Making Your School Something Special

Enhance Learning, Build Confidence, and Foster Success at Every Level

By: Rushton Hurley
Making Your School Something Special

This book focuses on organizational improvement through helping teachers and school leaders foster, develop, and share the stories of the school’s success. Beginning with a detailed discussion of how to take learning activities to ever-higher levels, the book progresses to helping teams use time and media tools effectively for both PD and PR and finishes with how to strengthen confidence and morale in schools of any description. Internationally-recognized speaker has a thirty-year history of working with many types of schools and has shaped this book to give strong ideas to educational leaders at all levels.

About the Author

Rushton Hurley

Rushton Hurley

Rushton Hurley holds graduate degrees from Stanford University, is heavily involved in service efforts in his community, and has worked and studied on six continents as a high school Japanese language teacher, principal of an online high school, a teacher trainer, and a speaker. He founded and is executive director of the educational nonprofit Next Vista for Learning, which houses a free library of videos by and for teachers and students at

What People are Saying

Making Your School Something Special is simply an excellent resource for educators. Rushton accomplishes a deft feat – providing inspiration while keeping feet solidly planted on the ground, respecting educators while challenging them to more, recognizing the intrinsic desire of students to engage their learning while accepting their limitations – in the end providing inspiring and concrete ideas on how to change the culture of your school to embrace students, community and the highest ideals we have for learning. Rushton’s ideas reflect his love of learning and his deep knowledge of school life and teachers. His inspiration and enthusiasm for learning are contagious! – Barry Thornton – Principal, Junipero Serra High School

Building school culture and creating a positive climate is crucial for student success. Having the capacity to collaborate and create as educators only helps to improve the environment for the students we serve. In this book Rushton lays out some simple ways any school can make it a place where innovation, imagination and excellence flourish. It’s one you’ll want to revisit over and over again to keep improving! – Steven Anderson – Educational Evangelist and Speaker/Consultant

Over the last decade I have listened to Rushton Hurley speak at education conferences across this country. I was consistently impressed with his intelligence, humor, vast amount of knowledge and an ability to inspire. I always found myself wanting hear more after each engagement. This book provides that need with a fresh approach to student-centered education that could and should infuse the culture of every school in the country with ideas and strategies for success. – Tom Whitby – Author, Blogger, Speaker, Podcaster, Consultant, 40-Year Educator

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Making Your Teaching Something Special

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Making Your Teaching Something Special is a collection of 50 short chapters designed to fill gaps and build talent, with each chapter covering a piece of advice for those looking to raise their game as a teacher or trainer. Divided into five areas (rapport with students, assessments and assignments, delivery, collegiality and professionalism, and logistics), newbies and veterans alike will find plenty of ideas to try with their classes. Each area finishes with discussion questions for those using the book as part of a professional development effort.

Bring the World to Your Classroom

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The concepts and skills that leading geo-education experts Kelly Kermode and Kim Randall explain in this book will help you make concepts concrete and empower you as you teach your students about being global citizens. Packed full of how-tos and sample projects, Bring the World to Your Classroom will move you and your learners forward as you learn to make meaningful connections to the world around you.