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Getting Ahead and resilience: Rose’s story

August 15, 2019 Published by

The list of barriers, obstacles, and setbacks Rose has faced in her life is long, and it seems to leave nothing out. A rape survivor and single mother, she experienced homelessness and addiction as well. Her mother and father, who struggled with their own addiction and mental health issues, passed…

Why Bridges Out of Poverty was an easy fit for me

August 14, 2019 Published by

Why was Bridges Out of Poverty such an easy fit for me? What was it about this process that, when I interviewed Phil DeVol for a webcast, resonated with me so strongly? This process called Bridges had been foreshadowed earlier in my life’s experiences. Way back in the 1980s, before…

Free Framework audiobook chapter helps teachers understand parents from poverty

August 6, 2019 Published by

Ruby Payne’s foundational work, A Framework for Understanding Poverty, has been updated with three all-new chapters. This audiobook chapter on the parents of children in poverty and understanding where they’re coming from contains helpful insights and strategies for teachers. Chapter 12 The Parents of Children in Poverty: How to Understand…

Video: Dr. Ruby Payne on CBS Austin’s ‘We Are Austin’

August 5, 2019 Published by

Ruby Payne was on CBS Austin’s morning program, We Are Austin, earlier today. In the video, she discusses the importance of students’ emotional well-being inside and outside the classroom. As teachers gear up for another school year, they certainly are considering ways to help students who are in need. Ruby…

National Getting Ahead graduate report

August 1, 2019 Published by

Many thanks to the Getting Ahead sites that are working with Getting Ahead investigators and CharityTracker from Simon Solutions to record the changes in stability and resources. New Getting Ahead sites are encouraged to join; the more data, the more we learn. The more we learn, the better we get…

How can administrators address teacher turnover?

July 30, 2019 Published by

Teacher turnover disrupts classrooms and costs districts a lot of money in hiring—nearly $20,000 per teacher by some estimates. The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) reports that the overall teacher turnover rate is 16%, meaning that of every 20 teachers, an average school will lose three. In some disciplines,…

Are you unconsciously hurting your bottom line?

July 25, 2019 Published by

Unconscious bias about economic class often surfaces in the workplace. Your brain is on autopilot and operates based on how you grew up. Mindsets, habits, patterns, opportunities, and experiences are all shaped by the environment in which we experience our lives. Survival, achievement, and connections are also important. Can you…

Framework sixth edition audiobook features three all-new chapters

July 23, 2019 Published by

Intersectionality, brain research, and parent engagement are the newest elements of Ruby Payne’s A Framework for Understanding poverty. In addition to conversation-changing strategies for understanding and empathizing with students from poverty, the new Framework digs deeper into intersecting factors like race, immigration, and healthcare. Don’t miss your chance to hear…