Capturing Kids' Hearts
THS Recognized as a Capturing Kids' Hearts Showcase School Nominee

Taft High School Press Release

 Taft High School is Recognized as a Capturing Kids’ HeartsTM Showcase Schools Nominee.

 Taft High School has been nominated for the Capturing Kids’ HeartsTM Showcase Schools Award for the 2015-2016 school year by the Flippen Group.

 Four years ago, Taft High School began an initiative to transform its campus into an emotionally safe and relationally connected place for students, staff, and parents to come alive with love for learning.

 After researching programs used by some of the nation’s most successful schools, Taft High School leaders chose to join hands with the Flippen Group to bring Capturing Kids’ Hearts to its campus. Teachers and staff have learned the processes needed to connect students with their peers and adults on campus, and to create classrooms that students are excited to enter and learn in every day. As a result of implementing Capturing Kids’ Hearts, Taft High School has enjoyed positive results from incorporating the CKH process.  Students are making instructional gains and believe that they can in fact achieve greatness.  Post-secondary goals are an expectation and data shows that more students are graduating with college credit hours.  Taft High School made gains in each Index of the State Accountability.  Taft High School increased the percentage of students graduating on the Recommended and Distinguished graduation plans.  Campus expectations reveal that the faculty and staff are committed to the success of their students. 

 Over the next several months, a Flippen Group site team will visit Taft High School to examine and experience for themselves the remarkable impact taking place. Taft High School hopes to become a recipient of the Capturing Kids’ Hearts Showcase Schools Award for the 2015-2016 school year.

 Since 1995, 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 Showcase Schools Award, 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. Flippen Group believes that unsung heroes producing exemplary outcomes in schools and paving the way for other schools to follow need and deserve recognition for a job well done.

 Capturing Kids’ Hearts campuses across the country were considered for this award based on the following criteria: 1) nomination based on observation, 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 site visit to each nominated campus will be conducted to gather additional quantitative and qualitative data and to interview students, teachers, administrators and parents. A matrix of key measurements will be used to gather information during a campus walk-through. Finally, an additional survey will be conducted 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 recipients of the Capturing Kids’ Hearts Showcase Schools Award.

 Flippen Group is proud to recognize the outstanding individuals who have dedicated themselves to making a difference in the lives of our children. As we identify these outstanding schools, campus leaders, and teachers each year, please join us in celebrating some of the most skilled and effective educators in the country!

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

Tanya Peterson
Flippen Group
Office Phone: 800-316-4311
Office Fax: 877-941-4700