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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…

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…

NHL team honors Getting Ahead While Getting Out facilitator

May 9, 2019 Published by

Raymond Pawlicki is a Getting Ahead While Getting Out champion. He was recently recognized by the Tampa Bay Lightning professional hockey team for his work providing prison reentry along with the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul. The NHL team made a celebratory video about Pawlicki, and they gifted him…

Buy the fries: Financial advice doesn’t work when you’re poor

May 7, 2019 Published by

“Savings tips are classist garbage and belong in the trash.” That’s what the subtitle of a recent article from Vice says, and it’s so true. If you are working 60 hours a week at two part-time food-service jobs like the person in this article, and you’re making $23,000 a year,…

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…

MAMA program going strong in Arizona

April 26, 2019 Published by

Getting Ahead in a Just Gettin’-By-World is part of the MAMA (Mothers in Arizona Moving Ahead) Program in Tuscon, Arizona. These are remarkable results due to the hard work of the investigators and the comprehensive approach in Tuscon. The catalyst is the Pima County Health Department and the Community Services, Employment,…

Origins of the divides

April 23, 2019 Published by

Do you wonder why our political system, which was once so self-correcting and attentive to the needs of citizens, increasingly seems to be slow to respond? Do you ever wonder why the needs of citizens are largely unmet while both parties race to their corners in an effort to box…

BB&T ‘Bank Bus’ brought in by Bucks County Opportunity Council

April 11, 2019 Published by

The Bucks County Opportunity Council joined forces with BB&T bank to bring that bank’s Bank Bus to Bucks County. Bank users and unbanked individuals alike were invited to visit. The mobile banking and education unit provides free information, credit reports, and tax services. It’s really more like a mobile classroom…

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United for a Fair Economy spotlight on Phil DeVol

April 9, 2019 Published by

Phil DeVol was interviewed by the nonprofit United for a Fair Economy (UFE) about the role their work plays in Getting Ahead. “I use UFE’s materials in each of my Getting Ahead books and workshops. The UFE activities using bodies to represent data are a great way to generate discussions,”…