About Dr. Ruby Payne

Ruby K. Payne, Ph.D. is the founder of aha! Process and an author, speaker, publisher, and career educator. Recognized internationally for A Framework for Understanding Poverty, her foundational book and workshop, Dr. Ruby Payne has helped students and adults of all economic backgrounds achieve academic, professional, and personal success.

As an expert on the mindsets of economic classes and overcoming the hurdles of poverty, she has trained hundreds of thousands of professionals, from educators and school administrators to community, church, and business leaders.

In the field of education, her career-long goal of offering strategies for successfully raising student achievement and overcoming economic class barriers has become the cornerstone of aha! Process’ K-12 work, used with school districts across the country. 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. Sequels to her original Framework book include Research-Based Strategies (2009) and School Improvement: 9 Systemic Processes to Raise Achievement (2010), coauthored with Donna Magee, Ed.D.

In 2000 she coauthored Bridges Out of Poverty with Philip E. DeVol and Terie Dreussi-Smith as the organization branched out into working toward healthy, sustainable communities. Hear from Bridges Communities in their own words.

Dr. Payne has written and coauthored more than a dozen books besides the bestselling A Framework for Understanding Poverty and Bridges Out of Poverty. Two recent publications are How Much of Yourself Do You Own? A process for building your emotional resources, coauthored with Emilia O’Neill Baker,PhD,, and Bridges to Health and Healthcare: New solutions for improving access and services, coauthored with Terie Dreussi-Smith, Lucy Y. Shaw, and Jan Young, DNSc.

Dr. Ruby Payne received a bachelor’s degree from Goshen College in Goshen, Indiana; a master’s degree in English literature from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan; and doctorate in educational leadership and policy from Loyola University in Chicago, Illinois.

About the Keynote

Dr. Ruby Payne, Ph.D., will be presenting an inspirational keynote address on A Framework for Understanding Poverty. Learn how poverty impacts learning, work habits, and decision making and how to help children overcome the obstacles of poverty and succeed.

The keynote will be held in the morning on March 4, 2016, at the Taylor Performing Arts Center at Missouri Southern State University.

About the Workshop

Dr. Ruby Payne, Ph.D., will be presenting an eye-opening workshop on Bridges Out of Poverty. This workshop is a comprehensive approach to understanding the dynamics that cause and maintain poverty from the individual to the systemic level. Bridges Out of Poverty uses the lens of economic class and provides concrete tools and strategies for a community to prevent, reduce, and alleviate poverty. Get the tools you need to help children in poverty succeed!

Learn more about Bridges Out of Poverty in the videos below:

The workshop will be held in the afternoon on March 4, 2016, at the Taylor Performing Arts Center at Missouri Southern State University.

Dr. Ruby Payne's Books

A Framework For Understanding Poverty - A Cognitive Approach

Now in its fifth edition, A Framework for Understanding Poverty is an award-winning book tackles the problem of building up resources and helping people rise out of poverty. You can purchase a copy of A Framework for Understanding Poverty here.

Bridges Out of Poverty: Strategies for Professionals and Communities

Bridges Out of Poverty is a uniquely powerful tool designed for social, health, and legal services professionals. You'll find case studies, detailed analysis, helpful charts and exercises, and specific solutions you and your organization can implement right now to increase the success of the children you serve. You can purchase a copy of Bridges Out of Poverty here.

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