Posts by Ruby Payne:

2018 – What does the future hold?

January 3, 2018 Published by

I don’t have a crystal ball, but I am reading a fabulous book right now called Soonish by Kelly and Zach Weinersmith. My son, who is a biophysicist, purchased it for me. (He was hopeful that I might understand it!) It is written by two scientists/futurists. The book has cartoons…

Gratitude: Retrain your brain

December 13, 2017 Published by

Gratitude—expressing it in writing and in speech—is something I do every morning and every evening. In the morning I journal. One of the things I journal is at least 3–5 things for which I am grateful. At night, as I am falling asleep, I remind myself of a couple of…

How aha! Process gives back: Time, talent, and treasure

December 4, 2017 Published by

It is the holiday season, a time to enjoy blessings and to give blessings. As many of you know, aha! Process is engaged in social entrepreneurship—it is our goal to break the cycle of generational poverty by developing resources and providing training, information, and models to do that. At aha!…

Me too: Sexual harassment and a gut-level response

November 29, 2017 Published by

It’s in the news every day—an accusation, finding, or admittance of guilt. Both kinds of sexual harassment—quid pro quo (I do something for you and you do something for me) and creating a sexually hostile work environment. And it is often related to an imbalance of power. When I was…

When you are hungry

November 13, 2017 Published by

I am writing from Spain, where I am visiting my son, son-in-law, sister, and my two stepdaughters. My husband, Tee, was not able to come with us. In Spain, breakfast is from 7 a.m. until 9 a.m., lunch is from 1:30 p.m. until 3:30 p.m., and dinner is from 8:30…

Trick-or-treating: Why it is so important in poverty

October 23, 2017 Published by

Dak Prescott, the quarterback for the Cowboys, got my attention when I found out that he kept candy in his locker. I saw it in a video showing Ezekiel Elliott trying to take and eat Dak’s candy. And I thought, “That is something you do when you are an adult…

Audiobook excerpt: Crossing the Tracks for Love

October 20, 2017 Published by

What does it mean to be involved with or married to someone who comes from a different class background? Negotiation and a keen understanding of what is occurring are important. Knowledge of the hidden rules is important. Being able to talk about the hidden rules is even more crucial. These…

Podcast: Emotional wealth

October 13, 2017 Published by

What I hear from educators more than anything else right now is the numbers of children who are coming to them with emotional issues. Anxiety. The number of parents who are out of control. Kindergartners who are actually in alternative centers for their behavior. So how do we begin to…

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

August 25, 2017 Published by

One of the ways we have changed Framework is to start looking at a larger frame here in terms of a model that we’re using about what happens to the framework over time. And so what happened is we started with A Framework for Understanding Poverty, and then what it did…

How to increase student growth and raise teacher expectations

August 16, 2017 Published by

Increasing student growth and raising teacher expectations are two of the biggest challenges facing educators today. Here are three areas you can address with workable strategies in your classroom, school, or district. Encourage teachers to expect more, and prompt students to grow to meet expectations. Calibrate and standardize student work…