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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,...

Are you unconsciously hurting your bottom line?

July 25, 2019 Published by

Unconscious bias about economic class often surfaces in the workplace. Your brain is on autopilot and operates based on how you grew up. Mindsets, habits, patterns, opportunities, and experiences are all shaped by the environment in which we experience our lives. Survival, achievement, and connections are also important. Can you...

Framework sixth edition audiobook features three all-new chapters

July 23, 2019 Published by

Intersectionality, brain research, and parent engagement are the newest elements of Ruby Payne’s A Framework for Understanding poverty. In addition to conversation-changing strategies for understanding and empathizing with students from poverty, the new Framework digs deeper into intersecting factors like race, immigration, and healthcare. Don’t miss your chance to hear...

What is Ruby reading?

July 22, 2019 Published by

Change Your Brain, Change Your Life is the hard science that is happening in the correlation between brain research and behavior. Daniel Amen, the author, is a psychiatrist who uses braining imaging and scans to determine correct interventions. His book is fascinating. He has pictures of brain scans of ADHD...

Managing classroom violence with Ruby Payne

July 16, 2019 Published by

Ruby Payne spoke in Kentucky recently, and Bowling Green TV station WNKY was there to cover the event. Among the topics Payne focused on were, emotional poverty, emotional well-being, and classroom violence. Hundreds of educators gathered at the workshop to hear Payne share her strategies and insights for the classroom....

Will the poor always be with us?

July 11, 2019 Published by

“Will the poor always be with us?” Good question. Related to that, how do we define “poor”? How do we define success? How do we define our approach to this problem? Will we use a baked-in ideology? Will we say we have the “common sense solution”? Will our solution come...

School safety starts in the classroom: Ruby Payne in Mississippi

July 9, 2019 Published by

Ruby Payne spoke to 300 educators in Oxford, Mississippi, and her message was clear: School safety stems from emotional safety. Many schools in the area are instituting more physical security like cameras and school resource officers in the wake of school shootings across the country. Along with those measures have...

Daily instability creates transportation pains for employees

July 2, 2019 Published by

The environment of daily instability creates pain for both the employees and your business. Really, does anyone want to spend time dealing with transportation? If your car has good tires, a half-tank of gas, and if the engine turns over on the first try, then you don’t spend time worrying...

Podcast: Emotional Poverty overview with Ruby Payne

June 28, 2019 Published by

In this webinar podcast, Ruby Payne covers some of the key points from her book Emotional Poverty. Students bring with them the emotional baggage of all the people in their lives—and teachers do too! Find out how to triage students according to emotional needs in order to increase school safety....