D51 to bring national training to middle schools

D51 to bring national training to middle schools
Posted on 07/20/2021
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Grand Junction, CO - Staff at eight D51 middle schools and the D51 Summit School Program will participate in a nationally-renowned training Aug. 9-10 to help improve school culture, student-staff relationships and the mental well-being of children.

The training - Capturing Kids’ Hearts - was developed by a therapist and works to strengthen bonds between teachers,staff and students, improve school culture, and build classrooms where students feel safe and comfortable with their teachers and classmates so they can focus on learning.

The schools participating in the training are Bookcliff, East, Fruita, Grand Mesa, Mt. Garfield, Orchard Mesa, Redlands, and West middle schools as well as Summit School Program/ Therapeutic Day Program (TDP). These schools will all begin classes on Aug. 11 instead of the previously scheduled start date of Aug. 9. Kindergarten will also begin on Aug. 11 (kindergarten classes always start two days after other grades), and elementary and high schools, plus Fruita 8/9, will start school on Aug. 9 as planned.

D51 hopes to bring this training to more schools in the future. Aug. 9-10 was the earliest that Capturing Kids’ Hearts could bring its in-demand training to Mesa County, and D51 feels the training is transformational and timely enough to move back the start of school in nine buildings by two days.  

Capturing Kids’ Hearts has been proven to create safe, connected learning environments, improve student attendance, and increase academic achievement. Research has also shown that schools that implement Capturing Kids’ Hearts:

Experienced a 33% drop in discipline referrals and a 41 percent increase in pro-social skills.

Are more likely to prevent risky health behaviors.

* Promote school connectedness, which leads to better outcomes.

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