New Mexico in Depth will host a screening of “Paper Tigers,” a documentary by director James Redford that follows a year in the life of a high school that radically changed its approach to disciplining students, becoming a promising model for how to break the cycles of poverty, violence and disease that affect families.
The screening is slated for 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18 at the Rio Grande Theatre in downtown Las Cruces. Donations are requested, but the event is free and open to the public.
It will be followed by a discussion on efforts by Las Cruces Public Schools and the city of Las Cruces to help students dealing with Adverse Childhood Experiences and to improve education and child well-being in Doña Ana County.
NMID reporter Sylvia Ulloa will moderate a panel discussion that will include city councilor Kasandra Gandara, who is leading a countywide effort to use data to prevent ACEs; Toni Hull, principal of Lynn Community Middle School, LCPS’ first community school; Magdalena Soña Saiz, coordinator of Psychology, Counseling and Social Work at LCPS; and Jolene Martinez, clinical director at Families and Youth Inc., who is also a mother with a high-needs child.
“Our work in Las Cruces has been based on the book, ‘Anna, Age Eight.’ It is has provided the framework for using data, technology and community empowerment, to create a city where all children are nurtured, all students are successful, and all families have the support they need to thrive,” Gandara said. “We have trained leaders in using a data-driven and cross-sector strategy to identify gaps in services and address them. Our course graduates have joined task forces to focus on meeting the needs of families across the county — with a focus on collaboration.”
The event is cosponsored by New Mexico In Depth, the Rio Grande Theatre and Gandara. All proceeds from the event will benefit Lynn Community Middle Schools after-school programs.
Seating is limited, so tickets are requested. For tickets and details, go to: https://stalkingpapertigers.eventbrite.com.