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Applications Due by April 25

Disrupting Poverty: Interactive Book Study

New Dates Added
All materials will be provided and there is no cost to participate.
Register online at by April 25, 2018.  Space is limited. 

This book study is designed to provide educators from Regions 6 and 7 a forum to engage in learning and conversation around teaching children from low socio-economic backgrounds.

This course will allow participants to explore the following questions:
  • Why should you, as an educator, care about poverty?
  • How do our own mental maps and societal stereotypes influence our work with students?
  • Does poverty adversely affect our students’ lives and learning in probable and identifiable ways?
  • How can inequitable conditions in our schools and classrooms further disadvantage students who live in poverty?
  • What knowledge and skills do I need to recognize the conditions that often deny students in poverty equal access to educational opportunities?   How can I address and correct these conditions?
Participants will each receive a copy of the book, Disrupting Poverty by Kathleen Budge and William Parrett. Participants will be invited to engage in discussion via online text threads (using the Schoology platform) and scheduled chat groups (through Zoom meetings).  Prompts will be posted weekly and participants will have multiple opportunities to respond and engage throughout the summer.

To participate in the book study, participants must:
  1. Read Disrupting Poverty by Kathleen Budge and William Parrett by July 25, 2018.
  2. Attend one of the following half-day trainings at the beginning of the course. Books will be distributed and lunch will be provided.
  • Wednesday, May 30    10:00am – 2:00pm location: Montgomery County
  • Thursday, May 31  10:00am – 2:00pm location: Martinsville City
  • Thursday, June 7 10:00am – 2:00pm location: Abingdon
  • Friday, June 8  10:00am – 2:00pm  location: Roanoke City
  1. Attend one of the following whole day, culminating trainings. The agenda will include opportunities to share and discuss take-aways from the readings, and delve deeper into some of the strategies highlighted in the text. Participants will also participate in field work within a community and develop practical plans to implement this work within the coming school year. Lunch will be included.
  • Thursday, July 26  9:00am – 3:00pm  location: Abingdon City
  • Friday, July 27  9:00am – 3:00pm  location: Martinsville City
  • Friday, August 3  9:00am – 3:00pm  location: Montgomery County

Throughout the study participants will explore proactive ways to, “mitigate the ‘usual or expected’ adverse effects of poverty on students’ learning.” Participants will be encouraged to keep a record of their understandings, and create a final display panel of their learning and its application.

Upon the completion of this course, participants will be eligible to continue their exploration by joining an Equity Cohort designed to help educators increase equitable education for all students and provide leadership to their grade level, department, school and/or division around issues of equity.
Register for the book study online at 
by April 25th as space is limited.
All materials will be provided and there is no cost to participate.

Participants will earn a minimum of 20 recertification points (with the opportunity to earn an additional 20 points through the online discussion threads, chat groups, and optional add-on texts). Access to the internet through out the summer is helpful, but not required to participate.

For more information, contact:
Tracy Kwock at 
Sharon Zuckerwar at
Lauren Catherwood-Ginn at

The Reaching and Teaching Students in Poverty book study is sponsored by the Virginia Department of Education’s Training & Technical Assistance Center (TTAC) at Radford University.
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