The Todd Nesloney TEDx Talk

3 Things Kids Deserve

Super proud to share with you that #KidsDeserveIt co-author, Todd Nesloney, has delivered a powerful TEDx talk that I would love for you to watch. I have embedded the video below and it is well worth your time…you may want to get some Kleenex for the last few minutes.

I love his message about community outreach. Missionaries don’t sit and hope people will come to them
…they go out to the people! There is a reason it is called OUTreach!!!

I have been inspired by the work that Todd and Adam Welcome have done to create, build, and support the #KidsDeserveIt community. It is filled with powerful, passionate, purposeful educators who want to do right by students from all walks of life.

If you haven’t read Kids Deserve It: Pushing Boundaries and Challenging Conventional Thinking… What are
you waiting for??? It is a fantastic and motivational message!

Enjoy Todd’s TEDx talk below!

The StartEDup Podcast

Unique Perspectives on Education from Innovators Outside Our Field

An interesting fact you may not have noticed about Teach Like a PIRATE…there is not one single other educational book referenced in the entire thing. That’s not because I don’t like other educational books! In fact, I publish them and read them all the time! It’s because the #tlap philosophy was drawn from the outside in. It is a way of looking at the world and saying, “”How can I use that?”

I encourage you to read, listen,…and live WIDE! We can gain unbelievably powerful and useful insights from people in fields outside of what we typically consider “education.” Too many educators have tunnel vision and miss out on the opportunities that are available from connecting with and learning from successful people in diverse fields. We want to be students of excellence and greatness in ALL areas and then apply the insights to what we do in our systems.

That’s why I’m so impressed with the new podcast, StartEDup, with Pure Genius author, Don Wettrick and his former student, Hunter Stone. First of all, how cool is that? A teacher joining forces with his former Innovations class student to create something unique and impactful. Secondly, the caliber of guests that they have attracted to the show is UNBELIEVABLE! And not just the usual guests you are used to hearing making the educational podcast rounds (hey…not that some of the aren’t good, too! *cough *cough). People like SETH GODIN! What? One of my heroes!

All of the episodes are FREE! I listen to podcasts when I exercise, when I clean and do household chores, when I drive, all of those times around the edges of my life when I can easily do something extra to learn and get better. Go to iTunes or SoundCloud and download at least ONE episode today. While you’re there, hit the subscribe button and get the episodes as they are released. I know you will be fascinated by his guests and gain by having access to a different perspective.

Here is my deal. I really want you to go TODAY and listen to one. One of my favorites is Episode 32 with Seth Godin, by the way. Go and download ANY episode and leave a review on iTunes. The first 5 to do that and then leave a comment below will win ANY TWO of our books. All DBC Inc. titles can be found here.

Look at these upcoming guests!!



PS: You don’t have Don’s book??? Don has created one of the most amazing classes I have ever seen. He runs an Innovations class that teaches real world lessons in entrepreneurship and innovation. His students will BLOW you away with what they do. His book Pure Genius tells the story behind building the class and offers insights on how to take ideas like Genius Hour and put them on steroids!

My Lead Like a PIRATE Foreword

The leadership manifesto the educational world waited YEARS for!

The response to Lead Like a Pirate by Shelley Burgess and Beth Houf has been astounding! This is the 5th book in the “Like a Pirate” series and we couldn’t be prouder of the impact it is having on the lives of educational leaders everywhere. As we head into a major book study on it (Details below), I wanted to share the foreword I wrote for the book. I wouldn’t change a word!

Here it is!

“As I have crisscrossed the globe presenting the Teach Like a PIRATE program, one thing has become abundantly clear. The effectiveness of the people who trim the sails and set the course in schools can have an exponential impact on their system. Although it is true that a captain is nothing without a crew, the strength of the person holding the compass and gripping the wheel can make or break the success of the journey.

The problem is, when compared to books centered on teaching and learning, powerful books on leading are in short supply. The EduPIRATE movement has been gratifying to be a part of, but I have lost track of how many times I have been asked, “When are you going to publish a pirate book for educational leaders?” After years of development and planning, months of writing and rewriting, and many intense moments of deep personal reflection by all parties involved, I can finally answer that question.


And it is a paradigm-shifting, culture-reshaping, life-transforming manifesto of the highest order. It will change you. More importantly, implementing the treasure within will change your system and allow you to create schools that have both staff and students knocking down the doors to get in.

Much of the real power of the book comes from how Shelley and Beth, both incredible leaders in their own right, have melded their individual experiences, unique strengths and talents, and personal insights into a unified synergistic masterpiece of extraordinary clarity. You will walk away from the experience of reading this book inspired, motivated to take action, and fully prepared with the ideas, skills, and the mindset necessary to make the amazing an everyday reality on your campus.

Do you remember the passion and enthusiasm you felt when you entered this profession? Remember that aha! moment you had when you realized that learning and fun could go hand in hand? Remember how your entire day could be made just by seeing that light bulb moment of understanding on a child’s face? Remember how fulfilling it was to creatively design and then courageously implement powerful learning experiences in your class?

As a pirate leader, all of that can still be yours. And now you can create a culture where the best parts of education are the norm for your entire crew and the students you serve. This book is the compass to take you there. Enjoy the voyage!”

There it is! Pick up the book HERE on Amazon or HERE at Barnes & Noble.

Follow all the Lead Like a Pirate action at #LeadLAP on Twitter and be sure to go to to read their blogs and sign up for the mailing list. They also do INCREDIBLE PD for leadership groups and conferences.

PS: Join us for a powerful Twitter book study of Lead Like a Pirate with Jay Billy and Nili Bartley starting June 3rd! The schedule is below! Please share with the educational leaders (and future leaders) in your life!