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Southwest Schools Focusing on Building Relationships to Strengthen Teaching, Learning, and Instruction

This year Southwest Schools is focusing on building meaningful relations between not only the teachers and students but among the adults as well. The entire Southwest School district; teachers, administrators and leaders teamed up to learn the skills and methods of M.B. Flippen’s Capturing Kids’ Hearts Training. This three day institute provided participants with the tools needed to build social contracts rather than classroom rules, hold team members and classmates accountable without involving the administrative staff, and specific ways to reinforce positive behavior versus sending students to the office. The overall goal is to form self-managing teams whether it is teachers and administrators in meetings or students in the classroom. Below is an excerpt from the Flippen Group

“If you have a child’s heart, you have his head.”™ – Flip Flippen

Truly remarkable outcomes are possible in a classroom where trust, respect, and caring relationships flourish. But creating such an environment is a tremendous challenge. Capturing Kids’ Hearts is a 3-day off-site learning experience that provides tools for administrators, faculty and staff to build positive, productive, trusting relationships among themselves and with their students. These processes can transform the classroom and campus environment, paving the way for high performance.

Outcomes: Participants will learn proven, repeatable skills that help:

  • Develop safe, trusting, self-managing classrooms
  • Improve classroom attendance by building students’ motivation and helping them take responsibility for their actions and performance
  • Decrease delinquent behaviors such as disruptive outbursts, violent acts, drug use and other risky behavior
  • Utilize the EXCEL Model™ and reinforce the role of emotional intelligence in teaching
  • Develop students’ empathy for diverse cultures and backgroundsOver the course of the first week of school, the faculty at the Phoenix School took this new knowledge to a whole new level and embraced the importance of meaningful relationships by planning activities around the Capturing Kids’ Hearts framework. As you enter any of the classrooms around the Phoenix School sites you will see teachers and students with student created social contracts in prominently posted around the room as well as students who truly feel valued by their teachers, peers, and others on campus.

Prior to the first day of school, teachers from various schools within the district got together to create a social contract on how we wanted our meetings to be run and what that should look like for all members of the team. This also provided teachers with a refresher for when they lead the students in building their very own social contracts. Over the course of the first week of school, the faculty at the Phoenix School took this new knowledge to a whole new level and embraced the importance of meaningful relationships by planning activities around the Capturing Kids’ Hearts framework. As you enter any of the classrooms around the Phoenix School sites you will see teachers and students with student created social contracts in prominently posted around the room as well as students who truly feel valued by their teachers, peers, and others on campus.