Ruthie L. Payno-Simmons, Ph.D.

Technical Assistance Specialist
Indiana University-Purdue University
Ruthie Payno-Simmons

Dr. Payno-Simmons (Formally Ruthie Riddle), of RPS Educational Impact, LLC serves as an Equity and Professional Learning Specialist for the Michigan Multi-tiered Systems of Support Technical Assistance Center (MiMTSS TA Center) and State Cadre Specialist for the Midwest and Plains Equity Assistance Center (MAP Center) at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis. Dr. Payno-Simmons partners with national experts to provide technical assistance to state and local educational agencies as they work to develop policies and strategic plans that address significant academic and discipline inequities involving historically and systemically marginalized students. Dr. Payno-Simmons supports educators and policymakers in addressing issues associated with race, culture, power, and privilege as they center educational equity in their systems. Dr. Payno-Simmons’ experiences as a parent, researcher, teacher, teacher educator, principal, and district administrator contribute to her broad depth of knowledge and expertise in multiple areas. These areas include equity-oriented policies, culturally sustaining practices, multi-tiered systems of supports (MTSS), positive behavior supports (PBIS), and implementing sustainable educational systems. In one of her former roles as building principal, Dr. Payno-Simmons worked alongside her staff to implement sustainable systems of support focused on promoting equitable learning, which earned a state designation for closing the opportunity gap between the top 30% and bottom 30% of students performing on the state assessment. Dr. Payno-Simmons leadership experiences over the last two decades include policy analysis, strategic planning, coordination of K-12 educational programs, instruction, curriculum, staff professional development at all levels, school improvement, district accreditation, and evaluation of systems, assessment, and processes. Dr. Payno-Simmons has served as a teacher, principal, curriculum director, and teacher educator.

State Cadre TA Specialists
Technical Assistance Specialist