Tom Hierck

Tom Hierck

Tom Hierck has been an educator since 1983 in a career that has spanned all grade levels and roles in public education.

His experiences as a teacher, administrator, district leader, department of education project leader, and executive director have provided a unique context for his education philosophy.

Minute Musings

I have started a new format to share ideas and get feedback from colleagues. I will post new Minute Musings to this space after each recording. As the name implies, I’ll limit myself to approximately a minute of content and then check the feedback. Check them out and feel free to send any comments my way. Thanks!

TED-X Powell River

Tom was recorded at the Powell River TED-X talk, on his favourite topic “I am the future.”

New Book!

Tom’s new book “Managing Unstoppable Learning” is now available! Develop a collective approach to student behaviour management based on the Unstoppable Learning framework. The included classroom management strategies will help you create a positive learning environment that maximizes student engagement and learning outcomes. The book will help educators to

  • Closely examine how to manage student behaviour and classroom climate using the Unstoppable Learning framework’s proven approach.
  • Become familiar with classroom management strategies for creating a positive learning environment, developing teacher-student relationships, and dealing with problem behaviours.

Here’s what colleagues are saying:

Tom Hierck gives educators the tools they need to create a learning environment that is intentional and positive. Managing Unstoppable Learning isn’t just something you do, it is everything you do!

Alex Kajitani, author and California Teacher of the Year, California

Tom Hierck makes the case for how classroom management isn’t an authoritarian assertion of power; it’s a responsibility that ensures learning for all students. Managing Unstoppable Learning offers proactive and responsive strategies teachers can use to create an empowering classroom where students can choose behaviors that help them and their classmates learn.

Lauren Porosoff, author and middle school English teacher, Ethical Culture Fieldston School, NY

As a veteran teacher, I have found reminder after reminder as to why I love students and why I am passionate about what I do. This book can cure problems and save others from heartache. The information is powerful and can change schools. It is fuel for the passion of teachers to get into the classroom and focus on the real task at hand; learning.

Kecia Dennis 8th Grade ELAR Teacher Richland Middle School, TX

Tom Hierck delivers an educational tour de force in Managing Unstoppable Learning. Far removed from a step-by-step solutions-only guide that tells a teacher what to do, the book evolves from the purposes of and conditions for appropriate student behavior to constructing the environment and responses to teach students how to behave to learn best.

Mike Crabtree, Administrator, Blount County Schools, TN

Contact Tom Hierck ( to order or follow this link.

Other Books

These titles are all available directly from Tom and he can sign them to you or your favourite educator:

Starting a MovementSeven Keys to Positive Learning by Tom Hierck


Tom is a compelling presenter, infusing his message of hope with strategies culled from the real world. He understands that educators face unprecedented challenges and knows which strategies will best serve learning communities.

Tom has presented to schools and districts across North America with a message of celebration for educators seeking to make a difference in the lives of students. His dynamic presentations explore the importance of positive learning environments and the role of assessment to improve student learning. Ongoing support and consultation ensure that the methods to achieve these ends are implemented and upheld over the longer term. His belief that “every student is a success story waiting to be told” has led him to work with teachers and administrators to create positive school cultures and build effective relationships that facilitate learning for all students.

Educational Consulting

Tom has worked with district/division leaders as well as school leaders on the design and implementation of structures and programs that promote effective practice and produce positive results. The initial on-site visits can be followed up by various forms of electronic communication so that ongoing support is available as staff and student populations evolve over time, ensuring the long term success of districts, schools and students.