Poverty Awareness

Moving the Needle poverty conference


How can we change the future for our toughest kids?

How do we provide educators with the right equipment to help “those kids” win? If you and your staff are asking these types of questions, then this is an event you will not want to miss! 

The Moving the Needle two-day conference will focus on and tie together five key issues:


  • Poverty
  • Trauma and Resilience Building

  • Parental and Caregiver Engagement

  • Leadership and Civic Engagement

  • Effective PBL Strategies


It’s about pOVERty
No. It’s not a typo

How we talk about the challenges many of our students and families face every day makes a difference. We can move the needle on pOVERty. Students and families can truly declare pOVERty to be OVER in their story. But . . . our communities, schools, public and mental health organizations must come to the table with people who are experiencing poverty. Together we can change the conversation from pOVERty alleviation to pOVERty resolution. Our time together at the Moving the Needle conference is designed to make this a winnable game and truly move the needle of pOVERty.  

Join us as we work together to change their future!


This year’s conference will be September 18 & 19 at the Wichita Universoty metro campus and will feature Jim Sporleder, former principal of Lincoln High School in Walla Walla, Washington.

Get registration and other information at the Moving the Needle website.