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Paper Tigers with Jim Sporleder

  • Charleston Civic Center 200 Civic Center Drive Charleston, WV, 25301 United States (map)

Please join us in welcoming Jim Sporleder, principal of Lincoln High School, for a viewing of the award winning documentary Paper Tigers and a discussion of how trauma sensitive practice changed the culture of the school and the lives of its students.

The event, sponsored by Crittenton Services, Inc. and UniCare, will take place on Tuesday evening, September 26 at 7:00 p.m. in the Little Theatre at the Charleston Civic Center. A question and answer session with Mr. Sporleder will follow.

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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.

Jim Sporleder retired in 2014 as Principal of Lincoln High School in 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.   These dramatic changes at Lincoln caught the attention of Jamie Redford, who spent a year filming the documentary, Paper Tigers, which tells the Lincoln story.  The documentary was released at the May 2015 Seattle International Film Festival and received positive reviews.

Jim is currently working as a trauma-informed coach / consultant as well as a trainer with the Children’s Resilience Initiative, based in Walla Walla.  His travels as a consultant, keynote speaker, presenter and trainer have taken him all over the United States.

Jim is married, has three daughters and five granddaughters.  In his spare time, Jim enjoys fishing, hunting, but most of all spending time with family.

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