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6436-Malone University professors contribute to best practices book

6436-Malone University professors contribute to best practices book addressing poverty

clark-thomasMalone University Professor of Education, Beth Clark-Thomas, Ph.D. (pictured left), and Director of the Center for Professional Development, Nancy Varian, Ph.D. (pictured below), both of the University's School of Education and Human Development, have authored an article that appears in the new book, From Vision to Action: Best Practices to Reduce the Impact of Poverty in Communities, Education, Healthcare, and More. The two unveiled their findings at a national conference "Addressing the Challenges of Poverty" earlier this year. Varian spoke on "Partnerships that Matter: Higher Education and Local School Districts."

VarianAbout the book:

Houston, Texas: Hospitals, drug courts, revitalized downtown districts, schools, and colleges are all beating poverty in New York, Idaho, Indiana, and all across our country. How? All these groups have something in common. They are using the Bridges Out of Poverty framework to gain a deeper understanding of what poverty truly is and how to get rid of it with innovations shared in the book, From Vision to Action: Best Practices to Reduce the Impact of Poverty in Communities, Education, Healthcare, and More (aha! Process: October 1, 2012). Each of the 11 chapters features progressive organizations utilizing the Bridges program to create positive outcomes for communities and individuals affected by poverty and in the process illustrates what every organization can learn to help end poverty.

From Vision to Action will be released at the Addressing the Challenges of Poverty conference in Indianapolis, Indiana. aha! Process is a training and publishing company that offers resources, workshops, and consulting to help educators, individuals, communities, and organizations build sustainable communities. For more than 15 years, the company has striven to educate about the impact of class and poverty on individuals' lives and on society and how to create sustainable solutions.

There are more than 80 communities working to build high-achieving environments using the Bridges Out of Poverty framework and this number continues to grow each week. Each of the book's peer-reviewed chapters illustrate how using the Bridges Out of Poverty framework has successfully helped pave the way to ending poverty in these areas:

  • Paying the Homeless to Stand Outside Your Business (Schenectady, NY) with Mike Saccacio, ED of City Mission
  • From Understanding to Action (South Bend, IN) by Bonnie Bazata, ED of St. Joseph's County Bridges Out of Poverty Initiative
  • Naturally Good Teaching for Diverse Populations at the Early-Childhood Level (Northeastern region of Ohio) by Nancy Varian, Ph.D. of the Center for Professional Development at Malone University; and Beth Clark-Thomas, Ph.D. of the School of Education and Human Development
  • Simple Strategies for Reaching Under-Resourced College Students in the Classroom (Lawrenceburg, IN) by R.H. Nicholson, Associate Professor, Ivy Tech Community College
  • Achieving Our Vision: How Hancock County Chose a Direction for Its Bridges Work (Northwestern region of OH) by Carol Taylor, Bridges Coordinator of Findlay Hope House
  • The Schenectady Bridges Project: Using the Bridges Model to Build a Community-wide Health Coalition (Schenectady, NY) by Kellie Valenti, VP of Strategic Planning of Ellis Medicine
  • Framework 21: Educating the Whole Child (Jackson, TN) by Teresa A. Johnson, Ed.D., a professional educator in special education (6–8)
  • Getting Ahead From the Ground Up: Using the Getting Ahead Process as a Foundation for
  • Building a Bridges Community (Dubuque, IA ) by Jim Ott of Mississippi Bend Area Education Agency; Carroll Clark of Dubuque Housing and Community Development Department; and Ermina Soler, facilitators and GA champions of the city of Dubuque.
  • Developing and Evaluating Getting Ahead (Northeast region of Colorado) by Jacalyn Reynolds, ED of Rural Solutions
  • Making Their Time Count: Implementing Bridges, Getting Ahead, and The R Rules in a Prison Setting (Baton Rouge, LA) by Elain Ellerbe, CEO of Refined By Fire Ministries
  • The Power of Transformation (Northern regions of ID & Southeastern region of WA) by Lisa Stoddard, ED of Community Action Partnership

Bridges Out of Poverty, an arm of aha! Process, is a model and book for economic and social change, sustainability, and stability. Through workshops, self-study, and strategic consulting, Bridges constructs and framework inspire innovative solutions in those looking to counter poverty and its impact at all levels in a community. This approach helps employers, higher education, community organizations, social service agencies, hospitals, courts, and others address poverty in comprehensive and innovative ways. For more information about aha! Process, please visit www.ahaprocess.com. To learn about Bridges Out of Poverty, please visit www.bridgesoutofpoverty.com

Philip E. DeVol has been training and consulting on poverty issues since 1997 and on Bridges Out of Poverty since the very beginning of this initiative when he co-authored Bridges Out of Poverty: Strategies for Professionals and Communities with Ruby K. Payne, Ph.D., and Terie Dreussi Smith in 1999. In 2004, he wrote Getting Ahead in a Just-Gettin'-By World: Building Your Resources for a Better Life to help people in poverty investigate the impact of poverty on their communities and themselves. He just wrote the revised edition of Getting Ahead which was released in September 2012.

FROM VISION TO ACTION: Best Practices to Reduce the Impact of Poverty in Communities, Education, Healthcare, and More

Published by aha! Process

Publication date: October 1, 2012

Price: $14.95

Pages: 148

ISBN # 978-1-934583-98-2


Malone University, a Christian university for the arts, sciences, and professions in the liberal arts tradition, affiliated with the Evangelical Friends Church, awards both undergraduate and graduate degrees in more than 100 academic programs. Malone has been recognized by the prestigious Templeton Foundation as a leader in character development, as one of Northeast Ohio’s Top Workplaces by the Cleveland Plain Dealer, and is ranked among the top colleges and universities in the Midwest under the category Regional Universities according to U.S. News & World Report's America's Best Colleges 2015 


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