K-12 Schools

Call for nominations: Honoring Bridges Community Award

June 13, 2019 Published by

The fourth annual Honoring Bridges Community Award committee is taking nominations! The selected site will be announced at the 2019 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…

Teachers in crisis across the country

June 12, 2019 Published by

From Oregon to South Carolina, teachers everywhere are overworked in overcrowded classrooms, and they’re desperate for change. Some are so desperate they’re leaving their jobs, either temporarily to demand changes or for good, because they simply can’t even. In Oregon, a teacher walkout caused 600 schools to close. Why? Did…

Break the silence

June 7, 2019 Published by

One crisp afternoon in October 1986, after working the overnight shift as a New York State trooper, I awakened to my six-year-old daughter crying. Hugging her, I asked. “Baby, what’s wrong?” “Kids at school teased me about my name.” “What did they say?” I asked. Shaking, she explained they said…

Emotional Poverty at the Copa: IPPY Awards Ceremony in NYC

May 30, 2019 Published by

Ruby Payne’s Emotional Poverty was one of the books honored in this week’s IPPY Awards Ceremony in New York City. Winners received a medal and the honor of putting the Independent Book Publisher Awards (IBPA) badge of honor on their covers. The awards ceremony was held in the historic Copacabana…

New, free book from Ruby Payne: Before You Quit Teaching

May 28, 2019 Published by

Tools, Resources, and Hope for New Teachers in High-Poverty Classrooms Will teaching ever be worth it? Bad news first: Teachers, especially new teachers, are often undervalued, underequipped, and unprepared for the reality of high-poverty classrooms. The result is frustration, fear, and a loss of idealism and enthusiasm, fatal flaws for…

What is Ruby reading?

May 21, 2019 Published by

In the book Beyond Behaviors: Using Brain Science and Compassion to Understand and Solve Children’s Behavioral Challenges, Mona Delahooke, Ph.D. provides strategies to use in schools to help deal with difficult behaviors. I really liked some of Delahooke’s worksheets. She has a clinical approach but some very good ideas. I…

Classroom crisis: Teachers are leaving their jobs

May 6, 2019 Published by

A recent story from the NBC affiliate in Portland, Oregon, reports that increasing levels of verbal and physically violent classroom disruptions are causing teachers to leave their schools. “This one student was daily, by the hour, getting up, bullying kids, putting his hands on kids,” says one teacher in the…

Emotional Poverty wins Independent Publisher IPPY Award

May 3, 2019 Published by

Author and educational speaker Ruby K. Payne, Ph.D., won an Independent Publisher’s (IPPY) award in the education category for her latest book, Emotional Poverty in All Demographics: How to Reduce Anger, Anxiety, and Violence in the Classroom. The book, published in 2018, was recognized as one of the top three…

Neighboring 101 video captures message of Getting Ahead

May 2, 2019 Published by

This video is an oldie but a goodie. The testimonials from Getting Ahead in a Just-Gettin’-By World graduates in Shawnee, Oklahoma, really capture the spirit of Getting Ahead. These are the kinds of results that are possible when communities focus resources on lifting up those who live in poverty.

What Ruby is reading now

April 18, 2019 Published by

Words Can Change Your Brain: 12 Conversation Strategies to Build Trust, Resolve Conflict, and Increase Intimacy by Andrew Newberg is absolutely amazing with the amount of research it has about the brain. Newberg has an approach he calls “compassion communication” with 12 steps. For example, our conscious mind can only…