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2018 Poverty & Homelessness Conference (PHC)

"Dismantling Oppression & Poverty: Building Inclusive Learning Spaces"

The number of school-aged children experiencing poverty and homelessness is significantly high and continuing to rise. The third annual P.H.C. will provide culturally-responsive strategies for educators and community partners to effectively reach students living in poverty.

In addition to illuminating the complexity of poverty and homelessness, this conference will provide educators and community partners with ideas to build and sustain equitable learning environments to improve students' academic success and social-emotional wellbeing.

The following topics will be addressed at the conference:

  • Poverty Awareness
  • Systems of Inequity
  • Working with Low-Income Families
  • Nutrition & Health Implications
  • Art Integration & Resiliency
  • Responsive Curriculum and Instruction Strategies
  • Housing Instability Implications
  • Supporting English Language Learners in Poverty
  • Empathy and Inclusion
  • Supporting LGBTQ Youth in Poverty
  • School Leadership Practices

Together, we can build more inclusive schools and communities. Together, we can make a positive impact in the lives of children and youth.

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Dana Godek Dana Godek

Director, Federal and State Programs, School District of Palm Beach County

Dr. Dana Godek serves as the Director of Federal and State Programs for the School District of Palm Beach County, where she is responsible for the administration of Title I Part A, Title I Part C, Title II, and resource development functions that support the 11th largest district in the Country. She brings over 20 years of experience, having served the College Board as the Director of Strategy and Outreach where she consulted with State Education Agencies on policy and governance and Local Education Agencies on federal programs and resource development efforts.She served Palm Beach State College for six years leading their federal legislative efforts and their competitive fund development efforts.

She has experience in four different school systems as a classroom teacher, administrator, public information officer and government relations strategist. Dana is a Certified Fund Raising Executive and has worked in the not-for-profit industry as a chief development officer and national consultant. She lives in Wellington, Florida with her husband Bernard, a retired Army Colonel and the President and CEO of Habitat for Humanity of Palm Beach County and their eight-year-old son, Jonathan.

Thank You!

Thank you to everyone who helped make the 2014 PHC "Together: Beacons of Hope and Inspiration" and the 2015 PHC "Collective Action: Together We Rise" a success!

The 2018 PHC Registration is now closed as it is at maximum capacity. Thanks for your support!

The conference will take place

March 9, 2018 from
7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at

Stetson University's
DeLand Campus
421 N. Woodland Blvd.
DeLand, FL

Note: Limited slots are available. Registration is on a first-come basis.

More Information

For more information, contact P.H.C. Founder and Director Rajni Shankar-Brown, Ph.D.: