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Bridges Out of Poverty: Strategies for Professionals and Communities Paperback

ISBN-13: 978-0964743793 ISBN-10: 0964743795 Edition: 2nd

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 284 pages
  • Publisher: Aha Process Inc; 2nd edition (October 10, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0964743795
  • ISBN-13: 978-0964743793
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 7 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #403,448 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

More About the Author

Ruby K. Payne, Ph.D. of Baytown, Texas has been a professional educator since 1972. She has been a secondary-school teacher and department chairperson, an elementary-school principal, a consultant, and a central-office administrator. The lessons learned during these years are the bedrock on which aha! Process, Inc. has been built.

Her first book, A Framework for Understanding Poverty, is a powerful tool for educators to use when teaching children from poverty. She has led hundreds of workshops and has worked with several thousand teachers and administrators, both nationally and internationally. Ruby Payne founded aha! Process, Inc. (formerly RFT Publishing Co.) in 1996 and serves as its president. In that capacity, she continues to consult and write.

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It is fun to identify where YOU are coming from as you read this book!
E.P.
I could have been so much more effective in working with those who have a different world view. . . If only. . .
revrew
Ruby Payne may not be the only word on poverty but I feel this is very helpful.
Curtis Strain

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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Alice M. Cleary on September 26, 2004
Format: Paperback
I was fortunate to attend a workshop one year ago which included this book and two of the three authors, DeVol and Dreussi-Smith. They highlighted the content of the book, to an audience of counselors, social workers, case managers, residential treatment staff for chemical dependency recovery, and prevention specialists. This book spotlights the culture of poverty, and the distinct differences in the way in which the poor, the middle class and the wealthy view the world from their unique vantage points. I was enlightened in learning to understand the frames of references of persons without savings, present time- orientation, and the differences in the way each class views, uses and perfects the resources of each cultural status.

The concept of "bridging" and mentoring is strongly presented, and many individual, organizational and systemic suggestions are made by the authors. This is an excellent resource for people who wish to or need to broaden their awareness of the "hidden rules" of each economic class, and how to provide more effective assistance to those persons wishing to improve their economic and educational status, without judgment. I highly recommend this book.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Patrick Jones on March 20, 2004
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Yes, there are some flaws, but this is an amazing, important work that should be read, then embraced by all of us who do the people's work. As a librarian and libraries are the most middle class of institutions, I see so clearly what we do (and don't do) to build bridges out of poverty. Essential reading.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By revrew on July 20, 2011
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If only I had known/understood the basics of her work 40 years ago. I could have been so much more effective in working with those who have a different world view. . . If only. . .
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By Curtis Strain on April 6, 2014
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I consider another tool in my tool box of learning the best way to help others. Ruby Payne may not be the only word on poverty but I feel this is very helpful.
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By Jason on March 12, 2014
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Once you think you know something.....think again. Very nicely compiled, I was prompted to find book after a visit to Salt Lake City. I had several chats with people in need on the street, wished I could do more to help. My life currently allows me to feed thousands a month and I want to better understand the clients and their hardships to put them in a positve direction. Still reading and re-reading, so far....incredible.
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