Chelsea Heights staff engage in discussion on the documentary ‘Paper Tigers
Chelsea Heights staff screened the documentary “Paper Tigers” during their recent Professional Development day. “Paper Tigers” follows a year in the life of an alternative high school that has radically changed its approach to disciplining students, becoming a promising model of how to break the cycles of poverty, violence and disease that impact families.

“Stressed brains can’t learn” was the nugget of neuroscience that Jim Sporleder, principal of a high school riddled with violence, drugs and truancy, took away from an educational conference in 2010. Three years later, the incidence of fights at Lincoln Alternative High School had declined by 75 percent and the graduation rate had increased five-fold.

Chelsea Heights staff engaged in a constructive discussion about how to bring these trauma-informed strategies to their own school to continue creating a safe and supportive learning environment for everyone. To host your own screening of the film, visit www.papertigersmovie.com.

5 SPPS Teachers in Running for 2016 Minnesota Teacher of the Year
Congratulations to the five candidates from Saint Paul Public Schools who were nominated for Education Minnesota’s 2016 Teacher of the Year: Juanita Ortiz of Phalen Lake; Mary Schmidt, Nokomis Montessori; Laura Weghorst of Murray Middle School; Mark Westpfahl of Capitol Hill; and Koua Yang of Harding.

SPPS students featured last week in ‘I Am SPPS’
The “I am SPPS” campaign shares videos, photos and quotes from SPPS students, staff, families and supporters. The campaign can be found on Facebook, Twitter and at spps.org/iamspps.

Last week “I Am SPPS” featured:

  • Lynda Yang-Gungsing, Pre-K teacher at Benjamin E. Mays IB World School
  • Caleem, student at Washington Technology Magnet School