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by William H. Parrett and Kathleen M. Budge
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William H. Parrett is the director of the Center for School Improvement & Policy Studies (CSI&PS) and a professor of Education at Boise State University. He has received international recognition for his work in school improvement, small schools, and alternative education and for his efforts to help youth at risk. His professional experiences include public school and university teaching, curriculum design, principalships, and college leadership.
Parrett holds a Ph.D. in secondary education from Indiana University. He has served on the faculties of Indiana University, the University of Alaska, and Boise State University. As director of the CSI&PS (1996 to present), Parrett coordinates funded projects and school improvement initiatives that have exceeded $32 million. His research on reducing achievement gaps, effective schooling practices for youth at risk, and low-performing schools has gained widespread national recognition.
Parrett has also served as visiting faculty at Indiana University, the University of Manitoba, Oregon State University, Hokkaido University of Education (Japan), Nagoya Gakiun (Japan), Gifu University (Japan), and Heilongjiang University (People's Republic of China). His consultancies include state departments, boards of education, state and regional service providers, and school districts in 41 states and 10 nations.
Parrett is the coauthor of Saving Our Students, Saving Our Schools (2003 and 2008); The Kids Left Behind: Catching Up the Underachieving Children of Poverty (2007); Hope Fulfilled for At-Risk & Violent Youth (2001); How to Create Alternative, Magnet, and Charter Schools That Work (1997); Hope at Last for At-Risk Youth (1995); Inventive Teaching: Heart of the Small School (1993); The Inventive Mind: Portraits of Effective Teaching (1991); and numerous contributions to national journals and international and national conferences.
Parrett's media production, Heart of the Country (1998), is an award-winning documentary about an extraordinary principal of a village elementary school in Hokkaido, Japan, and the collective passion of the community to educate the heart as well as the mind. It has received critical acclaim for its insight into the universal correlates of effective teaching and learning and the power of community participation in public schools.
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.
Kathleen M. Budge is the coordinator of the Leadership Development Program at Boise State University. She has led the development of this innovative, nontraditional preparation program, the purpose of which is to develop leaders who have the commitment and capabilities to lead schools where all students succeed.
Budge also serves as an associate professor in the Curriculum, Instruction, and Foundational Studies Department, where her research and scholarly activity focuses on educational leadership, leadership development, rural education, school improvement, and poverty. She has conducted numerous presentations at national and state conferences and has provided frequent contributions to educational journals and other publications on these topics.
Budge earned her doctorate from the University of Washington in educational leadership and policy studies in 2005. She was selected to participate in Leadership for Learning, an innovative, cohort-based program that emphasized the link between leadership and learning, as well as the development of leaders willing and able to address and redress issues of equity and social justice.
Before joining the faculty at Boise State, Budge served as the Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and Learning at Educational Service District 113 in Olympia, Washington. She provided leadership to 45 predominately rural school districts. She led the development of a highly successful regional, job-embedded professional development model and facilitated data-based improvement planning with more than 150 schools. Her leadership was recognized through awards from the Washington Association of School Administrator's (WASA) Regional President's Award, the WASA Award of Merit, and the Washington Association of Educational Service Districts President's Award for significant contribution to the state's educational service agencies.
Budge served as a Washington State Distinguished Educator/School Improvement Specialist, providing training and consultation to superintendents, central office administrators, building principals, and teacher-leaders. She also served on the Statewide School Improvement Technical Assistance Council and the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction's Curriculum Advisory and Review Committee. Additionally, she was a contributing author to the School System Improvement Guide and the Washington State School Improvement Planning Guide.
Budge has worked as a district curriculum director, an elementary principal, and an elementary and special education teacher. She continues to maintain that her most important work has been teaching 1st graders to read.
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