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What educators need to know about Ruby Payne’s book ‘Emotional Poverty’

June 13, 2018 Published by

“If only they were motivated, if only they were not so angry, if only I felt safer.” School safety is now a primary concern for educators, who are increasingly frustrated by confrontations over students’ disruptive and unproductive behaviors. But information about the emotional sources of this behavior is lacking, as…

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…


Research-Based Strategies wins IBPA book award

April 23, 2018 Published by

Congratulations to Ruby Payne and Bethanie Tucker, whose revamped edition of Research-Based Strategies has won the bronze medal in the 2018 IPPY Awards from Independent Book Publishers Association. The all-in-one guide to academic, behavioral, and community solutions features effect sizes, 20+ new strategies, and more. Varying levels of personal, social,…

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Workplace Stability named Shelf Unbound notable indie book

April 17, 2018 Published by

Congratulations to Ruth Weirich, creator of the professional development book and workshop Workplace Stability. The book is a tool for human resources personnel, managers, and executives with entry-level, low-wage employees that was named a Top 100 Notable Indie Book in the Shelf Unbound 2018 Indie Best Awards. Shelf Unbound is…

Many Bridges to Cross

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…

Many bridges to cross: A bright spot in the dark

February 7, 2018 Published by

Entertainment is important for people of all economic classes, but it can serve the critical role of dealing with the depression that sometimes accompanies living in harsh environments. The possession of certain types of entertainment also provides a psychological status, as well. The following episode from my childhood illustrates this…