Map out Your Year in 2 Days

    Do you want staff who bring fresh ideas into the classroom, and who work together towards shared goals?

    Do you want parents who value your teachers?

    Do you want more confidence to lead your team?

    The change starts with you.

    Join us for The EC Summit of Excellence.

    NEW YORK CITY | 15 - 16 JULY 2019


    The EC Summit of Excellence

    And start the ripple effect as you build your school of excellence.

    Click below to and make this your school's best year yet.

    "I am absolutely in awe of the monumental conference you have created!"

    "I am absolutely in awe of the monumental conference you have created for early childhood leaders. And I am so proud to be part of it!

    I listened to some of the Leadership presenters late into the night, and although I was exhausted, I came to school energised. It's the best staff development I ever experienced!"

    - Goldie Golding

    "Chanie! You have incredible drive and vision, and have created something meaningful, worthwhile, and of very high caliber! Kol Hakavod and may it go from strength to strength!

    The practical ideas and strategies, the support around creating standards and mapping out goals, breaking down the steps – it has given me confidence and drive to reach my next goals.

    I left with tangible steps and strategies as well as tools to implement them to bring my school up a notch!"

    - Leah Shemtov

    "The group of women at my table were amazing. I loved the practical tips, like cleaning off my desk and writing a to do list before I leave for the day, taking pictures of “wow” moments and starting staff meeting with them.

    There were so many actionable things to improve teacher appreciation! I loved watching Dr Diaz modelling a conversation with a teacher. The speakers were entertaining and relevant."

    - Chaya Sara Barrocas

    "There were so many positives! I feel like I have a lot of work to do, but I now have a plan and a calendar. I’m now creating standards instead of expectations for everything!

    The speakers gave so much value. I would love to see Dr Diaz again, I loved her. Lolly was amazing – so motivating, and she gave clear, usable ideas for dealing with staff."

    - Missy Griffin

    Map Out Your Year in 2 days

    You will walk away with...

    When you join the Summit of Excellence, here are the top 10 plans and blueprints you will walk away with in your calendar after the two days: 

    • Your Teacher Retention Plan
    • Teacher Accountability System
    • School of Excellence Culture Blueprint
    • Habit-forming system for your teachers
    • Classroom Observation Model with scripts for feedback
    • Confidently enter every conversation like a pro
    • Standards for Communication with staff and parents
    • Boundaries Blueprint
    • The Teacher Initiative Invite
    • The Meeting Ritual Roadmap

    How does it work?

    At the event, we will break down each of these systems and strategies and get them into your calendar, so you know what you are going to introduce in August, in September, in October, and for the rest of your school year. 

    You will leave the event with a retention plan in your calendar.

    You will leave the event with a teacher accountability system in your calendar.

    You will leave the event with all of these strategies and blueprints planned into your year.

    This is a content-only event. There are no vendors and no exhibits.

    Each day is 8 hours of content, of strategy, of implementation, of time to connect and collaborate with other high-performing school leaders, of walking away with everything you need to do for your school year.


    The EC Summit of Excellence

    And map out your year in two days.

    If you would like to enquire about our group rates (for 3 or more owners and directors), then please email

    “If only I could change them…”
    Have you ever sat at your desk and wished that you could change something about your school?
    Maybe you’d change your teachers – make them more motivated, reliable, passionate, and adaptable to change?
    Maybe you’d change your parents – make them more understanding, engaged, and willing to communicate?
    There’s an old poem attributed to an Anglican bishop:
    When I was a young man, I wanted to change the world.
    When I couldn’t change the world, I tried to change my nation.
    When I couldn't change the nation, I tried to change my town.
    But I couldn't change the town, so I tried to change my family.
    Now I realize that the only thing I can change is myself.
    If long ago I had changed myself, I could have changed my family.
    My family and I could have changed our town.
    Our town could have changed the nation.
    And then I could indeed have changed the world.
    It’s so easy to wish that everyone around us would change – but we’re approaching it backwards...

    The change starts with you.

    Elana Fertig

    "Everything about this event was incredible – you hit it “out of the ball park” amazing!

    Some of my key takeaways were clear calendar planning and scheduling, setting up standards, and reframing. Dr Diaz was incredible, so entertaining and funny, and I loved trouble-shooting with her. Rivka Caroline gave great tips and reminders to get exponential returns on our time.

    It was so nice to meet people from other states who are dealing with the same issues and who care about the things you care about.


    Let me introduce you to the school of excellence
    The Ripple Effect

    When you invest in yourself, when you change yourself, you start a ripple effect.

    That single action that you take, that single piece of work you do will span out and start the process of change.

    And when you keep doing the work?

    It ripples across your school.

    It ripples across your teachers.

    It ripples across your parents.

    And finally, it impacts the child.


    The EC Summit of Excellence

    And start the ripple effect.
    What happens when your leadership starts from within?
    • You become the designer instead of the doer.
    • You spend dedicated time crafting and directing the culture of your school into a culture of excellence, instead of putting out fires and dealing with interruptions all day.
    • You see yourself as a leader, and make decisions with confidence instead of feeling riddled with frustration and doubt.
    • You are an active participant in your family life, instead of being a spectator who is constantly distracted by thoughts of work.

    Leadership from within allows you to lead a great life, and lead by example.

    Meet Stephanie Rino 

    "My testament to the power of investing in myself as a program administrator…” 

    Let me introduce you to Stephanie. She’s the founder and director of her school, Foundations ECE

    Two years ago, Stephanie told me, “I felt like I was all alone in my little corner of the early childhood world. I didn't have anyone to problem solve, share wins, and work through challenges with that truly understood what I was talking about.“ 

    Stephanie attended the event last year, and is a member of my program, Director's Inner Circle. She said that one of the biggest changes for her is her confidence and willingness to push outside of her comfort zone - not least because she has an entire community of directors who have her back!

    In the past few weeks, Stephanie's school has been identified as one of the top EC programs in Wyoming, and Stephanie has been invited onto a 4-person committee whose purpose is to improve EC programs across the state.

    Stephanie has gone from feeling isolated and unsupported, to being recognised as one of the top EC leaders in her home state. She's in a position to help support and develop other EC programs, and influence change because of her own program's success.

    "By far the best event I have ever been to"

    "Hi Chanie! Just wanted to say thank you again for a great event.

    Val and I have traveled across the country in the last two years quite a few times to attend various trainings and I have to say that yours, by far, is best I have ever been to!

    Your passion shines through and your knowledge is priceless! Looking forward to joining your Inner Circle in the future and growing and learning from you and all of the wonderful people in your groups."

    - Valerie Peterson and Melissa Vasquez

    Our Speakers

    Todd Herman

    Keynote: What if everything that you need to lead your team to excellence is already inside of you?

    What if everything that you need to lead your team to excellence is already inside of you?

    During this session, Todd will walk you through his powerful framework that he has taught pro and Olympic athletes, billionaire executives and entrepreneurs - how to create an alter ego?

    This will help you see what you are truly made of, and the stories of real life people who have all used alter egos to overcome challenges.

    The reality is - as a school leader you are a performer.

    And you need to know HOW to leave the self-doubt, imposter, and other qualities that don’t serve you on the sidelines.

    You want to learn how you can activate your heroic self and show up as that best self when you need it most!

    You’ll also get your own copy of Todd’s book, The Alter Ego Effect.

    Linda Fogg Phillips

    Guest Speaker: Tiny Habits to Create a School of Excellence

    As school leaders, you want your teachers to embrace change.

    You want to raise morale, you want to inspire them, but it can feel almost impossible to get long-term results from your staff.

    You need to stop focusing on short-term motivation. It doesn't work!

    To create long-term change with your teachers and staff, you need them to create routines and habits that are in line with your school’s values and mission.

    • Want them to bring progressive materials into the classroom?
    • Want them to speak in positive language to the kids?
    • Want them to connect with the parents?
    • Want them to turn up on time and stop calling in sick?
    • Want them to participate in meetings in a positive way?
    • Want them to take risks and innovate in the classroom?

    Linda will give you all the steps you need to set up routines and processes that create consistent habits with your teachers and staff.

    Dr Yamalis Diaz

    Guest Speaker: How to observe teachers and use key metrics to inform your next action steps for the team 

    Do you feel that a child’s struggling behavior in the classroom is linked to the teacher?

    Do you wonder how you can measure or figure out what is contributing to the problem so you know how to solve it?

    Do you wish you had a framework to observe staff performance in the classroom that is aligned with your school philosophy and standards?

    In this session, Dr. Diaz will give you

    • the observation framework that she calls the DASH model.
    • She will hand you a menu of options to choose from as your next steps.
    • The tools to use to provide concrete feedback for the teacher
    • And what you need to do next.
    And Your Host...

    Chanie Wilschanski

    The EC Summit of Excellence is designed to give you 2 days of practical, applicable training. They will hand you the roadmap to create the ripple effect you want in your school - from the change you invest in yourself, to your teachers, to your parents, to your children.

    I will be delivering the following sessions:

    Session 1: How to create a culture where everyone lives your school values every day

    Imagine this:

    • A parent walks in frustrated that her call wasn’t responded to 
    • A child is crying at arrival and doesn’t want to let mommy go 
    • Another kid needs assistance in the bathroom
    • And the co teacher didn’t set up the tables the way the main teacher wanted…

    How does a teacher live into the core value of honesty at that moment? Or integrity? Or fun? Or playful?

    Or whatever your core values are?

    In this session:

    • We’ll go through the Values Checklist to ensure you are choosing the right values for your center
    • What routines and habits your staff need in order to live those values
    • We'll go through how to setup the environment so it's easier for teachers to slide into it 
    • There will be practical application as well as reflective questions that you and your team can answer every day to track whether you lived your values 

    Session 2: The EC Standards of Excellence™

    I had a call with an owner, she said, “I have high standards - how can I get everyone to hold to that standard?”

    Great question! The good news is, there is a roadmap to get there.

    In this session you’ll learn:

    • How to script your standards so that there is clarity for all stakeholders 
    • How to say something once and know it will happen 
    • How to measure if your culture is improving
    • The scripts and tool you need to get your newsletter, lessons plans and other assignment submitted on time

    My sessions are based out of hundreds and hundreds of conversations with parents, teachers, and directors, and contain practical, actionable strategies for you to take back to your school of excellence.

    I will also be facilitating two Implementation Hour workshops at the end of each day, so you can take plans and strategies back to your school.

    About me:

    I’m an Early Childhood Leadership Coach and Culture Specialist, and have had the privilege of working with hundreds of EC Directors who are working to build a school of excellence.

    I began my journey over a decade ago, teaching toddlers at the acclaimed Preschool of the Arts in NYC.

    Continuing my path into higher studies, I got my Masters in EC and Special Education, and started training teachers and school leaders on the HOW part of creating excellence in their schools.

    Through my journey, I got married and had 4 children (ages 1, 4, 6 and 8). My hands are full! I know what it takes to lead a large center and have a full-time job at home as well.

    Chanie Wilschanski has been featured in:
    Testimonials from Directors who Work with Chanie
    My teachers are engaged in meetings and are super excited for the new year!
    We are fully staffed, and teachers feel supported and happy.
    Teachers are sending me messages to tell me how much they love working at the school!
    My staff is buzzing with excitement!

    The EC Summit of Excellence

    And start the ripple effect.
    My Personal Promise to You...

    Early Childhood education is about scripting Chapter One in a child’s life.

    Who shapes that chapter? Directors, parents, and teachers.

    At this event, we’re going to dig into the mindset, the tools, and the strategies you need to script the best Chapter One you can.

    We will be learning how to create a common language so that teachers, administrative support, parents, and directors are all on the same page.

    I understand the time commitment and the investment it is for you to attend this event.

    I know what you are giving up: family, time, and leaving your center behind.

    I take that commitment very seriously 

    And that’s why we structure the event with so much value and actionable delivery.

    I take your time as a gift that you’ve given me.

    And I hold it sacred.

    You can leave this event with everything you need to become a school of excellence, and to stay true to your core values as a learning center.

    Even in the hard moments, when kids are being sick in the hallway and teachers are yelling at each other in the staff room.

    You can go from working 90 hours a week firefighting chaos, to working 40 hours a week with an engaged school of teachers and a community of parents who champion you.

    Even when it’s the busy season and you feel like you’re being pulled in 12 different directions.

    You will leave with strategies, tools, and blueprints to have a school culture that retains the best teachers, that encourages engaged parents, that enables your core values to be at the center of everything you do.

    I know you’ve tried things before, and maybe they worked for a short time. But the key to lasting change? Leadership from within.

    Naomi Lavergne-Smith

    "I have walked away from this event with a ton of practical work done, much knowledge gained, and feeling refreshed, empowered, affirmed, and challenged.

    Since I left, I’ve already met with my team twice to work on implementing things I learned at the conference – we are analysing our systems for gaps and clarity, developing/revising our standards, and doing teacher surveys.

    I am so grateful to go home with work already mapped out. This takes away some of the overwhelming feeling that I think often plagues people and leads to procrastination!

    The speakers were excellent – they offered valuable insight I will be using on a daily basis, and great motivators to get you to believe in yourself and reflect on your practices and beliefs."

    Who Is This Event for?

    • If you are an EC owner or director
    • If you want to be more successful in your school
    • If you want to have quality to the work you do
    • If you want to create structure to the chaos that happens
    • If you understand that the change starts with you
    • If you want to build the powerful routines and habits that embody a successful leader
    • If you’re looking for how to reach your goals and implement them

    Then this event is for you.

    If this is you, if you want success, quality, structure, routines, change...

    You need to join us and experience for yourself how this event can change you and your school.

    It’s time for a fresh start, a new book, a blank page.
    Make your next school year the best you’ve ever had.

    If you would like to enquire about our group rates (for 3 or more owners and directors), then please email

    Here's what you get:
    • 2 days of training from some of the top minds in leadership, behaviour, child psychology, and Early Childhood
    • Practical workshops giving you strategies and tools to use throughout your school year, whether it’s for difficult conversations, maintaining boundaries, or growing a motivated and loyal team
    • An Implementation Hour at the end of each day so you can plan out exactly how to implement these strategies in your leadership, with Chanie answering questions and walking you through putting it into action
    • Access to a community of other high-performing leaders who understand what you’re going through, and who will be able to answer questions and encourage you
    • Time to network with fellow directors and enjoy the community of people who know exactly what you’re going through
    • Reflective time so you can dream big for your school and do deep work on your leadership skills
    • A Genius Bar of thriving EC Directors who will be talking about topics like retention strategy, parent relationships, calendars and productivity, engagement at meetings, meeting rituals, leadership self-care, standards for communication with staff and parents, and working with a school theme
    • 2 days of breakfast, lunch, and snacks all day!
    • $1,407 of exclusive bonuses to help you build your school of excellence all year!

    What's the Genius Bar?

    We have eight incredibly successful EC Directors who will be joining us for Genius Bar sessions on topics like: 

    • Retention Strategy
    • Parent Relationships
    • Calendars and Productivity
    • Engagement at Meetings
    • Meeting Rituals
    • Leadership Self-Care
    • Standards for Communication with Staff & Parents
    • Working with a School Theme

    These Directors have all been through Chanie's signature program, Director's Inner Circle, and have seen massive wins and success from implementing the strategies that are being taught over this 2-day event. 

    The Genius Bar is an opportunity to sit with these directors in small groups of no more than 4, and ask them questions about their implementation and success, as well as troubleshooting your own experiences.

    Lisa Manges

    "It was so great to meet other directors and be in conversation with them. The workbook gave a format and strategies for setting goals, focusing on teachers and taking care of them.

    Investing in myself and digging deeper to discover who I am and begin to figure out my leadership gaps. Since the event I’ve been using many of the strategies taught at the event – I have been using my calendar, blocking my time, and scheduling monthly staff meetings.

    I spent my plane ride home reworking our Preschool mission and vision statements, setting up the projects for my first 90 day goals and reading the Leadership Gap!

    I feel better prepared for this upcoming school year with new tools and strategies for leading my staff."

    This is the event of the year for
    high performing EC Directors AND OWNERS.

    Plus, get these bonuses!

    Bonus #1: Recordings of all the training, organised in an online vault for easy reference!

    Access the EC Summit of Excellence training all year round with our online vault, giving you easy access to all the sessions from the event.

    Value - $497

    Bonus #2: The Parent Meeting Playbook

    The Parent Meeting Playbook is a plug and play blueprint for every type of parent meeting. This PDF workbook is from Dr Diaz's session with our signature coaching program. It gives you the journey from the first signs of a red flag all the way through to the follow up of a parent meeting. 

    Value - $197

    Bonus #3: The Effective Meeting Blueprint

    A system to plan, lead, and succeed in every meeting, that will get everyone engaged and showing up on time, improve accountability and action, and leave your staff feeling inspired. This is a 5-part course that gives you formulas, tools, and strategies for different types of meetings as well as the archetypes you find in them.

    Value - $297

    EXPIRED! Bonus #4: Intentional Play Training

    This bundle will help your teachers in the area of child development. Including videos and worksheets, it covers strategies for asking higher order thinking questions during play, setting up provocations in the library and block centre, the five pillars of a child's success, and as an extra bonus, how to use Reggio materials.

    Value - $397

    EXPIRED! Bonus #5: How to Get Your List Done – Live Masterclass

    Join Chanie for a LIVE productivity masterclass that will walk you through the blueprints, tools, and strategies you need to get your list done every day.

    Value - $197

    Total value of bonuses: $991!

    Event Schedule
    Day one

    8:30 – 9 Registration

    9 – 11:15 Seminars 1 & 2 by Chanie Wilschanski

    11:15 – 11:30 Break 

    11:30 – 12:30 Keynote by Todd Herman

    12:30 – 2 Lunch and Networking

    2 – 3 Genius Bar     

    3 – 4 Teachers' Tactical Hour by Chanie Wilschanski

    4 – 5 Implementation Hour

    Day TWO

    9:30 – 10:30 Keynote by Linda Fogg Phillips

    10:30 – 10:45 Break 

    10:45 – 11:45 Seminar 3 by Chanie Wilschanski

    11:45 – 12:30 Building a School of Excellence

    12:30 – 2 Lunch and Networking

    2 – 3 Keynote by Dr Yamalis Diaz     

    3 – 4 Parents' Tactical Hour by Chanie Wilschanski

    4 – 5 Implementation Hour

    Your ticket includes:

    - Two days of training

    - Breakfast, lunch, and snacks

    - Workbooks and materials to take away

    - Online recordings to listen back to any time

    - The Parent Meeting Playbook (worth $197)

    - The Effective Meeting Blueprint (worth $297)

    And if you book before March 8th (no longer available)

    - Intentional Play Training (worth $397)

    - How To Get Your List Done - Live Masterclass (worth $197)


    - Two days of training

    - Breakfast, lunch, and snacks

    - Workbooks and materials to take away

    - Online recordings to listen back to any time

    - The Parent Meeting Playbook (worth $197)

    - The Effective Meeting Blueprint (worth $297)

    And if you book before March 8th (no longer available)

    - Intentional Play Training (worth $397)

    - How To Get Your List Done - Live Masterclass (worth $197)


    - A VIP dinner with me on the evening of July 15th

    - A professional headshot with a professional photographer

    - A 60-day Mastermind with 2 follow-up support sessions to ensure everything you learned in the event is being implemented in your school 

    If you would like to enquire about our group rates (for 3 or more owners and directors), then please email

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Who is The EC Summit of Excellence for?

    Where is the event taking place?

    Are meals included in my ticket cost?

    Which airport should I fly into?

    Where should I stay?

    Is there parking?

    I loved everything about the event! One of my key takeaways was learning how to communicate with my staff and parents.

    I’m now looking forward to giving feedback to my staff – both positive and what needs to be worked on!

    - Sophia Dabbah

    Being together with so many talented people to gain and learn from was a great experience. 

    The event also helped me realise that taking care of me is most important.

    - Rochel Kalmanson
    Be the change you want to see.

    If you would like to enquire about our group rates (for 3 or more owners and directors), then please email

    © 2019 All Rights Reserved | Terms & Conditions