Rona Wilensky

Workshops & Cohorts, Customized Experiences

“I think adult learning and student learning share the same basic principles for engagement: relationships, rigor, relevance.”—Rona Wilensky


Rona Wilensky believes that adults need to cultivate their own capacities for presence, awareness, regulation and cultural responsiveness before creating the contexts in which students develop these skills. As a facilitator, she avoids acting as a “sage on the stage,” and prefers to work alongside participants as they share stories and learn from one another. 



Rona Wilensky has cultivated a deep study and practice of mindfulness and transformational leadership practices throughout the course of her career and education. She now shares that expertise with others through Front Range BOCES, the Passageworks Institute and her extensive writing. A belief in the need for systems change and social emotional competencies drives much of her work. She served as founding principal of New Vista High School, a small public high school of choice in Boulder Valley School District, from 1992-2009. 


When not thinking through leadership and education challenges, she spends “way too much time” thinking about current events and reading the New York Times, the Washington Post, The Atlantic Monthly and the New Yorker. She also loves hiking in the foothills and mountains, and reads scores of crime novels. 



  • Ph.D., Economics, Yale University

  • B.A., Economics, Yale University

  • Bennington College

  • Certificate, Authentic Leadership, Naropa University

  • Certificate, Mindfulness Instructor, Naropa University

  • Board Vice President, SOAR (Charter) Elementary School, Denver

  • Editorial Team for My Weekly Resistance political newsletter