Emotional Intelligence for Resilient Schools: Navigating Turbulent Times

In today's ever-changing educational landscape, schools often encounter turbulent times characterized by budget constraints, student behavioral issues, teacher burnout, and educational reforms. To thrive in these challenging and uncertain environments, educators, administrators, and stakeholders must harness the power of emotional intelligence (EQ). This workshop, inspired by the ASCD book The EQ Way: How Emotionally Intelligent School Leaders Navigate Turbulent Times, will equip participants with practical strategies for fostering EQ within the education system, leading to resilient schools and student success. During our time together, we will focus on three critical areas for harnessing the power for EQ: 1) Enhancing personal and team EQ, 2) Creating an emotionally intelligent school culture, and 3) Effective communication and conflict resolution.


This session is appropriate for school and district leaders, teacher leaders, and administrators.

Participants will:

  • Learn how educators and school leaders can elevate their own, and their team’s, emotional intelligence.

  • Acquire tools to effectively manage stress, make well-informed decisions, and set an example of EQ leadership.

  • Explore practical tips and strategies for establishing a culture of emotional intelligence within classrooms and the entire school community.

  • Learn how to foster positive relationships among students, teachers, administrators, and parents by prioritizing EQ activities.

  • Gain insights into building bridges and fostering collaboration between resisters and naysayers.


Ignacio Lopez, Ed.D.

Ignacio Lopez, Ed.D., is dean of the College of Professional Studies and Advancement at National Louis University in Chicago. He's also held positions as a high school English teacher, curriculum administrator, tenured professor, assistant dean, and community college president. Some of his professional successes include implementing teacher-leadership teams focused on evidenced-based collaborative planning, and measuring the culturally relevant teaching "gaps" in a school's curriculum and pedagogical practices. He’s the author of Keeping it Real and Relevant: Building Authentic Relationships in Your Diverse Classroom.

Free Book Included:

The ASCD book The EQ Way: How Emotionally Intelligent School Leaders Navigate Turbulent Times is included in your registration and will be distributed at the workshop.

Schedule and Pricing

  • Friday, March 22, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • ASCD24 registration is required to attend Preconference Institutes.
  • Add an institute to your ASCD24 experience for an additional fee.
  • Registration includes an ASCD book.

Super Early Bird

Through Dec. 7


Early Bird

Dec. 8-Feb. 15


Regular Price

Feb. 16-March 22