Meeting the social and emotional needs of students is at the forefront of a new district initiative, sponsored by the Round Rock ISD Board of Trustees and spearheaded by Schools and Innovation leaders.
More than 350 Round Rock ISD teachers and administrators have completed Capturing Kids’ Hearts training, which is a three-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, according to Flippen Education.
“Any initiative or training that supports our teachers and building community in our classrooms is going to set up students and teachers for success in the year,” said Carla Amacher, RRISD executive director of elementary education. “Capturing Kids’ Hearts really gives them a system and framework with which to build that community.”
The framework includes creating and implementing a collaborative social contract, shaking hands while greeting students and using a four-question tactic for dealing with misbehavior.
Elementary campuses with all campus staff trained consist of Anderson Mill, Berkman, Bluebonnet, Brushy Creek, Cactus Ranch, Callison, Forest North, Purple Sage, Robertson, Union Hill, Voigt and Wells Branch. Staff from 34 campuses have participated in the training.
Campus staff at Voigt completed training two years ago and has since worked on keeping the momentum up through continued practice and training new hires throughout the year. Capturing Kids’ Hearts has transformed her campus by incorporating social contracts and affirmations into daily life, said Cheryl Hester, Voigt principal.
“Capturing Kids’ Hearts creates a very positive culture on campus, ultimately benefiting our students and families,” Hester said. “I love it and I’m very excited that our Board of Trustees and Dr. Flores are big proponents in building a sense of positivity and community in our schools.”