Rushton Hurley is an educator who believes this is a great time to teach. In his work, he has taught Japanese language, been principal of an online school, directed a professional development program, and succeeded as a social benefit entrepreneur. He loves creativity, collaborative innovation, and laughing at himself. A graduate of Trinity University in San Antonio, Rushton founded and is executive director of the educational nonprofit Next Vista for Learning, which houses a free library of hundreds of short videos by and for teachers and students at NextVista.org.
The author of two books, Making Your School Something Special and Making Your Teaching Something Special, Rushton works with schools around the world to make them more personally and professionally satisfying places for everyone. His graduate research at Stanford University included using speech recognition technology with beginning students of Japanese in computer-based role-playing scenarios for developing language skills. In the 1990's his work with teenagers at a high school in California led him to begin using internet and video technologies to make learning more active, helping him reach students who had struggled under more traditional approaches.
Rushton has trained teachers globally, and in 2017 created The 5-Day Teacher Challenge, which thousands of teachers have used to raise their game (and have fun doing so)! A regular presenter at national and international conferences, his fun and thoughtful talks center on the connection between engaging learning and useful, affordable technology, and professional perspectives of teachers at all levels.
The Fun and Cool of Getting Better
- We all know that we can get better. A cool idea here, an adapted technique there, and soon, we're reaching the next student - the one who has been such a challenge. One of the best pieces of teaching is getting kids like that to believe in themselves, so why not try something new that allows you and them to experience something fun, cool, and hopeful? Join in for ideas, techniques, and advice that can make you a little (or a lot) better now.
Making Your School Something Special
- Technology allows us to reimagine how we take our schools from good to great, enhancing learning activities, building staff morale and confidence, and communicating effectively with the larger community. In this talk, we will look at how we can move our teaching toward the powerfully memorable, build an exploratory culture, foster and share successes, and strengthen individual confidence in our students and our colleagues.