Bright Morning Podcast

Bright Morning Podcast

The Bright Morning Podcast alternates between solo episodes and coaching conversations. These intimate and authentic conversations inspire listeners to listen to their own callings and take action in their lives. But they provide even more: they model how we can have conversations that count, and how we can guide others to listen to their inner voice and cultivate courage. Listeners will use these communication skills with their colleagues, clients and loved ones.

This is a podcast about listening and being fully present with other people, and it’s a podcast about how we live a fulfilling, meaningful life.


What listeners are saying…

Elena Aguilar is a force in conversations about school leadership, teams, and equity. To read her books and attend her workshops is some of the best professional development you can ask for. Only one episode in, I can already tell these podcasts will stay with me for weeks, months, years, as I think about how we can build a more equitable world through schools. The hard work involves countless daily interactions and conversations, and Elena helps model and ask questions about how to do that best.

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I’m so glad I got to binge on this podcast this long weekend before starting the new school year. It’s a niche that I have not found, and I find these episodes so enriching and rejuvenating. I feel more in community with other educators who are grappling with tough questions re: equity, leadership, etc. Thank you for your work, Elena!

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Our listeners are the reason for our podcast and we couldn’t do it without your support.

We know support comes in many forms. For some, the way they can or want to support us is via shout-outs on social media, likes on Instagram, sharing the podcast with friends and reviews on iTunes. Those make a big difference for us and we are so grateful for each and every one.

For those who can and want to do more, we invite you to become a Friend of the Show. For the cost of a cup of coffee a month, our Friends keep our show ad-free and accessible to all. They also receive an in-episode shout-out, a Bright Morning sticker and special invitations, such as being offered the opportunity to be coached by Elena on our coaching conversation episodes.

If you love the show and are able to support our work, we would be incredibly grateful if you became a Friend.


Episode 126: 10 Strategies to Shift a Mood

Today’s episode offers ten specific strategies you can use when you need to be “on” but are currently in a mood. If you’ve experienced this in the past, you know just how challenging it can be…and thanks to these suggestions for Elena, next time you’ll be prepared with the strategies you need. 
In this episode, Elena shares why attending to the details is one of the 7 habits that transforms professional development, provides a couple of strategies you can start using right away to better attend to the details, and offers reflection questions to help you in your learning about designing and facilitating PD. […]

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Episode 125: It’s All In the Details

Details can make or break a learning experience, yet are too often overlooked or deprioritized as “logistics”. It’s time for that to change.

In this episode, Elena shares why attending to the details is one of the 7 habits that transforms professional development, provides a couple of strategies you can start using right away to better attend to the details, and offers reflection questions to help you in your learning about designing and facilitating PD. […]

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Episode 124: When Things Don’t Go According to Plan

Adaptive facilitation is the key to staying calm and skillfully adjusting course when things don’t go according to plan. On today’s episode, Elena brings you along on her adaptive facilitation journey and provides two sets of reflection questions to support you on your own. If you lead teams, groups or meetings, this is an episode you won’t want to miss.  […]

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Episode 123: Powerful Facilitation Starts and Ends With You

If you want to lead transformative learning experiences, you must tend to your own transformation. In this episode, Elena dives into one of the 7 habits that transform professional development: knowing yourself as a facilitator. […]

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Episode 122: The PD Book Sneak Peek

If you want to lead transformative learning experiences, you must tend to your own transformation. In this episode, Elena dives into one of the 7 habits that transform professional development: knowing yourself as a facilitator. […]

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Episode 121: Asked and Answered: Listener Questions

Today we’re wrapping up our special What to Say When You Hear Something Racist series with a listener questions episode. Listen in to hear our answers to these questions and several more. […]

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REPLAY: You Want to Coach for Equity? Start Here.

REPLAY: In this Coaches’ Corner episode Elena shows up as your coach and expertly guides you through some exercises and prompts to consider if you are looking to coach for equity.  […]

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Episode 120: Designing Your Racial Equity Learning Journey

In the final episode of our limited series, What to Say When You Hear Something Racist, Elena shares recommendations and resources to continue this critical work. […]

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Episode 119: It’s Complex: What to Say as a Person of Color

Elena is joined by Stacey Goodman to discuss the additional considerations the two are mindful of as people of color engaging in conversations that address racism. […]

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Episode 118: Compassion, Curiosity and Boundaries

How do you hold compassion and curiosity when you experience racism? When do you draw boundaries around people who say racist things?

These are a few of the questions we explore in today’s episode where Elena is once again joined by her teammate, LesLee Bickford, who shares a very personal story about how she responded to racism expressed by her family. […]

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