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Can School Heal Children in Pain?

Documentaries are no walk in the park. They take a lot of time and money; they have a way of making a mockery out of your narrative plans. They must share the attention of an audience that is increasingly losing more and more of it.

Why bother? It’s a good question. For me, I have one simple bar that all my films must clear: an “oh my God!” moment. If a story does not elicit that reaction from deep within my bones,

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Coming To a Theater Near You: How Trauma-Informed Teaching Changed a Tough High School

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.

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ACEs Connection Network and the Kennedy Forum Host Pre-Premiere of the Documentary Paper Tigers

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,

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Paper Tigers to Premiere at Seattle International Film Festival

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,

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Poverty Can Change Kids’ Brain Chemistry, but Educators in Spokane Learned How to Counteract It

As research mounts underscoring how ineffective school suspensions are for correcting student misbehavior, a parallel truth bears repeating: Some kids are not easy to handle.

Often, they do a lot more than curse teachers or talk back, as the new film Paper Tigers shows. In it, James Redford (son of Robert) profiles a high school in Walla Walla that was full of kids who’d been kicked out of other programs. They threw chairs.

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