Ruby K. Payne, Ph.D.
Ruby K. Payne, Ph.D. is founder of aha! Process and an author, speaker, publisher, and career educator.
Recognized internationally for A Framework for Understanding Poverty, her foundational
and workshop, Dr. Payne
has helped students and adults of all economic backgrounds achieve academic, professional, and personal success.
As an expert on the mindsets of economic classes and overcoming the hurdles of poverty, she has
trained hundreds of thousands of professionals who work with people from poverty, from educators and school administrators to community, church, and business leaders.
Dr. Payne is available for keynote presentations at conferences and trainings at schools, communities, businesses,
etc., for half- and full-day events. She has presented to groups in more than 10 countries and every state in the
U.S. For more information email us at assistance at ahaprocess dot com
or call (800) 424-9484 and we'll be happy to help.
Payne's company, aha! Process, offers a broad range of solutions–workshops, consulting, books,
and trainings for K–12,
and communities—with a focus on
sustainable success for everyone.
In the field of education, her career-long goal of offering strategies for successfully raising student
achievement and overcoming economic class barriers has become the cornerstone of
Advance School Improvement,
used with school districts across the country. Dr. Payne's work stems from more than 30 years of
experience in public schools as a high school department head, principal, and central office administrator
of staff development. Sequels to her original Framework book include
School Improvement: 9 Systemic Processes to Raise Achievement
(2010), coauthored with Donna Magee, Ed.D.
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In 2001 she coauthored
Bridges Out of Poverty
with Philip E. DeVol and Terie Dreussi-Smith as the organization branched out into working toward healthy,
Hear from Bridges Communities in their own words.
Dr. Payne has written and coauthored more than a dozen books besides the bestselling
A Framework for Understanding Poverty and Bridges Out of Poverty.
Her latest book, From Understanding Poverty to Developing Human Capacity (2012), includes articles,
some of which were published in educational publications.
In 2011 two of her publications were honored:
Removing the Mask: Giftedness in Poverty
received a Gold Medal from Independent Publishers in the Education category, and
Boys in Poverty: A Framework for Understanding Dropout
(Solution Tree Press) received the Distinguished Achievement Award from the Association of Educational
Publishers in the Professional Development category. Both titles were coauthored with the late Dr. Paul Slocumb.
Dr. Payne received a bachelor's degree from Goshen College in Goshen, Indiana; a master's degree in
English literature from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan; and doctorate in educational
leadership and policy from Loyola University in Chicago, Illinois.
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