Monthly Archives: May 2015
Over one million children are being exposed to a toxicity that frequently leads to emotional and health problems–not to mention serious trouble in school, says filmmaker James Redford. “You can’t hold it, see it or smell it, but it can kill just the same.”
The toxin is the trauma stemming from Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), everything from parental divorce to domestic violence. As Education Lab described last weekend, research shows that ACEs may be driving problem behaviors in thousands of Washington schoolchildren.
When I heard this vignette, I realized the full potential of the documentary Paper Tigers to change how people think about childhood adversity and mobilize them to demand trauma-informed practices and policies—in schools, in healthcare, and beyond. It was a brief encounter on the streets of Columbus, Ohio, between a woman who works on behalf of children in foster care and former Congressman Patrick Kennedy who the afternoon before saw the film at a private,
Paper Tigers will premiere at the Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) at 7 PM Thursday, May 28, 2015, at the SIFF Cinema Uptown in Seattle, WA. SIFF is the largest and most highly attended festival in the U.S.
Paper Tigers follows a year in the life of an alternative high school in Walla Walla, WA, that has radically changed its approach to disciplining its students, and in the process has become a promising model for how to break the cycles of poverty,