Golden-Lamp-Award-LogoOn Wednesday, June 4, 2014, the Association of American Publishers (AAP) awarded its 2014 Golden Lamp Award for Professional Development to Dr. Ruby Payne, Ph.D. for her book, A Framework for Understanding Poverty: A Cognitive Approach, 5th Edition.

“We’re very happy,” said Payne, “that our message continues to help educators, social service agencies, employers and individuals better understand poverty and the barriers faced by under-resourced students and adults, so they can use those insights to help improve their communities.”

The Golden Lamp Awards are part of the AAP’s annual REVERE Awards. “The REVERE Awards program,” according to the AAP, “is the most prestigious and comprehensive recognition program in the learning resource community. The Golden Lamp Awards are, per the AAP, The REVERE Awards’ highest honor of merit for learning resources.

Originally published in 1995, A Framework for Understanding Poverty: A Cognitive Approach has sold 1.5 million copies. The 5th edition features an enhanced chapter on instruction and achievement; greater emphasis on the thinking, communication, and learning patterns involved in breaking out of poverty; plentiful citations, case studies, and data; more detailed findings about interventions, resources, and causes of poverty; and a review of the outlook for people in poverty and those who work with them.

“It’s an honor for our work to be recognized alongside an outstanding group of finalists,” said Payne, “and by such a prestigious organization.”