Onward 101: Cultivating Emotional Resilience in Educators

Join together in community to boost your resilience, and develop the tools and habits to thrive


We create stronger schools and resilient students when we build the resilience of adults. With burnout and stress levels increasing, research on resilience provides a great deal of hope: We can learn strategies to build our ability to respond to adversity. This workshop teaches the highest leverage strategies that support educators to build their resilience and offers an opportunity to practice them immediately. Participants reflect on their own resilience, and then learn a variety of methods to boost the resilience of those they coach, lead and support. The content of the workshop builds on the material in Elena’s book, Onward: Cultivating Emotional Resilience in Educators and The Onward Workbook, and introduces tools and resources that can help you and your communities thrive.


Participants will:

  • Understand the impact of cultivating emotional resilience in educators
  • Identify the key components of a framework that builds resilience 
  • Practice using resilience-building strategies in conversations
  • Engage in and reflect on activities that build individual and collective resilience

Activities include

  • Small group discussions
  • Mini-practice experiences
  • Direct instruction
  • Individual reflection

Who should attend

Any educator, navigating the day-to-day realities of what it means to work in schools


Participants are required to have a copy of Onward and The Onward Workbook. Both books are not included in the registration fee and must be acquired separately.


This learning experience takes place over 2 consecutive days with 4 hours of learning on each day. In total, this workshop is 8 hours of virtual-live learning.

What people say

Cultivating resilience has given me a fresh, renewed focus on noticing my own habits, responses, values, and perspectives and how these things impact my emotional state, which in turn impacts others. Showing up with an awareness of self is crucial to showing up for others and engaging in the work of equity. Speaking of engaging, this course was hands down the most engaging online course I have taken.

Michael W.

The specific strategies offered, the live sessions with breakout room discussions, and the expectation of self-reflection made this such a powerful learning experience. There was personal and professional growth as well as a collection of resources and strategies that I can use to support my teachers.

Rachel T.

This learning experience is only offered as a private workshop for teams and organizations. To learn more about bringing a Bright Morning experience to your group, click here to submit a request.