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Forrest Co. School District Hosts Training Seminar for Teachers

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Instructors from six Forrest County schools embrace a new teaching concept.

"The idea is in order to truly invest and to grow a child academically - emotionally - we need to have their heart," says educational trainer Coby Bird.

Capturing Kid's Hearts already exists in 48 states, as well as seven other countries.

Forrest County becomes one of Mississippi's first school districts to adopt The Flippen Group's three-day process.

"When you go into the program and you're just there a few minutes, you see the impact that it can have in the lives of children and parents, and so we were eager to get that down in our area to provide support for our teachers and our students," says Forrest County Schools Superintendent Brian Freeman.

Freeman says federal dollars and the Mississippi Department of Education's $25,000 grant fund the program.

He suggests similar teaching concepts already exist in another area of local schools.

When coaches build those relationships with athletes, those athletes go on the field and do probably above and beyond the expectations that people have, but coaches always push those expectations to the limit," says Freeman. "Teachers need to expect those high level of performances as well."

Bird says emphasizing a group concept produces such results.

"You can be a superstar all you want, but you're probably not going to win championships unless you're a part of a cohesive team, and we want to look at that whole class and the health of that whole class - not just one or two individual students," says Bird.

The event concludes on Thursday afternoon.

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