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Cultivating Emotional Resilience with Elena Aguilar and Nita Creekmore

Live Virtual and On-Demand
February 15th, 2023, 9:00am


Taste of Onward: Cultivating Emotional Resilience with Elena Aguilar and Nita Creekmore





February 15, 2023

9:00 am-4:00 pm  

Live on Zoom


Tentative Schedule

Block 1: 9:00am-11:00am

Break: 11:00am - 12:00pm

Block 2: 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Closing Block: 2:30-4:00 pm (recorded and available on-demand) 



9:00 am-2:00pm-Taste of Onward: Cultivating Emotional Resilience virtual workshop


Education is a physically and emotionally demanding field, and successful educators must intentionally develop their own resilience in order to thrive. This virtual workshop will provide you with the tools to do just that. Participants will explore the habits and dispositions of resilient educators outlined in Elena Aguilar’s Onward: Cultivating Emotional Resilience in Educators. They’ll spend time learning about themselves and develop a deeper awareness and understanding of their emotions. They’ll use this to help them to recognize entry points into cultivating resilience in themselves and then practice strategies for continuing to develop their resilience over the long haul. As participants boost their resilience, they will discover they have the energy to do the challenging work that is required of educators.



  • Understand the habits and dispositions of resilient people
  • Identify moments where resilience can be cultivated and use a range of strategies to do so
  • Practice using resilience-building strategies in conversations
  • Engage in and reflect on activities that build individual and collective resilience



Closing Block -How to Cultivate Emotional Resilience So That We Can Build Equitable Schools


In this virtual keynote, participants will learn how to use a number of strategies to cultivate the kind of emotional resilience needed to build equitable schools. Participants will anchor in their values and purpose, explore how to navigate uncomfortable emotions, and learn why emotional resilience is the missing element in most equity endeavors.



  • Recognize and appreciate the connection between cultivating their own resilience and building equitable schools
  • Learn how to use simple strategies to cultivate their emotional resilience when building equitable schools
  • Understand the critical importance of emotional resilience when building equitable schools




Elena Aguilar is a writer, leader, teacher, coach, and podcaster. She is the author of seven highly acclaimed books: The Art of Coaching, (2013) The Art of Coaching Teams (2016), Onward: Cultivating Emotional Resilience in Educators (2018), The Onward Workbook (2018), Coaching for Equity (2020), The Art of Coaching Workbook (2020) and The PD Book: 7 Habits that Transform Professional Development(2022). She has also been a frequent contributor to Edutopia, ASCD’s Educational Leadership, and EdWeek Teacher. Elena is also the co-founder of Kenya Big Picture Learning, she’s on the advisory board of UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center, and she is a certified mindfulness meditation teacher. She lives in Oakland, CA, with her husband, son, and two cats. When she’s not coaching or writing she enjoys traveling abroad, photographing birds, hiking, drinking coffee, and reading fiction.



Nita Creekmore is an Instructional Coach who has been in education for 17 years. She taught in grades 1, 2, and 5 for 13 years before becoming an Elementary School Instructional Coach. Nita obtained her Master’s Degree in Elementary Education in 2002 from the University of South Carolina and her Educational Specialist Degree in Educational Leadership in 2013 from the University of Virginia. 


Nita began Love. Teach. Bless. on Instagram in 2015 as a fun hobby highlighting the fun things that she did with her first-grade class. From there, Love. Teach. Bless. has grown to be a thriving, collaborative space for educators. Nita believes in holding inclusive spaces that are on the journey of equity for all—especially for folx from marginalized and oppressed groups. In her free time, she loves practicing yoga, spending time with her family and friends,  attending her kids’ extracurricular activities, and relaxing with a good book. Nita is originally from Woodbridge, Virginia, and currently lives just outside Atlanta, GA with her husband and four children.


Participants are required to have a copy of The Onward Workbook. This book may be purchased through IL ASCD or on your own.


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