Join Us

and hundreds of others on April 22-24, 2019 to share strategies and resources as we work to build a collaborative and resilient community to heal trauma and solve poverty. You’ll learn with and from classroom teachers, administrators, students and parents, non-profit organizations, and caregivers from across the state and the country.

Our keynotes and breakout sessions
have something for everyone!


  • Our featured speakers, Kevin Honeycutt, Ginger Lewman, and Jim Sporleder, will be sharing keynotes and leading sessions.
  • TCommunity poverty projects sharing their ideas and resources. School districts will highlight success stories creating trauma responsive schools.
  • ESSDACK consultants Tamara Konrade, Robi Alstrom, Carmen Zeisler, Rebecca Lewis-Pankratz, and Katie Perez will share how Inspired Leadership Energy Levels, literacy tools, and Project-Based Learning can positively impact student learning.
  • Classroom teachers will highlight how they’re building powerful relationships in diverse classrooms.

And make plans to attend the powerful Student Hope Spotlights and Parent Panel. We believe the experts on poverty and trauma are the people who have dealt with it on a personal level:

  • The Parent Panel highlights mothers who are working their way out of poverty and have histories of high trauma. They’re excited to bring us their insight.
  • Research tells us that kids from difficult backgrounds have a deep need to contribute. And we have kids with stories to tell who are ready to be a part of the solution! Our Student Hope Spotlight speakers bring powerful narratives to the conversation.
  • This is a sacred space that is rarely encountered, especially at conferences. Together with our keynotes and breakouts, the Hope Spotlights and Parent Panel will shift your hearts, minds, and practice. These student and parent stories are a must not miss!


April 23-24, 2019


Sheraton Overland Park
6100 College Blvd
Overland Park, KS 66211

To reserve rooms, use the direct link below:
Go here for hotel reservations

Or call 913-234-2100 before March 25
to get the discounted conference room rate:
Single / Double – $149
Triple – $159
Quad – $169


Conference registration is $425 after February 1.
Head over to the registration page to start the process.

Conference Strands:

  • Trauma Responsive Schools and Communities
  • Poverty Resolution
  • Family & Community Involvement in Creating Resilience
  • Restorative Justice
  • Project Based Learning & Civic Engagement
  • Helping Professions (Public and mental health, juvenile justice, pastors & faith leaders, school to prison pipeline, community services)

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Need college credit? Contact Pam via email or call 620-663-9566 for details.