“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.
The Central Missouri Foster Care & Adoption Association is proud to be hosing a film screening of the groundbreaking documentary Paper Tigers right here in Columbia, Missouri (with more showings to come in surrounding areas)!
The screening will be at B&B Cinema 8 in Fulton, time TBD. The film is 102 minutes. All proceeds will benefit foster and adoptive youth in 13 counties throughout the area.
To learn more about CMFCAA, please visit mofosteradopt.com