Letting People In on the Why

By Janet Baird, a Bright Morning Senior Associate and Contributing Blogger  My least favorite word in the English language is ICEBREAKER. I have sat through countless meetings and professional development sessions that have started with an icebreaker. Now get up, and without talking, lineup by birthday. Great. Thanks. Now head back to your seats and

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How to Build Resilient Teams

by Elena Aguilar, Bright Morning President   How do you bring a group of people together and, within a few days, get them to know and understand each other, recognize that their paths are intertwined, and care deeply for each other? The answer to this question is the answer to how we build resilient teams

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5 Ways to Do Equity Work Daily

by LesLee Bickford, Bright Morning Chief Strategy & Program Officer  I’ve spent the last 15 years in roles focused on supporting the learning and development of other adults. Over this time, I’ve noticed (and heard from many Diversity, Equity and Inclusiveness practitioners whom I respect and love) a trend: When it comes to owning our learning,

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Shedding Resistance: When Coaches Open Themselves to Transformation

by Lori Cohen, Bright Morning guest blogger and Art of Coaching Conference Presenter As coaches, we occupy an important place in the pantheon of educators. Our work brings its share of joys and challenges, especially when we’re dealing with resistance. While we may often encounter resistance from our clients, resistance can reside within us as

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What Happens When Emotions Attend a Conference

It started as a desire to take hardworking educators to a gorgeous spot on the California coast and provide opportunities for learning, reflection, and rejuvenation. I’d spent a few days at Asilomar, (in the Monterey Bay) walking on the beach, watching the sunset, sitting by a fireplace, and had left feeling as if I’d had

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