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Howard County Celebrates First Annual Getting Ahead Gala and Awards

May 24, 2016 Published by

In Maryland, Howard County Executive Allan H. Kittleman and the Department of Citizen Services honored Getting Ahead program graduates and supporters at the first annual Getting Ahead Awards Gala held on Friday, May 20, at the North Laurel Community Center. The awards gala was created by the Getting Ahead graduate...


When water becomes unavailable, people in poverty are hardest hit

May 20, 2016 Published by

@rubyKpayne Corpus Christi, Texas, a city of a little over 300,000 people along the Gulf Coast, has a “boil water” advisory in effect. What that means is that the city water is not safe to drink. Why? Because the city management and city council failed to put adequate chlorine in...


Iowa high school to offer Investigations as a night class

May 15, 2016 Published by

The Bridges Out of Poverty community in West Burlington, Iowa, is strong. In the fall two teachers at West Burlington High School will bring Investigations into Economic Class in America to high school juniors as a night offering. Students who enroll will receive elective credit. The course, to be co-facilitated...


RISE Getting Ahead in Spanish achieves 100% graduation rate

May 7, 2016 Published by

by Brian Fowler, RISE On April 28 the RISE 2016 Getting Ahead in a Just-Gettin’-By World Spanish class celebrated its graduation. The class started with 11 students, and all 11 graduated. This 100% Getting Ahead graduation rate is a first for RISE. Congratulations to Angela, Bonnie, Renee, and Krista for...


How do I get my immigrant students to want to speak English? Part 2

April 28, 2016 Published by

This series shares lessons I learned during a summer session with middle school students labeled “reluctant” to learn English. Follow this link for Part 1 of the series. Lesson #2: If you want people to “want” to do something different—especially something they consider unpleasant—adding robust joy is a must! In...


Regain your self-worth and pay it forward: A Getting Ahead commencement address

April 19, 2016 Published by

by Betsy Foos The following was inspired by Kelly Bays, Jordan Harmon, Danae Hicks, Cathy Joslin, Roscoe Lofton, Thomas Mathers, Aristel Nopee, Laura Oatman, Justin Shinn, Ashleigh Watson, Rick James Wieland, and L. J. Williams. I would like to thank everyone—family, friends, and community leaders—for supporting my fellow Getting Ahead...


Personal Relationships

April 10, 2016 Published by

@rubyKpayne Eighty-five percent of educators in the United States are female. And for many females, relationships are their lifeblood. For all human beings, male or female, personal relationships seem to be a key stabilizing or destabilizing platform in our lives. If our children are unhappy, we are worried. If our...


How do I get my immigrant students to want to speak English? Part 1

April 4, 2016 Published by

While most immigrant students roll with the punches and learn the necessary materials presented to them, there’s always a small group that needs a little extra attention. Years ago I was asked to teach a course for English language learners (ELLs) during summer school at the middle school level. Our...


2040: How might learning be the same, and how might it be different?

March 26, 2016 Published by

@rubyKpayne O, crystal ball, what do you see? THE SAME … Research shows that all learning is double-coded—emotionally and cognitively. We learn and grow through relationships. Our brains clearly value person-to-person interaction. Early learning will still be important. It is when the human brain is most pliable. Use of assessments...


Once you have “arrived,” will you stay there?

March 19, 2016 Published by

@rubyKpayne All of our lives our resources bases increase and decrease—depending upon external and internal realities. So we may move from emotional wealth to emotional poverty (as I did during my divorce a decade ago), or we may move from financial poverty to wealth … and back and forth. Daniel...