Education & Poverty: United Way sponsors Ruby K. Payne seminar to help more children become interested in learning

Ruby Payne (standing) consults with a table of teachers about learning building blocks for keeping students interested in school.

Ruby Payne (standing) consults with a table of teachers about learning building blocks for keeping students interested in school.

A capacity crowd at the Teacher Training Academy listened as Dr. Ruby Payne shared insights on keeping children interested in learning last week.

Teachers from area schools sat at tables as Payne, founder of aha! Process, explained how poverty impacts learning styles during the seminar.

United Way of the Mid-South and the Assisi Foundation of Memphis we co-sponsors of the learning session.

Payne has dedicated her life to help build high-achieving schools and more prosperous communities.

Teachers from the DeSoto County schools were in attendance at the Ruby Payne seminar at the Teacher Training Academy.

Teachers from the DeSoto County schools were in attendance at the Ruby Payne seminar at the Teacher Training Academy.

Payne’s work is based on the premise that people in poverty face challenges, from both obvious and hidden sources, that are virtually unknown to most people (including educators) who do not have first-hand experience with living in poverty.

The Training Academy room was filled with representatives from local nonprofit groups, schools, faith-based organizations, juvenile court, the public defenders office, banks, libraries, and the military.

United Way of the Mid-South has partnered with the Assisi Foundation’s Framework for Understanding Poverty workshops since the seminars started in 2008.

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