Disrupting Poverty: Turning High-Poverty Schools into High-Performing Schools

Posted by Association for the Study of Curriculum Development on November 14, 2016

Disrupting Poverty: Turning High-Poverty Schools into High-Performing Schools

November 29–30, 2016
Kent Phoenix Academy (Kent School District)
11000 S.E. 264th Street
Kent, WA 98030
Phone: 1-253-373-7542

Disrupting Poverty – ASCD InstitutesPresented by William Parrett and Kathleen Budge

What does it take to disrupt poverty’s adverse influence on student learning? It requires far more than teachers’ diligent and often heroic efforts in their individual classrooms. Based on the ASCD book Turning High-Poverty Schools into High-Performing Schools, this institute will provide participants with a framework for collaborative action.

Authors and presenters William Parrett and Kathleen Budge will draw from their nearly three decades of lessons learned in high-poverty, high-performing schools to demonstrate how teachers, principals, central office personnel, and others work from various vantage points to create cultures of high expectations and support for all learners—students and adults alike. They will provide self-study, planning, and coaching tools to guide the design of action plans specifically targeted to disrupt poverty’s negative influence in any school and to guide rapid transformation when participants return to their schools.

Participants will

  • Enhance their knowledge of what works for underachieving students who live in poverty.
  • Understand how low-performing, high-poverty schools become high performing.
  • Increase their leadership capacity to facilitate transformational change.
  • Be compelled to take informed, courageous action to better meet the needs of students living in poverty.


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