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Resilience Now Virtual Conference

Resilience Now
Summer Conference
July 16–17, 2020


resilience now july 2020 promoJoin the ESSDACK Resilience Team and hundreds of others virtually on July 16-17, 2020 to share strategies and resources for building collaborative and resilient communities to heal trauma and solve poverty. 

Your registration provides access to the equivalent of a full day of learning (split into two half days) with keynote presentations, breakout sessions, and guided conversations. 

How do I attend:

All keynote presentations and breakout sessions will be delivered via Zoom virtual conferencing software. Prior to July 16, all registered participants will receive emails detailing how to join the conference and attend sessions.

(Check your inbox on July 14 and 15 for these emails. They will be addressed from Rebecca Lewis Pankratz and ESSDACK. If you don’t see them in your primary inbox, search in your Gmail Promotions tab or spam folder.)

Who should attend:

Classroom teachers, school administrators, parents, non-profit organizations, and caregivers will all benefit from this valuable event. We'll learn with and from each other!

When is the conference:

We'll meet together on the afternoon of Thursday, July 16 and the morning of Friday, July 17, with sessions scheduled to encourage just-in-time learning. Come for the sessions you need, when you need them. (Please note that all sessions are scheduled in Central Standard Time.)


Single participant

individual registration


Unlimited district or organization wide conference registrations are also available:

We're encouraging large groups to attend Resilience Now by offering registration rates based on total number of employees. If multiple staff members from your district or organization wish to attend the Resilience Now conference, purchasing a comprehensive license allows for an unlimited number of your staff to attend for a single price.

Unlimited registrations based on the total number of employees in your district or organization:

  • 10 – 50 staff members
  • 51 – 100 staff members
  • 101 – 200 staff members
  • 201 – 400 staff members
  • More than 400 staff members
    Contact Ginger Lewman

If you or your administration is interested in purchasing a district or organization wide conference registration for staff members, please contact Kathi directly to set up your exclusive access:


or email:

contact kathi



Featured Speakers

Jim Sporleder is returning to Resilience Now with a deep background in building trauma informed schools and speaking. Jim retired in 2014 as principal of Lincoln High School in Walla Walla, WA. Under Jim’s leadership, Lincoln High School became a “Trauma Informed” school, gaining national attention due to a dramatic drop in out of school suspensions, increased graduation rates, and the number of students going on to post-secondary education. These dramatic changes at Lincoln caught the attention of Jamie Redford, who spent a year filming the documentary, Paper Tigers, which tells the story of Lincoln High School and the changes that Jim helped to facilitate. 

jim sporleder

Carmen Zeisler is a Learning Consultant and Coach focusing on redesigning education in the ESSDACK Learning Centers through a Project-Based Learning approach as well as collaborating with teachers on Trauma-Informed practices. She loves working with teachers on building a reading culture at their school along with helping teachers see how they can integrate picture books through science and social studies.

Carmen Zeisler

Can I get college credit? How about a certificate of attendance?

Absolutely! Following the conference, we’ll email you information for earning up to two graduate credits through Mid-America Nazarene University (at $90 per credit) and downloading a certificate of attendance.