Disrupting Poverty

Where to Stop and What to Start

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Strategies for You to Address the Effects of Poverty

  1. Confront and Eliminate Blame (pg. 61-65)
  2. Establish a physically and emotionally safe environment (pg. 99-109, pg. 110-115)
  3. Establish an accurate understanding of poverty (pg. 35-51, pg. 116-120)
  4. Do EVERYTHING possible to level the playing field (pg. 49-50, pg. 74-75)
  5. Develop programs and structures that support caring relationships (pg. 120-124)
  6. Engage parents and families as authentic partners (pg. 124-132)
  7. Confront and eliminate tracking/ability grouping (pg. 145)
  8. Develop a common understanding of excellent teaching and powerful learning (pg. 151-167)
  9. Teach every student to read proficiently in grades K-12 (pg. 169-174)
  10. Provide additional quality instructional time (pg. 146, pg. 168)
  11. Use approaches that promote engagement and ownership of learning (pg. 115-136)
  12. Provide meaningful, needs-driven, job-embedded professional learning (pg. 174-176)
  13. Confront and eliminate low expectations (pg. 72-74)
  14. Go back….find the time (pg. 88-92)
  15. Use effective hiring practices (pg. 84-88)
  16. Consider your budget a moral document (pg. 81-88)

Suggested Actions to Continue the Work

  • Virtual coaching with Budge and Parrett (presenters). Contact our team for details
  • Bring Budge and Parrett for workshop (partner with other districts, campuses, or us). Contact our team for details.
  • Utilize rubrics to determine staff capacity

Assessing our Ability to Take Action pg. 6
Assessing our Willingness to Take Action pg. 7
What Do You Know and Believe About Poverty, pg. 36
Barriers to Building Leadership Capacity, pg. 71
Building Leadership Capacity, pg. 82-83
Barriers to Healthy, Safe, and Supporting Learning Environment, pg. 101
Fostering a Healthy, Safe, and Supportive Learning Environment, pg. 112-113
Barriers to Focusing on Student, Professional, and System Learning, pg. 141
Focusing on Student, Professional, and System Learning, pg. 152-153

  • Utilize an existing campus committee to address poverty using the 16 strategies
  • Conduct a school-wide or leadership team book study on Turning High Poverty Schools into High-Performing Schools. Our team has created one already! Contact our team for details.

Recommended Reading

Organizational Change

Switch by Chip Heath


Effective Instruction

Quantum Teaching by Bobbi Deporter


Visible Learning by John Hattie


Flip Your Classroom by Jonathan Bergmann



Read, Write, Lead by Regie Routman


Summer Reading: Closing the Rich/Poor Reading Achievement Gap


Building Student Relationships

Student Aspirations by Russell J. Quaglia


Student Voice: The Instrument of Change


Opening Minds: Using Language to Change Lives


Our Team

Jennifer Womack, Coordinator



Dixie Binford, Administrative Specialist



Rachel Naugle, Administrative Specialist