Stephen Hurley

After working for over 30 years in Ontario's public education system, I continue to work passionately throughout Canada, still very committed to the idea of effective, powerful learning experiences for all participants. A musician, technology-watcher, father, husband, I find life in the world of education, even when the conversations get a little contentious. If I were to be doing anything else right now, it would be hosting my own syndicated radio program on--you guessed it--education. I blog in a few spots. My personal blog can be found at I can also be found hanging around and, most recently, I can be found on twitter as @stephen_hurley
Stephen Hurley has written 26 posts for Cooperative Catalyst

Nurturing Wonder and Awe in our Schools: A Placeholder

I wanted to check-in and let you know that I’m still around and plan on posting again in the next couple of days. Although I’ve been devoting most of my energy to a few of the other projects in which I’m involved (!), I wanted to let you know that I miss the unique energy … Continue reading

Community-based Schools–Really!

I need to keep my finger on a couple of the conversations going on in other posts here. To me, we’re getting at some of the important philosophical foundations of what it means to be in school. But I woke up this morning thinking about an issue that I tackled last week around mental health … Continue reading

Pondering The Values That We Bring To The Classroom

I just posted the following on my personal blogspace, Teaching Out Loud, but thought I might get some different feedback here. This is all leading me to some bigger questions in my own practice around the values that I bring into my teaching everyday. I’m in a bit of a quandry. As part of the … Continue reading

The Adjacent Possible Part Two: Applying the Concept

I wrote yesterday about the concept of the Adjacent Possible, featured in Steven Johnson’s new book, “Where Good Ideas Come From”. I’ve thought for the past 24 hours about how I may have encountered the effect of this idea in my own attempts to move innovative ideas through our local school district. A few years … Continue reading

The Adjacent Possible and School Transformation

As I was driving through town today, I heard the beginning of an interview with Steven Johnson, author of the newly-released book, Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation. I would have heard the entire interview if I hadn’t pulled into my local bookstore and snapped up the last copy! I’ve been … Continue reading

Action Steps for 2011: Teaching Out Loud

I love to think in broad, idealistic (sometimes naively optimistic) terms and so the call to identify specific action steps for 2011 is a good exercise for me! I have sat back with more than a certain degree voyeuristic envy over the past few months as the energy, passion and vitriolic spittle has been flying … Continue reading

The Thick and Thin of School Life

I love the Celtic concept of thin places–those places in the world where the veil between this and another world is almost transparent. It’s a powerful experience that almost defies description. I’ve come to recognize thin moments in my life; those moments where I’m overtaken by a powerful sense of inspiring awe. At times, those … Continue reading

Re-Inventing The Learning Process: Really?

Not too long ago, filmmaker George Lucas tried to add a positive spirit to the storm of controversy resulting from the release of Waiting for Superman. In a guest blog entry on his own foundation’s Edutopia website, Lucas encouraged readers to consider what was right with public schools—an important shift of focus at a moment … Continue reading

City Slickers and School Transformation: Finding the One Thing

I was going through my video collection last night and came across one that I hadn’t thought about in a while. The movie City Slickers follows the adventures of a few friends who try to renew and re-purpose their lives by going on a cattle driving vacation. There’s a great scene in the film where … Continue reading

Levers for transformation

I’ve been thinking a lot this week about the idea of levers–you know, those simple machines that allow you to raise a load with a certain degree of mechanical advantage. I attended a public forum on equity a few days ago, and one of the speakers posed the question, “What are the levers that will … Continue reading

Introduction from the Great White North–Well not white yet!

Greetings everyone, I happened upon your cooperative through a tweet that I followed, and was absolutely thrilled to find this site. As soon as I started reading some of the entries (I haven’t been through all of them yet), I knew that I needed to be a part of this conversation. My name is Stephen … Continue reading


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