November 2022 (two-week series, Tuesday-Thursdays)

  • Week 1: November 8, 9, 10, 2022
  • Week 2: November 15, 16, 17, 2022

11:00am - 1:00pm Eastern // 8:00am - 10:00am Pacific

This learning experience takes place over 6 sessions spread across a span of 2 weeks. This course requires pre-work for each session. 

All virtual-live sessions (except breakouts) will be recorded in the event you cannot make a session or if you would like to rewatch at a later time. Participants have access to content for 30 days after the learning experience.


  • Individual: $750
  • Group of 6+ paying together: $650 each

To receive the group rate, pay by invoice, or if your organization requires you to complete a purchase order, please complete our Group Order/Pay By Invoice form



Whether your school team is just beginning to think about equity or has been doing this work for years, building successful schools requires effectively coaching for equity. In this workshop, participants will learn how to create a more just, equitable school system using the tools of transformational coaching from Elena Aguilar's best-selling books The Art of Coaching (2013) and Coaching for Equity (2020). In Coaching for Equity, Elena offers an expanded framework for how to have coaching conversations that result in behavior change and includes a comprehensive set of new tools. 

This workshop provides participants with structures within which to practice these conversations and more deeply understand how to use these new tools. You’ll also grapple with the relationship between your own identity and the systems of oppression that permeate our schools, develop a vision for what equity would look like in your work, hone the skills to facilitate compassionate coaching conversations about identity, and strengthen your resolve to disrupt inequities in your communities. This workshop is a satisfying balance between building skill and knowledge and also attending to our need to build internal reserves and resilience when leading for equity.


Participants will:

  • Ground in the identities and beliefs with which they lead
  • Learn new strategies to compassionately interrupt inequities 
  • Identify ways to explore and shift beliefs in a coaching conversation 
  • Deepen their will and commitment to interrupt inequities and build their resilience to do so


  • Exploring one's own identity
  • Building context about systems of oppression
  • Learning strategies for navigating conversations about identity and beliefs
  • Considering the use of data in coaching conversations
  • Analyzing the elements of effective coaching conversations
  • Practicing coaching conversations for equity


  • Teachers, coaches, and administrators who want to improve their ability to have effective conversations about equity


  • Refunds requested within 48 hours of registering will be honored minus a $50 cancellation fee.
  • Up to 1 week beforehand, a one-time registration transfer can be made to an alternate participant or another learning experience. There is a $50 processing fee for all transfers.
  • Within one week of the learning experience registrations are non-refundable and non-transferable.
  • A missed learning experience is non-refundable and non-transferrable.
  • In the rare event that Bright Morning does not receive enough interest in this offering to host it as scheduled, we will provide an alternate learning pathway for all registrants or honor refunds for those who cannot join the alternate experience.

About the Instructors

Presenter In Residence

Nick Cains

Nick is a human catalyst who is passionate about empowering teachers and supporting them to lead the charge for educational equity. A former 2nd grade teacher, he now coaches teacher leaders and supports Tulsa Public Schools as an Instructional Leadership Coach. He earned a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Theater and a minor in Broadcast Journalism from Southern Methodist University. Nick lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma with the fluffiest cat named Harvey. He is pursuing a Master’s Degree in Education Administration: Curriculum & Supervision from the University of Oklahoma-Tulsa.

Presenter In Residence

Maria Dyslin

Maria has been in education since 1997. She earned her bachelor’s degree in political science, and her teaching license and Master’s degree in curriculum and instruction at the University of Wisconsin at Madison in the Teach for Diversity program. She taught for 13 years in grades 2-4 and then served as an instructional coach for 11 years—coaching teachers and teams around instructional practices and effective collaboration. Maria is currently an elementary principal committed to creating a collaborative environment where staff can reflect, inspect, and adjust instruction and environments that meet the needs of all students. Maria also serves as an adjunct literacy instructor at Concordia University. In all her roles, Maria has planned and facilitated professional development that is intentional, interactive, and collaborative. Maria lives in Wisconsin just outside of Madison with her husband and three children. When the weather permits, she enjoys being outdoors walking, biking, playing tennis, swimming, and connecting with friends and family.