On Saturday, Education Lab, the Road Map Project and Seattle Jobs Initiative hosted a film screening of "Paper Tigers" and a post-film discussion.
On Saturday, more than 200 parents, educators, school administrators and students gathered at Foster High School in Tukwila to watch the documentary Paper Tigers, which profiles Lincoln High School, an alternative school in Walla Walla, Wash., which studied how trauma affects the brain, and applied those lessons to how it dealt with student misbehavior. In particular, staff learned about the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study, which looks at how traumatic events impact a young person’s social development and behavior.
Read more about Paper Tigers and take a quiz to assess your own ACE score.
Immediately following the film, attendees broke out into small groups to discuss their thoughts about the film, how it applied to their lives, and what, if anything, they were inspired to do now. Some said the film underscored how much support students need — and teachers, too. One student said the film helped her realize she’s not the only one with the problems she’s facing — and there is more help available than she realized. A teacher from Highline asked how the school system can provide teachers with the time and resources to give students the “support they need and deserve.” That comment drew applause from the room. And state Rep. Tina Orwall, D-Des Moines, said: “I wish all my colleagues in Olympia could see this film.”
We also asked attendees to share their thoughts on a postcard, which we will mail to them later. Below is a sampling of their responses that we were given permission to share.
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To host a screening of the film, you can contact the Paper Tigers team here.