Moving the Needle

Resolving Poverty & Trauma


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

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How do we provide educators & our communities with the tools needed to help all kids win?

It’s about pOVERty.

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

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
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Our communities, schools, and our public and mental health organizations must come to the table with people who are experiencing poverty to talk about moving from pOVERty alleviation to pOVERty resolution.

This two-day conference is designed to provide tools, strategies, and connections to truly move the needle of pOVERty.

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Moving the Needle Keynotes

Dr. Bernard Franklin

Dr. Franklin acts as Vice President for Student Life at Mount St. Mary’s 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 Sensitive School that lowered its discipline referrals from 500 a year to under 200. He also speaks across the country on Trauma Sensitive 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.