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Providing Hope

I am so excited to share a book I finished called, Disrupting Poverty by Kathleen M. Budge and William H. Parrett.  This book gives you five classroom practices that have a powerful impact on ALL students, not just ones in poverty.  This book highlights relationships and hope for children living in poverty.  These of course are awesome things for ALL students.  However, it really gets down to the "nitty gritty" of why it is important to connect with poverty-stricken children. The book discusses values of a high-poverty, high- performing school.  These values are; Caring Relationships, High Expectations and Support, Commitment to Equity, Professional Accountability for Learning, and Courage and Will to Take Action.  This is where you will see the term "poverty-disrupting teachers".  This book is for teachers that want to provide a guiding light and give children hope.    Budge and Parrett then take a chapter and discuss the five disruptions, taking a chapter for eac…

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