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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.

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Bridging to Resilience

Save the date: April 23- 24, 2019
Overland Park, Kansas

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 last spring in Overland Park, Kansas on 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 23 – 24, 2019. Check in at the Bridging to Resilience website for registration, session, and lodging details.

Equipping Resilience Coaches for Trauma-Responsive Success

July 8 – 11, 2019     
Hutchinson, Kansas

To create a truly effective culture, schools, organizations, & communities require a Resilience Coach leading on-going implementation of trauma-responsive best practices.

Join us in a four day professional learning experience designed to train members of your staff to become effective Resilience Coaches able to create an effective school culture. Participants will leave equipped with the skills needed to lead practices designed to improve academic, organizational, and community outcomes. 

Led by Tamara Konrade, Jim Sporleder, and Rebecca Lewis-Pankratz, this four day professional learning experience is designed to train members of your staff to become effective Resilience Coaches. Each bring a unique perspective that will create the mind and heart shifts necessary to lead and empower students, families, and staff.

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Get more details highlighting workshop outcomes, speakers, and costs here.


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

Rebecca Lewis-Pankratz
Ginger Lewman

Kevin Honeycutt
Katie Perez