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Paper Tigers Film Screening


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“Stressed brains can’t learn.”
That was the nugget of neuroscience that Jim Sporleder, principal of a high school riddled with violence, drugs and truancy, 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. Paper Tigers is the story of how one school made such dramatic progress.
Following six students over the course of a school year, we see Lincoln’s staff try a new approach to discipline: one based on understanding and treatment rather than judgment and suspension. Using a combination of vérité and revealing 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 a documentary that is essential to learning about trauma in children. This film screening is not only good for a night out, but also an amazing educational opportunity for parents, teachers, social workers, doctors/nurses and anyone else who interacts with and cares about our children.

A very great thank-you to StorageMart for sponsoring the film, and to B&B Theatres Fulton Cinema 8 for sponsoring and hosting us!

Exact time TBA but will be in the evening
Ticket cost & purchasing link TBA
Runtime 102 minutes
All ages
Notice: Film is not rated and includes adult language and content

This event is a fundraiser for the Central Missouri Foster Care and Adoption Association. All proceeds go towards creating stability and permanence for abused and neglected children by empowering and advocating for foster and adoptive families in mid-Missouri.