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Disrupting Poverty: Five Powerful Classroom Practices


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Drawing upon decades of research and myriad authentic classroom experiences, Kathleen M. Budge and William H. Parrett dispel harmful myths, explain the facts, and urge educators to act against the debilitating effects of poverty on their students. They share the powerful voices of teachers—many of whom grew up in poverty—to amplify the five classroom practices that permeate the culture of successful high-poverty schools: (1) caring relationships and advocacy, (2) high expectations and support, (3) commitment to equity, (4) professional accountability for learning, and (5) the courage and will to act.

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Voices from Poverty: Estella

Classroom Cultures That Disrupt Poverty

About the authors

Kathleen Budge has 26 years of experience in education plus 10 dedicated to bridging the gap between the university and the teaching profession. She speaks on topics of poverty and the whole child at international and national conferences, webinars, podcasts, and symposiums.

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 focuses on poverty, rural education, school improvement, and leadership development.

Budge is the coauthor of the award-winning and best-selling first edition of Turning High-Poverty Schools into High-Performing Schools and Disrupting Poverty: Five Powerful Classroom Practices, and the video series, Disrupting Poverty in Elementary and Secondary Classrooms.

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