We’re looking forward to getting together on November 14 & 15!

We’re especially excited about the wide range of sessions and presenters that will make up the schedule:

•  Dr. Jacob Ham, Katie Perez, and Chuck Price will be presenting keynotes and breakouts.
•  There will be community poverty projects sharing their ideas and resources. School districts will highlight success stories creating a trauma responsive culture.
•  ESSDACK consultants such as Tamara Konrade, Ginger Lewman, and Robi Alstrom will share how Inspired Leadership Energy Levels, Project-Based Learning, and literacy strategies can positively impact student learning.
•  Hear from classroom teachers who are building valuable relationships in diverse classrooms, finding effective strategies to support students, and integrating restorative justice into learning.
•  Listen to local business leaders highlight how they and schools are working together to be part of the solution.

Students and Families

Research tells us that kids from difficult backgrounds have a deep need to contribute. And we have kids with stories to tell. They are ready to be a part of the solution . . . to be a part of changing the world. Our Student Hope Spotlight speakers bring powerful narratives to the conversation.

We believe the experts on poverty and trauma are the people who have dealt with it on a personal level. The Parent Panel includes five brave single mothers who are working their way out of poverty and have histories of high trauma. They’re excited to bring us their insight.

This is a sacred space that is rarely encountered, especially at conferences. The Student 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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Conference Schedule at a Glance

All keynotes and breakout sessions will be held in the WSU Metro Complex. Need a Complex map?

Thursday November 14

7:30 – 9:00

Welcome & Opening Remarks
9:00 – 9:15

Opening Keynote
Katie Perez
9:15 – 10:00

Breakout Session 1
10:10 – 11:00

11:00 – 12:00

Chuck Price
12:00 – 1:00

Breakout Sessions 2 – 4
1:10 – 4:00

Friday November 15

7:30 – 8:30

Welcome and Student Spotlight
8:30 – 9:00

Dr. Jacob Ham

9:00 – 10:00

Breakout Session 5 
10:10 – 11:00

11:00 – 12:00

Parent Panel
12:00 – 1:00

Breakout Sessions 6 – 7
1:10 – 3:00

Closing Comments
Rebecca Lewis Pankratz


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