Moving the Needle: resolving poverty & trauma

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:
  • Trauma and Resilience Building
  • Parental and Caregiver Engagement
  • Leadership and Civic Engagement
  • Effective PBL Strategies

October 8 & 9, 2018 Hyatt Regency – Wichita, KS

No. It’s not a typo. It’s about doing things differently.

It’s about pOVERty

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 stories. But . . . our communities, schools, and our public and mental health organizations must come to the table with people who are experiencing poverty. 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.


Keynote Speakers

We’re excited about the expertise, background, and stories that Bernard, James. and Lara bring to Moving the Needle! You won’t want to miss their keynotes or their breakout sessions.

Dr. Bernard Franklin

Bernard acts as Special Assistant to the President at Kansas State University and is a long time champion for the poor & marginalized. He has extensive experience and travels across the country as a consultant, certified trainer, and researcher in the trauma-responsive field.

James Moffet

James is principal of Derby Hills Elementary in Derby, Kansas, a Trauma Sensative School that lowered its discipline referrals from 500 a year to under 200. He also speaks across the country on Trauma Sensative Schools, highlighting the success he and his staff have experienced in Derby.

Lara Kain

Lara, a former at-risk educator, travels the US as a consultant and speaker on how trauma impacts learning. She worked extensively as a Senior Director with the Los Angeles Education Partnership, with the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, and at the University of Wisconsin.

Connect with hundreds of educators & other professionals!

Last fall, hundreds of educators, community organizers, parents, and non-profit staff members came together in Wichita to learn about and share strategies for responding to  trauma and poverty.

And we’re looking for sponsors who want to connect with those same people who’ll be coming back in October. Ready to be part of the Moving the Needle team? Get more information and sign up to be a conference sponsor by clicking the button below.

Get more info & register as a sponsor