how to run a better meeting

How to Hold Better Meetings

Rushton Hurley gives us ideas for improving meetings. He also talks about how to improve communication between administrators and teachers (including how to get people to read your emails.)

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Rushton Hurley's Bio As Submitted

Rushton HurleyRushton Hurley has worked and studied on three 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 He is heavily involved in service efforts in his community and holds masters degrees in Education and East Asian Studies from Stanford University.

Rushton regularly keynotes at conferences and has trained and worked with teachers and school leaders around the world His fun and thoughtful talks center on inspiration and creativity; the connection between engaging learning and useful, affordable technology; the power of digital media; and the professional perspectives and experiences of teachers at all levels. His first book, Making Your School Something Special, was released by EdTechTeam Press in January of 2017. His second book, Making Your Teaching Something Special, was released in June 2017.


Twitter: @rushtonh

Related Show: How to Make Your Teaching Something Special with Rushton Hurley (Episode 166)

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Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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Nadine Sayles November 19, 2018 - 12:23 am

I am a middle school teacher at a charter school and am having difficulty with the monthly staff meetings at my school. Our meetings last approximately an hour and are much like the description of Mr. Hurley where announcements and are made. They are not viewed as something positive or worthwhile and oftentimes become a den of negativity. Using email or a rolling agenda to disseminate announcements will provide staff more time to focus on school-wide issues such as parent participation, community outreach work and partnerships, and fundraising for much needed technology and after-school programs. I loved the idea of “Cool Stuff” form as a way to create a positive climate and motivate the staff to create positive social change within my school. I plan to ask my principal to incorporate this at our meeting next month. I feel that this will empower teachers to be more vocal about the content they want covered and bring about a feeling of staff and teachers working together towards a common goal.


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