Our keynotes and breakout sessions have something for everyone!

Conference highlights:

  • Our featured speakers, Kevin Honeycutt, Ginger Lewman, and Jim Sporleder, will be sharing keynotes and breakouts.
  • There will be community 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!


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Keynotes and breakout sessions will be held on the Lobby and Lower Levels of the Sheraton Overland Park Conference Center.

Monday April 22

5:00 – 8:00 pm
Viewing of award winning movie Paper Tigers with Q & A with Jim Sporleder
6:00 – 8:30 pm

Tuesday April 23

Registration & Breakfast
7:00 – 8:00 am
Welcome & Hope Spotlight: Jane Stevens
8:00 am
Opening Keynote: Kevin Honeycutt
8:30 am
Morning Breakout Sessions
Session One
9:45 – 10:45 am
Session Two
11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Lunch & Hope Spotlight
12:00 – 1:00 pm
Afternoon Breakout Sessions
Session Three
1:15 – 2:15 pm
Afternoon Keynote: Jim Sporleder
2:30 – 3:15 pm
Bonus Session: Creative Tension Model led by McPherson High School students
3:30 – 4:30 pm

Tuesday Evening April 23

Self Care and Connections
7:00 – 9:00 pm

  • Digital Jam with Kevin Honeycutt
  • Deep Dive into Emotional Freedom Technique
  • A Journey with the Body: Trauma Informed Yoga

Wednesday April 24

Registration & Breakfast
7:00 – 8:00 am
Welcome & Hope Spotlights
Opening Keynote: Ginger Lewman
8:30 am
Morning Breakout Session
Session Four
9:30 – 10:30 am
Parenting with ACEs Panel
10:45 – 11:30 am
Lunch & Hope Spotlight: Sherrie
11:45 – 12:45 pm
Afternoon Breakout Sessions
Session Five
1:00 – 2:00 pm
Session Six
2:15 – 3:15 pm
Closing Keynote: Jim Sporleder
3:30 pm

Find specific sessions, presenters, and descriptions below:
View the Bridging to Resilience 2019 schedule & directory.