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Ruby Payne to Lead Teacher Institute August 19

August 10, 2004

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MACOMB, IL - - Ruby K. Payne, author of “A Framework for Understanding Poverty” and the founder of AHA! Process, Inc., will lead a teacher institute-workshop from 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 19 in the Macomb High School Fellheimer Auditorium.

Members of the Western Illinois University community are invited to attend the institute, according to Janice Welsch, WIU English professor and co-director of the Illinois Cultural Diversity Association, which is a co-sponsor of the workshop.

In her workshops, Payne "discusses the hidden rules that govern how each of us behaves in our social class." She suggests these rules make it difficult "for individuals trying to move to a new social class" and explores their impact on the education of children of poverty. She insists "that children of poverty need not suffer through an educational system oblivious to their needs" and focuses many of her observations and workshop strategies on assisting teachers in developing their abilities to help children of poverty succeed.

To learn more about the workshop or to register, contact Velvet Taflinger at the Macomb Community Unit School District's Administrative Service Center, telephone 309/833-4161, by noon Friday, Aug. 13. Seating is limited. A continental breakfast will be available to participants between 7:30-8:15 a.m.

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