Turning High-Poverty Schools into High-Performing Schools
Presented by Dr. William Parrett, Boise State University
Dr. Parrett’s Kentucky connections run deep, and KASA is pleased to welcome him to share his most recent work around closing achievement gaps. Expanding on an original framework's still-critical concepts of actions and school culture, Dr. Parrett’s recently released new edition incorporates new insights for addressing equity, trauma, and social-emotional learning. These fresh perspectives combine with lessons learned from 12 additional high-poverty, high-performing schools to form the updated and enhanced Framework for Collective Action.
Emphasizing students' social, emotional, and academic learning as the hub for all action in high-performing, high-poverty schools, the authors describe how educators can work within the expanded Framework to address the needs of all students, but particularly those who live in poverty.
Equipped with the Framework and a plethora of tools to build collective efficacy (self-assessments, high-leverage questions, action advice, and more), school and district leaders—as well as teachers, teacher leaders, instructional coaches, and other staff - can close persistent opportunity gaps and reverse longstanding patterns of low achievement.
Dr. William Parrett is the director of the Center for School Improvement & Policy Studies and professor of Education at Boise State University in Idaho. He has received international recognition for his work in school improvement, small schools, and 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, media production, research, and publication.