The late Paul D. Slocumb, Ed.D. began writing and consulting on the needs of students from poverty in 1997, building on more than 40 years as a professional educator.
Throughout his career Dr. Slocumb had the opportunity to work with students and families from a wide variety of backgrounds. After addressing curricular and instructional issues for more than 30 years of his professional career, he began observing and working more directly with the academic, social, and emotional issues of boys. These experiences came together in the popular Boys in Crisis, now in its fourth edition. Dr. Slocumb also wrote another book on boys, co-authored with Dr. Ruby K. Payne, titled Boys in Poverty: A Framework for Understanding Dropout, published in 2011 by Solution Tree Press and honored with a distinguished achievement award by the Association of Educational Publishers.
Slocumb also co-authored Removing the Mask: How to Identify and Develop Giftedness in Students from Poverty with Dr. Payne, which was honored by an Independent Publishers Gold Award for Education in 2011. Slocumb served as president of the Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented.
Slocumb received his B.A. from the University of Houston – University Park. He earned a master's degree from Sam Houston University and a doctorate from the University of Houston – University Park.