Our keynotes and breakout sessions have something for everyone

Conference highlights:

  • Our featured speakers, Adam Foss, Tamara Konrade, 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 Parenting with ACEs panel. We believe the experts on poverty and trauma are the people who have dealt with it on a personal level:

  • The Parenting with ACEs panel will highlight the often intergenerational impact of ACEs. This is not a class or race issue, it is a human issue. Come and listen to brave parents from multiple backgrounds share about their unique perspective of parenting when they themselves have ACEs. 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!


Looking for specific session titles, presenters, and descriptions?

Scroll down for the detailed schedule or go directly to the online version. (We’re using the Sched tool to make it easy for you to find what you need. So be sure to download and install the iPhone or Android mobile app for maximum ease of use. Once installed, search for “Bridging to Resilience.”)


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

Monday April 20

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

Tuesday April 21

Registration & Breakfast
7:00 – 8:00 am
Welcome & Hope Spotlight
8:00 am
Opening Keynote: Adam Foss
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: Tamara Konrade
2:30 – 3:30 pm

Tuesday Evening April 21

Co-Care and Connections
7:00 – 9:00 pm

  • Digital Jam with Kevin Honeycutt
  • Deep Dive into Emotional Freedom Technique
  • Creative Resilience: Connection through Creativity

Wednesday April 22

Registration & Breakfast
7:00 – 8:00 am
Welcome & Hope Spotlights
Morning Keynote: Jim Sporleder
8:15 am
Morning Breakout Sessions
Session Four
9:30 – 10:20 am
Session Five
10:30 – 11:20 am
Parenting with ACEs Panel
11:30 am – 12:00 pm
Lunch & Hope Spotlight
12:00 – 1:00 pm
Afternoon Breakout Sessions
Session Six
1:10 – 2:00 pm
Session Seven
2:15 – 3:00 pm
3:15 pm

Find specific sessions, presenters, and descriptions below:
View the Bridging to Resilience 2020 schedule & directory.