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Welcoming our Newest Colleagues: Letter to A Beginning Teacher

The following was posted yesterday on voicEd.ca.  I would love to get contributions from south of the 49th parallel, so if this is something that captures your imagination, I would love to hear from you. You can reach me at stephen.hurley@sympatico.ca or on Twitter at stephen_hurley Feel free to share the invitation with your colleagues … Continue reading

Getting to the Change We Want: Developing an Easement Mindset

The following is also posted at stephenhurley.ca. I would love to hear whether this concept resonates with colleagues south of the border! The degree to which education systems in Canada (and elsewhere, I suspect) are going to be capable of the substantial change to which an increasing number educators, parents, students and politicians aspire will … Continue reading

re\wire: ni

[rewire: democratic surround meets networked individualism, it’s complicated] The time might be just right to finally indulge in the unthinkable/unbelievable dance.. of ongoing/perpetual/emergent conversation/communication with/in both self and (the entire) community/world. . a vision. In Rewire, Ethan Zuckerman encourages us to be the time for rewiring our potential to connect. To connect ourselves/others.. in voice/family/house/oikos. Perhaps we are experiencing just the right … Continue reading

Leadership Should Permeate Everything You Do

Today I got my annual “Happy Holidays” email from my Superintendent.  It never ceases to amaze me how she turns everything into something to make us think. Leadership does permeate everything she does. Here’s the latest from our Coop Catalyst friend and author, Pam Moran (and I post this with her permission.):   Dear Colleagues: … Continue reading

PISA Results continue to lean

This week, the results from the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) were released. The PISA is a triennial survey that tests the skills and knowledge of 15 year old students in 65 countries. This iteration focused on math, and the comparative results of the 510,000 students who participated helps evaluate the current state of the … Continue reading

The Democratic Promise

Earlier today my American Government students watched the amazing film The Democratic Promise: Saul Alinsky and His Legacy. The documentary, which is framed around Frederick Douglass’ famous quote that “Power concedes nothing without demand,” is a powerful reminder that democracy is an ongoing process and continual struggle. While watching the film I realized that its structure … Continue reading

Three Girls

Photo of the Day: Friends pause from the fun at the Fall Festival to share their joy with the camera.

how to dance

i don’t know how to dance very well. it’s been a dream of mine. to learn to dance. but i’ve had too many inhibitions. about doing it right. some people have tried to help, some have run the other way. most don’t really care (about me dancing), they have their own issues. but what if … Continue reading

Trying To Make Adultism Okay?

In the alternative education culture apparent throughout the Cooperative Catalyst blog, I have experienced a lot of attention towards racial, gender, and other forms of discrimination. However, little is made of a very real form of discrimination that is undermining a lot of well-meaning educators’ work with students today: adultism. In my new book, Ending Discrimination … Continue reading

missing it

_____________________ So many good people are trying to fix/change/improve the world. Education reform alone is spending quadrillions of dollars/hours/joules. We are busy people. But what if we’re not being careful/watchful/mindful – and we are missing it. What if, by not questioning the very essence of this 100 ish year old tradition/mandate, we currently call school, we are missing us. … Continue reading

Privatized “Public” Schools: A Vessel Fit for Destruction

Learning in a state of denial…denying what is readily apparent to those who sit in silence. The old way is not designed for the 21st century…but the new way is just as destructive as the old way. Its one thing to have changed…change is good. However, change that inspires a pattern of regressive and antagonist … Continue reading

In Pursuit of Passion .. not Carrots or Sticks

Watching a bit of the US Open last night, I was struck with the question of the source of motivation by athletes to work without cease, endure pain, sustain focus, and intensify commitment to a sport over time even when the odds of losing are far greater than standing on the podium to receive a … Continue reading

your song

In the African tribe there is one other occasion upon which the villagers sing to the child. If at any time during his or her life, the person commits a crime or aberrant social act, the individual is called to the center of the village and the people in the community form a circle around … Continue reading

a people experiment

graphic links to ebook on issuu

Enough with the Bitching…

Stop bitching. Stop whining. Stop pouting. To be frank, we do too much of the wrong thing while corporate interest continues to do so much of the right thing and all the while, they continue to brainwash youth. While we are all sitting around rallying for justice in the classroom…corporate interest continue to coddle with … Continue reading

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