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Are You a Treasure Seeker?

Pirates are on a constant quest for riches, but pirate leaders seek even greater rewards: Amazing schools, engaged students, and empowered educators who know they are making a difference. In Lead Like a Pirate, education leaders Shelley Burgess and Beth Houf map out the character traits necessary to captain a school or district. You'll learn where to find the treasure that's already in your classrooms and schools - and how to bring out the very best in your educators.

What does it take to be a pirate Leader?

Passion - both professional and personal

A willingness to Immerse yourself in your work

Good rapport with your staff, students, and community

The courage to ask questions and analyze what is and isn't working

The determination to seek positive transformation

And the kind of enthusiasm that gets others excited about education

The ultimate goal for any education leader is to create schools and districts where students and staff are knocking down the doors to get in rather than out. This book will equip and encourage you to be relentless in your quest to make school amazing for your students, staff, parents, and communities.

Are you ready to set sail?

©2017 Shelley Burgess, Beth Houf (P)2020 Dave Burgess Consulting

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  • Jon Hemmelgarn
  • 29-07-2020

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Great, easy read with practicality to educational leadership. A must-read for future and current administrators.

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  • CarynDelayn
  • 29-02-2020

Very Helpful Ed Leadership Resource

I truly learned from this book. Not just tips and tricks, but research behind the strategies and personal anecdotes to solidify understanding. Nice job, and good narration!

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  • Adrienne White
  • 17-02-2020

LOVED it!

I completed over the course of three days because I was so engaged in note taking and reflection, but otherwise. It is a quick and easy read. It's the most helpful components for me were the examples and resources provide it with each section. The authors used a show not simply tell to convey strategies. I'll be entering my first year as principal soon after working for four years as an Assistant Principal, so I plan to also buy the hard copy to reread and annotate. Awesome job Leaders!

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