Posts by Patti Albright:

Renaissance in Little Rock

February 9, 2011 Published by

The teachers at Ridgeroad Middle Charter School do such a great job, and they continue to search for teaching strategies that will reach their students. They have a total respect for Ruby Payne’s work, and it is evident in their use of mental models that are embedded in their daily…

Privilege and the “paper world”

April 17, 2008 Published by

Being a blog contributor for aha! Process has heightened my curiosity in searching out other blogs that pertain to children who are dealing with the everyday issues of poverty in America. Recently, I came across a blog game (called a meme) on the “History is Elementary” blog titled, “Are YOU…

Hang gliding with Ruby Payne

March 19, 2008 Published by

All too often we as humans become comfortable in our professional journeys through our careers. As educators we see many programs come and go, and most of us eventually gravitate back toward our “tried and true” methods of teaching. With No Child Left Behind in place, we have had to…

Understanding Poverty–aha! moments with the Payne School Improvement Model

November 20, 2007 Published by

As I continue to work with school districts around the country, I am encouraged by the countless “aha! moments” that teachers and administrators share with me. These aha! moments usually come when they begin to see the paradigm shifts that occur gradually in classrooms as the Payne School Improvement Model…

Relationships make all the difference

September 5, 2007 Published by

Dr. James Comer said, “No significant learning occurs without a significant relationship.” We, as teachers, believe this wholeheartedly, but often we become sidetracked with the ever-present stress of test scores. We are in an age of education where test scores are tied to funding; therefore, the push to meet AYP is…

Future stories at Coachella Valley USD

July 10, 2007 Published by

A typical day in balmy Thermal, California in August is approximately 120 degrees! That certainly must be how the name of this beautiful piece of America originated—Thermal is definitely warm! Prior to my first visit as a technical assistant for aha! Process, I had preconceived ideas of what a school…