Where and when is Bridging to Resilience 2020?
Bridging to Resilience will be April 20-22, 2020 at the Sheraton Overland Park in Overland Park, Kansas.

Who should attend Bridging to Resilience?
Bridging to Resilience is for classroom teachers, administrators, students and parents, non-profit organizations, and caregivers – really anyone interested in improving education and preparing kids for their future. The goal is simple. Heal trauma and combat poverty. If you’re interested in finding and sharing ways to do that, then you’re in the right place.

Are there registration deadlines?
No. But the registration fee of $375 goes up to $425 after February 1, 2020. So you don’t want to put this off.

What if I register but later can’t make the conference? Can I get a refund?
We understand that plans change so there will be no penalty for cancellations received on or before the date 30 days prior to the first day of the conference. We’ll refund the full amount paid minus a $25 processing fee.

But we’re ordering food, making reservations . . . you get the idea. So we will have to charge a cancellation penalty of 50% of registration costs for any cancellations received between 29 to 10 days before the pre-conference. And we can’t issue any refunds for cancellations received less than 10 days before the first day of the conference. All cancellations must be sent in writing via fax, e-mail, or regular mail.

Can I pay with a purchase order or credit card?
Visit the 2020 Registration page for details but short answer, yes. We’re using PayPal to collect individual registration fees so you’re always able to use a credit card. We also accept arrangements with school districts to pay via a check. If your school or organization wants to set up payment via a purchase order, contact our business office at 620-663-9566 or contact@essdack.org.

Is there a group discount?

Are you planning on bringing more than just a few people from your district or organization? We’ve got you covered. After 20 regularly priced registrations, any further registrations from the same group are just $300.

To arrange for multiple registration discounts, contact  Kathi or Jaime and they’ll get you squared away. They’re also ready to answer any general registration questions if you call 620.663.9566.

Are there things to do after the day’s sessions are over?
Yes. The conference is in a section of Overland Park with numerous restaurants within 10-15 minutes driving distance. There are also several shopping malls and movie theaters nearby.

I’m driving. Where do I park?
There are several free parking options right next door to the hotel and conference center. There is also $15 per day valet parking if you’re looking for that.

Is lunch included in my registration fee?
We’re negotiating with the conference site to provide lunch for participants. But we want to keep registration fees down so we’re not sure if we’ll be able to work out an arrangement with them that allows us a way to keep your cost as low as possible. If we can work something out, bonus! Check back as we get closer to April.

What about graduate credit?
You can earn credit from Mid-America Nazarene University. Contact Jaime at 620-663-9566 or email her.

If I am presenting at the conference, do I need to register for the conference?
Yes. Please remember that everyone who will be attending the conference needs to register. But presenters will be able to register using the registration code you received in your confirmation email.

What is the best way to get updates at the conference?
Follow the conference on Twitter and Facebook with the hashtag#Bridging2Resilience and #B2R20.

What about photos and videos we take at the conference?
Please note that photographs and videos will be taken throughout the conference. These may be used by ESSDACK in publications or other media material produced, used or contracted by ESSDACK including but not limited to brochures, invitations, books, newspapers, magazines, television, presentations, promotional materials, websites, etc. Please contact ESSDACK if you have any concerns or if you wish to be exempted from this activity.