Elena Aguilar

Elena Aguilar is a writer, leader, teacher, coach and podcaster. She is the author of eight highly acclaimed books: The Art of Coaching (pub. 2013, retd. 2024), The Art of Coaching Teams (2016), Onward: Cultivating Emotional Resilience in Educators (2018), The Onward Workbook (2018), Coaching for Equity (2020), The Art of Coaching Workbook (pub. 2020, retd. 2024), The PD Book: 7 Habits that Transform Professional Development (2022), and Arise: The Art of Transformational Coaching (July 2024). She has also been a frequent contributor to Edutopia, ASCD’s Educational Leadership, and EdWeek Teacher.

Elena is the founder and CEO of Bright Morning Consulting, an organization committed to helping individuals and organizations create the conditions for transformation. She has taught tens of thousands of educators how to have conversations that build a more just and equitable world. Elena can be heard demonstrating these conversations on The Bright Morning Podcast.

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Elena appreciates opportunities to share her knowledge and experience with educators and organizations focused on justice and equity issues, cultivating resilience, community and team development, and coaching and mentoring.

Elena’s keynote addresses are designed to align with the themes of the conference or gathering at which she presents and in response to requests from the organizers.

Elena is currently presenting the following keynote addresses:

  • Coaching When You’re the Boss
  • How to Make Every Conversation Count
  • Thriving Teams: Core Ingredients and Essential Questions
  • How to Design PD that Engages Learners and Changes Practice
  • How to Foster Leadership and Resilience in These Times
  • 12 Strategies to Build Resilience in Yourself and Your Communities
  • How to Cultivate Emotional Resilience so that We Can Build Equitable Schools

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