Much can be learned from schools that have helped their students' overcome the powerful and pervasive effects of poverty. Join the discussion based on the award winning, best-selling ASCD book, "Turning High-Poverty Schools into High-Performing Schools", the recently released ASCD video series, “Disrupting Poverty in Elementary and Secondary Schools”, and our upcoming ASCD book, “Disrupting Poverty,” as the authors share insight and lessons learned from recent studies of HPHP schools. Participants will learn to use a “framework for action” to guide collaborative work to improve their schools. They will also gain a better understanding of poverty and it's impact on student learning, as well as how to confront and eliminate practices that work against student and school success. Practical strategies necessary to reverse the all too common trend of under-achievement will be shared along with tools to facilitate self-auditing, professional learning, and action planning.
William H. Parrett has received international recognition for his work in school improvement related to children and adolescents who live in poverty. He has co-authored nine books, the past three being best-sellers. His most recent, the award-winning Turning High-Poverty Schools Into High-Performing Schools, Disrupting Poverty: Creating Effective Classroom Cultures for All Students (2018, in press) and the video series, Disrupting Poverty in Elementary and Secondary Classrooms, with Kathleen Budge, has provided a Framework For Action that has been adopted throughout the nation to guide lasting improvement and student success in high-poverty schools. Bill’s professional experiences include public school teaching and principalships, curriculum design, media production, and college leadership, teaching, research and publication. As Director of the Boise State University Center for School Improvement & Policy Studies for the past 20 years, Bill coordinates funded projects and school improvement initiatives that currently exceed $5 million annually. He is a frequent speaker at international and national events. His work with state and regional educational organizations, districts, and schools spans 44 states and 10 nations. Throughout his career, Parrett has worked to improve the educational achievement of all children and youth, particularly those less advantaged. These efforts have positively impacted the lives of thousands of young people, many of whom live in poverty.
Kathleen Budge brings a blend of 26 years of practical experience as a teacher and administrator combined with more than a decade of work dedicated to bridging the gap between the university and the teaching profession. She is an associate professor of Educational Leadership and Chair of the Curriculum, Instruction, and Foundational Studies Department at Boise State University, where her research focus on poverty, rural education, school improvement, and leadership development. She is co-author (with William Parrett) of the 2012 award-winning book Turning High-Poverty Schools Into High-Performing Schools, Disrupting Poverty: Creating Effective Classroom Cultures for All Students (2018, in press) and the video series, Disrupting Poverty in Elementary and Secondary Classrooms. She has conducted numerous presentations at international, national, and state conferences and served as guest speaker for webinars, podcasts, and symposiums related to the topic of poverty and the “whole child.” Her consultancies include state departments, boards of education, education associations, state and regional service providers; as well as schools in 15 states and 3 nations. She earned her doctorate from the University of Washington in 2005. She continues to maintain that her most important and significant work has been teaching first graders to read.