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Elena Aguilar

Coach, author and consultant from Oakland, California

Elena Aguilar is the author of The Art of Coaching, The Art of Coaching Teams, and the forthcoming, Onward: Cultivating Resilience in Educators (2018). She is the founder of Bright Morning Consulting and lives in Oakland, CA., with her husband and son.

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  • Teacher Development

    Podcasts That Expand Our Hearts and Minds

    A collection of podcasts that aren’t about education but can still help teachers find new ways to think about their work.
  • Teacher Wellness

    Books That Foster Empathy and Hope

    An educator shares some of her favorite reads of 2018—fiction and nonfiction that may help you recharge over the break.
  • Teacher Wellness

    Simple Tips for Boosting Teacher Resilience

    Try these quick and easy ways to build resilience and relieve stress.
  • Parent Partnership

    15 Questions to Replace ‘How Was School Today?’

    These questions will help you draw out important information from your kids.
  • New Teachers

    What I Wish I’d Known as a New Teacher

    A veteran offers essential advice for new teachers and the colleagues who support them.
  • Teacher Wellness

    Building Resilience, Preventing Burnout

    Whether you’re a new teacher or a veteran, try these tips for taking care of yourself and staying energized throughout the school year.
  • School Leadership

    Building Teams That Stay

    Appreciating teachers and helping them cultivate resilience can help administrators reduce turnover in their schools.
  • New Teachers

    The Power of the Positive Phone Call Home

    Calling students’ parents or guardians with good news encourages more good behavior and creates strong teacher-student bonds.
  • Teacher Wellness

    Is It Time to Move On?

    Leaving a job is no easy decision. These five reflective activities can help you reach some clarity about your situation.
  • School Leadership

    5 Characteristics of an Effective School Team

    Check out these tips for growing powerful leadership teams that can transform schools.
  • Student Voice

    When We Listen to Students

    If you want to know how to reach, engage, and best teach your students, ask them. Here are example questions and tips on how to ask them.
  • Parent Partnership

    7 Questions to Ask Parents at the Beginning of the Year

    As a beginning teacher I knew that it was important to connect with parents and to build a positive relationship with them, but at times I wasn't sure how to do this. In retrospect, I wish I'd asked more questions about their child and then listened more to what they had to say. After twenty years of experience and after sending my own child off to school, here are some questions I'd ask parents with the intention of building a partnership to support their child's learning.
  • Teacher Wellness

    Teachers: Summer Reading to Cultivate Your Emotional Resilience

    Immerse yourself in these books to renew yourself for the coming school year.
  • Classroom Management

    Secret Admirers and Classroom Management

    A simple activity can reduce friction in a classroom by guiding students to focus on each other’s strengths.
  • Parent Partnership

    Tips for Parent-Teacher Conferencing

    Check out these useful suggestions for teachers when sitting down with parents.