Please join us tomorrow night (Wednesday, March 30) from 6-8:30 pm in Illinois State University’s Braden Auditorium at Bone Student Center for a free public screening of the documentary film Paper Tigers.

Paper Tigers is an intimate look into the lives of selected students attending an alternative school specializing in educating traumatized youth. The film examines the inspiring promise of Trauma Informed Communities – a movement showing great promise in healing youth struggling with the dark legacy of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs).

Lincoln High School in Walla Walla, Wash. was the last stop for students who struggled to fit in and succeed in traditional school settings. When principal Jim Sporleder took over, he changed the focus of the school to become trauma-informed – to identify students who were fighting battles outside the walls of the school building and to help them find the resources they need to succeed, to become resilient. It worked. Test scores skyrocketed. Graduation rates increased tremendously. The expulsion rate plummeted. Jamie Redford made a documentary film about the school’s success.


This event is being co-hosted by:

IEA Regions 14 and 62 locals, including Bloomington Education Association  •  Bloomington Education Support Personnel •  Unit Five Education Association  •  Unit Five Support Professionals Association  •  the ISU Non-Tenure Track Faculty Association  •  ISU’s chapter of the Student Education Association (SEA), the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), and the ISU College of Education.

Community Partners include:

Great Plains Life Foundation – Stay 4 Project • Not In Our Town/Not In Our Schools • Chestnut Health Systems • Boys & Girls Club • Project Oz • Institute for Human Resources • McLean County Court Services • 100 Black Men • Heartland Head Start • ABC Counseling • The Center for Youth and Family Solutions • The Diversity Project • Normal Police Department • Promise Council Big Table for Unit 5/District 87 • Big Brothers Big Sisters


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