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Preparing for the Chaos at the Start of the School Year


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I know that the impending chaos of a new year is incredibly unsettling. You’re preparing for new kids, new teachers, new protocols, and new expectations, and you know everyone will look at you like deer in the headlights.


It’s inevitable… and believe it or not, that’s a good thing.


Confused? Stay with me.


When you operate under the assumption that the start-of-the-school year mayhem is avoidable, any disorder that occurs becomes a reflection of your competency as a leader.


The chaos becomes your fault, and it produces feelings of anxiety, self-doubt, and even shame.


But when you recognize that chaos is simply an inherent characteristic of transition—not a result of your leadership—you give yourself the opportunity to take a deep breath, adjust your mindset, and create a plan for how to deal with the inevitable disarray of a novel environment.


In other words, the mark of a strong leader isn’t the absence of mayhem. It’s the presence of a calm and collected state-of-mind that helps you weather the storm.


In this week’s podcast episode, I’m helping you set yourself up for success by talking you through how to prepare for the chaos at the start of the school year.


Join me for a conversation about:


  • Where the start-of-the-year chaos comes from
  • How it shows up in your life and leaderships
  • What can be gained by embracing the mayhem
  • Strategies to help you plan for what’s to come


The sooner you accept that chaos is a natural part of transition, the better you’ll be able to lead your team to the wealth of possibilities on the other side.


Resources and links mentioned in this episode:

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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 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 every day which impact yourself, your teachers, parents, family, and children who you serve every day.

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 inside knowledge of what it takes to sustain excellence.

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