At New Summit Charter Academy, we use a proven character education program and approach called, Capturing Kids’ Hearts by The Flippen Group to be an immersive, participatory experience. Teachers, staff, and administrators learn and practice skills they use and model in their classrooms that build meaningful, productive relationships with every student and every school community member.
Character education core principles
New Summit Charter Academy focuses on its core principles as a part of our character education program. Which includes:
- Respect: Treat others as you want to be treated.
- Achievement: Striving to accomplish your goals with excitement while elevating your standards.
- Resilience: The ability to overcome adversity and life’s obstacles through confidence, courage, and coping skills with the development of patience, perseverance, and potential.
- Teamwork: Help others; when one succeeds we all succeed.
- Integrity: Doing the right thing even when no one is looking while taking responsibility for our choices and actions.
Teachers are able to teach these core principles and character traits through the following methods:
- Teaching character traits through the stories of great men and women of history.
- Tying into the Core Knowledge scope and sequence.
- Including readings for parents and children to do together.
- Helping staff and volunteers to show interest in the students.
- Setting a positive tone in the classroom and in and around the school.
- Teaches and models the leadership skill of positive thinking.
How We Use Capturing Kids’ Hearts
The Social Contract:
The social contract is the centerpiece of our school as well as each classroom. It is built on four basic questions:
- How do you want to be treated by me (leader)?
- How do you want to be treated by each other
- How do you think I (leader) want to be treated by you?
- How do you want to treat each other when there is conflict?
- Reinforces the goal of becoming a high performing, self-managing group nonverbally.
- Holds personal and group accountability to the social contract.
The original social contract previous to revisions for simplification.
- Handshakes as students walk into class give everyone a positive start to the day.
- It lets teachers and students check-in with each other.
- It teaches students how to give a professional greeting.
The Four Questions:
- Non-verbal signal to gain attention.
- Students mimic signal to let other know it’s time to come back together.
- Uses both hands to limit hand-held distractions.
Thumbs Up Signal:
- Reminds students to check/help a friend.
- Encourages to do the right thing.
- Call to greatness.
- One and done.
- Adult will handle after one attempt is made.
- Used as a foul.
- Used sparingly when feelings are hurt.
- Can be called by an “up-stander”.
- Two put ups are a start to rebuilding the relationship.
- Can be given after a break if needed.
When kids and teachers are connected, there is a significant positive transformational effect on the 5 key indicators of school performance:
- Decreased Discipline Referrals
- Increased Student Achievement
- Increased Attendance Rates
- Increased Graduation Rates
- Increased Teacher Satisfaction