Episode 96: In Conversation with Kimberly L Jones and Gilly Segal

Kimberly L Jones went viral when she brilliantly used a Monopoly analogy to explain how 450 years of breaking the social contract in our country leads to civil unrest. 

But before those 2 million+ YouTube views and appearances on The Daily Show with Trever Noah, she and her co-author, Gilly Segal, were making headlines as best selling authors of I’m Not Dying With You Tonight, and have since released a second YA must-read, Why We Fly. 

On today’s episode, the two join Elena in a conversation around what it takes to build a trusting partnership, how books can be used to forge a more just society, what they’d change in education, and what is giving them hope for a better future.  […]

Read More… from Episode 96: In Conversation with Kimberly L Jones and Gilly Segal

Episode 86: Coaching Conversation: Addressing Race-Based Opportunity Gaps

On today’s episode Elena coaches an instructional coach who works at a school that is the top performing high school in the state where despite their considerable success, students of color are being underserved. While this reality is known and discussed at the district and school-wide level, disparities are not being addressed at the individual classroom level. Elena’s coachee wants to change that and asked to be coached to figure out what is holding her back and how to consistently coach with an equity lens. Together the two discuss 7 foundational steps to take to begin building her foundation for coaching for equity.  […]

Read More… from Episode 86: Coaching Conversation: Addressing Race-Based Opportunity Gaps

Episode 75: Freedom Dreaming with Dr. Nicole Evans [An Interview]

In this episode Elena talks with Dr. Nicole Evans, former principal and current Executive Director of Urban Education and Student Engagement at Harris-Stowe State University. The two explore how Dr. Evans pursued a commitment to making equity “the plate” and not an add-on during her time as principal of City Garden Montessori, a public school in St. Louis Missouri. […]

Read More… from Episode 75: Freedom Dreaming with Dr. Nicole Evans [An Interview]

Episode 73: Where do you draw a line? [Coaching Conversation]

This is an interview. Today Elena is in conversation with Crystal Echo Hawk. Crystal is an enrolled member of Pawnee Nation in Oklahoma and the founder of IllumiNative, a nonprofit working to increase the visibility of—and “challenge the negative narrative about”—Native Nations. Listen in to learn more about what Crystal believes to be the greatest threat to Native peoples, hear a specific call-in to educators, learn about a tv show you might be missing out on that you don’t want to miss, and much more. […]

Read More… from Episode 73: Where do you draw a line? [Coaching Conversation]

Episode 74: Creating Boundaries with Cultural Humility [Unpacking a Coaching Conversation]

It is possible to create boundaries with cultural competence and humility, yet too often that doesn’t happen. Oftentimes the approach skews to dominance or things running amock. Both of these are failures of leadership. In this episode, Elena and her Bright Morning teammate LesLee Bickford dive into the challenge of white leaders striving to work against white supremacy culture while still providing the leadership needed to run healthy teams where everyone is able to thrive. […]

Read More… from Episode 74: Creating Boundaries with Cultural Humility [Unpacking a Coaching Conversation]

Episode 69: What Do You Do When: A Client Says, “I Don’t Know How…”?

This is a “What Do You Say When…” episode, the first of its kind designed to explore some of the most commonly asked questions we receive from coaches and managers looking to support others in those moments when they feel stuck. On today’s episode, Elena pulls back the curtain on how she thinks about and responds to the common refrain of, “I don’t know how…” […]

Read More… from Episode 69: What Do You Do When: A Client Says, “I Don’t Know How…”?

Episode 68: Coaching Tool: Taking a Confrontational Stance

This is a coaching tool episode. Today Elena takes you behind the scenes to explore how and why she uses the confrontational stance in her coaching conversations. This stance was used repeatedly in episode 67, so we suggest listening in to that coaching conversation if you haven’t already. […]

Read More… from Episode 68: Coaching Tool: Taking a Confrontational Stance