Disciplinary Triage: Jim Sporleder (“Paper Tigers”)

While some young minds exhibit resilience in the face of adversity, some do not — yet Jim Sporleder believes it can be taught. In fact, as Principal of Lincoln High School, Sporleder saw suspensions fall by 85 percent; expulsions dropped dramatically and the school’s graduation rate nearly tripled.

Understanding student reactions to be a brain issue and not just a behavioral one, Sporleder went on to implement a breakthrough trauma-informed model that was captured in the 2015 documentary Paper Tigers. Jim is co-author of The Trauma-Informed School and will present a keynote session entitled Catching Kids Before They Fall in Atlanta.


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