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Poverty to be discussed at Aug. 16 back-to-school workshop at NSU

​ABERDEEN, S.D. – Teachers, counselors, social and medical workers, and others who work with people in poverty will benefit from an upcoming workshop at Northern State University.


NSU’s back-to-school workshop, “A Framework for Understanding Poverty,” is 9 a.m.-noon Aug. 16 at the Johnson Fine Arts Center Theater. The event, which is free and open to all, will be conducted by national speaker, author and educator Ruby Payne.


Payne, who has a Ph.D. in educational leadership and policy studies, is the founder of aha! Process Inc. The company’s mission is to improve the lives and education of individuals throughout the world. That is Payne’s mission as well, and she has trained hundreds of thousands of professionals since 1996.


While Payne’s work is primarily for teachers, anyone who works with children or adolescents would benefit from her workshop, said NSU Dean of Education Connie Geier.


Participants may attend the workshop as part of an online course for one credit hour. The course will investigate Payne’s strategies of solutions, shared responsibilities, new insights and interdependence to positively impact the education and lives of individuals in poverty. The course will include research on the causes of poverty and insights into economic diversity. It will also address economic stability and the development of resources for individuals, families and communities.


To register for the online course, visit To arrange for large-group attendance, call 605-626-2568 in advance.


 For more information about Payne, visit