Through the National Showcase Schools™ awards, the Flippen Group recognizes and celebrates schools that go the extra mile each day, creating the socio-emotional safety on school campuses that is conducive to learning. Seminole Elementary was one of 261 U.S. school campuses to be selected as 2019-2020 Capturing Kids’ Hearts National Showcase School® Nominees.
"It's such a blessing to know that our staff is being recognized for excellence in teaching the really important traits of empathy, compassion and integrity." stated Kyle Lynch, Seminole ISD Superintendent of Schools. "Our students are much more than test scores. As our teachers capture the hearts of our students, everything else seems to take care of itself. It has been impressive watching the relationships they continue to build, and the love they pour into their students every day they step into the classroom."
Flippen Group founder, Flip Flippen, began teaching Capturing Kids’ Hearts® processes to schools in 1990. Capturing Kids’ Hearts® is an immersive, participatory experience where teachers, staff, and administrators learn and practice skills they will use and model in their classrooms, schools, and districts. Seminole Independent Schools, which is in its second year of implementation, had on-site professional development from members of The Flippen Group. The Flippen Group is a national professional development provider operating on principles that research clearly demonstrates – that students are most likely to succeed when they are emotionally safe and able to reconnect with their natural curiosity. Flippen Group processes, such as Capturing Kids’ Hearts®, provide educators the skills they need to change the trajectory of students’ lives. Campuses implementing Capturing Kids’ Hearts® processes consistently report increases in academic improvement and reductions.
Charla Karr, Seminole Elementary Assistant Principal reinforced the campus’ mission to build quality relationships with the students. “The most important job as a teacher is to build a positive relationship with the students; everything else will take care of itself,” stated Karr.
Capturing Kids’ Hearts National Showcase School® Nominees are evaluated and selected based on survey and performance data from administrators, teachers, staff and students.