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Why can the holidays be so stressful and dreaded by students?

November 24, 2015 Published by

@rubyKpayne For many educators, the holidays are a time of much happiness and sharing. They are a time to relax and enjoy friends and family. It is a time of too much food, many gifts, and time to revisit memories. But it is not that way for many of our...


New national study validates effectiveness of Getting Ahead program

November 5, 2015 Published by

A new national study suggests that the program Getting Ahead in a Just-Gettin’-By World (Getting Ahead) results in positive psychosocial changes for participants from poverty. These positive changes may empower them to overcome obstacles that keep them from moving out of poverty. The study finds that participants’ mental health, social...


Build emotional resources to own more of yourself

October 26, 2015 Published by

“When we are authentic, when we share ourselves and our strategies for building emotional resources, it helps others who are traveling the same path. While Bridges Out of Poverty and Getting Ahead work to help people find resources in the community, we must also work to find those resources within...

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Painting brighter future pictures by teaching students how to build resources

October 22, 2015 Published by

A revised and updated edition of Elizabeth Souther’s The R Rules guides students through the process of building and using school, community, and financial resources to create rewarding futures and sustainable communities where everyone can live well. More resources equal more choices. And that’s a good thing. The more resources...


aha! Process consultant Jim Littlejohn published in AMLE Magazine

October 8, 2015 Published by

aha! Process consultant Jim Littlejohn’s article “‘What Was He Thinking?’ and Other Adolescent Male Mysteries” was a cover story in the September issue of the magazine of the Association for Middle Level Education (AMLE). Earlier this year, Littlejohn edited the revised edition of Boys in Crisis: Why It Matters and...


Breaking the cycle of poverty: What can teachers do? (Part II)

October 2, 2015 Published by

Please click here to read the first entry of this two-part series. So if the first major issue in teaching students from poverty is lack of student motivation, what is the other major issue? Lack of self-discipline: Students who are disruptive . . . off-task . . . can’t follow...

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Build sustainable communities—now with step-by-step instructions

September 21, 2015 Published by

The headline of this article may sound facetious, but the new edition of Bridges to Sustainable Communities includes a step-by-step process communities can use to implement our sustainable strategies and practices. Chief among the updates to Phil DeVol’s Bridges to Sustainable Communities is the inclusion of “12 Thinking Tools for...


Back to School Nights – What can you do to make them more beneficial?

September 15, 2015 Published by

@rubyKpayne The ritual of back to school nights, when teachers meet the parents and parents meet the teachers, is always full of anticipation and tension – on both sides. Parents are sorting through the stories they have heard about the various teachers, and teachers are sorting through the same information about the...


Outreach, Prevention, and the “Urgent Chair”

September 9, 2015 Published by

How and why Oregon’s Advantage Dental uses Bridges Out of Poverty to build dental health equity @DreussiSmith_T Advantage Dental, headquartered in Redmond, Oregon, has developed innovative dentistry practices to build dental health equity throughout the state. Two of the models it used to define and design its practices are Bridges...


How Independent Publishers Craft and Refine Mission

August 21, 2015 Published by

Our friends at the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) were kind enough to include us in a great piece on how independent publishers craft and refine their missions. “The process of crafting and refining a mission begins with understanding what the term mission means within the context of your publishing venture.” Deb Vanasse continues, “Ruby...