PRESS RELEASE - September 10, 2003
New Mexico State Department
of Education

300 Don Gaspar
Santa Fe, NM 87501-2786

Ruth Williams
Public Outreach Director
(505) 476-0393

Dr. Ruby K. Payne to Present Free Seminar on Working with Students From Poverty

(Santa Fe, NM)-- Ruby K. Payne, Ph.D., author of A Framework for Understanding Poverty, will present a free seminar on working with students from poverty on Wednesday, September 17, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Albuquerque Convention Center, East Complex Ballroom, located at 401 2nd Street NW in Albuquerque. The seminar, sponsored by the New Mexico State Department of Education (SDE), is designed for elementary and secondary-level educators.

Dr. Payne has been involved with education since 1972 as a teacher, principal, consultant and administrator. Her first book, A Framework for Understanding Poverty, is a tool for educators to use when dealing with children from poverty. She founded aha! Process, Inc. (formerly RFT Publishing Co.) in 1996 and serves as its president. The central goal of the company is educating people about the differences that separate economic classes and then teaching them skills to bridge those gulfs.

“Most teachers today come from middle class backgrounds. Economic class differences, in an educational setting, often make both teaching and learning challenging. Through this seminar we can learn more about the social cues or hidden rules that govern how we think and interact in society -- and the significance of those rules in a classroom,” said Steven A. Sánchez, acting assistant superintendent of the SDE’s Learning Services and Indian Education Division.

“The seminar offers proven tools that educators can use immediately to improve reading literacy and the quality of instruction in their classrooms,” he said.

There is no cost to attend; however, registration is required. Space is available on a first come, first served basis. Registration for the conference may be made on-line at or by fax at 505-266-3461.

For more information, contact the SDE’s Curriculum, Instruction and Learning Technologies Unit at 505-827-6574 or visit the seminar web site at