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Cultivating Resilience

Sep 14, 2023

Our Guest

A lifelong educator, Michelle Trujillo M.Ed is a Co-Founder of the Center for Learning and Well-Being and is known to make a tangible, sustainable, and positive difference through her books, speaking engagements, and interactive workshops. Named Nevada’s 2016 Innovative Educator of the Year, Michelle has appeared on television (including Oprah), podcasts, and radio nationwide. Michelle partners with school districts, professional educational associations, educational service agencies, and conference organizers to provide relevant answers to future-facing challenges. Michelle’s books include Social Emotional Well-Being for Educators (Corwin, 2022), Thriving through Adversity: Powerful Strategies for Educators to Ignite Hope, Inspire Students and Transform Schools (Center for Learning and Well-Being, 2022), and Start with the Heart: Igniting Hope in Schools Through Social and Emotional Learning (Corwin, 2019).


In a conversation about the challenges and well-being of educators, Michelle, a former teacher and principal, emphasized the importance of educational leaders understanding and supporting the well-being of their teachers to meet the academic and emotional needs of students effectively. She also introduced a framework for well-being that focused on six components: being reflective, intentional, empathetic, connected, accountable, and equitable.

Key points

Mental Health and Wellness for educators. (5:06)

The importance of social-emotional well-being for educators. (9:38)

Michelle’s six-part framework for social-emotional well-being. (13:42)

The importance of being accountable to ourselves. (16:19)

Creating a community of care and collective responsibility. (20:28)

Strategies to nourish your well-being. (25:25)

How to promote well-being. (33:05)

What we learned from the interview. (34:47)

Leveraging strengths and opportunities for growth. (40:12)

Connect with Michelle

Video Clips

Keynote Clip: Collective Efficacy

Corwin Clip: Start with the Heart

Resources referenced in the interview

Framework for Educator Well-Being (PDF)

Social-Emotional Well-Being Check-in (PDF)