Ruby Payne

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"Ruby K. Payne, Ph.D. is founder of aha! Process and an author, speaker, publisher, and career educator...In the field of education, her career-long goal of offering strategies for successfully raising student achievement and overcoming economic class barriers has become the cornerstone of Advance School Improvement, used with school districts across the country. Dr. Payne's work stems from more than 30 years of experience in public schools as a high school department head, principal, and central office administrator of staff development. Sequels to her original Framework book include Research-Based Strategies (2009) and School Improvement: 9 Systemic Processes to Raise Achievement (2010), coauthored with Donna Magee, Ed.D... In 2001 she coauthored Bridges Out of Poverty with Philip E. DeVol and Terie Dreussi-Smith as the organization branched out into working toward healthy, sustainable communities. Hear from Bridges Communities in their own words...

"In 2011 two of her publications were honored: 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 (Solution Tree Press) received the Distinguished Achievement Award from the Association of Educational Publishers in the Professional Development category. Both titles were coauthored with the late Dr. Paul Slocumb. "[1]

In 1993 Payne was inspired by the New Age book Creating Money: Attracting Abundance which was written by Sanaya Roman and Duane Packer. [2]


An entire web site has been created by concerned teachers to debunk Payne's work, see

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  1. aha! Process Ruby Payne, organizational web page, accessed June 9, 2013.
  2. NYT Magazine The Class-Consciousness Raiser, organizational web page, accessed June 9, 2013.