Character Education

Character Education

Character Education: Capturing Kids’ Hearts

Character Education

At New Summit Charter Academy, we use the curriculum, Capturing Kids’s Hearts by The Flippen Group to teach character education. This character education curriculum is taught to use member of our staff and is in use by staff, students, and even our volunteers!

The goal of this program is not only to develop an environment that optimizes learning, but also one that creates a positive atmosphere. It does this by:

  • Teaching character traits through the stories of great men and women of history.
  • Tying in to the Core Knowledge scope and sequence.
  • Including a track for our staff to be studying.
  • 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?
Social Contract


  • 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:

Hand Signals:

  • Reinforces the goal of becoming a high performing, self-managing group nonverbally.
  • Holds personal and group accountability to the social contract.

Time-Out Signal:

  • 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.

Peace Signal:

  • 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.

The Effect:

When kids and teachers are connected, there is a significant positive transformational effect on the 5 key indicators of school performance:

  1. Decreased Discipline Referrals
  2. Increased Student Achievement
  3. Increased Attendance Rates
  4. Increased Graduation Rates
  5. Increased Teacher Satisfaction
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