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Video: Changing lives along the way

December 13, 2018 Published by

“Together we are a lot smarter than we are alone,” says Erik Orndorff, superintendent of Pequea Valley School District. Erik chats about the initiatives in his community that take students from preschool to their “First Choice.” Orndorff says: If we change somebody’s life along the way, we feel that’s the…

Video: Ruby Payne introduces Framework 6th Edition

December 4, 2018 Published by

In this video, author and educator Ruby Payne introduces the brand-new sixth edition of her book, A Framework for Understanding Poverty. Framework changed the conversation in education when no one was talking about economic class. Now with new chapters on brain development, parents, and race and intersectionality, Framework continues to…

Video: Hunger is the greatest thief

November 15, 2018 Published by

In last year’s November talk heading into the holiday season, the focus was on food. From the video: “Food is always attached to celebration, to holidays, to belonging, and to well-being. Probably one of the most interesting pieces I’ve read was an article out of Syria—Aleppo. A well-educated man, about…

Re-imagining the path to student success

October 25, 2018 Published by

When I talk with staff and faculty on college campuses, I often begin the conversations with an invitation: Think about one or two college students you have known who were especially or exceptionally successful. What characteristics or attributes contributed to the students’ success? If you could develop a “formula” for…

New release: A Framework for Understanding Poverty, 6th Edition

October 23, 2018 Published by

New Chapters on the Brain, Intersectionality, and Parents Simple, proven strategies that schools can start using today With a view through an economic lens that has only become sharper and more focused since its initial publication in 1995, Framework’s premise is unchanged: Middle-class understandings of children and adults in poverty…

‘Opportunity Atlas’ provides hard data to deepen community discussion

October 11, 2018 Published by

In Bridges and Getting Ahead we identify four causes of poverty.  One of the research clusters is about “Community Conditions.” The Opportunity Atlas can be used by Bridges trainers to deepen community discussions. Getting Ahead groups can investigate this information when they are in modules 4 and 8. People are…

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Ruby Payne embarks on ‘Emotional Poverty’ national tour

September 25, 2018 Published by

Ruby Payne, author of A Framework for Understanding Poverty, is touring throughout the U.S. to promote her new book and professional development training, Emotional Poverty. Payne’s previous national tours for Framework were wildly successful; her speaking engagements alone have reached more than 1 million people. Framework has sold nearly 2…

Together Initiative to cover 900 miles to Atlanta in fifth annual bike trip

September 18, 2018 Published by

For five years bicyclists from The Together Initiative have been traveling hundreds of miles to attend the Addressing the Challenges of Poverty conference. The conference is hosted by aha! Process and sponsors Emerge Solutions and CharityTracker and runs September 23 to 25 The bikers always start from Pequea Valley, Pennsylvania,…

Using government partnerships to bridge the gap and get ahead

September 17, 2018 Published by

Addressing the Challenges of Poverty national conference presentation spotlight Getting local or state government involved early on in your Bridges efforts can reap big rewards, especially if the end goal is to create communities where everyone can live well. In this session, you will hear the Bridges story unfold from…

Getting Ahead in small-town rural America

September 14, 2018 Published by

Addressing the Challenges of Poverty national conference presentation spotlight Poverty looks different in rural areas, and often, the resources to address it are much fewer. This means that rural communities face unique challenges when addressing poverty, but they also have unique strengths. This session will share strategies designed to help…