Upcoming Conferences & Workshops


CULTIVATING EMOTIONAL RESILIENCE with Elena Aguilar and faciltated by Nita Creekmore

October 23rd, 2023, 3:30pm - 5:00pm
LIVE And Asynchronously





LIVE And Asynchronously

3:30 - 5:00 PM CT
OCTOBER 23, 2023
1.5 PD Hours


Nita Creekmore will facilitate the workshop
LIVE VIRTUAL -3:30 - 5:00 PM CT

OCTOBER 25 & 26, 2023
3 PD Hours




In her keynote presentation, Elena will share how to use specific strategies to cultivate the emotional resilience
needed to build equitable schools. Participants may 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.


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. Participants also have pre-work to complete prior to the virtual-live session.



  • 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
  • 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 six highly acclaimed books including Onward: Cultivating Emotional Resilience
in Educators (2018). Elena is the founder and president of Bright Morning Consulting, an organization committed to helping individuals and organizations create the
conditions for transformation. She has taught tens of thousands of folks how to have conversations






Nita Creekmore is an Instructional Coach and a presenter for Bright Morning Consulting. She taught in grades 1, 2, and 5 for 13 years before becoming Elementary School Instructional Coach. Nita is passionate about being an advocate, support, and thought partner for teachers in order to give students what they need.










*Participants are required to have a copy of The Onward Workbook.

This book may be purchased through IL ASCD or on your own.


Conference Fees

OR ATTEND BOTH for $ 249*
(*IL ASCD Members, Non-Members $298)


How to Register                                                                                                                                                         

  • Online: Use your Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express card at http://www.illinoisascd.org

  • Call: 800-877-1478 or 309-438-2160, Mon. - Fri. 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., and use your Visa,
    MasterCard, Discover, or American Express.

  • Mail: Send completed form with check or copy of PO to IL ASCD Aguilar/Onward — Illinois State University,  Conference Services, Campus Box 8610, Normal, IL 61790-8610.

  • Fax: Fax the completed form to 309-438-5364 using your Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express or a copy of your school P.O.  



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