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Poverty Awareness

Bridging to Resilience poverty and trauma informed spring conference

resilience conference photoTrauma 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.

Join us and hundreds of others in Overland Park, Kansas on April 25 – 26, 2018 to share strategies and resources during the two day Bridging to Resilience conference as we work together to confront these issues. You’ll learn with and from classroom teachers, administrators, students and parents, non-profit organizations, and caregivers from across the state and the country as we address the solutions of both poverty and trauma in schools and neighborhoods.

We’re excited about our three keynote speakers: Jim Sporleder of Paper Tigers fame, ESSDACK’s director of Learning Centers Rebecca Lews-Pankratz, and international speaker Kevin Honeycutt

Get more information including registration and lodging details at the official Bridging to Resilience website.

Moving the Needle poverty conference

How can we change the future for our toughest kids?

rebecca keynote The Moving the Needle two-day conference focuses on and ties together five key issues:

  • Poverty
  • Trauma and Resilience Building

  • Parental and Caregiver Engagement

  • Leadership and Civic Engagement

  • Effective PBL Strategies

It’s about pOVERty

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.  

Check back here or the the Moving the Needle website for details on our next pOVERty awareness event on October 8 & 9, 2018.

Poverty and Trauma-Informed Education

ESSDACK believes that growing up in poverty can 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 must also include students, families, and community members in a long term solution.

Browse a list of upcoming learning opportunities

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

Rebecca Lewis-Pankratz
Ginger Lewman

Kevin Honeycutt