Free Webinar Series


Bridges Across Every Divide

Phil DeVol and Gene Krebs

July 19, 2018, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Central

The authors of Bridges Across Every Divide interviewed people in Bridges communities and found that conservatives and liberals alike care about people in poverty and want to do something about it. The political divide is just one of many divides, but once again, in Bridges communities, people from all classes, races, and sectors are working together to overcome the barriers that Getting Ahead graduates encounter. In this webinar the authors discuss how Bridges communities are uniquely positioned to make policy changes at the city, county, and state level. Policy work requires an understanding of how to navigate the political environment and how to develop policy solutions that are consistent with the Bridges and Getting Ahead philosophy. Twenty years into Bridges work we are ready to make changes at the policy level. Join Phil and Gene to learn more about how to do this in our communities and our local, state, and national governments.

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Bridges Out of Poverty, an introduction

Chuck Holt

August 2, 2018, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Central

Do you have clients who get arrested because they lose their cool with law enforcement? Or individuals who cannot negotiate with school administrators or supervisors at work? Do you have clients who go from agency to agency to get their basic needs met? This workshop will introduce the core strategies and constructs behind Bridges Out of Poverty. Bridges uses the lens of economic class and provides concrete tools and strategies for a community to alleviate poverty. Participants will review poverty research, examine a theory of change, and analyze poverty through the prism of the hidden rules of class, resources, and language. Join Chuck to better understand how the environment of poverty creates barriers for your clients and how your organization can work shoulder to shoulder with those living in daily instability to provide different solutions to create more stability for your clients, organizations, and communities.

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Policy and practice to reduce poverty and build communities using ‘Bridges Across Every Divide’

Philip DeVol and Eugene Krebs

August 16, 2018, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Central

Bridges Out of Poverty was first printed in 1999. Since then Bridges communities have been busy applying the concepts to improve outcomes and the lives of people in poverty. They also rose above their institutional silos to build collaboratives. Until now we have intentionally avoided dealing directly with policy issues for fear that Bridges would be branded as politically “left” or “right.” Now, 20 years later, it is time to work at the policy level.  This book is written for those who want to create systemic solutions to problems faced by many people in poverty.

We will learn how to analyze, decode, and design policies. And we will learn how to work with elected officials. There are easy steps you can take to increase your impact in advocacy. We discuss in depth a value-based, non-subjective method of determining if your efforts are sufficient, along with a full listing of the various items you need. We also discuss in detail the all-important briefing book, along with information on where to eat with elected officials!

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Emotional Poverty

Ruby K. Payne, Ph.D.

September 6, 2018, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Central

Are you increasingly dealing with angry students? Students who are anxious and need constant reassurance? Do you have parents who are angry when they walk in the door? Are you having less time for instruction because of the emotional climate of the classroom? This introductory webinar will provide some basic understandings and tools to begin addressing and reducing anger, anxiety, and violence in the classroom.

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What is A Framework for Understanding Poverty?

Chestin Auzenne-Curl, Ph.D.

September 20, 2018, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Central

Are your under-resourced students struggling to complete assignments? Smirking when disciplined? Do they seem to be less focused on the concepts than they are on their social lives? This webinar is an introduction to the effects of poverty on thinking and success in school, as well as strategies you can use to begin getting different results.

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What is ‘Tactical Communication?’

Gary Rudick and Angel Tucker

October 4, 2018, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Central

Tactical Communication: First Responder Edition by Jodi Pfarr is a model to train those within emergency response services to better understand the effects of generational poverty. Attendees will achieve an improved understanding of the importance of creating relationships and developing support for Bridges initiatives within their communities. Gaining such knowledge can result in several advantages: Emergency responders will understand the importance of establishing relationships with people within generational poverty and how that relates to being a more effective law enforcement officer, firefighter, or emergency medical technician. The more they understand the people they serve, the less frustration and stress emergency responders will experience, and the safer everyone will be. There will be fewer citizen complaints based on misunderstandings and mistakes, there will be less escalation, and there will be more opportunities for de-escalation of conflicts. Establishment of relationships results in a higher level of citizen satisfaction from citizen-police encounters. Join this webinar to learn how Tactical Communication will drive positive changes in your Bridges initiative.

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What is ‘Removing the Mask: Identifying and Serving Gifted Students from Poverty?’

Ellen Williams, Ed.D.

November 1, 2018, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Central

Is there equity in your school’s gifted program? Do the demographics reflect the demographics of your campus as a whole? Gifted programs often serve wealthy and middle class students and exclude students from poverty. This webinar will address how to identify gifted students from poverty using easy-to-use instruments and detailed procedures, and it will outline a complete process for finding gifted students from poverty. Williams will also address strategies and supports to retain students and foster success in gifted programs, suggestions for behavioral interventions in gifted programs, and techniques for working with parents. Williams will briefly discuss how to use the Teacher Perception Inventory and Environmental Opportunities Profile instruments.

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All aha! Process webinars are recorded and archived for your convenience. See the list of past webinar recordings here.