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Ruby Payne, Ph.D.

Dr. Ruby Payne, for your event

Ruby Payne. Ph.D.

Books authored or co-authored by Dr. Ruby Payne

A Framework for Understanding PovertyBridges out of Poverty

Research-Bases StrategiesWorking with Students

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Ruby K. Payne, Ph.D., is founder of aha! Process and an author, speaker, publisher, and career educator. Recognized internationally, Dr. Payne has traveled extensively since the mid-1990s to present a variety of speeches and workshops based on her foundational work A Framework for Understanding Poverty. She also offers strategies for successfully raising student achievement and overcoming economic class barriers. An expert on the mindsets of economic classes and on crossing socioeconomic lines in education and work, as well as for social change, she has trained hundreds of thousands of educators and other professionals in seminars throughout the world. To date Dr. Payne has worked in the U.S., Canada, India, the United Kingdom, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, China, Slovakia, Trinidad-Tobago, and Ireland.

Dr. Payne’s work stems from more than 30 years of experience in public schools as a high school department head, principal, and central office administrator of staff development. She has written K–12 curricula in all content areas, developed extensive staff development programs for 1,500 staff members, and assisted with the strategic plans of numerous organizations. She is known for helping students from all economic backgrounds achieve academic success and has received numerous awards for her contributions to education and the community. Dr. Payne has written or co-authored more than a dozen books. In 2011, two of her publications were honored; Removing the Mask:Identifying Giftedness in Poverty received a Gold Medal from Independent Publishers for Education; Boys in Poverty: Understanding DropOut received the Distinguished Achievement Award from Association of Educational Publishers for Professional Development—both were co-authored with the late Dr. Paul Slocumb.

She received a bachelor’s degree from Goshen College, Goshen, IN; master’s degree in English literature from Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI; and doctorate in educational leadership and policy from Loyola University, Chicago, IL.


A Framework for Understanding Poverty

This initial seminar, based on the book A Framework for Understanding Poverty by Ruby K. Payne, Ph.D., provides an in-depth study of information and issues that will increase the participants’ knowledge and understanding of the poverty culture.

Topics include: how economic class affects behaviors and mindsets, why students from generational poverty often fear being educated, the “hidden rules” within economic classes, discipline interventions that improve behavior, and the eight resources that make a difference in success. Related discussions also include case studies, support systems, the role of language registers, discourse patterns, story structure, and the relationship between eye movement and learning. This seminar is designed for audiences of both elementary-and secondary-level educators with adaptation and application for community, social service and faith community audiences.

Bridges Out of Poverty: Strategies for Professionals and Communities Workshop Descriptor

Bridges Out of Poverty workshop provides both the social service provider and the community member key lessons in dealing with individuals from poverty. Topics include increasing awareness of the differences in economic cultures and how those differences affect opportunities for success. This workshop is based on the book Bridges Out of Poverty: Strategies for Professionals and Communities, a collaboration between Ruby K. Payne, Phillip DeVol, and Terie Dreussi Smith. Phil’s experience includes developing school based, substance abuse prevention, intervention and student assistance programs, and Terie is an experienced educator and prevention coordinator. This workshop is designed for audiences of employers, community organizations, law enforcement, counselors, health care and social service providers.

Research-Based Strategies

Research-Based Strategies is teacher-friendly workshop focused on serving under-resourced students, Research-Based Strategies provides educators with hands-on techniques that help them narrow and then eliminate the achievement gap for all students, but especially under resourced students. Reduce your planning and response time and improve your effectiveness. Develop more immediate, reliable intervention strategies. Address students’ challenges before they become overwhelming. We have merged many of the concepts from the Understanding Learning and Learning Structures workbooks into this totally updated program.

This workshop provides strategies that can be readily implemented and integrated into any curriculum or program and will raise student achievement. In this redesign, you will find:

  • 50+ strategies, their explanations, and relevant research
  • A chart of observed student behaviors
  • Extensive bibliographic references
  • A “menu” of strategies that can be used to meet the needs of today’s under-resourced learners
  • New strategies categorized by academic, behavioral, or community based concern or challenge
  • An incorporation of the book Understanding Learning

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