Lincoln Elementary School and Cedaredge Elementary School have been nominated for a Capturing Kids' Hearts National Showcase Schools award for the 2017-2018 school year by the Flippen Group.
This initiative has been embraced across the school district as a means to transform every school campus into an emotionally safe and relationally connected place for students, staff and parents to come together with a love for learning.
"I think Cedaredge Elementary has always had a great emphasis on treating kids with the highest level of respect and care," said CES principal Daniel Renfrow. "We want to help our students learn from their mistakes, to grow and become the best possible kids they can."
Capturing Kids Hearts has also been a powerful tool for staff members, Renfrow added. The mutually agreed upon social contracts establish expectations about how conflicts are resolved.
LES principal Jen Magner quoted Peter Drucker, "Culture eats strategy for breakfast."
"This quote holds true in schools especially," she said. "The feeling you get when you walk into Lincoln Elementary has changed dramatically thanks to the program Capturing Kids' Hearts, which was adopted by the Delta County School District at the beginning of last year. This program focuses on the fact that kids don't care what you know until they know that you care. Within the walls of Lincoln Elementary School this mantra is a driving force in daily life. Each staff member believes if we build strong relationships based on respect and care we can overcome anything. Our classrooms are bound by a social contract which is created from input from each member of the class. We are striving to capture the hearts of our students so we can captivate their minds!"
Districtwide, teachers and staff continue to learn the processes needed to connect students with their peers and adults on campus and to create classrooms where students are excited to learn every day.
Since 1990, campuses across the country have experienced amazing outcomes with Capturing Kids' Hearts tools and processes, creating the socio-emotional safety conducive to learning. Flippen Group provides educators the skills they need to change the trajectory of students' lives. Openness replaces defensiveness. Judging and feelings of being judged are replaced with acceptance and real connectedness to the school. "Discipline problems nearly non-existent," and "Academic achievement constantly improving," are common feedback following Capturing Kids' Hearts implementation.
Through the National Showcase Schools awards, Flippen Group seeks to recognize and celebrate schools that go the extra mile each day, building an environment where students and staff feel safe and connected.
Over the next several months, a Flippen Group site team will visit both schools to observe the progress taking place and decide whether the campuses qualify to become award recipients.
They will compile a matrix of key measurements from campus observation. Finally, they will conduct an additional survey to collect feedback regarding the perceived climate and culture of the campus and its conduciveness to learning. Following the site visit, the selection team will review all accumulated data and select the campuses to be this year's recipients of the Capturing Kids' Hearts National Showcase Schools awards.