Ruthie L. Payno-Simmons, Ph.D.
Dr. Payno-Simmons (formally Ruth Riddle) provides consulting and technical assistance for various state and local educational entities. Her work involves collaborating with a team of experts at the state and national level in developing and delivering professional learning content and resources to address significant disproportionality involving discipline, race, and ethnicity in PBIS schools. Dr. Payno-Simmons supports educators in centering equity in their work as they recognize institutionally oppressive and supportive practices that shape school climate and the identities of students they serve. Dr. Payno-Simmons' experience as a researcher, teacher, principal, and central office administrator has provided her with a broad depth of knowledge and expertise in culturally sustaining practices, multi-tiered systems of supports (MTSS), school-wide positive behavior supports (SWPBIS), and implementing sustainable educational systems. In her role as building principal, Dr. Payno-Simmons worked with her staff to implement sustainable systems that focused on promoting equitable learning which earned the state designation of Rewards School for closing the opportunity gap between the top 30% and bottom 30% students performing on the state assessment. Dr. Payno-Simmons leadership experiences over the last decade include 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.