
As a founding member, you will be grandfathered into this price as long as you remain a member (I will be raising the price next year but you get to stay at this point forever!)
Guest Expert Celebrity Sessions
Every few weeks I'll be bringing in guest experts so you can continue to learn from the best.
Effective Meeting Blueprint
My newest mini-course for planning, leading and succeeding at every kind of meeting (including lesson planning, curriculum structuring, brainstorming and 1x1 meetings with your teachers)
Director's Inner Circle Members have already seen amazing results...
Take a sneak peek inside of the Director Inner Circle Facebook Group, where you'll find all of the monthly content, trainings, live session and more!
Here are some of the things we've covered in the first few months:
August Trainings included:
• Monthly Training: How to Run Your First Staff Meeting
• Massive Action Monday: Create the Standard
• Guide: The Teacher Language of Appreciation
September trainings included:
- Monthly Training: Strategies to Become A Master of Your Time
- Massive Action Monday: Track Your Time
- Monthly Goal Planning Session
- Two Monthly Support Sessions
- Guide: Reflective Questions to Ask During One-on-One Meetings with Teachers
- Guide: How to Run The Daily Huddle With Your Teacher
October trainings included:
- Monthly Training: Parent Conferences: Everything You Need to Know
- Massive Action Monday: The Parent Partnership Blueprint
- Monthly Goal Planning Session
- Monthly Support Session
Novemeber trainings included:
- Monthly Training: Meeting the Deadlines
- Massive Action Monday: Meet the Deadline Framework
Monthly Support Sessions
I know you're busy. So I've timestamped the questions from the Support Sessions so you can easily jump to exactly what you need right now.
Guest Expert Sessions
Todd Herman was one of our first guests, his session covered:
- How to Prioritize Your Day When Every Tasks is Important
- How to Know Which Goals to Choose That Will Really Build Your School
- How to Create the Work/Home Balance
Massive Action Monday
bi-weekly accountability challenges, including training, resources, and downloadable PDF guides that deal with the current issues in your school of that month.
The fastest way to becoming an empowering leader is by becoming a student of leadership.
You need to deeply understand how you operate and why you do what you do, so that you can learn your teachers patterns and cycles and guide them to learn and grow.
You can ONLY take a teacher as deep as you’ve gone yourself. And when you invest in yourself and take the steps to commit to it. You will show your teachers how they can as well.
I believe that EVERYTHING is in the follow up and I teach my clients how to follow up in a way that feels good for them.
"The biggest difference after working with Chanie all year is that I am NOT in emergency mode anymore. The beginning of the school year is usually about survival mode and now I have systems in place to avoid that.
Even more valuable is that I’ve made the changes to contracts to reflect our new school goals and vision. I have become way more specific about delegating and I have more time to focus on the areas that will build my school.
I’ve learned the strategies to be proactive with parents and teachers so fires don’t come up and I can keep the peace in my school."
- Yehudis Steiner, Director at Kinder Sports- Ontario Canada
“Before joining the Inner Circle we had organized chaos - things always got done when they needed to but I had no real set schedule for how I spent "my time" getting things done.
I KNEW this was the next best step for me, but I was hesitant to join and use the budget towards my training instead of the staff - I took the leap and haven't looked back!
What surprised me is how SIMPLE and EASY Chanie makes it to follow steps, take action and get things done!
The inner circle has provided me with a roadmap with specific direction to help me reach my personal destination.”
-- Brenda Gill, Gillam Preschool & Child Centre in Gillam, Manitoba
How can you get buy-in from your staff?
Listen to Leah Shemtov, director of Gan Yeladim in Connecticut
Will this program work for me?
This is probably the biggest question I get about the program. Let me break this down.
This program doesn’t work unless you do. It’s impossible (and would be completely unethical not to mention illegal) for me to guarantee anything like that. But I do have a track record and I ONLY work with people that are ready to do the work and be honest and commit! That is why we have an application process.
But what if I’m on the fence? Maybe I should wait until next time...
Of course, you have to trust yourself and your timing.
But look (and you know this) — nothing will change in your life unless you do. None of us ever feel quite ‘ready’ to take a big leap. But if we’re truly committed to bringing our visions and dreams to life, we must take decisive action today.
Because the actions you take TODAY determine the quality of your life in the future!
But the money...
Money is always an important topic and I understand. My grandparents and parents grew up in poverty. I grew up scooping out the very last pinch of the avocado from the peel! I run a lean company and, personally, I watch every penny! I’m always looking for ways to optimize and save.
I understand that this a serious investment. I honor the commitment and responsibility. But remember, you are getting this at the Founding Members Price. The price of this program will go up next year, and you will be grandfathered in at the current price when you sign up now.
I'm very busy - what if I don't find the time?
The Inner Circle is structured to work with a Directors busy schedule. We have specific trainings, tips and strategies so that you can become the master of your time. In addition, new content is released as people are ready and I do personal follow-up with each director to make sure she's meeting the deadlines.
Here are some of my client results...
Meet Talia Levine - the EC Director in Miami Florida
Talia was hesitant about working together, unsure how the long distance would work with achieving her goals.
With 192 children and 11 classrooms- Talia meets A LOT!
She NEEDED to own her calendar and make sure it was serving her.
"Working through this framework has been instrumental for the success of the children and the school at large. With 192 children and 11 classrooms, I need a crystal clear blueprint to manage and utilize my time well!
Having time on my calendar to meet with the school psychologist and committing to that time frame has been a game changer in keeping our pulse on each student. Both the school psychologist and I have clarity on EVERY child and their progress.
In addition, I have delegated many tasks to my staff and co workers. This has freed up over 30% of my time to concentrate on other important areas.
Even though Chanie isn't physically in my building she has guided me in becoming a better leader and in making instrumental changes in my role as Early Childhood Director. Her feedback and accountability has kept me on track and enabled me to achieve my goals!"
Prior to joining the inner circle, the centre was chaotic with a revolving door of educators, the educators didn't feel supported/valued and that I put didn't matter. My leadership style was that I didn't have a leadership role!
I was so nervous about joining because I was still on maternity leave and was worried how I would get value and benefit from the content, trainings, support sessions etc.
I ended up taking the leap because the group is small and you can get 1-1 feedback from Chanie on the support sessions.
The biggest win for me so far has been being part of the incredible community of directors. We all have similar concerns and questions and each one shares so much value.
Krystle Ulch, Program Director at Ages & Stages Early Learning and Care Inc. in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Who is this program for?
- High achieving directors who want to take their school to the next level
- They want to build their cultures
- They are ready for accountability and challenges
- They are frustrated with trying to figure it out on their own and want the support of myself and fellow directors.
Who is this program NOT for?
- You are a brand new director and just entered the field
- You are looking for a magic bullet and hope i'll be able to solve all your problems (no one can - the strategies i offer work when you actually implement them)
- You find excuses when things don't work 0 like the state, the board, the government the whoever and you aren't ready to take responsibility and ownership of your school.
- You are looking to check out the offer and then cancel a month later. This program is for committed leaders who know that results happen when you are ready to commit to the journey.
Before joining the Inner Circle my personal leadership was more deal with a situation only if I needed to deal with it. I would listen to my staff and encourage them but I would avoid the issue.
Currently, I am more proactive. I am engaged with my staff and encourage and empower them. I do not try to "solve" the issue for them but, I am asking questions to help them solve the issue for themselves.
They love the ownership this gives them and without a doubt they are happier!
My biggest hesitation in joining was the financial investment, however I viewed as an investment in myself so I can create a better schools and teachers.
What surprised me was how quickly I am able to implement what I have learned and how much more confident I am in my leadership abilities.
-- Barbara Labotka, Cardinal Bernardin Early Childhood Center in Lincoln park, Chicago Illinois
Confused about what your next steps are as a school leader?
Listen to Sandy Calcagno, Owner of Little Learners in Michigan
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"I have a lot of talkers and chatters on my team and I needed a system to follow so I can walk out of every meeting with concrete goals and be able to hold them accountable.
Now I have an agenda and it really is so much easier to delegate- before I used to hash out things and not really move the needle.
I feel that I've stopped making excuses that I'm not clear enough- not we have a plan. "
-- Ronnie Nelson, owner of Child Time
"I am new to the leadership role and was hesitant to join the Inner Circle because how would I keep up with all the content and apply everything that I was learning.
One of the biggest results I've seen with myself and my staff is that they have started solving so many more of their own problems!
and for me, instead of constantly jumping to solve every problem I have strategies that actually empower my team.
My personal gain so far is that I really value myself more, more confidence and time that I ever did before!"
-- Jenni Hand, Center Director of Little Learners
The biggest impact of working with Chanie - was that my teachers now have a voice! They are equal partners in making decisions about any event in the school.
My Teachers started to come more often to me, they freely express their opinion, and ideas when they were typically silent beforehand. The biggest win for me is that this program has helped me build a strong team.
-- Inna Izman - Mazel Day School
Chanie Wilschanski M.S.Ed is an early childhood strategist and leadership coach - founder of DiscoverED Consulting a RESULTS driven company designed for early childhood progressive directors who want top talent teachers, maxed out registration, parents who value their work and more strategies and time with less overwhelm!
With a decade of experience and extensive training in the Reggio Approach she has had the privilege of training thousands of educators spanning 6 continents and 16 countries.
She is also the author of the DiscoverED Curriculum Series - The Ultimate Idea Generator which guides early childhood centers to bringing in more progressive materials and provocations into all the centers for many different units of study and the Jewish Holidays.
In addition, Chanie currently directs the early childhood program at the Beis Rivkah Seminary in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, NY where she lives with her husband and 3 children.
- I started my journey over a 11 years ago and taught in Manhattan's innovative Preschool of the Arts for 5 years.
- In 2012 I got my Masters in Early Childhood and Special ED from Mercy College.
- Currently I'm a professor for the EC course in Beth Rivkah teaching Seminary.
- I’ve worked with schools from 6 continents and 16 different countries!
A Bit About Me...
- I am a wife and mother of 3 beautiful children ages 2, 4 and 6.
- A sibling to 7 brothers and sisters
- A Sensory lover! I have 3 sensory bins in my living room and one of them is a kiddie pool!
- I’m a suburban girl who who grew up in Elizabeth NJ and now live in Brooklyn NY (still getting used to city life)
- I write weekly thank you letters - EVERY Friday morning for 30 minutes. I’ve written letters to friends, clients, family members, authors and speakers who have inspired me.
- I love warm hot espressos and a really good avocado sushi roll
- I read on average 2 books a week - that range from leadership, early childhood, marketing, parent relationships, productivity and much more.
Curious to know what's holding you back from building the culture you desire?
Check out what Robin Sheridan, Director from Florida had to say.
Ora Goodman of Chai Early Childhood Center in East Brunswick has seen amazing results during her membership in the Director's Inner Circle!
Here is Ora's application from August 2017:
In less than three months, her membership in the Director's Inner Circle has helped her to gain these results:
"Before joining the Inner Circle I didn't know where to begin on my to do list and was lacking valuable content to share with my teachers. I would bounce between ideas and tips but didn't have a real execution strategy.
Being part of the inner Circle has completely surpassed my expectations and I'm only a few months in! EACH piece of content or training that Chanie releases has EXACTLY to do with my situation as a director.
Even more these strategies have spilled into my personal life and I find myself making less excuses and taking action."
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