Ruby Payne-Poverty Training

Paris ISD Professional Development

pov·er·ty pävərdē/ noun the state of being extremely poor.

All Paris ISD employees who are required to accumulate 6 hours of staff development in order to receive a comp day on May 30th, must receive two of those hours obtaining Ruby Payne Poverty training. The first hour of the training will be face-to-face, the second hour will be online training. All employees must register through My Learning Plan for both hours of training.

"My Mama Said......."

In the following YouTube video, Rita Pierson explains two hidden rules for kids in poverty. If you watch the video, you will definitely see our kids.
Rita Pierson: My Mamma Said

Ruby Payne Face-to-Face Poverty Training

Below are the dates and locations that the Ruby Payne face-to-face training will be offered. All employees must attend one of the following trainings. It does not have to be on your home campus. All training will start at 4:00 to accommodate ALL employees.



  • Aikin - January 12
  • Justiss - January 13
  • Givens - January 14
  • PJH - January 20
  • Crockett - January 21
  • PHS - January 26

Understanding Poverty

All Paris ISD employees will receive a copy of the workbook, A Framework for Understanding Poverty, to use during the training.
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Poverty Statistics

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, in 2014, the official poverty rate was 14.8 percent. There were 46.7 million people in poverty, and 21.1 percent were under the age of 18.


The following is just a quick comparison of Socioeconomic classifications of Paris ISD students to other schools in Lamar County.



  • *Paris - 78.4%
  • *North Lamar - 46.5%
  • *Prairiland - 54%
  • *Chisum - 49.8%


*2014- 2015 Texas Academic Performance Report