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Join us for our final cohort of the year in October 2023!


Many successful educators find themselves in leadership roles without substantive training on leading teams. Does this sound familiar? 

Based on Elena’s best-selling book, The Art of Coaching Teams, this learning experience provides a framework and tools to lead an engaged, high-functioning team. You’ll learn to lead and facilitate teams with an understanding of adult learning theory, to execute the administrative tasks that will keep your team thriving, to cultivate your team’s emotional resilience to combat cynicism, and to keep your team centered on your shared vision and purpose.

This is a practical, hands-on workshop that blends technical skills with more complex theories that are vital for a thriving, resilient team. You’ll see strategies modeled, have time to reflect on your own practice, and process the skills you’re learning in a live format. You’ll leave this workshop feeling like you are able to effectively lead teams through understanding the power of purpose in teamwork and leadership; you’ll feel grounded in practical tools that help you to build inclusive, emotionally intelligent teams who get incredible work done; you’ll feel much better equipped to navigate conflict and decision-making; and you’ll feel anchored in your identity as a leader who is able to recognize the importance of self work and team work so you can be courageous and resilient. 

📖 Move beyond the book: 

If you want to facilitate teams that are resilient and get stuff done, you need guided practice. You need to understand a strategy, make meaning of it with others, see it modeled, and then practice it. That is what you’ll experience in this workshop. 

New and experienced coaches, teacher leaders, administrators, and facilitators will acquire new tools and strategies and gain invaluable insight into transformative methods to develop teams.

⬆️ More than skill building: 

This workshop also provides you with the space and community to bolster your own resilience. You’ll have time to slow down to reflect on who you are as a leader and who you want to be. Then you’ll have the opportunity to process in community and have meaningful conversations with leaders from across the globe. You’ll uncover new sources of internal energy and return to your work feeling energized, inspired to implement your learning, and be the leader you want to be.

✨ New in 2023: 

The Art of Coaching Teams is now a 3-day experience! Based on years of feedback from learners, we’ve expanded our The Art of Coaching Teams workshop to include a deep dive into transformational leadership, what makes a resilient leader, a comprehensive exploration of how to navigate conflict, and an experiential process to practice efficient decision-making in teams.


  • New strategies to respond to resistance

  • Transformative methods to foster a trusting, inclusive team culture

  • A process to ensure your team has a clear, shared purpose

  • The key to effective listening 

  • New ways to boost your emotional intelligence and build the emotional intelligence of your team

  • How to plan purposeful meetings

  • How to navigate conflict

  • Simple strategies to make decision-making easier

The Art of Coaching Teams

Learn about this learning experience from Elena Aguilar.


All participants must have a copy of The Art of Coaching Teams (not included in the registration fee). The book is needed for the prework so it is essential that you get the book in advance.

The virtual 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 [email protected]. 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.


*To register a group, pay by invoice, or pay by purchase order, please complete this Pay by Invoice/PO form.


Tuesday, September 12, Wednesday, September 13, and Thursday, September 14, 2023 (two learning blocks each day, six sessions total)

  • Block 1: 8 am-10 am PT (10 am-12 pm CT/11 am-1 pm ET)
  • Block 2: 11 am-1 pm PT (1 pm-3 pm CT/2 pm-4 pm ET)


  • Self-Paced Prework [~4 hours minimum]: Your learning begins before your workshop sessions with a self-paced exploration of foundational knowledge and tools essential for leading thriving teams.

  • Live Learning [12 hours over three days]: This workshop is a 3-day experience, each day consisting of two 2-hour learning blocks with an hour break in between. The workshop is highly interactive, allowing you to build skills and synthesize learning quickly. Activities include:
    • Reflecting on your purpose and the purpose of your team
    • Creating a trust-building plan
    • Observing and role-playing scenarios for coaching teams
    • Practicing transformative ways to respond to conflict 
    • Improving your ability to listen for new understandings
    • Exploring how to make decisions in a team


  • Anyone who facilitates a team—whether you hold a formal position of authority or you manage a body of work through lateral leadership.


Course access and recording: All sessions will be recorded in the event you cannot make a session or if you would like to rewatch them at a later time. Participants have access to content for 30 days after the last session to help supplement learning.

Accommodating participants with disabilities: Bright Morning strives to provide universal access to all of our events. Please contact [email protected] as soon as possible to request disability accommodations. Advanced notice is necessary to arrange for some accessibility needs. A full refund will be issued, and the registration will be canceled without penalty if we are unable to provide satisfactory accommodations. You can learn more by visiting our Accessibility Services page. 

Cancelation policy:

  • 10 or more days prior to the event – Full refund

  • Less than 10 days prior to the event – No refund

  • A missed learning experience is non-refundable and non-transferable. For more details about our cancelation policy and transfers, visit our FAQ page.

In the rare event that Bright Morning does not receive enough interest in this offering to host it as scheduled, we will provide an alternative learning pathway for all registrants or honor refunds for those who cannot join the alternate experience.

How to Register

  • If you're a Bright Morning member, use your membership coupon code (from your Thinkific course) during the online checkout. Once you apply the coupon code, the amount should become $0.

  • New to Bright Morning? Choose the payment method that works for you: using a credit card online or requesting to pay by invoice/PO.

  • If you're enrolling a group, use the Group Registration/Pay By Invoice/PO method.

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Meet Your Bright Morning Presenters

Presenter Antoinette Strain

Antoinette has worked in education for over a decade. She holds a B.S. in Elementary Education from the University of New Mexico and a M.A. in Educational Leadership from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. Over her career she has worked as a middle school math and science teacher, school operations manager, instructional and culture coach, and dean of students. She enjoys imagining and cultivating environments which honor community values and embrace restorative and anti-racist practices. Antoinette currently presents our Art of Coaching Teams workshops. Antoinette lives in Minneapolis and outside of work, she can be found chasing her two sets of twins around nature centers and neighborhood parks with her partner, Paul. She enjoys gardening, cooking spicy recipes, and dancing Zumba.

Presenter and Director of Design Nady Persons

Nady is obsessed with leadership development, coaching, and experience design. They began their career in education in 2002 as a public special education teacher in rural Louisiana, and over the past two decades they’ve honed their skills in instructional and leadership coaching, creating and facilitating learning experiences, and leading strong teams. They will be graduating from Columbia University’s Teachers College in 2024 with a Master’s in Adult Learning and Leadership. Nady lives in Bulbancha, the “land of many tongues” and the unceded land of the Chitimacha, the Houma, and the Chahta Yakni (New Orleans, LA). They cultivate their resilience by performing and watching live music, swimming and roller skating, and spending time with their partner and furry friends.