Ruby Payne

Ruby Payne has been a professional educator since 1972 as a high school teacher, principal and central office administrator. As an educational consultant she provides training in how to work effectively with individuals from all economic classes and has trained hundreds of thousands of professionals since 1996. She has certified more than 7,000 trainers in A Framework for Understanding Poverty.

Her mission is to positively impact the education and lives of individuals in poverty through out the world. Ms. Payne has a Ph.D. in educational leadership and policy studies, Loyola University, IL, M.A., English literature, Western Michigan University, B.A., Goshen College, IN.

As a speaker Ruby Payne is an expert on poverty and mindsets of economic classes. Her accessible, engaging style using humor, stories and mental models makes her message relevant to business leaders, educators, and community and social service workers. Her message helps find creative and practical solutions to challenges of working across socioeconomic lines and building sustainable communities.

She speaks extensively with engagements including Australia Conference on Thinking and Learning, European League for Middle School Education, United Kingdom Department for Children, Families, and Schools, China and U.S. Conference on Educational Leadership, PBS, Harvard’s Summer Institute for Principals, SCERT (Delhi, India), Tasmania Teacher Training, New Zealand, Slovakia, School Leadership Center of Trinidad and Tobago, National Conference of State Legislatures (U.S.), Annual Conference of Southwest Foundations, New York Superintendents Association, and Chief Officers of State School Departments (U.S.).

“A Framework for Understanding Poverty, foundational work, 1996; 5th revised edition, 2013” has sold well over a million copies. It teaches the hidden rules and mindsets of economic class as well as specific, resource-based strategies for overcoming poverty’s obstacles.

From “Understanding Poverty to Developing Human Capacity,” 2012
 “School Improvement: 9 Systemic Processes to Raise Achievement” (co-author), 2010 and “Research-Based Strategies: Narrowing the Achievement Gap for Under-Resourced Students,” 2009 providing two handy charts that provide easy access to more than 50 research-based strategies. “Under-Resourced Learners: 8 Strategies to Boost Student Achievement,” 2008 assesses student resources to determine best strategies and interventions with more proven, practical strategies that can be used immediately. “Bridges Out of Poverty: Strategies for Professionals and Communities” (co-author), 2001, 2006 has led to a model for building sustainable communities.

Ruby Payne has written or co-authored more than a dozen books surrounding issues of poverty in areas of education, social services, business, communities, churches, relationships, and leadership.