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Nine-year-old inspires California lunch-shaming law

October 15, 2019 Published by

In June, a 9-year-old named Ryan in Napa, California, learned about school lunch debt from a news story. In a classic instance of so-called “lunch shaming,” a 5-year-old had been denied lunch because of her outstanding lunch debts. Ryan took action. When he asked, the school said the total outstanding... View Article

Podcast: Getting Ahead in small-town, rural America

October 11, 2019 Published by

Kelly Mays discusses implementing Getting Ahead in a Just-Gettin’-By-World in a rural, small-town setting.  

Called to the principal’s office…for praise

October 8, 2019 Published by

At McEachern High School in Cobb County School District in Georgia, Assistant Principal Dan Torrenti handles the discipline referrals. Until a few years ago, if you had to go to Torrenti’s office, you knew you were in trouble. That’s why Naomi Montez, a McEachern student, was surprised when Torrenti started... View Article

Lowest federal spending on kids since 2007

October 3, 2019 Published by

Last year’s portion of the federal budget that was spent on children hit a 12-year low, rivaling numbers we haven’t seen since 2007. Just 9.2% of federal spending was for programs like early education, food stamps, and help for children with disabilities. Worse yet, spending is projected to decline further... View Article

Podcast: What is Removing the Mask: How to Identify and Develop Giftedness in Students from Poverty?

September 27, 2019 Published by

In this podcast from aha! Process, coauthor Ellen Williams discusses the book Removing the Mask: How to Identify and Develop Giftedness in Students from Poverty.

Emotional wellness is at the root of school safety

September 16, 2019 Published by

The Austin American-Statesman Sunday edition published commentary from Ruby Payne on the root causes of gun violence, especially in schools. Toughening physical security measures only goes so far, Payne writes, “because the root causes of school shootings are emotional issues.” From the opinion piece: An acquaintance told me that during... View Article

Podcast: Policy and Practice to Reduce Poverty and Build Communities Using ‘Bridges Across Every Divide’ Part 2

September 13, 2019 Published by

Authors Phil DeVol and Gene Krebs continue their talk on how to use their book Bridges Across Every Divide to make policy changes that reduce poverty. Missed Part 1? Listen here.

Ruby Payne’s social entrepreneurship featured by Forbes

September 10, 2019 Published by

Ruby Payne and her pioneering social enterprise, aha! Process, were featured yesterday in an article published by Forbes. Stephanie Burns, the Forbes contributor who profiles Ruby, is herself an entrepreneur. She founded, an online resource for more than 100,000 female entrepreneurs. Her piece on Ruby highlights three things that... View Article

Teachers: 85% want more mental health training

August 27, 2019 Published by

Emotional poverty exists in all demographics and contributes to anger, anxiety, and violence in schools. Among teachers, 93% report that they are worried about student mental health, and 85% say they felt they needed further mental health training. Mental health training isn’t usually covered in teacher training programs. It turns... View Article

How to build an aha! Process community? Mexico, Missouri, is a great example!

August 20, 2019 Published by

The Mexico Sustainability Project was formed in Mexico, Missouri, in September 2018. The formation of the group happened after the community had participated in a number of events from aha! Process, including A Framework for Understanding Poverty, Bridges Out of Poverty, and Workplace Stability. A group from the project also... View Article