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Speaker talks about impacts of trauma on students

Jim Sporleder speaks to administratorsThe community is invited to hear a speaker who helped turn around a school in Walla Walla, Wash.

Jim Sporleder will speak at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 12, at CrossPoint, 1410 E. 30th Ave. Earlier in the day, Sporleder will work with educators.

The educator turned around an at-risk high school in Walla Walla by making a positive impact on the lives of students who came from extremely challenging backgrounds. The high school became a place where students impacted by trauma could learn at a high level, had fewer suspensions, had a higher graduation rate and more students went on to post-secondary education.

A documentary, titled Paper Tiger, has been made about Sporleder’s work in Walla Walla.