“Paper Tigers” – Jim Sporleder

How do you teach teens whose childhood experiences have left them with a tough exterior but whose brains ill-suited to learn?  When Jim Sporleder tried a different approach, the results at Lincoln Alternative High School changed dramatically.

Watch how Sporleder’s trauma-informed approach transformed outcomes at Lincoln – from the Paper Tigers documentary trailer.

Once he understood that many student behaviors were the result of how students’ brains had been “rewired” as a result of trauma, 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 at the Wired Differently Conference.


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