Elena's keynote and workshops were practical and spectacular. Her engaging manner, relevant examples, and energizing exercises were exactly what we were looking for. She was an excellent facilitator for our group of school administrators. I would recommend her to any group of education leaders.
The PD Book: 7 Habits that Transform Professional Development
by Elena Aguilar
Develop transformational professional development programs that build and sustain your school community
In The PD Book, bestselling author Elena Aguilar and co-author Lori Cohen offer seven habits―and a wealth of practical tools―that help you transform professional development. In this book, you'll learn how to inspire adult learners, the importance of having clear purpose, and how to navigate power dynamics in a group. You'll also learn a new way to plan PD that allows you to attend to details and be a responsive facilitator. The dozens of tips and tricks, anecdotes and research, and tools and resources will enable you to create the optimal conditions for learning.
- Craft effective outcomes for your adult students and design an agenda that aligns with adult learning principles
- Use storytelling as a tool for effective workshops and trainings
- Plan backwards from evaluations and outcomes to create powerful and lasting educational experiences
Ideal for educational leaders and administrators, professional development facilitators, coaches, and positional leaders in both K-12 and higher education, The PD Book is an incisive resource offering concrete strategies for educators at all levels.
Coaching for Equity: Conversations That Change Practice
by Elena Aguilar
Your Guide to Creating Equitable Schools
If we hope to interrupt educational inequities and create schools in which every child thrives, we must open our hearts to purposeful conversation and hone our skills to make those conversations effective. With characteristic honesty and wisdom, Elena Aguilar inspires us to commit to transforming our classrooms, lays bare the hidden obstacles to equity, and helps us see how to overcome these obstacles, one conversation at a time.
Coaching for Equity is packed with the resources necessary to implement Transformational Coaching in any organization. In addition to an updated coaching framework and corresponding rubrics, a comprehensive set of coaching tools puts success in every coach’s hands. Extensive personal narratives demonstrate what coaching for equity looks like and help us see how we can make every conversation count towards building a more just and equitable world.
Coaching for Equity covers critical topics in the larger conversation about racial equity, and helps readers develop the knowledge, dispositions and skills to be able to:
- Talk productively about race,
- Build trust to support vulnerability,
- Unpack mental models and change someone’s mind,
- Observe classrooms and collect data to support equitable outcomes,
- Inspire others and deepen commitment,
- Evaluate and celebrate growth.
Perfect for teachers, teacher leaders, coaches and administrators, Coaching for Equity offers extensive strategies for talking about race, power, and systems of oppression. In framing the rationale for transformational conversations, Coaching for Equity gives us the context we need to enter into this work. In laying out the strategies, tools and models for critical conversations, it gives us the way forward.
Comprehensive, concrete, and deeply human, Coaching for Equity is the guide for those who choose to accept responsibility for interrupting inequities in schools. It is for all educators who know there is a better way.
by Elena Aguilar
A practical framework to avoid burnout and keep great teachers teaching
Onward tackles the problem of educator stress, and provides a practical framework for taking the burnout out of teaching. Stress is part of the job, but when 70 percent of teachers quit within their first five years because the stress is making them physically and mentally ill, things have gone too far. Unsurprisingly, these effects are highest in difficult-to-fill positions such as math, science, and foreign languages, and in urban areas and secondary classrooms--places where we need our teachers to be especially motivated and engaged. This book offers a path to resiliency to help teachers weather the storms and bounce back--and work toward banishing the rain for good.
This actionable framework gives you concrete steps toward rediscovering yourself, your energy, and your passion for teaching. You'll learn how a simple shift in mindset can affect your outlook, and how taking care of yourself physically, mentally, and emotionally is one of the most important things you can do. The companion workbook helps you put the framework into action, streamlining your way toward renewal and strength.
- Cultivate resilience with a four-part framework based on 12 key habits
- Uncover your true self, understand emotions, and use your energy where it counts
- Adopt a mindful, story-telling approach to communication and community building
- Keep learning, playing, and creating to create an environment of collective celebration
By cultivating resilience in schools, we help ensure that we are working in, teaching in, and leading organizations where every child thrives, and where the potential of every child is recognized and nurtured. Onward provides a step-by-step plan for reigniting that spark.
The Art of Coaching
by Elena Aguilar
This practical resource offers the foundational skills and tools needed by new coaching educators, as well as presenting an overview of the knowledge and theory base behind the practice. Established coaches will find numerous ways to deepen and refine their coaching practice. Principals and others who incorporate coaching strategies into their work will also find a wealth of resources.
Aguilar offers a model for transformational coaching which could be implemented as professional development in schools or districts anywhere. Although she addresses the needs of adult learners, her model maintains a student-centered focus, with a specific lens on addressing equity issues in schools.
- Offers a practical resource for school coaches, principals, district leaders, and other administrators
- Presents a transformational coaching model which addresses systems change
- Pays explicit attention to surfacing and interrupting inequities in schools
The Art of Coaching: Effective Strategies for School Transformation offers a compendium of school coaching ideas, the book's explicit, user-friendly structure enhances the ability to access the information.
The Art of Coaching Teams
by Elena Aguilar
The Art of Coaching Teams is the manual you never received when you signed on to lead a team. Being a great teacher is one thing, but leading a team, or team development, is an entirely different dynamic. Your successes are public, but so are your failures--and there's no specific rubric or curriculum to give you direction. Team development is an art form, and this book is your how-to guide to doing it effectively. You'll learn the administrative tasks that keep your team on track, and you'll gain access to a wealth of downloadable tools that simplify the "getting organized" process. Just as importantly, you'll explore what it means to be the kind of leader that can bring people together to accomplish difficult tasks. You'll find practical suggestions, tools, and clear instructions for the logistics of team development as well as for building trust, developing healthy communication, and managing conflict.
Inside these pages you'll find concrete guidance on:
- Designing agendas, making decisions, establishing effective protocols, and more
- Boosting your resilience, understanding and managing your emotions, and meeting your goals
- Cultivating your team's emotional intelligence and dealing with cynicism
- Utilizing practical tools to create a customized framework for developing highly effective teams
There is no universal formula for building a great team, because every team is different. Different skills, abilities, personalities, and goals make a one-size-fits-all approach ineffective at best. Instead, The Art of Coaching Teams provides a practical framework to help you develop your group as a whole, and keep the team moving toward their common goals.
Featured Keynote Program
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
Elena created an almost instant rapport with our group of 85 people. Her warmth and passion were infectious and she established an incredibly safe learning environment for us to take risks in so that we could improve our coaching skills. This was a workshop that will transform my work.
Elena has helped us create a highly functional framework for addressing issues around equity and inclusion in our school. Her positive, affirming coaching sets the tone for generous collaboration and her deft management of logistics keeps us on track to accomplish our goals.
Elena's professional development never feels rushed. She takes the necessary time to explain procedures, but more importantly, her voice speed and calm demeanor communicate that she values our learning more than getting through the agenda.