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K-12

FW100 – A Framework for Understanding Poverty: 10 Actions to Educate Students

Explore class differences and 10 actions you can implement in the classroom to improve the success of low-SES students. This workshop is based on Ruby Payne’s book A Framework for Understanding Poverty, which has sold...

FW105 – Research-Based Strategies

Serve under-resourced students with hands-on techniques that help you narrow and then close the achievement gap. Reduce planning time, improve effectiveness, and develop more immediate, reliable intervention strategies. Most importantly, employ best practices to address...

FW115 – Raising Achievement with 9 Systemic Processes

Learn nine teacher-friendly processes designed to raise student achievement. This comprehensive model for school improvement uses simple processes in a collegial model that takes less time and yields strong results. Apply accountability requirements Disaggregate classroom data...

How the African-American Experience Affects the Classroom and Strategies for Success

The message in the data is clear: Current research shows that African-American students, particularly males, lag behind in graduation rates, lead in discipline referrals, and are more likely to be suspended than their peers in other...

Boys in Crisis: Why It Matters and What You Can Do About It

Boys account for 85% of the discipline problems in schools. They also constitute the largest populations in special education, Title I, and those who have reading and writing problems. Boys are the ones who have...

FW315 – Building Emotional Resources at School and Home

Kindergartners out of control? High school students with issues like cutting, anxiety, and rage? Angry parents and stressed-out staff? This training, based on How Much of Yourself Do You Own? by Ruby Payne and Emilia O’Neill-Baker, has...

FW500 – Trainer Certification

People who have experienced A Framework for Understanding Poverty often wonder how they can take the information back to effect change in their own organizations. Trainer certification goes in depth and prepares you to present...

FW380 – The R Rules Facilitator Training

Sustainable communities need anti-poverty efforts that start early, long before students graduate and begin working. The R Rules gives students in middle and high schools life skills to manage the present and plan for a...

FW320 – The Paraprofessional: A Key to Student Success

Paraprofessional training should share these key understandings and skills for working with students, teachers, and parents. Responsive strategies build a culture of excellence and trust in coordinating and delivering services to students. Participants learn: Effective...

FW390 – Working with Students

Classroom management can be a challenge even for the most experienced teacher. Working with Students gives you tools and strategies that improve classroom management and discipline. You’ll learn to: Improve student communication and performance with...

FW340 – Working with Parents

Ever felt like parents think you’re speaking a different language? Understanding the mindsets of diverse economic classes helps teachers improve communication with the parents of their students. Gain quick and concise solutions for: Relating to...

FW399 – Understanding Hispanic/Latino Students and Their Parents

Hispanic/Latino students have the highest dropout rate. Many experience cultural tension in school when behaviors are misinterpreted as rude or disengaged but are actually a result of cultural upbringing. This workshop provides an understanding of...

FW225 – Tucker Signing Strategies for Reading

Tucker Signing Strategies for Reading provides a powerful decoding strategy. Use it with any conventional reading program! Hand signs prompt associations between letters and the sounds they represent. The best part is that learners enjoy...

FW345 – Removing the Mask: Identifying and Serving Gifted Students from Poverty

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. Identifying...

FW310 – Owning Your Classroom: Discipline and Working with Parents

Student behavior and conduct are major concerns of educators today. Participants in this training develop classroom management systems that give students opportunities to redeem themselves following disciplinary action. Using student discipline scenarios taken from real...

FW375 – Motivation: How to Motivate Students to Increase Performance

All people are born with intrinsic motivation and a natural tendency to seek challenges and opportunities to learn. This tendency operates robustly—under certain conditions. Explore the conditions that encourage intrinsic motivation to grow and thrive. Participants...

FW350 – Evening Workshop with Parents

This workshop provides parents with information and practical strategies designed to help their children achieve success at home and at school. Topics include: Communication skills Discipline strategies Planning behaviors This workshop can be done in...

FW 335 – Engage and Graduate Your Secondary Students: Preventing Dropouts

This professional development presents an innovative approach to engaging struggling students by forging relationships of mutual respect. Prevent dropouts in grades 7–12, especially among under-resourced learners. Participants will get an in-depth look at the cost...

FW400 – Consulting/Academic Coaching

Teachers benefit greatly from follow-up and educational support in small group sessions. Academic coaching assists teachers in embedding the concepts, strategies, and processes from the foundational trainings into their daily practice. Smaller groups facilitated by...

Community

B100 – Bridges Out of Poverty: Strategies for Professionals and Communities

English: This workshop is a comprehensive approach to understanding poverty. Bridges Out of Poverty uses the lens of economic class and provides concrete tools and strategies for a community to alleviate poverty. Participants will review...

B105 – Bridges Out of Poverty: Applying Bridges Concepts

English This workshop is designed to take the constructs introduced in the Bridges Out of Poverty workshop and help participants begin embedding them. Participants will learn more about: Language experience, cognitive issues, and barriers to change...

B200 – Getting Ahead in a Just-Gettin’-By World: Facilitator Training

The powerful Getting Ahead curriculum shares Bridges Out of Poverty concepts directly with people in poverty. Trained facilitators help people develop their own plans for stability in this 16-session experience. Certified facilitator training emphasizes the...

B300 – How Much of Yourself Do You Own? A Practical Tool Kit to Build Emotional Resources

A successful life includes emotional stability, yet we are never taught how to achieve it. Our exposure to adults as we are growing up provides some insights, but the development of emotional resources and stability...

B500 – Trainer Certification

Want to present the Bridges Out of Poverty material to people in your organization? Prepare with in-depth work on the Bridges Out of Poverty and Applying Bridges Concepts seminars. Includes comprehensive research and training materials....

B325 – What Every Church Member Should Know About Poverty

Faith communities are charged with aiding people in poverty, but carrying out that mission can be challenging. Alleviating poverty and building sustainable lives starts with knowledge and awareness of the issues faced by people living...

B400 – Strategic Consulting

You’ve been trained in Bridges in Out of Poverty. Now what? Bring stakeholders to the table with an experienced consultant to determine your next steps. You and the consultant will plan an agenda for the...

B120 – Bridges to Sustainable Communities

This workshop moves communities toward sustainability where everyone can live well. By discussing the four areas of research into the causes of poverty, the workshop deepens understanding of the costs to communities. The goal is...

Higher Education

CAA100 – Understanding and Engaging Under-Resourced College Students

More under-resourced students than ever before are going to college, but colleges and universities sometimes fail to recognize their unique strengths and challenges. College culture needs students to conform to standards of behavior and academic...

CAA102 – Ready for College, Ready for Careers

Students must prepare for college and careers long before setting foot on campus or interviewing for their first job. Advance preparation can make the difference between success and failure beyond high school—especially for students who are...

CAA200 – Investigations into Economic Class in America

More students from poverty seek postsecondary education every year, but a mere 33% achieve a degree or certificate within six years of enrolling. This workshop prepares facilitators of Investigations into Economic Class in America, a...

CAA400 – Strategic Consulting

Strategic consulting for higher education is tailored to the needs of your institution. Help faculty and staff serve under-resourced college students more effectively. With the guidance of an aha! Process consultant, participants develop four streams...

CAA210 – Principles of Effective Pedagogy in the Classroom and on Campus

Many who teach in higher education are experts in their fields, but teaching effectiveness requires subject knowledge and teaching skills. Expertise is just one critical component. What is the other critical component? Pedagogical ability. Many...

CAA205 – How to Motivate Students to Increase Performance

Human beings are born with intrinsic motivation. But our natural tendency to seek out challenges and opportunities to learn operates robustly only under certain conditions. Participants will develop a clear understanding of motivation theory and...

CAA105 – College Retention and Engagement: A Systems Approach

Colleges and universities struggle with retention and graduation rates, especially for under-resourced and first-generation students. Nationally just one third of under-resourced students achieve a postsecondary certificate or degree within six years of enrolling. Six years...

CAA500 – Trainer Certification

Under-resourced students in higher education are problem solvers with ideas that move the needle in the right direction. How can faculty, staff, and administrators better understand under-resourced student views and implement responses? This workshop prepares...

Criminal Justice

B320 – Tactical Communication for First Responders: Effective Interactions By Understanding Class

First responders need to control the scene and keep everyone safe. To do that they need the respect and cooperation of the people they serve. Without it, the job can seem impossible sometimes. Tactical Communication...

B210 – Getting Ahead While Getting Out

The United States imprisons more people than any other nation in the world. Rarely discussed, however, is that more than 90% of those prisoners will be released from state custody at some point. How do...

Health and Healthcare

HH303 – Bridges to Health and Healthcare

Health issues are prevalent in poverty and result in huge costs for communities, states, and the nation. How can providers examine the cost of living in poverty to improve healthcare initiatives? This continuum of policy and...

HH500 – Bridges to Health and Healthcare Two-Year Trainer Certification

Economic class is one of the biggest predictors of health outcomes. How can we adapt Bridges Out of Poverty concepts to improve health and healthcare for people in poverty? This trainer certification is for health...

Workplace

BU100 – Workplace Stability Diversity Training

Instability is another measure of diversity in your workforce. Low-income environments are a major contributor, and low-wage employees often experience the “tyranny of the moment” brought on by problems with resources like transportation, healthcare, childcare...

BU210 – Getting Ahead in the Workplace: Facilitator Training

People sometimes feel trapped in poverty because employment is unsteady and promotion into a living-wage job is just out of reach. Getting Ahead in the Workplace is a path to stable employment based on community and...

B310 – Hidden Rules of Class at Work

In order to work effectively with low-wage and entry-level workers, supervisors and managers must understand the motivations of people coming from the environment of poverty. Reduce turnover, increase productivity, and assess employee strengths to build resources...