16 - Paper Tigers and Lincoln High School

In this conversation, Alex, Jenn, and Kris talk about a story told in a documentary filmed in Walla Walla called "Paper Tigers." Director James Redford explores the disciplinary culture at Lincoln Alternative High School in Walla Walla, how staff shifted their orientation toward students, many of whom had dealt with significant childhood trauma. The film tells how Lincoln's innovative "trauma sensitive approach" impacted individual students, and greatly improved educational outcomes for their school (more than tripling its graduation rate, for example). Kris, Jenn, and Alex talk about the importance of telling stories, the impact of confession, projection and judgment, as well as the importance of taking small actions even in the face of enormous challenges. Check out the film itself here: www.kpjrfilms.co/paper-tigers

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