Episode 140 – Elena Aguilar: Coaching, Equity, and Resilience

Meet Elena Aguilar

ELENA AGUILAR is an accomplished educational presenter, speaker, and author. She strives to help leaders learn, be their best selves, and serve students well. In 2018, Elena published Onward: Cultivating Emotional Resilience in Educators, and in 2020 she released Coaching for Equity: Conversations That Change Practice.

Questions That Guided Our Conversation

1:15 – Why don’t you start by telling us a little more about your current context in education?

2:27 – First things first: how are you doing right now? How are you handling the home quarantine and social distancing?

4:37 – It’s story time! Please share with us about a low moment or an experience of adversity that you’ve faced in your teaching or education career, and describe how you overcame it.

08:48 – In 2018, you published Onward: Cultivating Emotional Resilience in Educators. This seems like an especially timely focus today, with educators everywhere having to reinvent their practice and respond to challenges on a variety of levels. What are some pieces of wisdom and insight that you could share from your book that might provide educators with some hope and encouragement during a very challenging time in our schools?

15:00 – Let’s talk about your most recent work, a book called Coaching for Equity: Conversations That Change Practice. What was the mission and vision of this book? Who is it aimed at, and what would you like educators to take away from it?

18:46 – If you could offer one practical strategy or bit of advice to educators around the challenges of building equity, what would that be?

21:24 – How are you looking to grow professionally and improve your practice right now? Can you share about a specific professional goal or project that you’re currently working on?

22:41 – Outside of education, what’s another area of learning for you? What is it that ignites your passions outside of the classroom and brings you alive as a human being? Tell us why this area interests you and why you enjoy it.

23:39 – When it comes to writing, are you the sort of structured or disciplined writers that follows the same writing time each day?

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  • Sunrise Drive by South London Hifi*
  • Anthem by The Grand Affair*
  • Species by Diamond Ortiz
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EdTech Podcasters Shout Out the Best Tools of 2020

In this edition of the Roundtable, host Tim Cavey connects with six inspiring educational technology podcasters to discuss the best learning apps and tools of 2020. In this year of unprecedented challenges, which companies and innovators stepped up to support learning?

Questions That Guided Our Discussion

  • 1:21 – Who are you and what is your current context in education? Tell us about your podcast.
  • 7:23 – This year forced educators to pivot our practice more dramatically than ever before. What was one edtech tool that impressed you in terms of how it supported learning?
  • 20:17 – What do you think is the single most underrated edtech tool right now? Explain why.
  • 33:02 – What is one piece of technology that you’re hoping to learn more about in 2021?
  • 42:36 – What have you got coming up next on your podcast?
  • 51:17 – How can we connect with you?

Learning Tools That Stepped Up to Support Learning in 2020

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School Leaders Reflect on Wins and Challenges from 2020

In this edition of the Roundtable, host Tim Cavey connects with six inspiring education leaders to discuss the wins and challenges of 2020. After this historic year, what can we dare to hope and dream for 2021?

Questions That Guided Our Discussion

  • 1:02 – Who are you and what does your learning community look like right now? Tell us about your context.
  • 10:27 – As you look back on the last 4-5 months of learning, what is one specific win from your community that you can celebrate?
  • 24:05 – What is one pain point that you are still wrestling with? What is one question you are seeking answers to?
  • 39:52 – What is a goal or dream that you have for your learning community in 2021?
  • 45:55 – Whose voice is inspiring you right now? Share about one author or education leader that you are grateful for.
  • 53:46 – How can we connect with you and join you on your learning journey?

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Teacher Fitness: Why Is It Important and How Can We Make It Happen?

In this edition of the Roundtable, host Tim Cavey connects with seven uplifting educators to discuss the WHYs and HOWs of educator fitness. With everything we have going against us right now, is fitness actually important? How can we make it a part of our daily practice?

Questions That Guided Our Discussion

  • 1:17 – Who are you and what is your current context in education?
  • 13:30 – Give us a quick snapshot of your journey with health and wellness. How has fitness positively impacted your personal and professional life?
  • 29:49 – As we head into the heart of winter still in the grips of a pandemic, why should fitness be a priority? Is it even possible right now?
  • 35:18 – Speak to that educator who feels exhausted, burning out, and discouraged. What are some simple strategies for that educator to start to improve their fitness and wellness?
  • 54:02 – Who are the voices and resources that inspire you in the fitness space?
  • 55:34 – How can we connect with you?

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Educational Podcasters Look Back on 2020

Each month, I connect with other education podcasters in a mastermind group of sorts. We compare notes, talk about our work, share best practices, and wrestle with current challenges.

On the agenda for this month’s conversation: highlights and lessons learned from 2020. In terms of podcasting, what were the highs and lows? Where do we go from here?

Questions That Guided Our Discussion

  • 1:10 – Who are you and what is the name of your educational podcast?
  • 2:13 – What is one thing that you are celebrating about your podcast in 2020?
  • 15:24 – What did you learn about your podcast (or podcasting in general) in 2020?
  • 22:36 – What is one goal that you have for your podcast (or podcasts) in 2021?
  • 37:12 – What is the next piece of content that you plan to publish?
  • 45:51 – How can we connect with you? Where can we see and hear your content?

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