Painting brighter future pictures by teaching students how to build resources

A revised and updated edition of Elizabeth Souther’s The R Rules guides students through the process of building and using school, community, and financial resources to create rewarding futures and sustainable communities where everyone can live well.

The R Rules workbook coverMore resources equal more choices. And that’s a good thing. The more resources one can build up for oneself, the better one’s chances of succeeding in the game of life. What kind of resources? Education, relationships, connections, opportunities in the community, and problem-solving and communication skills are resources that give students more choices and help them create better lives and a better world.

Joan Waukau, class of 2015 valedictorian at Menominee Indian High School in Wisconsin, says, “R Rules helped me by discussing and learning ‘real stuff’—necessities of life, social issues, and hidden rules. This has helped me instill self-confidence in my social skills in a variety of settings.”

The R Rules has been helping young people for more than seven years. This revised, expanded, and updated edition is easier to use, better supported by technology and online activities, and more practical in terms of tools and processes. New chapter previews and end-of-chapter learning checks inform learning and support instructors and students in reflection and assessment.

Being aware of existing resources and knowing how and when to use them is the key to seeing possibilities, meeting challenges, and getting ahead. You’ll be amazed at the transformation when you work in a learning community of mutual respect to identify, increase, and develop your personal and community resources.

R-Rules-Facilitator-Guide-Revised-EditionThe revised and expanded R Rules includes information and activities that assist you in:

  • Owning and managing personal academic and career plans
  • Improving teamwork, project management, and organizational skills
  • Exploring economic issues and their relationship to learning and earning
  • Recognizing and using patterns to predict, problem-solve, and plan
  • Developing your voice, contributing, and leading in your community

Elizabeth (Betti) Souther has worked in many capacities—from classroom to central office—for New Mexico’s Farmington Municipal Schools since 1989. She directs grant programs, as well as staff and resource development, and has managed multiple school reform grants and GEAR UP programs. In 2013 Souther directed the planning grant from the W. K. Kellogg Foundation that established the Center for Working Families at San Juan College in Farmington, New Mexico. Souther consults for aha! Process and has presented at state and national conferences.

Contributing author Ruby K. Payne, Ph.D. is a career educator, author, and founder of aha! Process. Her trailblazing efforts to address the needs of under-resourced learners include dozens of publications and training programs that have served hundreds of thousands of educators. Payne’s book, A Framework for Understanding Poverty, has sold more than 1.5 million copies, and her collaboration with other educators has touched countless lives with practical, proven strategies for helping others succeed.