Creating Inclusive Spaces Begins with Saying Each Other’s Names

By Elena Aguilar, President and Founder Ja Young’s words echoed in my mind for a long time after recorded our conversation. My name made other people feel uncomfortable. I want to hear my name from people.People who don’t have names that we’re comfortable saying in our English-speaking mouths, don’t hear their names as often. I […]

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Embracing Neurodivergence

By Janet Baird, Bright Morning Senior Associate What is Neurodivergence? My journey with neurodivergence started about 15 years ago when my oldest son, J.T., was born. He is neurodiverse, which simply means his brain is wired differently. At three years old he was diagnosed with a variety of processing disabilities: auditory, sensory, visual, motor planning. […]

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The Friendly Resister

By Lori Cohen, a Bright Morning Associate and contributing blogger Nils was a great conversationalist—and quite a talker. He loved talking about all things teaching, and he openly welcomed me into his classroom. As a department chair, Nils wanted to experience what it was like to be coached so he could be a model for his […]

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Rethinking Resistance: New Insights into an Ongoing Inquiry

by Elena Aguilar, Bright Morning President As a new coach, my number one question was, How can I coach a resistant teacher? I felt like most of the teachers I had to coach were resistant. It shouldn’t be a surprise then that this is the question I’m most often asked. In my workshops, within the […]

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Compassion and Curiosity Keep Us in the Conversation

By Janet Baird, a Bright Morning Senior Associate and Contributing Blogger  We talk frequently about the two essential dispositions of a transformational leader: compassion and curiosity. But why are these so essential? What is it about these ways of being that help us continue doing the work that needs to be done to create more […]

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Lessons Learned from a Perfectionist Coach

by LesLee Bickford, Bright Morning Chief Strategy & Program Officer I learned I was a perfectionist when I was 38. Like many perfectionists, I had up until this point rejected the notion, insisting I just had very high standards. It wasn’t until I was introduced to the Enneagram and begrudgingly accepted that I’m a One that […]

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