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Getting Ahead and resilience: Rose’s story

August 15, 2019 Published by

The list of barriers, obstacles, and setbacks Rose has faced in her life is long, and it seems to leave nothing out. A rape survivor and single mother, she experienced homelessness and addiction as well. Her mother and father, who struggled with their own addiction and mental health issues, passed…

Video: Dr. Ruby Payne on CBS Austin’s ‘We Are Austin’

August 5, 2019 Published by

Ruby Payne was on CBS Austin’s morning program, We Are Austin, earlier today. In the video, she discusses the importance of students’ emotional well-being inside and outside the classroom. As teachers gear up for another school year, they certainly are considering ways to help students who are in need. Ruby…

How can administrators address teacher turnover?

July 30, 2019 Published by

Teacher turnover disrupts classrooms and costs districts a lot of money in hiring—nearly $20,000 per teacher by some estimates. The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) reports that the overall teacher turnover rate is 16%, meaning that of every 20 teachers, an average school will lose three. In some disciplines,…

Superintendent summit covers school safety, emotional well-being with Ruby Payne

June 27, 2019 Published by

Ruby Payne spoke to the annual Superintendent’s Summit in Bay County, Florida, recently. During the presentation, Payne touched on issues of school safety, the emotional well-being of students and teachers, and the various economic classes present in different schools and districts. “To see her in person has been really exciting.…

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…