About the Author
Author biography: Dr. Ruby Payne, speaker, author and CEO of aha! Process, a training/publishing company, speaks to tens of thousands of professionals each year about poverty and economic diversity. Payne is best known for her work on "hidden rules of economic class" and their affect on learning and success. Phil DeVol, consultant and trainer for communities and business, brings his considerable experience in substance abuse treatment and with Life Skills Training Provider Network and Ohio's first alternative school for recovering youth. Terie Dreussi Smith, an educator and adjunct faculty member of several colleges in Ohio, also provides training and consultation for agencies and schools.