aha! Moments

Many bridges to cross: ‘Safe’ harbor

November 8, 2017 Published by

Daddy’s brothers—my uncles—visited frequently when I was a child. They would show up unexpectedly and “stay” with us for a few days, weeks, or months, then disappear, usually during the middle of the night. I enjoyed their visits, but things seemed to change each time one left and the other…

Use Amazon Smile to support aha! Process sites

November 1, 2017 Published by

When you shop with Amazon, you can support many Bridges Out of Poverty communities by starting from smile.amazon.com and selecting a charity. That organization then gets 0.5% of the price of your eligible purchases. Given the volume of business on Amazon.com, that small percentage can turn into big dividends. Bookmark…

Many bridges to cross: Burned butter

October 9, 2017 Published by

Mediation entails explaining to a child not only what to do but also why and how to complete a task. Parents who are overwhelmed with life’s demands sometimes forget or are not aware of the benefits of mediating their children. This episode from my life illustrates what can happen when…

Many bridges to cross: Visitors of consequence

August 7, 2017 Published by

Growing up in generational poverty, my family experienced many difficulties. Sometimes those difficulties became sources of shame, especially when they were pointed out and judged by people from middle class. Challenges like getting organized in small, cluttered spaces and supervising children closely were especially difficult and sometimes led to a…

Many bridges to cross: One too many questions

June 12, 2017 Published by

People who know my work in Tucker Signing Strategies for Reading may not realize that I also grew up in generational poverty. I want to share an episode from my own life that illustrates how generational poverty and lack of education contribute to the achievement gap and students’ reluctance to…

Call for nominations: Honoring Bridges Community Award

June 8, 2017 Published by

The second annual Honoring Bridges Community Award committee is taking nominations! The selected site will be announced at the 2017 Addressing the Challenges of Poverty Conference in St. Louis, Missouri. The selected community will receive $1,000 in free products from aha! Process and will be featured on the aha! Process website and…

So much depends upon economic class (beside the white chickens)

May 8, 2017 Published by

I live on a dairy farm in rural Vermont, and when I’m not at my regular job or training for aha! Process, I am usually surrounded by critters—lots and lots of critters. Among the critters I have a rather humble flock of chickens—mostly mismatched and ragged around the edges, some…

Bethanie Tucker is welcomed to Saipan

Bridges to Saipan

March 7, 2017 Published by

The island of Saipan—135 miles north of Guam—is breathtakingly beautiful, with many natural resources. Their greatest resource? The islanders themselves, who want the best for every child. I was honored to visit with Head Start and K–12 support faculty and staff there in February to talk about Framework and Bridges Out…

Why should my community have aha! Process certified trainers?

March 6, 2017 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…