Movie Screening: Paper Tigers

Friday, February 22, 2019

6:30-9:00 pm

Regency VI

Paper Tigers follows a year in the life of an alternative high school that has radically changed its approach to disciplining its students, becoming a promising model for how to break the cycles of poverty, violence and disease that affect families.

Join us for a screening of this compelling film and then stick around for a guided discussion facilitated by Dr. Colleen Lelli, focusing on how we can take action in our own communities.

“That’s where the bad kids went.”

Paper Tigers follows six troubled teens over the course of a year at Lincoln Alternative High School in rural Walla Walla, Washington. Considered a last chance before dropping out, many students come to Lincoln with a history of behavioral problems, truancy, and substance abuse.

“Stressed brains can’t learn.”

That was the nugget of neuroscience that principal Jim Sporleder took away from an educational conference in 2010. Three years later, the number of fights at Lincoln Alternative High School had gone down by 75% and the graduation rate had increased five-fold.

Told with intimate vérité and diary cam footage, Paper Tigers is a testament to what the latest developmental science is showing: that just one caring adult can help break the cycle of adversity in a young person’s life.

“Paper Tigers is emotional, but not sappy. The dedication and passion of the teachers and staff at Lincoln shines, and the school’s vibrant personalities are captivating. The film illustrates the ACE concept, but shows students as humans, not statistics.” — Walker Orenstein, Seattle Times