Online Class:  

Building Your Resilience (NEW)

Instructor: Colleen Thompson

Are you feeling overwhelmed by the ever-changing expectations that are put upon educators? Do unplanned disruptions and changes both big and small deplete you of the energy you need to be your best creative, productive, positive self? In this class you will work through Elena Aguilar’s book, Onward, developing healthy habits that can build your emotional resilience.You will learn practical strategies to rediscover your passion and purpose, helping you respond to challenges from a place of strength and peace. In order to build the emotional resilience of our students, we must simultaneously tend to our own. Taking this class is a great place to start. 

For K-12 Teachers

This class is offered as for 3, 4 or 5 credits

Required Texts:

Onward: Cultivating Emotional Resilience in Educators by Elena Aguilar &

The Onward Workbook: Daily Activities to Cultivate Your Emotional Resilience and Thrive by Elena Aguilar

Register Anytime!  You can start your course TODAY!

1. Click "Registration" below.  Our site will redirect you to an SPU registration page where you will pay both the TINT and SPU fee with a credit card. 

2. You will receive an email from SPU with your receipt and a link to the coursework. 

3. You have a year to complete the work at your own pace.  Your grade will be posted on your transcript within a few weeks (and often sooner) of you finishing!


Option 1:  Non-Credit/Audit TINT Tuition Fee (30 PDUs): $525


Option 2:   3 Quarter Credit (60 PDUs) = TINT Tuition Fee: $525

+ $165 SPU Credit Fee (Click here for SPU Info) = $690


Option 3:  4 Quarter Credit (80 PDUs) = TINT Tuition Fee: $625

+ $220 SPU Credit Fee (Click here for SPU Info) = $845


Option 4:  5 Quarter Credit (100 PDUs) = TINT Tuition Fee: $715

+ $275 SPU Credit Fee (Click here for SPU Info) = $990

Student Testimonials:

I can honestly say that this is the best graduate course I have taken so far as I continue my path to move over on our district’s pay scale. I 100% wholeheartedly believe that every teacher and administrator needs to take this course. I have already told a few colleagues and friends about this course. When the staff goes back this week, I will tell even more. The books for this course will not be put on my bookshelf at home, these books are important enough to be in my classroom so I can reference them. I have a feeling I may need to reference them a lot going back to school and getting back into the swing of things. But I think that is what the workbook is all about. Reminding ourselves to continue to grow and move onward.

TINT Student

Learning about myself, re-finding my purpose, has had the biggest impact on me. Taking the time to self-evaluate, reflect, and truly open up about my experiences, tendencies, and plans moving forward has been powerful. It’s put me on a path of health, wellness, and resilience. “Self-knowledge is critical in times of turmoil and helps us manage the onslaught of emotions that arise during change or when we want to lead change. ...Authentic confidence comes from self-knowledge.” (Aguilar, 2018: p.42).  This self-knowledge will impact my personal and professional life as I lead positive change.

TINT Student

I have so greatly appreciated reading and reflecting on this book. It has come at a time when I desperately needed a resilience “tune up”. What I find fascinating is that this book was published in 2018, before the pandemic, and before anyone outside the public health world could even conceive of the pandemic. It’s interesting because educators really needed to work on resilience for years before the pandemic. I have a feeling I will be turning to this book often this school year. 

TINT Student

One of the big takeaways for me from this course was the interconnectedness of all the pieces of resilience. I previously believed that if I was super prepared and organized then everything else would fall into place. These habits were taking more than their fair share of my being. The change I hope to work towards is a balance between professional and personal growth. Finding a balance will help me to continue to take care of myself, explore new hobbies, continue to learn, and find the positives in change.

TINT Student