Kathleen Budge

Kathleen Budge brings a blend of 26 years of practical experience as a teacher and administrator combined with a decade of work dedicated to bridging the gap between the university and the teaching profession. She is co-author of the award-winning, best selling book Turning High Poverty Schools Into High Performing Schools (ASCD, 2012), and an associate professor of Educational Leadership at Boise State University.

Her research focuses on poverty, rural education, school improvement,and leadership development. In addition to publishing articles on these topics in such well-respected journals as The Journal of Research in Rural Education, Education Policy Analysis Archive, American Journal of Education, and Educational Leadership, She has conducted numerous presentations at international, national, and state conferences and served as guest speaker for webinars, podcasts, and symposiums related to the topic of poverty and the “wholechild.”

Her consultancies include state departments, boards of education, state and regional service providers, as well as school districts throughout the US. Dedicated to improving educational outcomes for all children, particularly those less advantaged, she has been instrumental in the acquisition of nearly 10 million dollars in grants and contracts to advance this aim.

Kathleen has led the development of two innovative, non-traditional leadership preparation programs during her tenure at Boise State. The purpose of both programs is to develop leaders who have the commitment and capabilities to lead schools and school districts where all students succeed. From 2011-2015, she was co-director of the Idaho Leads Project, the goal of which is to strengthen leadership capacity in Idaho’s K-12 schools and districts and enhancing the advancement of educational improvement in Idaho’s communities.

Prior to joining the faculty at Boise State, Kathleen served as the Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and Learning at Educational Service District 113 in Olympia, Washington. She provided leadership to forty-five, predominately rural, school districts serving approximately 77, 000 student, leading the development of a highly successful regional job-embedded professional development model. In recognition of her leadership, she was awarded 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.

Kathleen 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.

She considers her most important work to date to be teaching first graders to read.