Two Waxahachie ISD Elementary Schools Named Capturing Kids’ Hearts National Showcase Schools

Waxahachie ISD elementary schools Clift and Marvin have received Capturing Kids’ Hearts National Showcase SchoolsTM awards for the 2018-2019 school year from the Flippen Group. 

With Capturing Kids’ Hearts, these two schools began an initiative to transform their campuses into emotionally safe and relationally connected places for students, staff, and parents. 

After researching programs used by some of the nation’s most successful schools, district and campus leaders chose to join hands with the Flippen Group to bring Capturing Kids’ Hearts to the campuses. Teachers and staff learned processes to increase students’ connectedness with both peers and adults on campus. They learned how to create a classroom environment where students are excited to enter and learn every day. As a result of implementing Capturing Kids’ Hearts, Clift and Marvin have enjoyed increased student engagement and fewer student discipline referrals.

“I am so proud of the time and heart that these two campuses have put in to achieving the Capturing Kids’ Hearts National Showcase Campus recognition,” said Assistant Superintendent Shelle Blaylock. “When visitors walk through these campuses, it is evident that the staff have created a campus where everyone feels valued and students have a voice. It is exciting to see our campuses achieve their goals, and I can’t wait to see what the future holds for each campus.”

Since 1990, campuses across the country have experienced improvements with Capturing Kids’ Hearts tools and processes by creating socio-emotional safety conducive to learning. 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 Capturing Kids’ Hearts National Showcase Schools awards, the Flippen Group recognizes and celebrates campuses that go the extra mile each day, building an environment where students and staff feel safe and connected. Capturing Kids’ Hearts campuses across the country were considered for these awards based on the following criteria: 1) nomination based on observation by Flippen Group personnel, 2) level of implementation of Capturing Kids’ Hearts processes by all staff as measured by online surveys, and 3) data demonstrating that Capturing Kids’ Hearts has made a significant improvement in attendance, discipline, climate/culture, or academics. 

A Flippen Group team visited each nominated campus to gather additional quantitative and qualitative data, and to interview students, teachers, administrators, and parents. They used a matrix of key measurements to gather information during the campus walk-through. Finally, an additional survey was conducted to collect feedback regarding the perceived climate and culture of the campus and its conduciveness to learning. Following this visit, the selection team reviewed all accumulated data and selected the campuses to receive the Capturing Kids’ Hearts National Showcase Schools awards. 

For more information about the Capturing Kids’ Hearts National Showcase Schools awards, contact: 

Tanya Peterson 

Flippen Group 

Office Phone: 1-800-316-4311 

Office Fax: 1-877-941-4700 

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