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William H. Parrett

William H. Parrett

Director Emeritus/Professor, Center for School Improvement & Policy Studies

William H. Parrett has received international recognition for his work in school improvement related to children and adolescents who live in poverty. He has co-authored eleven books, the past three being best-sellers. His most recent, a new edition of the award-winning Turning High-Poverty Schools Into High-Performing Schools (2020, with Kathleen Budge), honored as an ASCD member book and distributed to over 50,000 educators worldwide, provides an internationally validated Framework For Action that has been widely adopted to guide lasting improvement and student success in high-poverty schools.

Bill and Kathleen’s other recent book, Disrupting Poverty: 5 Powerful Classroom Practices, was also honored as an ASCD Member book and provided to over 58,000 educational leaders and classroom teachers worldwide as a part of its official release in January of 2018.

As Founder and Director of the Boise State University Center for School Improvement & Policy Studies for the past 25 years, Bill coordinated funded projects and school improvement initiatives that exceeded $5 million annually. He continues to conduct research and service to educators and is a frequent speaker at international and national events. His work with state and regional educational organizations, districts, and schools, spans 46 states and 15 nations.

Throughout his career, Parrett has worked to improve the educational achievement of all children and youth, particularly those less advantaged. These efforts have positively impacted the lives of thousands of young people, many of whom live in poverty.


  • Media production, Heart of the Country
  • The Award of Commendation from the American Anthropological Association
  • Gold Apple Award for best of category at the National Education Media Network Festival
  • National CINE Golden Eagle Award, and a Judges’ Award at the 24th Northwest Film Festival.

Dr. Parrett's Work

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