Teaching Learning Leading K-12

Episode 69: Dr. Ruby Payne & Understanding Poverty

September 10, 2015
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Dr. Payne is the author of more than a dozen books, a speaker, a publisher, and a life-long educator. 

She is also the founder of aha! Process, Inc.


Her most famous work, at least for educators, is A Framework for Understanding Poverty: a Cognitive Approach. 

Her book has sold more than 1.5 million copies and is the 2014 winner of the Revere Award-The Golden Lamp!


This summer she spoke with the teachers, administrators and school staff of all of our member systems.

Dr. Payne talked about how poverty situations impact learning and affect the children and families who the schools serve. She explained the Hidden Rules among classes and talked about the differences between men and women and why they are important to know and understand.


She addressed the importance of relationship building between the staff and families to encourage participation in classes as well as the school as a whole.

Dr. Payne was inspiring and encouraging. After speaking for the day, I was able to talk with her about her work.

I hope that her thoughts will encourage you to learn more about how to work with children and families who are impacted by generational poverty.

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Length: 23:49

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