20 community members joined Building a Thriving Compassionate Community to kick off American Education Week with a screening of the documentary Paper Tigers.

NY Times journalist David Bornstein says that “Paper Tigers is moving and profoundly important – it should be mandatory viewing for teachers, principals and anyone who works with vulnerable youths.” More than 60 communities celebrated American Education Week with a screening of the documentary Paper Tigers. The film, directed by James Redford and Executive Produced by Karen Pritzker, is an intimate look into the lives of selected students at Lincoln High School, an alternative school that specializes in educating youth with trauma histories. Set amidst the rural community of Walla Walla, WA, the film examines the inspiring promise of Trauma Informed Communities – a movement that is showing great promise in healing youth struggling with the dark legacy of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) such as abuse, neglect, and household dysfunction. The film sheds light on a growing movement that seeks to shift the paradigm from what is wrong with people to what happened to them and sees behavior in the context of people’s experiences, histories, and need to survive.

 

When: November 16 2015
Location: Monroe County Public Library

Viewing and Doing: Paper Tigers

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