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Ruby Payne        

Founder of aha! Process, Inc., & Author of "A Framework for Understanding Poverty"

Ruby Payne, Ph.D., author, speaker, publisher, business owner and career educator, is an expert on the mindsets of economic classes and on crossing socioeconomic lines in education, work, and for social change. Payne founded aha! Process in 1996 to offer a broad range of training solutions–workshops, consulting, books, and trainings for K–12, higher education, and communities—with a focus on creating sustainable success for everyone. In efforts to overcome the hurdles of poverty, she has trained hundreds of thousands of professionals, from educators and school administrators to community, church, and business leaders.

Payne has written or co-authored more than a dozen books - with her foundational work, A Framework for Understanding Poverty, having sold over 1,000,000 copies. The 5th edition of A Framework for Understanding Poverty: A Cognitive Approach was given top honors for professional development with the REVERE Golden Lamp Award from Association of American Publishers in 2014. Also, two of her publications were honored in 2011: Removing the Mask: Giftedness in Poverty received a Gold Medal from Independent Publishers in the Education category, and Boys in Poverty: A Framework for Understanding Dropout received the Distinguished Achievement Award from the Association of Educational Publishers in the Professional Development category.

Dr. Ruby Payne's work stems from more than 30 years of first-hand experience in the public schools, as head school department head, principal, and central office administrator of staff development. She became known for helping students from all economic backgrounds to achieve academic success. She received her B.A. from Goshen (IN) College, earned a master's degree in English Literature from Western Michigan University, and her doctorate in Educational Leadership & Policy from Loyola University in Illinois.


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