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Schools Of Excellence Podcast

Jan 19, 2022

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Do you find yourself constantly operating in survival mode and making excuses for your busyness? 


In this episode, I speak to Aliya Roberts, the owner of Pratt Street Learning Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Aliya and I connect on a lot of different things, one of them being the concept of excuses. She shares some insight into the fact of her highest turnover that she had during a particular season and the shifts that she needed to move through. Aliya had to uncover the lies that she was telling herself about being busy, needing to work all the time, needing to show up, and not feeling like she was doing enough. The leadership mindset of letting go of showing up for the team really came through for her during that season. 


Through another episode of this Ordinary Moments series, I hope that you will walk away with true insights into what it takes to lead an extraordinary center. 


In a nutshell, we talk about:


  • Pratt Street Learning Center’s history and the concept of its foundation.
  • Some of the systems that Aliya had to put in place for her to free her plate.
  • How Pratt Street Learning Center has adopted the mindset and practice of gratitude.
  • The identity shift process that Aliya and her staff went through.
  • How Aliya dealt with the mixed feeling of not being the hero of everyone's life anymore.
  • Some of the ordinary moments that Aliya is enjoying as a mom and a business owner.


… and so much more!


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The Summit of Excellence is a two-day in-person experience on March 1-2, 2022 in Boca, Florida. Learn how to master interpersonal dynamics, foster kindness, and establish your school as a beacon of light in your community.

If you want to…

Drive more impact in your community.

Be inspired by a network of peers.

Deliver higher quality care.

Or build a team of leaders.


Imagine your team...

  • Doing and thinking “outside the box,” and trying new methods.
  • ​Pushing out of their comfort zones without anxiety.
  • Feeling a sense of community and connection at work.
  • ​Treating conflict and change as an opportunity for growth

… all so you can be equipped to tackle any challenging situation that comes your center’s way.

Let’s be honest: To truly impact our kids and create a healthy, engaged, and successful next generation, we need to be better leaders. 

And that requires real collaboration—moments where we come together to share our wisdom in order to create healthy, productive learning communities.


Sign up for the Summit of Excellence here:


If you would like to have a conversation about if the Summit of Excellence is right for you, your team, and your center, please email me at


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. 


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.