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Fairfield CSD Team Now Trainers for A Framework For Understanding Poverty

Fairfield Trainers: N. Watson, J. Sandbothe, T. Ryan, & B. Repp
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Fairfield Trainers: N. Watson, J. Sandbothe, T. Ryan, & B. Repp

Fairfield CSD Team Now Trainers for A Framework For Understanding Poverty

Ruby K. Payne, Ph.D. is the founder of aha! Process and an author, speaker, publisher, and career educator.  Recognized internationally for A Framework for Understanding Poverty, Dr. Ruby Payne has helped students and adults of all economic backgrounds achieve academic, professional, and personal success.  As an expert on the mindsets of economic classes and overcoming the hurdles of poverty, she has trained hundreds of thousand of professionals, from educators and school administrators to community, church, and business leaders.

On December 7-9th, Fairfield teachers Taryn Ryan, Jessica Sandbothe, Nathan Watson, and Brad Repp, traveled to Atlanta, Georgia for training through the Aha! Process presented by Ruby Payne. The three-day workshop focused on the Framework For Understanding Poverty.  This core group is now trained as trainers for this program.  Several concepts from the workshop will be presented to Fairfield K-12 staff during future professional development sessions.

Ideas presented within the framework include: how to build relationships of mutual respect to enable motivation for learning, teaching students how to plan ahead for task completion, and how to plan for their future.  Our trainers also learned about the resources students and families need access to in order to be successful, and how to recognize gaps in accessibility.  Research based strategies in math, science, literacy and social studies were also taught for direct use in classrooms with students. Sample topics covered were: how to make and use mental models, how to increase motivation, and how to strengthen positive behavior of students in the classroom. The Fairfield district looks forward to training PreK-12 teachers and administrators in these effective strategies and is proud to have trainers on our staff!