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Lead Like a PIRATE: Make School Amazing for Your Students and Staff by [Burgess, Shelley, Houf, Beth]

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Editorial Reviews


"If you're ready to take your school or district to the next level of excellence, you need to read Lead Like a PIRATE. Shelley Burgess and Beth Houf offer the perfect mix of inspiration, encouragement, and real-world experience to help you become the kind of leader you have always wanted to be." 
Todd Whitaker, Professor of Educational Leadership, University of Missouri

"When you read Lead Like a Pirate, you will understand that you are not alone. Fun, easy to read, authentic, and packed with ideas to do right now, this is a great book for any leader who is passionate about moving themselves and others forward."
George Couros, author of The Innovator's Mindset

"In Lead Like a PIRATE, Shelley and Beth provide us with a roadmap for finding our passion for leadership and service. Every school leader and aspiring administrator who wants to make a difference should read this book. I am on board!"
Salome Thomas-EL, award-winning teacher, principal and author

"No matter where you are at in your leadership journey, Shelley and Beth will help propel you to greatness. These pages contain an enchanted co-mingling of inspiration and pragmatic ideas. You will feel your leadership capacity increase while reading Lead Like a PIRATE."
Dr. Brad Gustafson, National Distinguished Principal and author of Renegade Leadership

"This book needed to be written. Lead Like a PIRATE provides a compass to sail the choppy waters of educational leadership and the treasure map to guide leaders to find the gold within their schools and themselves!"
Mandy Ellis, principal and lead learner at Dunlap Grade School

"Drawing from their extensive educational experiences, Burgess and Houf share a number of dynamic examples and strategies that will invigorate you and leave you feeling inspired to create amazing learning experiences for all kids!"
Jimmy Casas, senior fellow, International Center for Leadership in Education, author, speaker

Lead Like a PIRATE will take you out of your comfort zone and push you toward greatness. The challenges, which are included throughout the book, will push you to become a better leader.  Like the other PIRATE books before it, I will continually go back to Lead Like a PIRATE when I need inspiration, motivation, and ideas that will make my school better." 
Jay Billy, principal, Slackwood Elementary School

"Based on undeniable experience, brilliance, and heart, Lead Like A PIRATE is a book that will push you to think, reflect, and go for greatness. A book that holds empowerment, world changing practices, and immense potential for positive change, Lead Like a Pirate should be in the hands of every educator across the globe."
Nili Bartley, technology integration specialist

"Shelley and Beth have put their hearts and souls on the pages of this book. Lead Like a PIRATE is one that I will be re-reading time and time again."
Todd Nesloney, award-winning educator, author, and international speaker

Lead Like a PIRATE contains a plethora of practical ideas and strategies to keep the PIRATE culture alive while captaining the ship. 
Tara Martin, curriculum facilitator, Lawrence Public Schools, USD 497

"Beth and Shelley lay down the gauntlet in Lead Like a Pirate and truly effuse the message of passion from their hearts. They are unwavering in their excitement for creating truly exceptional schools that all kids will want to be running into each and every day! Lead Like a Pirate is a must-read book!
Adam Welcome, co-author of Kids Deserve It, director of innovation and technology

"Having Lead Like a PIRATE is like having a personal coach in your corner. You'll be on your way to better leadership and a stronger school."
David Geurin, 2017 NASSP Digital Principal of the Year

A game-changing book written in service and support of students, educators and school communities, Lead Like a PIRATE will ignite the inspiration for the PIRATE leader within all of us."
Sean Gaillard, former principal, Buncee education advisor and founder of #CelebrateMonday

About the Author

Shelley Burgess has served as an award-winning teacher, principal, Director of Student Achievement, and Assistant Superintendent of Educational Leadership. Her highly respected work focuses on building leadership capacity through coaching, collaboration, and building a positive culture of change which leads to dramatic improvements in teaching and learning. She now works as a full-time partner in Dave Burgess Consulting, Inc. and is the coauthor of Lead Like a PIRATE: Make School Amazing for Your Students and Staff and P is for PIRATE: Inspirational ABC's for Educators. 

Beth Houf is the proud principal at Fulton Middle School in central Missouri. She is passionate about developing schools that encouraging high levels of learning and empowerment for all. In addition to her role as principal, she also serves as a facilitator for the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education's Leadership Academy, providing monthly training to state educational leaders. Beth was named a Missouri Exemplary New Principal in 2011 and the Missouri National Distinguished Principal for 2016. 

Product details

  • File Size: 5230 KB
  • Print Length: 252 pages
  • Publisher: Dave Burgess Consulting, Inc. (March 20, 2017)
  • Publication Date: March 20, 2017
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,643 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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