Paper Tigers follows a year in the life of an alternative high school that radically changed its approach to disciplining its students, becoming a promising model for how to break the cycles of bullying, drug abuse, truancy, teen pregnancy, and low graduation rates.
Stressed brains can’t learn.
That was the nugget of neuroscience that Jim Sporleder, principal of this high school riddled with violence and failure, took away from an educational conference in 2010. Three years later, suspension days at his high school dropped from 796 to 135 and the graduation rate had increased five-fold.
Paper Tigers is the story of how one school made such dramatic progress. Over the course of a school year, we see Lincoln’s staff work with a new approach to discipline: one based on understanding and empathy rather than judgment and suspension. Paper Tigers is a testament to what the latest developmental science is showing: that just one supportive adult can help break the cycle of adversity in a young person’s life. It shows how America's greatest health crisis, the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) is affecting both children and adults, and how resilience can overcome any of these experiences.
Watch the trailer on the documentary's official website here. Find a free download of the chapter on Lincoln High and the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) from our book, Healthy Relationships 101, on The Relationship Foundation website.
Saturday, February 20, 2016 from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM (EST)
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