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    Customer Story: Margate Elementary

    written April 20, 2016 by Lauren Bouffard

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Discipline Reform: Rethinking the School-to-Prison Pipeline

Do schools need to reevaluate and reform their discipline policies? 17-year old Brooklyn native Christine Rodriguez believes so. Christine is a college freshman and has been involved in a concerted effort between parents, educators, child rights advocates, and civil rights leaders to reform New York City school’s discipline policies. She’s been under the district’s tough disciplinary system for all of her primary school years. “I’ve been to public school my whole life. I’ve experienced the school-to-prison pipeline and criminalization [of students]. And I’ve questioned why all of these things happen to our communities.” What is the School-to-Prison Pipeline? We’ve covered the school-to-prison pipeline before, which refers to the growing number of students being referred into the criminal justice system by school officials for sometimes...

written May 3, 2016 by The Hero Collective

The Opportunity Cost of Discipline

How much time and money is spent at your school on discipline referrals? Use our calculator to find out. It is proven that the amount of time spent on instruction is directly correlated to academic achievement in schools. The time lost due to disciplinary disruptions can be referred to as the “opportunity cost” of discipline. When Susie is disruptive in class, her teacher stops instruction to address the issue. Once the teacher has taken disciplinary action, Susie is sent to the Assistant Principal’s office for them to spend their time dealing with the escalation. We all know how this goes. It’s cyclical and reactive, but most of all, time consuming. The opportunity cost of disciplining Susie is two fold; the time spent, as well...

written April 28, 2016 by Lauren Bouffard

Customer Story: Margate Elementary

How one school used small changes to make a big difference If David Rothman doesn’t tell you he is from New York, you may be able to guess it. He has the subdued sarcasm and casual authority characteristic of someone who grew up in the Northeast. His family is full of teachers, and he joined them in the family trade when he made his way south to Margate Elementary School, in Pompano Beach, Florida. That was 9 years ago, and while he has worked at other schools, he says, fondly, that it’s, “Nothing like this.” The atmosphere, people and staff set Margate apart as a special place to work. His official title at Margate is STEM coordinator. Like many educators, he wears multiple hats,...

written April 20, 2016 by Lauren Bouffard

It’s Not Just Points, it’s a Compliment

Positive recognition is about much more than points When was the last time someone gave you some positive feedback about something you did? Chances are it may be difficult to remember when you last got the good old pat on the back. If you’re lucky enough to recall a recent token of gratitude from another human, do you remember how it made you feel? Or better yet, do you remember doing that same thing again? Think about, for example, something as simple as someone complimenting your shirt. I’d be willing to bet that you’ll wear that shirt again with just a tinge more bravado than the last time—because you know someone liked it. And how about at work? Did a coworker or even a...

written April 14, 2016 by Jim Springhetti

The Cure for Summer-itis? PBIS!

The time between spring break and summer is a tough time for motivation. Here are some tips on how to keep students engaged through the end of the year. The time between spring break and summer, I remember it well. The warm weather is approaching, the sweet smell of vacation is right around the corner, and focusing on anything other than the beach seems near impossible. As we say around the Hero office, “the struggle is real.” As a teacher or an administrator, you are all too familiar with this time in the school year. Not only is it one of the busiest times, with exams, graduation and prom, its one of the most difficult times to keep students engaged. At Hero we know...

written April 14, 2016 by Lauren Bouffard

Using RTI as a Disciplinary Framework

Response to Intervention (RTI) can be used to redirect student behavior. Here are some ways the academic framework can be used to shape discipline strategy. The American education system is in a state of constant change as educators continue to seek ways to improve student achievement across the board. One results-oriented approach to education that continues to rise in popularity and acceptance is RTI or “Response to Intervention.” Noted author Dr. Jan Hasbrouck explains that RTI is a process or a framework used to determine the instructional services best suited for each individual student and to deliver those services promptly. While the main application of the RTI framework is academic interventions, the framework has also proven useful in implementing disciplinary interventions. Information sourced via...

written April 11, 2016 by The Hero Collective

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For over a decade our company has evolved and so has the world of education. EdTech companies are working with schools and districts nationwide to improve student outcomes at all levels. This evolution requires companies operating in this market to become more and more focused, nimble, and dedicated. When we launched the new Hero product in January 2014, we found the name resonated. Hero became far more than a product. Hero became what we live, every day. Our customers, partners, and everyone we’ve met along the way have responded so well to the Hero brand, it’s humbling. To support our commitment to our current and future customers, we are building a new organization to focus solely on K-12 education. Effective November 1, 2014, we are known simply as Hero K12. And we couldn’t be more excited for the future.

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