Episode 151: ​​Transformational PD Part 2: Six Transformational Tips

What do I do when an activity I planned just isn’t working? 
How do I respond to a question that I don’t know how to respond to? 
My agenda is too full but everything is essential! What do I cut? […]

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Episode 150: Transformational PD Part 1: What It Is and Why You Need It

Today Elena is joined by Bright Morning teammate, Becky Barstein, to explore these questions and many more in Part 1 of our three-part Transformational PD mini-series. If you design or facilitation adult learning, this is an episode you won’t want to miss! […]

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Episode 149: Coaching Resistance: Part 3 – Coaching Demonstration

It’s been two months and the teacher you’re coaching still hasn’t implemented the strategies they agreed to. What do you do? 

In today’s episode, Elena demonstrates her approach to coaching this type of “resistance” and then pulls back the curtain to explain her coaching moves. […]

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Episode 148: Coaching Resistance: Part 2 – Preparing OURSELVES

On today’s episode, Elena and Bright Morning teammate, Nick Cains, discuss what they do to prepare themselves to coach resistant clients, and how they tend to themselves as coaches of color who often coach across lines of racial difference. Listen in for concrete strategies and several stories that help bring them to life. […]

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Episode 147: Part 1: How to Eliminate Resistance in 5 Steps

Elena hasn’t experienced resistance in her coaching conversations in over a decade. In this episode, she shares her five step process to eliminate resistance in your coaching conversations (…and really, in any conversation). This is the first in a three-part Coaching Resistance mini-series you won’t want to miss. […]

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Episode 146: How to Set Yourself Up For a Great Year

Resolutions don’t work for the overwhelming number of people, but we know what does! In this episode, Elena shares the simple, research-based, strategy she’s using to support her in making 2023 one of the best years yet. Listen in, grab your free resource, and take the first step in making 2023 a great year. […]

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Episode 145: In Conversation with Dr. Dena Simmons

Dr. Dena Simmons, the founder of LiberatED, a collective focused on developing school-based resources at the intersection of social and emotional learning, racial justice, and healing joins Elena in an uplifting conversation about healing, authenticity, imposter syndrome, hope and play. This is an episode for BIPOC educators who have ever felt like they don’t belong.   […]

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Episode 144: Disrupting Racism at the Dinner Table…and Beyond

The winter holidays can include many things: time with family, a break from work…and maybe some casual racism over dinner. In today’s episode, Elena provides a quick overview of her What to Say When You Hear Something Racist framework. This is the content you need for the most essential holiday prep: preparing to disrupt racism. […]

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Episode 143: Disrupting Racism in Coaching Conversations

“Why don’t you disrupt racist behavior more immediately? Our kids needed change yesterday…”  

We get asked a version of this question frequently, so today Bright Morning teammate, Nick Cains, joins Elena to explore how we center transformation (and our own humanity) when disrupting racism in our coaching conversations.  […]

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