Free Showing At the Fleur Cinema

Thursday, November 12th, 2015

There will be a free showing of Paper Tigers on December 2 from 1:15-3:15 at the Fleur Cinema.  Bringing this film to Des Moines is a joint endeavor between Des Moines Public Schools’ Roosevelt High School and Drake University’s School of Education.  

The film illuminates the situations that adversely affect students’ ability to perform in the classroom and how practices (like the use of A.C.E.S., the Adverse Childhood Experience Study, and trauma-informed care) can make a significant impact on academic growth and on the culture of a school.

A synopsis of the film:

“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 verite and revealing diary cam 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.

There are fifty seats reserved for Drake University, so please reserve your spot by putting your name and checking the box here: