Character Education

Capturing Kids' Hearts

Both New Temple Elementary and Shively Middle School are proud to be recognized as Capturing Kids’ Hearts National Showcase Schools. Our district prioritizes:  
  • Building meaningful, productive relationships with every student and every colleague.
  • Utilizing the EXCEL Model of teaching to create a safe, effective environment for learning.
  • Developing self-managing, high-performing classrooms using team-building skills and a social contract.
  • Implementing high payoff techniques for dealing with conflict, negative behavior, and disrespect issues.

Together we are transforming the hearts and minds of our learning community.


Since 1995, school districts and campuses across the country have experienced amazing outcomes with the Capturing Kids’ Hearts process. Through the dedication and hard work of their education leaders, these districts and campuses have become places where trust, respect, and caring relationships flourish and academic achievement skyrockets as a result.

CKHCreating an environment of social-emotional safety conducive to learning does not happen by accident. Through the National Showcase Schools awards, the Flippen Group seeks to recognize and celebrate educators who go the extra mile each day to face this challenge and transform their campuses into places where Capturing Kids’ Hearts is alive and flourishing and where students and staff feel safe and connected.


Because of the rigor of our evaluation process, the National Showcase Schools award is both a high aspiration and a potent resource of practitioner knowledge.

Capturing Kids’ Hearts campuses across the country were considered for this award based on several criteria:

1) level of implementation of Capturing Kids’ Hearts processes by all staff as measured with online surveys; 2) data that supports the premise that Capturing Kids’ Hearts has made a significant impact (attendance, discipline, climate/culture, academics) on the campus.

An internal Flippen Group team reviewed teacher and administrator survey data to determine 

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campuses eligible for a site visit.

Leaders from our education team conducted site visits to each nominated campus, gathering additional quantitative and qualitative data. The site team interviewed various groups, including students, teachers, administrators, and parents. They also used a matrix to gather information during a campus walk-through and conducted an additional survey to gather feedback regarding the perceived climate and culture of the campus.

Lastly, the Flippen selection team met to review all data and select the campuses to receive Capturing Kids’ Hearts National Showcase Schools awards.

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