Keynotes and Speakers

Jim Sporleder

We’re excited that Jim is presenting the closing keynote for Bridging to Resilience. He comes to Kansas City 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. The documentary was released at the May 2015 Seattle International Film Festival and received positive reviews.

Get more information about Paper Tigers as well as Jim’s book titled The Trauma Informed School. Jim is currently working as a trauma-informed coach / consultant as well as a trainer with the Children’s Resilience Initiative, based in Walla Walla. His travels as a consultant, keynote speaker, presenter and trainer have taken him all over the United States.

Ginger Lewman

Ginger is a national consultant & keynote speaker with ESSDACK, a non-profit education service center based in Hutchinson, Kansas. Her high-energy keynotes inspire educators to think differently about kids and learning. Her workshops help all levels of educators figure out the tough daily work of Project/Problem Based Learning through a trauma-informed lens, makerspaces in school, emerging technology, and working with gifted & high-ability learners.

As a 24-year veteran educator, Project Based Learning has been Ginger’s passion for the past 13 years. She started down this path, partnering with students & families to create and grow a PBL-based school and the LifePractice model that was used. Leveraging authentic and engaged learning in all aspects of schooling, and by crossing both the academic and the social continuum to do so, they created a supremely democratic educational environment. Learners of all ages and all backgrounds became empowered with a thoughtful voice and truly loved coming to school each day.

Ginger is deeply passionate about helping educators rethink and revision what teaching and learning can be in today’s (and tomorrow’s) world.

Kevin Honeycutt

We’re honored that Kevin is keynoting the opening presentation for the Bridges to Resilience conference. Kevin grew up in poverty and attended school in many cities across the United States. As he experienced the educational system around the country, he collected powerful experiences that still influence his conversations and work with educators. He spent 13 years teaching K-12 art in public school and for 17 summers led creative adventure camps for kids of all ages. In 1991, he received the Making IT Happen Award, an internationally recognized awards program for educators and leaders in the field of educational technology integration in K–12 schools. The program identifies and rewards educational technology leaders around the world for their commitment and innovation.

Kevin is the author of Midnight Run: My Narrow Escape to a Better Future and presents keynotes around the country on educational social / emotional topics.

Learn more about Kevin in this short video conversation with Ginger Lewman.