Books by Elena Aguilar

Books by Elena Aguilar 2017-09-27T15:37:59+00:00

Onward: Cultivating Emotional Resilience in Educators

Onward (available in May 2018 from Jossey-Bass) is Elena’s long-awaited resource on how we can manage stress, prevent burnout and thrive as educators. It is practical, informative, inspirational and relevant to new teachers, mid-career and experienced teachers, and to leaders committed to boosting the resilience of their staff. Grounded in science, social science, and psychology, and peppered with Elena’s personal narratives, this book will undoubtedly change the way we think about emotions, stress, and our purpose as educators. The book focuses on the 12 habits that cultivate resilience, and their correlating dispositions, and provides a roadmap for how to feel more effective, more fulfilled, and happier at work. Onward offers a 12 month curriculum for individuals and groups, and is accompanied by The Onward Workbook which includes hundreds of activities to boost your resilience. Onward is available for pre-order from Amazon in November.

Onward also has its own website,, where you can find more information about the book and further resources.

“Elena Aguilar’s latest book, Onward, is a gift. It is grounded in current research and 20 + years of Ms. Aguilar’s experiences teaching and coaching. This book is a supportive and encouraging guide for how to better one’s self as a teacher, administrator and human being. Filled with practical, applicable ideas and inspiring stories, Onward fills a much-needed niche in the classic teacher library of how-to books which typically give advice that rests solely on classroom practices and instruction. Instead, this book focuses on making each teacher and administrator a better, stronger person, which, in turn, will make each of them a better stronger teacher and leader. With her focus on cultivating resilience, Aguilar is realistic: stress will never go away but strengthening our response to stress can bring more joy, deeper connections and increased personal satisfaction. Without a doubt, this book will change schools and lives for the better.”

Judith Wolochow, veteran educator

“Onward provides school leaders an invaluable resource to enrich the lives of the teachers in their schools, keep them growing, and not have to replace them every year. Imagine leading when more people choose to follow because they trust you and are certain of your humanity! Onward provides principals with a manual to do so.”

Cheryl Beeson, leadership coach & former principal

The Art of Coaching

Elena Aguilar’s first book is The Art of Coaching, (Jossey-Bass, 2013). Readers find it informative and actionable, inspiring and illuminating, and applicable in many contexts.

The Art of Coaching offers the foundational skills and tools needed by coaches, as well as presenting an overview of the knowledge and theory base behind coaching best practice. Established coaches will find numerous ways to deepen and refine their work. Principals and others who incorporate coaching strategies into their work will also find a wealth of resources. Elena 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 trained always on addressing equity issues in schools.

The Art of Coaching:

  • 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
  • Offers a compendium of school coaching ideas

For information about bulk orders of The Art of Coaching, please contact Chris Hegg () at Jossey-Bass.

“When my copy arrived, I expected to find some great how-to advice (which is present throughout The Art of Coaching) but I had no idea Elena’s book would be so potentially transformative for its audience. It practices what it preaches – the transparency, the trust-building, the human connection so necessary to set the stage for growth and positive change, it’s all there in her own voice and writing. My guess is that 10 years from now, if we examine the Essential Reference shelves of the nation’s best teaching coaches, we will find well-worn, sticky-note filled copies of this extraordinary book.”
John Norton, founder of MiddleWeb

“Having Elena Aguilar’s The Art of Coaching in my bag has been like having my own coach nearby.”
Sarah Gordon, coach in CT, writing for MiddleWeb

“This book challenges coaches to be fully intentional–with equal doses of care and rigor.”
Lynda Tredway, Independent Leadership Coach and former coordinator, Principal Leadership Institute, U.C. Berkeley

“Elena Aguilar knows how to foster the bravery and humility teachers must have to transform their practices. Her methods will help coaches become the trusted, supportive forces we need in our teaching lives.”
Ariel Sacks, teacher leader and education writer, Brooklyn, New York

“To produce drastic gains in the academic achievement levels of our students we need the strongest, most prepared teachers. The Art of Coaching provides concrete, actionable steps to move teachers along the continuum of excellence to meet this challenge head on.”
Heather Lechner, turnaround school leader, New Orleans, Louisiana

The Art of Coaching Teams

The Art of Coaching Teams is a playbook for creating and leading great teams. The Art of Coaching Teams celebrates the art in leading great teams and provides a practical framework to help you understand the unique factors about your team and move the team toward common goals.

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. Equally important, 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 tools for building trust, developing healthy communication, and managing conflict.

Inside these pages you’ll find concrete guidance on:

  • Designing agendas, making decisions, and establishing effective protocols
  • 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

For information about bulk orders of The Art of Coaching Teams, please contact Chris Hegg () at Jossey-Bass.

“There are many books on coaching, but this one you must have. Aguilar has written a comprehensive book on coaching that provides enormously useful ideas, concepts, and strategies in an extremely accessible form. This is one of the best books on coaching I have read and a book that will make anyone a better and more reflective leader.”
Kent D. Peterson, Emeritus Professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison, author of Shaping School Culture

“Elena Aguilar’s book is an extremely practical guide to leading teams that doesn’t ignore the complexity of that important work. If you’re a coach who leads teams, this is a must read.”
Jim Knight, author of Instructional Coaching: A Partnership to Improving Instruction

“In The Art of Coaching Teams, Aguilar succeeds in translating her transformational coaching framework into a practical and heartening resource for all who coach and manage teams. She infuses 30+ years of research on emotional intelligence, team development, and leadership with her unique blend of empathy, clarity, and hope.”
Laurelin Andrade, Manager of Coaches

“Elena’s book provides leaders with a framework to create, coach and manage effective teams – with both compassion and clarity. The powerful personal anecdotes humanize a daunting process, and the detailed scripts allow for ample opportunities to practice.”
Maia Heyck-Merlin, author, The Together Teacher and The Together Leader

“Drawing deeply on her lived experiences, Aguilar offers readers a path to leadership characterized by reflection, intention, and humility. In balancing the practical and profound, The Art of Coaching Teams lives up to its promise as a guide for leaders who seek to transform themselves and their teams.”
Brianna Crowley, High School Teacher and Instructional Coach, Hershey, PN

“Anyone who believes that a school’s student culture is only as strong as a school’s adult culture would greatly benefit from reading this book. The guidelines that Aguilar provides elevate the technical “how to” and offers adaptive moves for building a transformative community in any environment.”
Yanira Canizalez, Founding Head of School, Lodestar-A Lighthouse Community Charter Public School, Oakland, CA

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