About Stephen Hurley

I've been privileged to spend the last 30 years serving the public education system in Ontario. Through opportunities to work at most levels of the system, I have developed a heart for big picture thinking that is grounded in the reality of today's schools. I'm passionate about my own learning and look forward to nurturing that passion through my presence at voicEd.ca
Author Archive | Stephen Hurley

RIsky Business: Moving Towards Real Change in Education

This entry was originally written for the WGSI #learning2030 Initiative.

The idea of risk-taking in the world of schooling often conjures up images of innovative, entrepreneurial educators, prodding and poking at the boundaries of their context, looking for new approaches that will bring about the changes they want to see.… More

Read full story · Comments { 1 }

Educating Our Schools: How Miss Jean Brodie might just “lead us out” in our conversations about change

This entry was first posted on the Canadian Education Association website following the organizations most recent conference in Calgary, Alberta. 

JEAN BRODIE: To me, education is a leading out. The word education comes from the root “ex,” meaning “out,”and “duco…”I lead.”
To me, education is simply a…a leading out…of what is already there in the pupil’s soul.


Read full story · Comments { 0 }

States of Knowledge: Solid, Liquid or Gas?

I love it when a confluence of ideas gets me thinking in different ways. This past week, three separate “events” came together in the question that I’m about to propose. On Monday, I continued to ponder Wodek Szemberg’s question about the knowledge that students leaving our education systems need to have in order to meet the challenges and opportunities of this century.… More

Read full story · Comments { 14 }

I’ve Got the Domain. Do You Have An Idea?

We interrupt the flow of conversation here to present an idea. Well, it’s not really an idea yet but, more accurately, the encouragement to come up with an idea.

A couple of years ago, I was drawn into a few conversations about how our lust for the newest, the fastest and the cheapest could very well be compromising our values around social justice, equity and, in some cases, peace.… More

Read full story · Comments { 1 }

The Knowledge Our Students Need

What are the big picture understandings about the world, their communities and themselves that young people will need to have in order to effectively participate in the future that we imagine?More

Read full story · Comments { 15 }

The Teachers’ Journey: A New Podcast Series

A hero ventures forth from the world of common day into a region of supernatural wonder: fabulous forces are there encountered and a decisive victory is won: the hero comes back from this mysterious adventure with the power to bestow boons on his fellow man.—Joseph Campbell, The Hero Has A Thousand Faces

I’ve been studying the work of the late American mythologist, Joseph Campbell, for many years now.… More

Read full story · Comments { 0 }