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AJAY MT builds capacity in schools and communities by providing workshops focusing on supporting under-resourced students



Reviews of the Workshops:

"Loved the presentation- lots of good info to share with fellow teachers as this applies to the majority of our students. Good reminders and examples."

"The most valuable thing I am taking away from this workshop is my ability to look at life with a different perspective than I went into it with."


"This session was amazing. it was all about how socio-economic backgrounds influence behavior and cultural understanding, and it was so enlightening. There was so much practical information about how people from difference economic classes behave and interact, and how we can influence and encourage our students in order to give them the best chance at success."

A Framework for Understanding Poverty


We are certified by aha! Process to facilitate A Framework for Understanding Poverty and Research-Based Strategies. We have delivered workshops to educators and student success staff at the middle school, high school and college levels in addition to organizations such as Montana Federation of Public Employees, Reach Higher Montana, Montana State University Billings, GEAR UP Wyoming and GEAR UP Montana.


A Framework for Understanding Poverty, both a workshop and book by Dr. Ruby Payne of aha! Resources, Inc., focuses on helping students of all economic backgrounds achieve academic, professional, and personal success. The workshop discusses the mindsets and stabilizing factors of the different economic classes, and establishes mechanisms for overcoming the hurdles of poverty. In this workshop, poverty is defined as the lack of resources (or being under-resourced).  According to Payne, there are eleven essential resources for success in school and in life.

After discussing economic class differences and resources, the workshop offers concrete strategies for student success professionals to implement. While A Framework for Understanding Poverty focuses on creating sustainable success for all students, the impacts are greatest for the under-resourced students.

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