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Beyond Paper Tigers 2017
Beyond Paper Tigers 2017
MEDIA ALERT - Youth Mental Health Conference to Draw In Over 400 Attendees (Photo) - 06/26/17

WALLA WALLA, WA -- This Wednesday, June 28, more than 400 parents, educators, mental health workers, law enforcement, and other professionals will gather at Whitman College in Walla Walla for the "Beyond Paper Tigers" conference. The 2017 trauma-informed care conference addresses the international concern surrounding the impacts of chronic stress and trauma on childhood development.

Beyond Paper Tigers follows the renewed interest in this topic after the success of James Redford's 2015 documentary "Paper Tigers," filmed in Walla Walla. Now more than ever, both parents and professionals struggle to understand the complex and continued affects of trauma on a youth's brain development. The 2017 conference includes keynote presenter Dr. Ken Ginsburg, along with 20 unique breakout sessions facilitated by community and mental health professionals.

"Young people live up or down to expectations we set for them," notes Dr. Ginsburg. "They need adults who believe in them unconditionally and hold them to the high expectations of being compassionate, generous, and creative."

Dr. Ginsburg is a pediatrician specializing in Adolescent Medicine at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and a Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He practices social adolescent medicine -- medicine with special attention to prevention and the recognition that social context and stressors affect both physical and emotional health.

Beyond Paper Tigers 2017 begins at 8:30 AM on June 28 and concludes at 1:00 PM on June 29. The Children's Resilience Initiative is also sponsoring a free community event on the first evening of the conference from 6:30-8 PM at 345 Boyer Ave. in Walla Walla. That event is open to the public, with doors opening at 6 PM.

For more information, visit or contact Rick Griffin, Jubilee Academy Executive Director, at 509.749.2103 or


Attached Media Files: Beyond Paper Tigers 2017
Laurie Price
Laurie Price
Richland Teacher, Laurie Price, Named Regional Teacher of the Year (Photo) - 06/13/17

RICHLAND, WA -- Educational Service District (ESD) 123 is proud to announce the selection of Laurie Price as the Regional Teacher of the Year. Currently serving as a special education work-based learning teacher at Hanford High School in Richland, Ms. Price has spent 22 years working in education. As the regional recipient, she now moves on to compete against finalists from the eight other ESDs in hopes of being named as the 2018 State Teacher of the Year.

An educator respected by her peers, administration, and community, Ms. Price's work is focused on preparing high school students with special needs to transition into life beyond high school. Students in Ms. Price's classes learn job-readiness skills, consumer economics, career exploration, financial awareness and more. In her application packet, Ms. Price describes herself as a life-long advocate for students with disabilities.

"I believe in empowerment -- providing students with opportunities to set and achieve goals," says Price. "Self-fulfilling prophecy is a powerful mind-set. I believe individuals rise to expectations set for them."

As the Regional Teacher of the Year, Ms. Price will attend a long weekend of interviews, a leadership retreat, and an awards ceremony, all organized by the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI), which operates the Teacher of the Year program. Should Ms. Price be selected as Washington State's Teacher of the Year recipient, she will have the opportunity to compete for the national title.

"It is clear that Laurie Price is a mentor who inspires, educates, and has a positive influence on all her students," states ESD 123 Superintendent, Mr. Darcy Weisner. "We are honored to have Ms. Price teaching in our region and making such an enormous impact on our students and communities."

For more information, contact Molly Curtiss, ESD 123 Communication & Graphics Coordinator, at 509.544.5787 or


About ESD 123: Educational Service District 123, based in Pasco, WA, is one of nine ESDs in Washington. Dedicated to delivering collaborative solutions that promote learning, ESD 123 serves 23 school districts in seven counties of Southeastern Washington. Under Superintendent Darcy Weisner and its board of directors, this legislatively mandated, not-for-profit educational organization provides efficiency of educational systems and equity of learning opportunities for over 70,000 Washington students. For more information about ESD 123, please call 509-544-5700 or 888-547-8441 or visit

Attached Media Files: Laurie Price