Kathleen Budge brings a blend of 26 years of practical experience as a teacher and administrator combined with more than a decade of work dedicated to bridging the gap between the university and the teaching profession. She is professor emerita at Boise State University, where her research focuses on poverty, rural education, school improvement, and leadership development. She is co-author (with William Parrett) of Turning High-Poverty Schools into High-Performing Schools, 2nd Edition, the video series Disrupting Poverty in Elementary and Secondary Classrooms, and Disrupting Poverty: Five Powerful Classroom Practices, which was honored as an ASCD Member book and provided to over 50,000 educational leaders and classroom teachers worldwide as a part of its official release in January of 2018. Within six months of its release, it was recognized as a best seller by ASCD.
Kathleen 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 “whole child.” Her consultancies include state departments, boards of education, education associations, state and regional service providers; as well as schools in 22 states and 4 nations. She earned her doctorate from the University of Washington in 2005. She continues to maintain that her most important and significant work has been teaching first graders to read.
Also available to co-present with her co-author William Parrett.