Onward Book Club

Grow your resilience. Grow your community.


Do you want to be more effective, happier, and fulfilled at work? While there’s no one-size-fits-all approach (and we’re not pretending there aren’t significant systemic and structural changes also needed), what we can promise you is that if you commit to meaningfully engaging with the content in Onward: Cultivating Emotional Resilience in Educators and The Onward Workbook, your fulfillment, happiness, and effectiveness will increase. That’s a big promise, but one we stand behind. 

The Onward Book Club offers a year of monthly book study discussions for individuals and groups to grow resilience in a supportive community. Based on the 12-month curriculum in the books, Onward: Cultivating Emotional Resilience in Educators and The Onward Workbook, the book study will provide strategies and practices to help you deepen your resilience. 

The book focuses on the 12 habits that cultivate resilience and their correlating dispositions and provides a roadmap for how to feel more effective, more fulfilled, and happier at work.

Move Beyond the Book
This book study provides you with an opportunity to connect with and learn from educators around the world. As you process your learning and practice new strategies together, you’ll experience the potential of supporting yourself and each other to create healthy, resilient communities. You’ll be amazed by the connections you will make in a short period of time and the inspiration you’ll find in this experience. You’ll return to your organizations feeling energized and hopeful about what can be done in schools, and about your potential for impact.

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  • Connecting in community with people all over the world
  • Identifying powerful passages from readings and integrating them into your practices
  • Developing tools to cultivate your resilience from the 12 habits and dispositions

Our 2023-2024 cohort meets on the first Thursday of each month. Discussions are held at 11 am PT (1 pm CT/2 pm ET) and are 60 minutes long. 

Participants are welcome to sign up throughout the year (as all sessions are recorded).

Live Learning for 2023-2024:

  • June 1, 2023 — Introduction & Know Yourself
  • July 6, 2023 — Understanding Emotions
  • August 3, 2023 — Tell Empowering Stories
  • September 7, 2023 — Build Community
  • October 5, 2023 — Be Here Now
  • November 2, 2023 — Take Care of Yourself
  • December 7, 2023 — Focus on the Bright Spots
  • January 4, 2024 — Cultivate Compassion
  • February 1, 2024 — Be a Learner
  • March 7, 2024 — Play and Create
  • April 4, 2024 — Ride the Waves of Change
  • May 2, 2024 — Celebrate and Appreciation & Onward to Freedom


Anyone seeking to deepen their resilience, groups that are interested in using Onward as a text in their school or community, or anyone familiar with Onward who wants to go deeper into the text.


Participants must have their own copy of Onward. This book is required for self-paced prework reading each month and is not included in the registration fee. We also highly recommend having your own copy of The Onward Workbook, though it is not strictly required.

The live engagement takes place on Zoom and requires Zoom (5.12.2 or higher)*  and a computer. If you have access needs or accommodation requests, please email support@brightmorningteam.com. We will do our best to meet accessibility needs. 

*Currently Zoom does not allow for auto-captioning in breakout rooms, which we frequently use in workshops. Please let us know if you require captioning in all spaces to access learning.



All sessions will be recorded (except for breakouts) in the event you cannot make a session or if you would like to rewatch them at a later time. Participants have access to the content for the duration of the learning experience.

What people say

Such a breath of fresh air and a reawakening within yourself of knowing who you are so you can help others.


The Onward program offers a wealth of resources for educators of all types, and in a way that models best practices. Onward has helped me understand the origins of true resilience, and I’ve gained so much personally and as a professional from this accessible, affordable, and inviting monthly meeting.


The book and workbook are amazing, but to connect within a community repeatedly is magic! Thank you for creating this space for us to share, ask questions, and learn. I will try to recognize and celebrate my work in creating a joyful and empathetic school environment.