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Poverty and Trauma-Informed Education

Brain research is telling us that students growing up in poverty or experiencing trauma will significantly affect a child’s behavior and academic performance, impacting their mindset for change and success. A systemic approach for change must involve a broad understanding of the myths and realities of poverty and trauma. This approach must include students, families, and community members in a long term solution.

We’re committed to finding ways to be part of the solution.

How can you help?

Moving the Needle poverty conference

How can we change the future for our toughest kids?

rebecca keynote The Moving the Needle two-day conference on October 8 & 9, 2018 focuses on and ties together five key issues:


  • Poverty
  • Trauma and Resilience Building

  • Parental and Caregiver Engagement

  • Leadership and Civic Engagement

  • Effective PBL Strategies


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.  

Get registration, lodging, and session details for the next pOVERty awareness event on October 8 & 9, 2018 at the the Moving the Needle website.

Save the date: Bridging to Resilience returns April 2019

Trauma is universal. It knows no socioeconomic boundaries, no race, and no geography. Poverty continues to overwhelm our families, our communities, and our institutions. But using the resilience-building framework allows us to heal trauma and solve poverty.

Over 400 educators, non-profits, parents, and students came together in Overland Park, Kansas on April 23 – 24, 2018 to share strategies and resources during the two day Bridging to Resilience conference. We learned with and from classroom teachers, administrators, students and parents, non-profit organizations, and caregivers from across the state and the country to address the solutions of both poverty and trauma in schools and neighborhoods.

And we’re excited to do again! We’re already making plans for April 2019. Check back next fall at the Bridging to Resilience website for registration, session, and lodging details.

Contact one of our consultants to schedule a customized learning opportunity:

Rebecca Lewis-Pankratz
Ginger Lewman

Kevin Honeycutt
Katie Perez