No One Can Learn from You if You Think that They Suck

by Elena Aguilar, Bright Morning President Many years ago, when I was a novice coach overwhelmed by seemingly resistant teachers, my coach, Leslie Plettner, said the wisest and most memorable words a coach has ever spoken: “No one can learn from you if you think that they suck.” I was thunderstruck by the intensity of

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15 Minute Transformation

by Noelle Apostol Colin, a Bright Morning Senior Associate and guest blogger Her eyes filled with tears. She took a deep breath and blinked slowly. “I’m withdrawing. I’m not being who I need to be to make things better,” she said quietly. We stood huddled together, leaning around a tall cocktail table, inside a beautiful wooden

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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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5 Reasons Why People Don’t Want to Change Their Beliefs

by Jessie Cordova, a Bright Morning Senior Associate and guest blogger    The work of coaching people around beliefs is the work that must happen in order to create equitable learning spaces and outcomes. But we need to understand this: asking someone to believe something different than what they currently believeis like asking someone to cut

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Secrets in Equity Work: How to Coach Beliefs

by Jessie Cordova, a Bright Morning Senior Associate and guest blogger   First secret: Equity work is needs and beliefs work. Every action we take, every behavior we exhibitis because it serves us in some way—otherwise we wouldn’t do it. The needs we have are birthed from the belief systems we hold. A person might find they need

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