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Participate in a Book Study Facilitated by Keynote Speakers

Turning High-Poverty Schools into High-Performing Schools—a Facilitated Book Study with the Authors

Attendees of the 2022 National ESEA Conference have the option to participate in a five-part webinar series with keynote speakers and authors, William Parrett and Kathleen Budge. This unique opportunity is limited to 150 participants wanting to dig deeper into the content of the book, Turning High-Poverty Schools into High-Performing Schools (ASCD, 2020). The authors will facilitate an in-depth book study as a virtual learning experience following the 2022 National ESEA Conference.

Virtual Webinar Series

The Book Study will feature a series of five 90-minute sessions, encompassing the book’s content. All sessions take place 4:00PM - 5:30PM Eastern, and recordings will be made available for a limited time exclusively for registered participants and especially for those who miss a live session. The following topics will be addressed in the five sessions:


Saturday, February 19
11:00AM - 12:00 PM
Book Study Preview Session - in-person at the National ESEA Conference in New Orleans.

Wednesday, March 2
Session 1: Introduction, Chapter 1 (Turning any High-Poverty School into a High-Performing School), Chapter 2 (Learning from High-Performing, High-Poverty Schools)

Wednesday, March 16
Session 2: Chapter 3 (Understanding Poverty and Our Moral Responsibility)

Wednesday, March 30
Session 3: Chapter 4 (Using a Framework for Collective Action), Chapter 5 (Building Leadership Capacity and Collective Efficacy)

Wednesday, April 13
Session 4: Chapter 6 (Fostering a Healthy, Safe, and Supportive Learning Environment)

Wednesday, April 27
Session 5: Chapter 7 (Focusing on Student, Professional, and System Learning), Chapter 8 (Eliminating Practices that Perpetuate Underachievement and Inequity

How to Sign Up

Step 1: Purchase an in-person or virtual 2022 National ESEA Conference registration (from your ESEAnetwork.org account Dashboard)

Step 2: Purchase the $99.00 Book Study optional add-on

Step 3: Purchase a copy of the book, Turning High-Poverty Schools into High-Performing Schools (ASCD, 2020), via this link or via your local bookstore

Earn a CEU

We've partnered with the University of San Diego to offer one graduate-level extension unit. To receive the optional CEU, the following requirements must be met:
• Complete Steps 1-3 (listed above)
• Enroll separately through the University of San Diego - a $75.00 fee applies
• Attend all five parts of the webinar series
• Complete and submit homework assignments on time



Turning High-Poverty Schools Into High-Performing Schools by William Parrett & Kathleen Budge

& Book Study Pricing

In-Person & Virtual


Available July 1 - December 31, 2021


Starting January 1, 2022

Download the Attendee Guide for More Information

(registration required)


July 1 - December 31

Limited seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis


"I really enjoyed walking around the exhibits. I was able to gather information that I thought would be helpful for my school and bring it home to share with others." - 2020 National ESEA Conference Attendee