Local educators come together to discuss how Stress impacts Students

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DECATUR – Members of the Illinois Education Association, Decatur Education Association, Decatur Public School Foundation and DPS District #61 are collaborating to highlight awareness for the effects of toxic stress on students.

These organizations will gather for a public viewing of “Paper Tigers,” a documentary that provides a glimpse into the lives of students at Lincoln High School, located in Walla Walla, Washington. The documentary tells the stories of students at the alternative school struggling with Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and chronic “toxic” stress.

Event officials say this screening is important as it demonstrates how concentrating on addressing these issues improves grades and graduation rates.

“As educators we are always learning,” Decatur Education Association President, Suzanne Kreps says.

Kreps explains “Paper Tigers” helps give teachers and other community members a deeper understanding of how to work with students. She says it is a great resource for creating the best environment for student success.

The documentary will be shown in a free public viewing at MacArthur High School on Monday, April 18, at 6 PM.

All community members and colleagues in neighboring school districts are invited to attend. Local educational leaders will be holding a discussion after the screening.

The trailer for “Paper Tigers” can be found on Vimeo, and more information about the film is available here.

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