Monday, August 5, 2013

Capturing Kids’ Hearts™ Scholarship Opportunity!

Raleigh, North Carolina | September 24-26, 2013

This nationally acclaimed program is a three-day learning experience that provides tools for administrators, faculty, and staff to build positive, productive, trusting relationships among themselves and with their students.

The value of the scholarship is $1000 and covers the full tuition of up to two people from your campus/district to attend training at the location indicated below. The funding stipulates that at least one of the recipients per district must be a district administrator or campus-level principal.

To access the scholarship funding and register to attend, please contact Chris Layton at 

Reserve your spot today before it fills up!

Click on the following link for more information about Capturing Kids' Hearts:

Friday, August 10, 2012

First day of school – handshaking all around - Feature Stories

Great Article! I love what Capturing Kids' Hearts training can do for not only the staff but also the students. They're the reason why we do what we do!
First day of school – handshaking all around - Feature Stories: It starts with a handshake. Seventh-graders were greeted at the door to their classroom by their teacher, Ms. Reisenbigler. She teaches reading reading and writing. But her first lesson on the first day of school at Peoria Elementary School was a handshake greeting to each student assigned to her class.

Reisenbigler is just one teacher at PES who is now teaching under a new program called “Capturing Kids’ Hearts.

“It’s phenomenal,” she said. “The kids are excited; we’re excited.”

The excitement is a result of a three-day lesson in what PES principal Phil Stanfield calls “a philosophy, not a classroom management plan, not a discipline plan, just building relationships with kids and kids developing relationships with adults.”

This past year, the Peoria Unified School District invited Flip Flippen @flipflippen, a psychotherapist with The Flippen Group @flippengroup, to present his program.

In Flippen’s words, “If you have a child’s heart, you have his head.”

Every PES teacher is now...

Wednesday, August 8, 2012


I love an article written by Aditi Rao on her blog TeachBytes about 10 icebreakers that use technology and fit with 21st century students. I think these ideas can also apply to our Admin and Teacher teams.
  1. Have students create a Pinterest board with 10 pins that summarizes them.
  2. Ask students to create a 30 second podcast that introduces themselves. Then allow students to present them or play them on separate devices as an audio gallery.
  3. Create a classroom blog and ask each student to write a blog post introducing themselves to the rest of the classroom.
  4. Have students create a quick comic strip to describe themselves or to recreate a recent funny moment in their lives.
  5. Use PollEverywhere to ask students interesting questions and get to know them as a class, like their favorite subjects, bands or TV shows.
  6. Use GoogleForms or SurveyMonkey to survey students about their interests, academic inclinations, and background info – a 21st century alternative to the “Getting to Know You” info sheet!
  7. Have students create word clouds to describe themselves and share with the rest of the class.
  8. Have students go on a QR code scavenger hunt in teams to get to know each other and learn about your classroom rules in a fun, engaging way.
  9. Ask students to create their own Voki avatars that introduce themselves to the class. Encourage them to be creative with the backgrounds, characters and details of the avatar to reflect their own personalities and preferences.
  10. Have students create graffiti online that speaks to their interests and personalities and share with the class.

Monday, July 2, 2012


This is an email sent from my company's President, Flip Flippen @flipflippen

From: Flip Flippen
Sent: Friday, June 29, 2012 11:29 AM
To: Company-Wide Huddle List
Subject: Meeting with former President George W. Bush

Dear Team,
What an honor to represent each one of you during a visit this week with our former President.  LTG Van and a dear friend, Chuck Jenness, accompanied me to the meeting.  President Bush is down to earth, full of wisdom and very interested in what we do.  I will share more about some of our conversations very soon.  For now, thought you might enjoy the picture...
The Flippen Group

Monday, June 4, 2012


Great Book! The Flip Side, "Break Free of the Behaviors That Hold You Back" is one of my favorite books. I'm on my 5th time reading it. This book has helped me identify my behavioral constraints and I have built a Traction Plan to help me break and overcome my constraints.
Not only has this book helped me at work but it has also helped me at home to communicate better with my wife and 3 children and build deeper relationships with them.

I recommend this book to everyone!

Friday, May 25, 2012


I love Wordle! It's a fun and creative way to illustrate your social contracts. Use it to emphasize what's most important to your classroom and team. If a word is mentioned more than once, put a check beside it for each time it is stated.  The more times a word is entered, the bigger it is printed.


Check out my good friend Joe Crawford's new book. He has been recognized by the Illinois State Board of Education in the Those Who Excel program and by the Carnegie Foundation in the National Systemic Change Award. Additionally, he was principal of a twice-recognized National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence and met two presidents as part of that recognition. He was also chosen by the Illinois State Board of Education and the Milken Family Foundation as a National Distinguished Educator.