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Bridges to Health and Healthcare: How SES environments are linked to health disparities and health behaviors

April 14, 2015 Published by

Bridges to Health and Healthcare co-author and aha! Process consultant, Terie Dreussi-Smith, outlines the relationship between SES environments and health disparities and behaviors in her newest white paper. Topics include: – What are the contributing factors that link socioeconomic status (SES) factors to health and health behaviors? – How does Bridges...


Getting Ahead while Getting Out model gives pre-release individuals head start on future

April 9, 2015 Published by

A prisoner reentry model to reduce recidivism through learning, building resources, accountability and collaboration. Getting Ahead while Getting Out is a ground-breaking prisoner reentry model with the goal of engaging incarcerated people, their families, volunteers, community organizations, and people in corrections as problem solvers who work shoulder to shoulder to create...


Why attend our Addressing the Challenges of Poverty National Conference?

March 26, 2015 Published by

@ljacksonahaproc Because this conference looks at reducing poverty in your communities through the lens of economic class. Because, it uses the core constructs and strategies of Bridges Out of Poverty, A Framework for Understanding Poverty, Understanding and Engaging Under-Resourced College Students, Getting Ahead and other core products in the strategy....


Tucker Signing Strategies

March 13, 2015 Published by

Are you looking for a developmentally appropriate tool for teaching decoding in Kindergarten that works quickly? Are you looking for a whole class approach?  Are you looking for a way to get special education students to read better – particularly boys? Tucker Signing Strategy is an inexpensive strategy for teaching decoding....


Getting Ahead grads are going to work. But what if available jobs add to instability?

March 4, 2015 Published by

@PhilDeVol Summary:  People completing Getting Ahead in a Just-Gettin’-By World (GA) frequently enter a work world of instability and disengagement. Instability is associated with flex hours, temporary work, outsourced contractual work, and part-time jobs instead of full-time work. Disengagement comes from being expendable to the employer; not having a meaningful...


Kindergarteners out of control? What to do?

February 26, 2015 Published by

As I travel across the United States and ask elementary educators what their biggest issue is, I increasingly get the answer “Kindergarteners are out of control.” Why is this happening? John Bowlby’s research on attachment and bonding is very instructive: He put 6-year olds in a room with a two-way mirror...

Why do more males get identified for special education?

February 18, 2015 Published by

Approximately 50% of the student population is female, and 50% is male. Yet the majority of students in special education tend to be male, and 85% of educators in America are female. Simply from a numbers perspective, this does not make sense. The male and female student population are approximately equal;...

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Why bother with reframing?

February 11, 2015 Published by

@RuthWeirich When working with those that live in daily instability – well, let’s face it, with any colleague, client, student, family member or friend – it is important to frame the message in a way that is meaningful to the recipient. We are looking for a “win,” and reframing allows...


Are you struggling to implement a new initiative?

February 5, 2015 Published by

Are you struggling to implement a new initiative? Whenever a new mandate comes, or a new program gets selected for a campus or district, implementation becomes an issue. Some basic guidelines help increase the level of implementation faster and lessen the frustration for everyone.   Use simpler processes that take less...


A practical tool kit for emotional wellness

January 27, 2015 Published by

Our newest book, How Much of Yourself Do You Own? (scheduled for release on Tuesday, February 10th), serves as a practical tool kit for individuals, self-help groups, peer-support groups, and therapy groups seeking change and emotional wellness. The book contains insights and tools drawn from research-based change principles, as well as the authors’...