Free Webinar Series

Hot Springs, Arkansas: A new future story

Lynn Blankenship

January 18, 2018, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Central

This community grew its poverty initiative by refining its approach and applying the Getting Ahead resource measurement exercise to itself. Hot Springs is a community with a wild and colorful history, a history that brings visitors from all over the nation, but it had a secret that it didn’t want the rest of the world to know about. After a complete assessment of our community, it was no longer a secret and was crying for a solution for survival. We also discovered that we needed a road map, so we completed a resource assessment to determine what we had to work with to write our new future story. We found that one of our greatest resources was the many experienced Getting Ahead communities that were now family. Hot Springs recently received the 2017 Bridges Out of Poverty Community of the Year award.

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Move, decode, read! Tucker Signing Strategies for Reading: A community tool

Bethanie Tucker, Ed.D.

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

Curl the fingers of your left hand, and the letter e magically appears on your forefinger and thumb. With the letter e on your hand, stretch your arm out while making the long-e sound, and you are signing one of the 44 Tucker Signing Strategies hand signs! During this webinar, participants will practice forming and blending the signs in Tucker Signing Strategies for Reading, a brain-based strategy for decoding words. Tucker Signing Strategies is appropriate for use with struggling readers of all ages as you work to build human capacity with your clients, within your organization, and in your community.

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Community and Consequences:  Making the Bridges model come alive for funders and your steering committee

Lynn Jackson

February 15, 2018, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Central

aha! Process continues to find ways for you to communicate the Bridges Out of Poverty model. First we introduced the “building blocks,” and now we are offering a board game in the style of snakes and ladders called Community and Consequences. It’s a fun way to talk about building Bridges communities with funders, interested partners, steering committees, and anyone else who wants to play! This game gives concrete examples of what builds a Bridges community and what sets the work back. Join in this webinar to discover how to use this mental model to get the results you are looking for. And, have a little fun along the way!

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Removing the Mask: Identifying and serving gifted students from poverty

Ellen Williams

March 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 outline a complete process for identifying gifted students from poverty using easy-to-implement instruments and detailed procedures.

Dr. Williams will share 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 of gifted students. Williams will discuss briefly how to use the Teacher Perception Inventory and Environmental Opportunities Profile instruments.

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A mind of its own

Vern Reed

March 15, 2018, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Central

In southeast Iowa our initiative has grown in some of the most unexpected ways. Sometimes it truly seems to have a mind of its own! In reality, we have been blessed to learn from the Bridges Out of Poverty journey of many others, and we apply their ideas in ways that fit our situation. This webinar will focus on our journey, a journey that started in December 2015 and has led to partnerships with an incredible variety of people and places in our community. We hope to share things that have helped us, as well as mistakes we’ve made along the way that might help others either initiate or drive their Bridges journey.

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

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