Paper Tigers Documentary Screening, plus discussion with Jim Sporleder @ Tulare County Office Of Education
Nov 7 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

**We STRONGLY encourage the community, including all educators, to attend this FREE screening! Please RSVP through the ticket link**
RSVP for the Paper Tigers Screening HERE
Paper Tigers follows a year in the life of an alternative high school that has radically changed its approach to disciplining its students, becoming a promising model for how to break the cycles of poverty, violence and disease that affect families.
The event includes a follow-up discussion with Principal Jim Sporleder. Gain insights on how to respond to students who have dealt with the trauma of adverse childhood experiences.
“Stressed brains can’t learn.”
That was the nugget of neuroscience that Jim Sporleder, principal of a high school riddled with violence, drugs and truancy, took away from an educational conference in 2010. Three years later, the number of fights at Lincoln Alternative High School had gone down by 75% and the graduation rate had increased five-fold. Paper Tigers is the story of how one school made such dramatic progress.
Following six students over the course of a school year, we see Lincoln’s staff try a new approach to discipline: one based on understanding and treatment rather than judgment and suspension. Using a combination of vérité and revealing diary am footage, Paper Tigers is a testament to what the latest developmental science is showing: that just one caring adult can help break the cycle of
adversity in a young person’s life.

The screening comes on the eve of the 13th Annual Cynthia Lockhart Mummery Conference, “Building Trauma-Informed Schools and Communities.” organized by the Tulare County Child Abuse Prevention Council on Thursday, November 8 at the Visalia Convention Center features speaker Jim Sporleder, whose school is featured in the documentary “Paper Tigers.”


“Building Trauma Informed Schools and Communities” 13th Annual Cynthia Mummery-Lockhart Conference @ Visalia Convention Center
Nov 8 @ 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
"Building Trauma Informed Schools and Communities" 13th Annual Cynthia Mummery-Lockhart Conference @ Visalia Convention Center

The Tulare County Child Abuse Prevention Council is pleased to announce that the 13th Annual Cynthia Lockhart-Mummery Conference will be held on Thursday, November 8, 2018 at the Visalia Convention Center. Each year over 300 professionals attend – with backgrounds ranging from social service, law enforcement, healthcare, mental health, education and the community-at-large.

This year’s conference topic is “Trauma Informed Communities.” The event will feature Jim Sporleder, a retired High School Principal from Walla Walla, WA. Under Jim’s leadership, Lincoln High School became a “Trauma Informed” school, gaining national attention due to a dramatic drop in out of school suspensions, increased graduation rates and the number of students going on to post-secondary education.

Participants will be introduced to information focused on the role that trauma plays in the school environment. This professional development experience will explore multiple strategies for education staff, professionals, and community members to utilize when working with students and their clients. Participants will reflect on the importance of self-care and the need for the professionals to have tools and strategies to support their own health.

Please join us for this amazing event as we continue to work towards making our schools and communities a safe and nurturing place where our children can thrive.