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Why doesn’t Ruby Payne say more about race when she talks about poverty?

February 6, 2016 Published by

@rubyKpayne Critics are sometimes bothered that I discuss economic diversity and class without saying much about racial or cultural diversity. In some circles I have even been labeled a racist because I seldom discuss race. Yet, among those same critics, racial and cultural diversity tend to be the focus to...


Peoria Getting Ahead grads build social capital, look forward to future

January 28, 2016 Published by

With two mentors for every participant in the first graduating class of Peoria’s Coming Together to Get Ahead program, building social capital with people outside poverty was relatively assured. As a bonus, the six women who made up the group started out as “crybabies at first” said one, but they...


Dreussi-Smith contributes to health equity tool kit, available free

January 15, 2016 Published by

Bridges Out of Poverty and Bridges to Health and Healthcare coauthor Terie Dreussi-Smith is one of a handful of people acknowledged in a new free resource from the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit in Canada. “No Barriers: Health Equity for All” is a tool kit and practical guide for health and...


Improving employee stability boosts businesses’ bottom lines

January 7, 2016 Published by

In a recently published article, business consultant and former aha! Process president Ruth Weirich gives an overview of aha! Process’s half-day or one-day training for the business sector. Entry-level and low-wage employees often live in a “tyranny of the moment” created by daily instability, and this results in absenteeism, high...


Why I set goals

December 30, 2015 Published by

@rubyKpayne The New Year’s resolution thing—everyone has an opinion about it. “I just do it so I can break my goals.” “What a waste of time.” “I do it because everyone else does it.” “I wouldn’t even consider it.” “Who cares? Live and learn. Die and forget it all.” I...


Interview with Ruby Payne features humor, message of hope

December 22, 2015 Published by

Ruby Payne discusses the genesis of A Framework for Understanding Poverty and much more in this interview on The Reading Circle with Marc Medley. Illustrating key points from Framework with funny and insightful stories, Ruby’s hour-long interview appears in the first half of the episode. Marc Medley is the principal...


Emotional resources keep students safe from harm

December 16, 2015 Published by

In this age of global terrorism and localized cyberbullying, many students respond to uncertainty with anxiety, self-harm, or avoidance behavior like addictions to video games and pornography. Offering strategies to build students’ emotional resources, Ruby Payne’s article “Keeping Students Safe from Harm,” which appeared in the October issue of AMLE...


Getting Ahead proves popular, generates waiting list in Iowa

December 8, 2015 Published by

When the advisory board of Getting Ahead in Cedar Valley secured funding for their pilot program, members George Karnik, Carole Freking, and Tom Marrah didn’t think they would need a waiting list. The nine-week offering of Getting Ahead in a Just-Gettin’-By World has been so effective, though, that there is...


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...