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?
- Amazon Sales Rank: #13840 in Books
- Published on: 2017-03-16
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- Dimensions: 9.00" h x
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- Binding: Paperback
- 250 pages
"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.
Most helpful customer reviews
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful.
I was lucky enough to get to pre-read this amazing book. Shelley Burgess and Beth Houf take PIRATE ...
By Jay Billy
I was lucky enough to get to pre-read this amazing book. Shelley Burgess and Beth Houf take PIRATE leadership to new depths in Lead Like a PIRATE. This book shows that courageous leaders can build the types of schools where adults are excited to work and kids are excited come to school. Beth and Shelley have taken their experiences in educational leadership and drawn a treasure map toward success for those of us who aspire to be great. This book 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 (Teach Like A Pirate, Learn Like A Pirate, Play Like A Pirate, and Explore Like A Pirate,) I will continually go back to Lead Like a PIRATE when I need inspiration, motivation, and ideas that will make my school better. I plan on sharing this with my colleagues because everyone should "Lead Like A Pirate."
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful.
Beating Down The Doors To Get In, Not Out!
By Amazon Customer
I have been fortunate enough to follow the evolution of Lead Like A Pirate through social media and conference presentations over the past couple of years, and have been waiting excitedly for this book to appear. It was worth the wait, and I can't recommend it highly enough to any current or aspiring school leader.
Lead Like A Pirate is meaningful to me because it allows the opportunity to see what can be possible in a school, rather than what it has always been; to see new paths to moving a school forward, rather than the traditional, tried-but-not-necessarily-true ways of principal work; and how to truly work with teachers as a supporter, rather than just a director or manager. Shelley and Beth have created a tool that is just as useful for a veteran principal as a first-time administrator, and their ideas for collaborative conversations with teachers will give any veteran administrator an ANCHOR for their work with any teacher in their building, at any level.
I was fortunate enough to be exposed to the Lead Like A Pirate concept when I saw Shelley and Beth present for the first time together, and it was immediately clear that they would be part of my tribe. This book is a great resource for any principal, and it will be something that I come back to again and again as I continue to strive to make my school a place where students, staff, and parents are beating down the doors to get in, not out!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful.
Bam! An easy to read, relevant and impactful education book that fits into ANY leadership role or style!
By Jeff K.
It isn't often that an educational book is easy to read, relevant, realistic, and impactful! This book has already changed my practice for the better. Not only does it have a fun and smooth format to follow, it has a bunch of resources and step by step ways to change how we lead schools for better student and staff performance. It doesn't matter if you are a counselor, teacher, custodian, teacher's aide, or administrator, this book will beat to your drum and get you ready to re-chart your course. Do yourself a favor and buy one now, better yet, buy a few and pass them along to colleagues. Also, follow the movement on Twitter at #leadLAP.
"Culture first, Culture next, and Culture always". C'mon matey walk the plank with us, I promise, you will be a swimmer in no time!