Approximately 1,000 educators from West Orange-Cove, Little Cypress-Mauriceville, Orangefield and Vidor kicked off the school year at the Lutcher Theater in Orange on Tuesday, August 22, with a county-wide instructional staff convocation. The teachers and others involved in curriculum and instruction, were there to learn to, “teach like a pirate.” The pirate, doing the session is Dave Burgess, a best-selling author who specializes in transforming education through dynamic professional development programs and the publishing of books that have sparked an educational revolution all over the world. Books include, Teach Like a PIRATE: Increase Student Engagement, Boost Your Creativity, and Transform Your Life as an Educator and co-author of P is for PIRATE: Inspirational ABC’s for Educators. His programs not only inspire and motivate educators, but also provide practical strategies to dramatically improve instruction and student engagement. He was an award-winning teacher for over seventeen years and was the Academy of Education Arts and Sciences BAMMY recipient for Secondary School Teacher of the Year in 2014.
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Jordyn.Davis.Pirate and Jordyn.Davis.Pirate2 – Dave Burgess uses magic to emphasize his message of engaging students in what is being taught. Jordyn Davis, Little Cypress Elementary teacher, assists.
Band – An ensemble of band students from LCM, WOS, OF, and Vidor high schools opened the convocation with the National Anthem.

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