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Call for nominations: Honoring Bridges Community Award

July 19, 2018 Published by

The third annual Honoring Bridges Community Award committee is taking nominations! The selected site will be announced at the 2018 Addressing the Challenges of Poverty Conference. The selected community will receive $1,000 in free products from aha! Process and will be featured on the aha! Process website and in the newsletter. With…

MLB All-Star relief pitcher attends R Rules graduation

July 9, 2018 Published by

When OhioGuidestone graduated 60 eighth-grade students from The R Rules, they had a major-league surprise lined up. Cleveland Indians pitcher Andrew Miller was present to answer questions and take photographs with the graduates. The R Rules is a process and curriculum to identify, access, build, and apply resources for success…

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Examining, understanding, and mitigating the benefits cliff effect

May 21, 2018 Published by

Ever since President Lyndon Johnson launched a set of domestic programs aimed at ending poverty and racial injustice, as a nation we have tried to reduce (if not eliminate) poverty, homelessness, and disenfranchisement. Those domestic programs range from the Food Stamp Act of 1964, the Social Security Amendments of 1965…

Many bridges to cross: Pride, prejudice, and getting caught

May 9, 2018 Published by

Learning the hidden rules of one’s own and others’ environments can be a challenge, especially when the rules are unclear. When relatives from New York visited our tobacco-farming family, the hidden rules of economic class, experiences, and region of the country were almost more than I could deal with, primarily…

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Celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week with professional development

April 30, 2018 Published by

Teacher Appreciation Week starts next week, and what better way to celebrate than with professional development from aha! Process? Professionals in early childhood and pre-K, K–12, and higher education deserve the best tools and strategies for building educational equity for students from all backgrounds. Minneapolis is beautiful in June, and…

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‘Now I’m lying to myself’

April 18, 2018 Published by

The phone rang, and the voice on the other end announced himself as Jeremy… “I have lied to everyone as long as I can remember. Even now in my drug rehab program, I have not always been truthful. As part of my recovery, I am writing my life story. Today…

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Many bridges to cross: Freedom in choices

April 11, 2018 Published by

I learned one of life’s most valuable lessons many years ago on a hot afternoon in June, while hoeing tobacco—a lesson that had nothing to do with farming. The summer before I was to start school, we moved from Lula Street to a vacant house on Uncle Stoney’s farm. Suddenly…

Why should my community have aha! Process certified trainers?

April 5, 2018 Published by

As communities begin to gain a deeper understanding of the Bridges model, I am often asked why they would have people become certified in any or all of the sectors. My answer is that having certified trainers is a way to throw open the doors in your community to share the…