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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

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

Racism in the United States in a global context

September 12, 2019 Published by

The New York Times’ 1619 Project is a must-read for everyone working on poverty issues. It begins this way: “In August of 1619, a ship appeared on this horizon, near Point Comfort, a coastal port in the British colony of Virginia. It carried more than 20 enslaved Africans, who were... View Article

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

Getting Ahead and resilience: Rose’s story

August 15, 2019 Published by

The list of barriers, obstacles, and setbacks Rose has faced in her life is long, and it seems to leave nothing out. A rape survivor and single mother, she experienced homelessness and addiction as well. Her mother and father, who struggled with their own addiction and mental health issues, passed... View Article

Video: Dr. Ruby Payne on CBS Austin’s ‘We Are Austin’

August 5, 2019 Published by

Ruby Payne was on CBS Austin’s morning program, We Are Austin, earlier today. In the video, she discusses the importance of students’ emotional well-being inside and outside the classroom. As teachers gear up for another school year, they certainly are considering ways to help students who are in need. Ruby... View Article

How can administrators address teacher turnover?

July 30, 2019 Published by

Teacher turnover disrupts classrooms and costs districts a lot of money in hiring—nearly $20,000 per teacher by some estimates. The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) reports that the overall teacher turnover rate is 16%, meaning that of every 20 teachers, an average school will lose three. In some disciplines,... View Article