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How to Lead the Last Staff Meeting of the Year

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I’m one of the few people who actually enjoys public speaking.

Walking onto a stage excites me, and I gain a lot of energy from interacting with a crowd.

But I know I’m an outlier.

Most people panic when they’re asked to give a thought-provoking response in front of the whole staff with no advanced warning.

You can avoid this reaction in your staff meetings while creating a more thoughtful gathering. My suggestion is to prepare a handful of teachers ahead to be called on—and let them know the question early.

This is one of the tips I provide in my latest podcast episode about leading a productive, curated final staff meeting of the school year.

Join me for a conversation about how to:

  • Discern what needs to be discussed in a meeting versus in an email
  • Empower your team to learn from their frustrations and embrace innovation
  • Navigate challenges without relying on auto-pilot and “the way we’ve always done it”
  • Collaborate to bring future aspirations into reality as the next year gets underway
  • Co-create tangible reminders of positive memories from the school year


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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