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Dave Burgess      

President of Dave Burgess Consulting, Inc. & Author of "Teach Like a Pirate"

Dave Burgess is the New York Times best-selling author of Teach Like a PIRATE and co-author of P is for PIRATE: Inspirational ABC’s for Educators. He received national recognition as recipient of the 2014 BAMMY Award for Secondary School Teacher of the Year presented by the Academy of Education Arts and Sciences.

As an award-winning teacher from San Diego, California, he was recognized as Teacher of the Year, a Golden Apple recipient, and a faculty standout for 17 consecutive years in categories such as Most Entertaining, Most Energetic, and Most Dramatic. He specializes in teaching hard-to-reach, hard-to-motivate students with techniques that incorporate showmanship and creativity. His dynamic and inspirational message coupled with his outrageously energetic performance style has transformed classrooms and sparked an educational revolution around the world.

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Teach Like a PIRATE!

Join New York Times Best-Selling author Dave Burgess for a high-energy, entertaining, and inspirational program that will transform the way you look at your role as an educator. Learn how to dramatically increase student engagement, design wildly creative lessons, and build a course that is a life-changing experience for your students. Using a unique combination of magic and humor, he will reignite your passion for the education profession and show you exactly how to make school an amazing place that has students wanting to knock down the walls to get in. Teach Like a PIRATE has sparked a full-scale revolution in the educational world and has inspired teachers from all over the globe to achieve new levels of excellence in their schools and classrooms. This program is your chance to experience the one-of-a-kind presentational style of unbelievable intensity and outrageous energy that has transfixed audiences at packed venues across the nation.

Teaching Outside the Box: A Crash Course in Creativity

A fast-paced and fun session designed to teach techniques that will skyrocket creativity. You will learn how to use your brain like Google, create a GPS system for powerful teaching, and magically create new ideas through Creative Alchemy. In addition, learn how to overcome obstacles that stifle creativity by using the Wedding Photographer Principle. You’ll leave truly believing you are a creative being and inspired to add memorable experiences for students to your lesson plans.

You’re Not Alone! Building and Using a Professional Learning Network

Learn how to access an unbelievably rich set of resources for all subjects and stay current on emerging educational trends. You can have 365 day unlimited access to the most innovative minds in education, collaborate with like-minded educators with no geographic limitations, and personalize your professional development experience. Oh...and it's free!! Join this entertaining, high-energy session and walk away with all of the information you need to get started immediately.

Using Magic to Teach and Amaze

A fun, hands-on instructional workshop designed to teach participants how to incorporate magic and other amazing principles into their lessons. Effects will be performed, modeled, and taught by the instructor, a professional magician. Participants will leave ready to perform several magical effects and brimming with ideas of how to discover similar ways to hook and engage students. This session empowers teachers to embrace their personal passions and use them to create powerful learning experiences.

Building Rapport from the Very First Day

Relationships and rapport are the heart of teaching. This high-energy, fun session will focus on how to build high levels of rapport and create a psychologically safe environment for learning. There is a strong focus on my first 3 days of school and how those days set the tone for the entire year. We will start by finally revealing “The #1 Top Secret Way to Become a Better Lover!!” Also covered: The importance of a powerful first impression. How to defeat the self-fulfilling prophecy of failure. How to become a "swimmer" instead of a "lifeguard." The 3 top reasons to build rapport. Join New York Times best-selling author, Dave Burgess, and leave fired up to teach kids!

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