Moving the Needle: resolving poverty & trauma

Save the Date: October 8 & 9, 2018

How can we change the future for our students facing pOVERty & trauma?

How do we provide educators with the right equipment to help all kids win? If you and your staff are asking these types of questions, then this is an event you will not want to miss! 

The Moving the Needle two-day conference will focus on and tie together five key issues: – POVERTY
– Trauma and Resilience Building
– Parental and Caregiver Engagement
– Leadership and Civic Engagement
– Effective PBL Strategies

Conference info

It’s about pOVERty

No. It’s not a typo. It’s a different way of thinking. 

How we talk about the challenges many of our students and families face every day makes a difference. We can move the needle on pOVERty. Students and families can truly declare pOVERty to be OVER in their story. But . . . our communities, schools, public and mental health organizations must come to the table with people who are experiencing poverty. Together we can change the conversation from pOVERty alleviation to pOVERty resolution. This conference is designed to make this a winnable game and truly move the needle of pOVERty. 

Join us as we work together to change their future.


Rebecca Lewis-Pankratz

As a single mother of three, Rebecca escaped pOVERty only a few years ago and now works extensively with communities, schools, and families to support trauma-informed education and pOVERty resolution. As Director of the ESSDACK Learning Centers, Rebecca  drives conversations that help our most vulnerable students and community members find ways to win. Her message is simple: we can shift the narrative from at-risk to at-promise – ensuring that pOVERty is not the destination. 


Jim Sporleder

Under Jim’s leadership, Lincoln High School in Walla Walla, Washington 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 succeeding at the post-secondary level. Producer Jamie Redford spent a year filming a documentary, Paper Tigers, telling the Lincoln story.  The documentary was released at the May 2015 Seattle International Film Festival.