What is Capturing Kids Hearts?


 They must raise the bar on student performance, all the while competing against social, environmental, and outside pressures as never before. While researchers and district personnel work to determine the most effective curricula, teachers struggle to manage classrooms.


Teachers can’t always control what comes into their classrooms. Capturing Kids’ Hearts 1 shows them how to create high-achieving centers of learning by strengthening students’ connectedness to others through enhancing healthy bonds with their teachers and establishing collaborative agreements of acceptable behavior.

Capturing Kids’ Hearts 1 is a process that is working in thousands of classrooms across the country to provide the strategy and training for teachers and administrators to achieve success in today’s classrooms.

Give us a teacher who’s passionate about their subject, a teacher who cares for the welfare and success of their students, and we’ll give that teacher the tools they need to engage and challenge students, and raise them to a higher level of performance.


Our research-based processes improve the five key indicators of school performance: fewer discipline referrals, improved attendance, higher student achievement, lower dropout rates, and higher teacher satisfaction. The widespread impact of Capturing Kids’ Hearts 1 reads like a wish list for school administrators. Schools that implement our processes report:

  • Strengthened student connectedness to others by enhancing healthy bonds with teachers.
  • Consistent rules of conduct with reduced disciplinary escalations and referrals.
  • Dramatic reduction in truancy and dropouts.
  • Reduction of negative behaviors such as isolation, violence, early sexuality, and substance use.
  • Significant improvement in student academic performance.
  • District-wide improvements in test scores.
  • Higher rate of job satisfaction among teachers.
  • Increased teacher retention and improvement in teacher recruiting.


Capturing Kids’ Hearts 1 is an immersive, participatory experience. Teachers, staff, and administrators learn and practice skills they will use and model in their classrooms, schools, and districts, including:

  • How to build meaningful, productive relationships with every student and every colleague.
  • How to use the EXCEL Model of teaching to create a safe, effective environment for learning.
  • How to develop self-managing, high-performing classrooms using team-building skills and a Social Contract.
  • High payoff techniques for dealing with conflict, negative behavior, and disrespect issues.

Capturing Kids’ Hearts 1 is the beginning of a transformational, multi-year process for teachers and administrators at the campus or district level.