The Art of Coaching Emotions



Do you coach teachers who cry a lot or are often overwhelmed? Or teachers who often experience strong emotions like frustration or fear and don’t know how to navigate them? Perhaps you are a coach or a school leader who really wants to focus on instruction and curriculum and feels like emotions get in the way of doing so. Or perhaps you are a coach or leader who recognizes the value and wisdom of emotions, but you’re not sure how to talk about them in a school setting.

When it comes to emotions at work, people usually fall into one of two camps: they suppress them or are overtaken by them. Both responses to emotions can lead to toxic cultures and fail to create environments where everyone is able to show up, be seen, and thrive.

There’s a better way to respond to emotions. And in two days we can teach you how.

This workshop will guide you in using a simple three-part framework to coach someone in understanding their emotions, processing them, and moving through them. You don’t need to be a therapist or have an extensive tool set to coach around emotions, and this workshop will show you how to do that. In addition, you’ll quickly see how coaching emotions can clear space for an educator to explore their practices and look at equity issues that might need attention.


Participants will:

  • Learn to use a simple framework to navigate complex coaching conversations
  • Understand how to help a client explore their emotions and move through them
  • Appreciate what can be learned from coaching emotions
  • Learn how coaching emotions can accelerate an educator’s growth
  • Feel confident in their ability to coach emotions

Activities include

  • Small group discussions
  • Mini-practice experiences
  • Direct instruction
  • Demonstrations

Who should attend

  • Coaches, mentors, site leaders, teacher leaders, organizational leaders
  • Anyone who wants to use coaching strategies to help another person grow, and who recognizes that coaching emotions requires additional skills and knowledge.


Participants are required to have a copy of The Art of Coaching Workbook. 3-5 hours of pre-work will be drawn from this book which is not included in the registration fee and must be acquired separately.


This learning experience includes 3-5 hours of pre-work before the two-day virtual live engagement. Each day has 2 learning blocks with an hour break in between.

All sessions will be recorded in the event you cannot make a session or if you would like to rewatch at a later time. Course access is available for up to 30 days after the last virtual-live session to help supplement learning.

What People Say

The impact of the pandemic on our schools and on our communities has led there to be so many emotions from all stakeholders in our school system. This framework for coaching emotions allows space for those emotions to be heard, reflected upon, and acknowledged which doesn’t always occur in our day to day work as coaches. This training has opened my perspective to what it means to be a coach and how to activate and empower the resilience and brilliance that is inside of each and every client that I coach. I am thankful for Elena and Bright Morning Team for providing this virtual learning experience.

I had the opportunity to hear from and share reflections with people from all around the world! Sharing reflections and learning this new framework has showed me that we are not alone, coaches from all around the globe are looking for a way to coach emotions in a compassionate and responsive way!


Not only did I get a chance to learn about my own emotional “profile” or way of interacting with my emotions, but I gained a bunch of tools that help me feel equipped to support clients (and family, friends) in using emotions as valuable information. I appreciate all of the opportunities for practicing with so many different colleagues around the world.

Molly (Bright Morning Member)