K-12 Schools

Nobel Prize in Economics awarded to researchers addressing global poverty

October 17, 2019 Published by

Nobel Prize winners Esther Duflo, Abhijit Banerjee, and Michael Kremer worked together in Kenya in the 1990s. They developed a method for addressing the challenges of global poverty: They broke the challenges down into chunks. Dealing with one problem at a time, their work has resulted in policy changes that…

Nine-year-old inspires California lunch-shaming law

October 15, 2019 Published by

In June, a 9-year-old named Ryan in Napa, California, learned about school lunch debt from a news story. In a classic instance of so-called “lunch shaming,” a 5-year-old had been denied lunch because of her outstanding lunch debts. Ryan took action. When he asked, the school said the total outstanding…

Called to the principal’s office…for praise

October 8, 2019 Published by

At McEachern High School in Cobb County School District in Georgia, Assistant Principal Dan Torrenti handles the discipline referrals. Until a few years ago, if you had to go to Torrenti’s office, you knew you were in trouble. That’s why Naomi Montez, a McEachern student, was surprised when Torrenti started…

Lowest federal spending on kids since 2007

October 3, 2019 Published by

Last year’s portion of the federal budget that was spent on children hit a 12-year low, rivaling numbers we haven’t seen since 2007. Just 9.2% of federal spending was for programs like early education, food stamps, and help for children with disabilities. Worse yet, spending is projected to decline further…

What is Ruby reading?

September 18, 2019 Published by

The Biology of Belief: Unleashing the Power of Consciousness, Matter, and Miracles by Bruce Lipton Bruce Lipton is a quantum biologist, and his research has been done with stem cells. He looks at how environments shape cells. In his original research he put the same cells in different Petri dishes…

Emotional wellness is at the root of school safety

September 16, 2019 Published by

The Austin American-Statesman Sunday edition published commentary from Ruby Payne on the root causes of gun violence, especially in schools. Toughening physical security measures only goes so far, Payne writes, “because the root causes of school shootings are emotional issues.” From the opinion piece: An acquaintance told me that during…

Ruby Payne’s social entrepreneurship featured by Forbes

September 10, 2019 Published by

Ruby Payne and her pioneering social enterprise, aha! Process, were featured yesterday in an article published by Forbes. Stephanie Burns, the Forbes contributor who profiles Ruby, is herself an entrepreneur. She founded Chic-CEO.com, an online resource for more than 100,000 female entrepreneurs. Her piece on Ruby highlights three things that…

Teachers: 85% want more mental health training

August 27, 2019 Published by

Emotional poverty exists in all demographics and contributes to anger, anxiety, and violence in schools. Among teachers, 93% report that they are worried about student mental health, and 85% say they felt they needed further mental health training. Mental health training isn’t usually covered in teacher training programs. It turns…

What is Ruby reading?

August 21, 2019 Published by

Energy Medicine by Donna Eden examines the energy systems of the body. Everything that happens in your body is either a chemical or electrical interaction. In the early 1900s, the American Medical Association decided to focus on the chemical (pharmaceutical) and surgical aspects of medicine. The Chinese have always kept…