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What would you do if you wanted to dramatically increase resilience, improve academic achievement and reduce absenteeism and disciplinary issues?

On Dec. 12th, The Seattle Times’ Education Lab, the Road Map Project and Seattle Jobs Initiative are hosting a screening of Paper Tigers, a documentary that focuses on what’s called a “trauma-informed” approach to school discipline — one that views misbehavior not as a personal attack but as a signal of the adverse effects of traumatic experiences.

The film, which we wrote about when it was shown at the Seattle International Film Festival earlier this year, follows four students at an alternative high school in Walla Walla, Washington that has successfully used that approach to reduce suspensions and expulsions.

Following the film, we will ask participants to share their own experiences with school discipline. Our hope is to spur lively, thoughtful conversation around how schools can better handle student misbehavior.

Light refreshments and snacks will be available before and after the film. We will also provide childcare for up to 24 children on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Tickets are $5 per person or $3 per person if purchased for a group of six to ten people. You can purchase tickets here.

For questions, please contact Education Lab Engagement Editor Anika Anand at or at 206.464.8522.

Here’s the trailer for the film.  (Warning:  Contains profanity.)

Paper Tigers Trailer – KPJR Films from KPJR FILMS LLC on Vimeo.