Free Webinar Series


Changing Albany, New York, Using the Bridges Out of Poverty Model

Pedro Perez

Thursday, May 18, 2017, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Central

In 2016 Governor Cuomo committed $25 million to help ten cities in New York State combat poverty and reduce rampant inequality through the Empire State Poverty Reduction Initiative (ESPRI). Mayor Sheehan of Albany announced on March 17, 2017, that the city of Albany would participate in the ESPRI. The mayor selected CARES, Inc., a local nonprofit dedicated to ending homelessness, to serve as the lead nonprofit organization to implement a strategy to reduce poverty in Albany. The mayor also appointed Pedro Perez to lead the project, noting his expertise in social justice, Bridges Out of Poverty strategies, and implementation of the city’s poverty reduction initiative. Perez has worked closely with community-based organizations, nonprofits, and government agencies in Albany and beyond to stop the school to prison pipeline, reduce poverty through workforce development, and enhance educational outcomes and entrepreneurial opportunities for people of color.

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Bridges Out of Poverty: An Introduction

Jodi Pfarr

Thursday, June 1, 2017, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Central

Bridges Out of Poverty uses the lens of economic class to provide concrete tools and strategies for individuals, organizations, and communities to alleviate poverty.

This webinar will provide an introduction to a comprehensive approach to understanding the Bridges Out of Poverty constructs.

Participants will review poverty research and analyze poverty through the prism of the hidden rules of class, resources, family structure, and language.

The focus of the webinar is to provide a broad overview of the concepts.

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Staying Ahead – Making the Future Relevant Today!

Sonia Holycross and Jessica Echols

Thursday, June 15, 2017, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Central

This webinar will discuss how the Staying Ahead initiative at Partners in Hope, Troy, Ohio, guides individuals and families on a deeper exploration of the 11 resources addressed in Getting Ahead.

Since 2014 this Partners in Hope initiative has included relevant programming and opportunities for community involvement that reinforce the constructs of Getting Ahead. We work to assist our “Partner Families” in real-life application of their resources for barrier removal and achievement of their goals. Discussion will include the reality of program development (the good, the bad, and the ugly), as well as examples of the multiyear progress of clients in the Staying Ahead program.

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Research-Based Strategies – The Achievement Gap Can Be Closed

Bethanie Tucker, Ed.D.

Thursday, July 20, 2017, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Central

Under-resourced students can achieve equally with their more affluent peers with approaches that address their unique needs and build on their strengths. Strategies included in Ruby Payne’s Research-Based Strategies were selected for this very purpose—to meet the needs of under-resourced and all students without requiring extra classroom time.

In this webinar, Bethanie Tucker, Ed.D. will cover strategies that reflect the upcoming revised edition of Research-Based Strategies. This revised edition will retain the features that teachers love—a menu of strategies to address specific student behaviors, plus statements about how effective the research has proven each strategy to be. Effect size data comes from the work of John Hattie and helps answer the question, “Where do we start?” In addition, Payne has added her own analysis of the added effect of poverty on each influence and strategy.

Join us in this webinar to reduce planning time, improve effectiveness, raise achievement, and develop more immediate and reliable interventions.

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Removing the Mask: Identifying and Serving Gifted Students from Poverty

Ruby Payne

September 7, 2017, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Central

Is there equity in your school’s gifted program? Do the demographics reflect the demographics of your campus as a whole? Gifted programs often serve wealthy and middle class students and exclude students from poverty. This webinar will outline a complete process for identifying gifted students from poverty using easy-to-implement instruments and detailed procedures.

Dr. Payne will share strategies and supports to retain students and foster success in gifted programs, suggestions for behavioral interventions in gifted programs, and techniques for working with parents of gifted students. Payne will discuss briefly how to use the Teacher Perception Inventory and Environmental Opportunities Profile instruments.

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Developing Student Expertise

Ruby Payne

September 21, 2017, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Central

This webinar will provide tools and processes to use at the secondary level for greater student achievement. Dr. Payne will focus on content comprehension, expertise models that move away from fragmented content, getting students involved in their own self-assessment, relational learning, calibrated student work, and integrating grades, assignments, state assessment, and standards into a seamless approach.

Additionally, the webinar will provide a simple process to work through emotional issues with the staff and parents on campus. Approaches and tools to work more effectively with adolescent males on campus will also be addressed. Finally, the webinar will cover research on habit formation and habit change.

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Phil DeVol

November 2, 2017, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Central

Are you trying to build a sustainable Bridges initiative? If so, you should know about silos. What are they? How are they helpful? How are they harmful?

This webinar is based on Gillian Tett’s book The Silo Effect: The Peril of Expertise and the Promise of Breaking Down Barriers. She says, “Above all, we need to leave ourselves open to collisions with people and ideas outside whatever silo we inhabit.”

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All aha! Process webinars are recorded and archived for your convenience. See the list of past webinar recordings here.