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In addition, our fine arts directors are working on a system for virtual auditions, which we will also share with you soon.
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GPFAA Named Apple Distinguished School
Grand Prairie Fine Arts Academy Named Apple Distinguished School
Grand Prairie, TX — October 16, 2019 — Grand Prairie Fine Arts Academy is pleased to announce that it has been recognized as an Apple Distinguished School for 2019–2022 for its use of technology to assist students in pushing limits and exceeding expectations academically, creatively, and artistically. As the school grows and expands, the integration of technology will continue to be our forefront.
Apple Distinguished Schools are centers of innovation, leadership, and educational excellence that use Apple technology to inspire creativity, collaboration, and critical thinking. They showcase innovative uses of technology in learning, teaching, and the school environment and have documented results of academic accomplishment.
“Technology in the hands of well-trained educators can create infinite experiences for students” says Principal Maria Schell.
The selection of GPFAA as an Apple Distinguished School highlights our success as an innovative and compelling learning environment that engages students and provides tangible evidence of academic accomplishment. Students were able to take devices home daily. 98% of our student population has access to internet at home therefore learning and creating occurs as much outside of the classroom as it does inside. Technology has also played a key role in keeping students connected and accountable when off campus for various fine arts related activities.
The continued education and training of teachers and students alike will carry technology-integrated education to new levels. With the support of district and campus leadership, teachers will gain experience, students will become teachers and GPFAA will grow as a connected campus.
Press contact: Sean O’Donnell Campus Life Coordinator | Grand Prairie Fine Arts Academy 972.343.6336 Sean.Odonnell@gpisd.org
GPFAA Is a CKH National Showcase Site
Since 1990, campuses nationwide have experienced remarkable outcomes with Capturing Kids’ Hearts tools and processes, creating the socio-emotional safety conducive to learning. Now, through the Capturing Kids’ Hearts National Showcase Schools awards, the Flippen Group is recognizing and celebrating schools that go the extra mile each day, building an environment where students are relationally connected and eager to learn.
Creating high-performing, self-managing classrooms is no easy task.
The typical classroom comprises twenty or more students with diverse family backgrounds and expectations for behavior, randomly assembled into a cohort and required to learn together. Too often, the impact of peer pressure and outside influences creates a classroom culture that passively or even actively resists learning.
Teachers are tasked with raising the bar on student performance while competing against social, environmental, and outside pressures as never before. While researchers and officials work to determine the most effective curricula, teachers struggle to manage their classrooms and meet both parents’ and administrators’ expectations.
How can today’s teacher transform a classroom from a disruptive, reactive environment into a place where put-downs and criticism dissipate, and students’ minds become actively engaged in learning?
The Flippen Group, a national professional development provider founded by Flip Flippen, believes what the research demonstrates – that students are most likely to succeed when they are emotionally safe and able to reconnect with their natural curiosity. Flippen Group processes provide educators the skills they need to change the trajectory of students’ lives. Openness replaces defensiveness. Judging and feelings of being judged are replaced with acceptance and real connectedness to school. “Discipline problems nearly non-existent,” and “Academic achievement constantly improving,” are common feedback following implementation of the highly acclaimed Capturing Kids’ Hearts processes.
The Flippen Group believes these unsung education heroes, producing exemplary outcomes in schools and paving the way for other schools to follow, need and deserve recognition for a job well done. Please join us in congratulating and honoring these schools and their leaders for their dedication and commitment.
Grand Prairie Fine Arts Academy Named a Capturing Kids’ Hearts National Showcase School
Grand Prairie Fine Arts Academy has been named a Capturing Kids’ Hearts National Showcase Schools award for the 2019-2020 school year by the Flippen Group. Six years ago, school administrators began an initiative to transform the campus into an emotionally safe and relationally connected place for students, staff, and parents to come together with a love for learning. Grand Prairie Fine Arts Academy was a recipient of this award every year since 2016-2017.
After researching programs used by many of the nation’s most successful schools, Grand Prairie Fine Arts Academy chose to join hands with the Flippen Group to bring Capturing Kids’ HeartsⓇ to its campus. Teachers and staff have continued to learn the processes needed to connect students with their peers and adults on campus and to create classrooms where students are excited to learn every day. As a result of implementing Capturing Kids’ Hearts, the school has experienced the highest state assessment results in the district and some of the highest in the state.
Over the next several months, a Flippen Group site team will visit Grand Prairie Fine Arts Academy to observe the progress taking place and decide whether the campus qualifies to become a recipient of this year’s Capturing Kids’ Hearts National Showcase Schools awards.
Since 1990, campuses across the country have experienced amazing outcomes with Capturing Kids’ Hearts tools and processes, creating the socio-emotional safety conducive to learning. Flippen Group provides educators the skills they need to change the trajectory of students’ lives. Openness replaces defensiveness. Judging and feelings of being judged are replaced with acceptance and real connectedness to the school. “Discipline problems nearly non-existent,” and “Academic achievement constantly improving,” are common feedback following Capturing Kids’ Hearts implementation.
Through the National Showcase Schools awards, Flippen Group seeks to recognize and celebrate schools that go the extra mile each day, building an environment where students and staff feel safe and connected. Flippen Group believes the unsung heroes who produce exemplary outcomes in schools and pave the way for other schools to follow need and deserve recognition for a job well done.
Capturing Kids’ Hearts campuses across the country are considered for this award based on the following criteria: 1) nomination based on observation, 2) level of implementation of Capturing Kids’ Hearts processes by all staff as measured by online surveys, and 3) data demonstrating that Capturing Kids’ Hearts has made a significant improvement in attendance, discipline, climate/culture, or academics.
Since the nomination period is now closed, Flippen Group teams will begin conducting site visits to nominated campuses to gather additional quantitative and qualitative data and interview students, teachers, administrators, and parents. They will compile a matrix of key measurements from the campus observation. Finally, they will conduct an additional survey to collect feedback regarding the perceived climate and culture of the campus and its conduciveness to learning. Following the site visit, the selection team will review all accumulated data and select the campuses to be this year’s recipients of the Capturing Kids’ Hearts National Showcase Schools awards.
The Flippen Group is proud to recognize the outstanding individuals who have dedicated themselves to making a difference in the lives of our children. As they identify these outstanding schools, campus leaders, and teachers each year, please join in celebrating some of the most skilled and effective educators in the country!
For more information about the Capturing Kids’ Hearts National Showcase Schools awards, contact: