Dave Burgess Consulting provides a variety of dynamic, high-energy, inspiring speakers to provide professional learning for schools, districts, events and beyond. For availability and/or pricing, use the contact form to the right of this page to contact Wendy Van Dyk for more information.

Dave Burgess

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Dave Burgess is a teacher from San Diego, California and a professional magician specializing in stand-up comedy magic. He was a 2001 and 2012 Golden Apple winner in the Grossmont Union High School District and the 2007-2008 Teacher of the Year at West Hills High School. He has been voted 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.  At a recent ceremony in Washington, D.C., he was awarded the BAMMY for Secondary School Teacher of the Year by the Academy of Education Arts and Sciences.  He is the co-author of P is for PIRATE: Inspirational ABC’s for Educators and the New York Times best-selling author of Teach Like a PIRATE which has sparked an educational revolution all over the world.  

Dave delivers the ultimate professional development experience for your teachers that is perfect for all circumstances from truly inspirational opening keynotes to full-day hands-on workshops.It is a high-energy, interactive, and entertaining experience that will leave your staff unbelievably inspired, motivated, and with the practical skills to dramatically increase student engagement.

His presentations are a unique blend of outrageously energetic performance art and magic, mixed with an inspirational message of how and why to become more passionate in the classroom. All techniques and methods are modeled and fully explained so as to leave no doubt about how to apply the methods in the real-world. Participants will leave with a tool-box full of dynamic presentational ideas that they can immediately use to improve their lessons.

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Shelley Burgess

Shelley burgess: Lead Like a Pirate

Shelley 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 co-author of P is for PIRATE: Inspirational ABC’s for Educators.

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George Couros

George Couros is a leading educator in the area of innovative leadership, teaching, and learning. He has worked with all levels of school–from K-12 as a teacher and technology facilitator, school and district administrator, and is the author of the book “The Innovator’s Mindset; Empower Learning, Unleash Talent, and Lead a Culture of Creativity. He is one of education’s most sought after speakers, and speaks on the topic of innovative student learning and engagement and has worked with schools and organizations around the globe. George is also the creator of connectedprincipals.com, an initiative that brings educators and leaders together from around the world to create powerful learning opportunities for students.  

Although George is a leader in the area of innovation, his focus is always the development of leadership and people and what is best for learners. His belief that, meaningful change happens when you first connect to people’s hearts, is modelled in his writing and speaking. His keynotes are known for making you laugh, cry, and think, and will inspire you to become a better educator.  You can connect with George on his blog, “The Principal of Change” or follow him on Twitter (@gcouros).

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Don Wettrick

don wettrickDon Wettrick is an Innovation Specialist at Noblesville High School, just outside Indianapolis, Indiana. He is the author of Pure Genius: Building a Culture of Innovation and Taking 20% Time to the Next Level. Wettrick has worked as a middle school and high school teacher; educational and innovation consultant; and educational speaker. Don is passionate about helping students find their educational opportunities and providing them with the digital tools they need to give them a competitive edge.

Don has lectured across the United States and Europe about collaboration, social media use, and work environments that enable innovation. He also hosts an internet radio program, InnovatED, for the BAM! Radio Network.  Most importantly Don works with educators and students to bring innovation and collaborative skills into education.

His keynotes are built around real student examples and not rhetoric. While the keynotes are passionate and energetic, they all have steps to take action… today.

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Alice Keeler

Alice Headshot resized small size copyAlice Keeler holds a Masters in Educational Media Design and Technology and is a Google Certified Teacher, New Media Consortium K12 Ambassador, Microsoft Innovative Educator and LEC Admin & Online and Blended certified educator. She is  Co-Author of the books 50 Things You Can Do With Google Classroom and 50 Things To Go Further With Google Classroom, A Student-Centered Approach both of which continue to be top sellers on Amazon in the Computers and Technology Education section.

She taught high school math for 14 years and currently serves as an Adjunct Professor of Curriculum, Instruction and Technology at California State University, Fresno. Alice Keeler has developed and taught online K12 courses, as well as the course for Innovative Educator Advanced Studies Certification (cue.org/ieasc). She has participated on collaborative teams for Google working on projects such as YouTube teachers and Google Play for Education. She has served on the New Media Consortium Horizon report advisory panel for 2013, 2014, and 2015 (http://goo.gl/iTM15) and has been a lesson developer for Bing in the classroom.

As a believer in the importance of connectivity she founded #coffeeEDU (coffeeEDU.org) and #profchat, two powerful communities for educators to collaborate and share innovative new ideas.  She holds a Masters in Educational Media Design and Technology and is a current Doctoral student at Boise State University in EdTech with a focus on gamification. She is passionate about reaching all students and using technology to change the way we approach learning and grading. Alice tweets @alicekeeler and blogs at alicekeeler.com.

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Matt Miller

matt conference cropped bigMatt Miller is a teacher, blogger, author and presenter from West Central Indiana. He is the author of Ditch That Textbook: Free Your Teaching and Revolutionize Your Classroom. Matt has infused technology and innovative teaching methods in his classes for more than 10 years. He writes at the Ditch That Textbook blog about using technology and creative ideas in teaching. He is a Google Certified Teacher (Austin ’14), a Bammy! Awards nominee, and winner of the WTHI-TV Golden Apple Award.

After trying to do the traditional “teach by the textbook” for a few years, he launched into a textbook-less path where learning activities were often custom-produced for his students as well as infused with technology. He likes the results a lot, and his students do, too.

Matt has presented to thousands of teachers at dozens of workshops on a number of topics related to educational technology, world language instruction and more. He combines a conversational, engaging speaking style with loads of resources, leaving teachers equipped and inspired to move forward.

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Julie Smith

Julie picJulie Smith is recognized both nationally and internationally as a leading expert in media literacy. Her highly sought-after keynotes and professional development programs help educators, parents, and students alike make sense of the digital world we live in today. With digital media now an integral part of our daily lives, Julie makes a strong case for ensuring media literacy is an integral part of our schools and classrooms. She teaches audiences across the country how to access and utilize Web 2.0 tools, and she supports educators in understanding how to embrace and leverage new concepts such as social media rather than fear them. Her confident, engaging, and down-to-earth style ensures the information she shares is highly accessible to all participants and that people leave her workshops inspired to be a part of this digital revolution.

As a professor at both Southern Illinois and Webster University in St. Louis for the past 15 years, Julie specializes in media literacy, advertising analysis, social media, digital literacy, and web 2.0 approaches. Her can’t miss keynotes and workshops will change the way you think about the world we live in today and the significant role you play in it!

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Dan Tricarico

Dan Tricarico: The Zen Teacher

Dan Tricarico: The Zen Teacher

Dan Tricarico is an author, blogger, speaker, and teacher who has been a member of the West Hills High School English Department in San Diego, California, for over twenty years.  He is the author of The Zen Teacher:  Creating Focus, Simplicity, and Tranquility in the Classroom and the teaching methods text You’re a Teacher. . .So Act Like One!  Improving Your Stage Presence in the Classroom. Tricarico, who considers helping teachers thrive in the classroom a personal passion, delivers presentations that are conversational, engaging, humorous and most importantly help educators bring needed balance to their lives.

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Michael Matera

Michael Matera: Explore Like a Pirate

Michael Matera: Explore Like a Pirate

Michael Matera has taught for more than a decade using interactive play, passion and purpose-driven learning to transform the classroom in international, public and private schools.

He is a pioneer in the field of education, using gamification and technology to increase authentic student engagement and content acquisition.  Along with being a full time teacher at University School of Milwaukee, Michael is also a nationally-known presenter and international consultant of game-based learning. Additionally, he is the author of Explore Like a Pirate: Gamification and Game-Inspired Course Design to Engage, Enrich and Elevate Your Learners. He was named one of the ASCD Emerging Leaders in 2015 for infusing best practices in the field with accessible gamified teaching methods.  He is also an educational BamRadio talk show host and blogger, whose mission is to build connections among innovative, global educators.

Michael is driven to transform education through theoretical and technological applications that identify and inspire limitless learning thresholds in ourselves and in our students.

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Quinn Rollins

Quinn Rollins Play Like a PirateQuinn Rollins, author of Play Like a PIRATE: Engage Students with Toys, Games, and Comics has been a social studies teacher in Granite School District in Salt Lake City since 2004, where he currently serves as the social studies curriculum specialist. Whether teaching children or adults, he believes in engaging students with humor, pop culture, and new perspectives. As a result, he’s been honored to work with the educational programs for the University of Utah, Utah State University, Brigham Young University-Idaho, and Westminster College of Salt Lake City. Quinn has also served as master teacher and mentor for a Teaching American History Grant and for a National Endowment for the Humanities Landmarks of American History Workshop in Chicago, Illinois.

In 2011, he received the Utah Council for the Social Studies Secondary Teacher of the Year award. In 2015, he was presented with “Utah’s Best of the West” award at the National Council for the Social Studies conference and the Best Historical Scene and Best Custom Minifigures awards at BrickSlopes 2015, Utah’s LEGO Convention.

Quinn loves presenting at local, state, and national conferences. His most popular presentations include student engagement, teaching with pop culture, the literacy of comic books and graphic novels, and using toys to teach.

Quinn’s hobbies include designing and playing with toys, doodling in staff meetings, reading comic books, and let’s say “running” to sound like a well-rounded person. He believes cheese is “an enemy to mankind” but won’t say no to pizza.

He earned his bachelor’s degrees in History Teaching and German Teaching and his master’s degree in Instructional Design and Educational Technology from the University of Utah.

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Beth Houf

Beth Houf Lead Like a PirateBeth Houf is a middle school principal passionate about innovative and transformational leadership to maximize school culture and student and staff learning. Beth is an eMINTS (enhancing Missouri’s Instructional Networked Teaching Strategies) trained educator. She is a facilitator for the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s Leadership Academy, providing monthly professional development to state educational leaders through the integration of 21st century learning skills. Beth has presented at ISTE, the Missouri PLC conference, Missouri PBIS conference, Interface Math and Science Conference as well as multiple district and local professional development sessions. She has been a guest lecturer at William Woods University, Westminster University and the University of Missouri.

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LaVonna Roth

LaVonna Roth is an internationally known author, keynote speaker and consultant whose passion is bridging neuroscience and education.  She is the author of  Brain-Powered Strategies to Engage ALL Learners which includes a series of Brain-Powered Lessons to Engage All Learners.  Thousands of educators, parents and students have profited from her wealth of practical, applicable and down-to-earth solutions for the most common challenges facing educators today. The strategies she shares are a direct result of years of research, as well as her classroom and consulting experiences. LaVonna facilitates interactive and engaging seminars and has done so across three continents.

As a teacher, LaVonna was recognized as Florida Council Social Studies Teacher of the Year, Hillsborough County Elementary Social Studies Teacher of the Year, Corr Elementary Teacher of the Year and selected by the state of Florida as a Mentor Teacher. Her sessions leave educators motivated and well-prepared to design and deliver engaging and impactful experiences for students!

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Ryan Mclane

unspecified-1Ryan McLane is the principal of Big Walnut Intermediate School, located in Sunbury, Ohio and co-author of Your School Rocks…So Tell People!  He is passionate about making learning fun and sharing those concepts with the community.

Ryan began his career as a high social studies and business teacher, where he taught for twelve years and coached football and wrestling before making the transition to administration.  He is a graduate of Muskingum College and Xavier University.

Ryan lives just outside of Columbus, Ohio, with his wife and two daughters.

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Eric Lowe

unspecifiedEric Lowe is the principal of Beaver Local Middle School located in East Liverpool, Ohio and co-author of Your School Rocks…So Tell People!. He began his career as an elementary teacher, where he taught for ten years while coaching baseball. He has served as the district athletic director for the past nine years and been involved in administration for the past six years. Eric is a graduate of Kent State University and Youngstown State University.

He is passionate about making school about learning and fun, while promoting the positives that go on in our schools. He also feels strongly that we must view the world of education with optimistic glasses in order to enable us to push others to reach their maximum potential.

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John Stevens

JohnJohn Stevens is an educational technology coach for Chaffey Joint Union High School District who has also taught high school Geometry, Algebra 1, middle school Math, Service Learning, and Robotics, Engineering, and Design since 2006. As the co-author of “The Classroom Chef”, he has served as the go-to guy for trying new, crazy, and often untested ideas to see how well they will work.

He co-founded and moderates #CAedchat, the weekly teacher Twitter chat for the state of California. He also is the co-founder and organizer of EdCamp Palm Springs, the first in the area.

In his free time that doesn’t exist, he runs a site called Would You Rather? which is dedicated to getting students talking about math. He is an author of Flipping 2.0, a resource that helps teachers take the flipped classroom to the next level. During recent summers, John has had the honor of presenting at CUE Rockstar events in California and various technology and math conferences.

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Denis Sheeran

Denis Sheeran DBCDenis Sheeran is an engaging, fun, highly requested nationwide speaker, delivering keynotes, full and half day workshops, and small group professional development to teachers and administrators. He is a Google Certified Educator, Chromebook in the Classroom trainer, Smartboard and Smart Notebook trainer and can customize PD for your school district. Denis can help you develop new courses and curriculum to fit the needs of your diverse student population.


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Rebecca Coda & Rick Jetter

Both Rick & Rebecca (R&R) are educational disruptors and forward thinkers with a passion to support ALL current & ALL future educational leaders (PK-20). Their mission and vision is simple: We must break the glass ceiling to eliminate the status quo to ensure equity for ALL students. R&R have faced adversity in their careers and are willing to do whatever it takes to call out ALL the “elephants” in the educational room so that educators, political leaders, and industry innovators can leverage talent and work together to best serve kids.

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Jimmy Casas

When a school is in need of transformation, leadership is at its most critical and the fate of a school rests on its leader’s ability to gain support.  If you’re the type of teacher or administrator who wants to inspire greatness in everyone who passes through your school’s halls, Jimmy Casa’s presentation is a can’t miss. You will learn what it takes to raise expectations school-wide, foster the belief in one’s ability to achieve, and create an environment where everyone—students, staff, parents, and the community—takes pride in supporting each other toward excellence!

Jimmy Casas is the co-founder and CEO of ConnectED. He served twenty-two years as an educational leader and was named the 2012 Iowa Secondary Principal of the Year. In 2014, Jimmy was invited to the White House to speak on the Future Ready Schools pledge.  In 2015, he received the Bammy Award as the National Secondary Principal of the year. Jimmy is the co-author of the book, “What Connected Educators Do Differently,” and “START.RIGHT.NOW.,” which he wrote with Todd Whitaker and Jeff Zoul.

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Matt Vaudrey

A Google Certified Innovator and EdTech Coach from Southern California, Matt is a recovering math teacher who dresses in costumes, plays loud music, and stands on desks: anything to make content meaningful for his students. In risk-taking, he either succeeds or fails grandly. In either case, Matt asks for input via Twitter, and fellow educators from across the state, the country, and the world influence his pedagogy. His book, The Classroom Chef, is available on Amazon.

Matt encourages new and veteran teachers to step outside of what’s comfortable and utilize the resources freely shared online. This is a great time to be an educator, and Matt sets up the skills they need, gives a prompt, and gets out of the way.

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Joy Kirr

Joy Kirr, a National Board Certified teacher, is sought after for her workshops on how to bring student-directed learning into the classroom. Joy is passionate about students owning their own learning, and has even gone so far as to be the first at her school to try learning without using marks. She enjoys being known as a “Genius Hour Evangelist,” and is grateful for how her students have stepped up their learning while giving and receiving feedback in lieu of grades. Along with being a full-time seventh grade ELA teacher, Joy presents around the nation spreading the message that educators need to strive for all children to become lifelong learners.

Joy was nominated for a Golden Apple award in 2016 for excellence and teaching. In 2017 she was a Spotlight Speaker at the ICE (Illinois Computing Educators) conference, and a Featured Speaker at the University School of Milwaukee’s Summer Spark conference. She has both undergraduate (special education with an emphasis on deaf and hard of hearing) and graduate (reading specialist) degrees from Northern Illinois University. Teaching since 1995, she shares reasons WHY along with HOW she’s shifted her own teaching over the years in her presentations and in her book Shift This! How to Implement Gradual Changes for Massive Impact in Your Classroom.

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Aaron Hogan

Aaron Hogan  is a husband, a dad of three, and an educator who is committed to helping those around him be their best. Since he entered the classroom nine years ago as a high school English teacher, he has been trying to reimagine education within his sphere of influence to make school great for students. He currently serves as an assistant principal at Cypress Grove Intermediate School in College Station, Texas. He previously served in the same district as an assistant principal and classroom teacher at his alma mater, A&M Consolidated High School.

In addition, Aaron is a blogger, author, and speaker. He is passionate about social emotional learning, innovation in education, and connecting educators for professional growth. Aaron is the co-creator of #CSISDchat, a weekly Twitter chat that seeks to provide space for educators to connect with, challenge, and support one another (join the conversation Tuesdays at 8 p.m. CST).

Aaron Hogan is the author of the book Shattering the Perfect Teacher Myth

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Adam Welcome

Adam Welcome is currently a Director of Innovation and Technology, and former Elementary Principal for six years. Adam also taught elementary school for seven years and set up one of the first GAFE domains in his county. Adam was Principal of the Year for his ACSA region, a 20 To Watch for the National School Board Association, guest blogger for EdWeek, NAESP magazine, ACSA and also writes his own blog on a weekly basis. Adam also consults and works with many education technology companies as a way to improve their product for others!

Adam is passionate about technology integration with all educators and a huge advocate of social media and connecting with other educators from across the country. Adam makes it clear that kids come first and has preached the message of Team Kid for many years. Adam believes leaders should stand on the tables, ride tricycles and do whatever it takes to connect with kids!

He is also the co-founder of Kids Deserve It with Todd Nesloney and there book is currently on Amazon for order.

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Tara Martin

Tara Martin is an enthusiastic educator, speaker, and author who thrives on change and refuses to settle for the status quo. She has served as a classroom teacher, an instructional coach for several years, and now a district administrator who leads the staff and school communities to meet the curriculum and instructional needs of the student body. Tara also mentors and supervises instructional coaches and provides job-embedded professional development for certified and classified staff.


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Tisha Richmond

Tisha Richmond is a passionate and innovative Culinary Arts teacher and Lead at South Medford High School in Southern Oregon. She has been a member of the Southern Oregon EdTech Cadre, Oregon Department of Education Edtech Cadre, and  one of the organizers of EdCamp Southern Oregon.  She is a connected educator that is continually collaborating, sharing, and learning with her Personal Learning Network. She co-moderates #XPLAP chat on Twitter with author of Explore Like a Pirate, Michael Matera and contributed a chapter to the ISTE published book: Gamify Literacy, edited by Michele Haiken.