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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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  • School Leadership

    How to Address Tough Topics in Staff Meetings

    A structured process can help administrators and teachers discuss topics they’d often rather avoid, from equity issues to team dynamics.
  • 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.
  • Parent Partnership

    15 Questions to Replace ‘How Was School Today?’

    These questions will help you draw out important information from your kids.
  • School Leadership

    Building Teams That Stay

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

    The Key to Effective Teams in Schools: Emotional Intelligence

    A school team’s emotional intelligence might be the most important predictor of what it will to do together and how conversations will go.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Teacher Wellness

    Simple Tips for Boosting Teacher Resilience

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

    7 Questions to Ask Parents at the Beginning of the Year

    A set of questions that will help teachers form partnerships with parents in support of their children’s learning.
  • 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.

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