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    Another Year In The Books

    written by Bryan Landaburu

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The Opportunity Cost of Discipline

What’s an outdated discipline policy costing you? When a student breaks the rules, a chain reaction is set in motion. If it’s a low-level incident, like a student arriving tardy to class, the teacher stops instruction and addresses the issue. High-level incidents, like violence or fights, come with paperwork, front office visits, and parent phone calls for all involved. For students and staff, both types of incidents come at a cost. 1. Time! Traditionally, keeping track of disciplinary incidents has always felt like it costs too much of the already-limited time that teachers and administrators have. With help from our real-life customers, we’ve created a calculator that lets you actually see how much time discipline is costing you. How many disciplinary incidents do you...

written November 16, 2018 by Autumn Miller

Executing a Hero pilot program before a schoolwide rollout

As the old saying goes, you only get one chance to make a first impression. Building a strong, sustainable process before rolling anything out to all stakeholders is extremely important. If you are starting a new PBIS program at any time during semester two, you are most likely doing so with staff already committed to an outcome for accountability data. It’s actually the perfect time to try something new. There is one semester of complete data as a baseline for which to compare your progress and a control group in the staff who does not undertake any new initiatives. Following a cyclical calendar to implement change can feel overwhelming. So, starting small and rolling through strategic steps is an important way to ensure that...

written November 12, 2018 by Donna Wagner

How an Orlando School Increased Instructional Time and Decreased Out of School Suspensions by 80%

When students aren’t in class, they spend less time learning and outcomes can suffer as a result. Lake Nona, an Orlando-area middle school, felt too many students were losing too much class time. One factor contributing to this was out-of-school suspensions. In the 2016-17 school year, reports Assistant Principal Damian Rosado, Lake Nona Middle had issued 100 out-of-school suspensions. While some form of discipline is needed in a school setting, leaning heavily on consequence-based punishment was creating a reactionary cycle. And Rosado wanted to curb problems before they started. Rosado brought HeroRise, an online student behavior improvement platform, to the school in the fall of the 2017-18 school year. Designed as a practical way to implement a positive behavior framework on a schoolwide scale,...

written August 23, 2018 by Autumn Miller

Harsh Discipline & Chronic Absenteeism: Where Do We Go From Here?

In the world of education, things often still operate from a top-down hierarchy. District leaders respond to state or federal mandates, and in turn direct school leaders to change. School leaders then, in turn, direct teachers to change. Yet change is indeed difficult, especially when it comes to discipline reform. Discipline is something that teachers take personally, and rightfully so. It’s their daily life in the classroom that’s at stake, and so they need the proper support and guidance to implement new approaches successfully. More often than not, time and funding are limited, and instead teachers are left feeling as if nothing has really changed. It’s “students cannot be punished” one day or “this new program too shall pass” the next. It’s easy for...

written July 13, 2018 by Daniel Haithcox

How to retain students in a sea of choice.

One school principal says student behavior management is key. Susan R. Steele, Principal of Finger Lake Elementary, is clear: “when I took this position, one of my goals was to grow enrollment.” And after just two years, she’s done just that. Under her leadership, reports EdTech Digest, the school’s student body has grown from 250 students to more than 400 this year. Finger Lake Elementary is one of 21 public elementary schools in the Wasilla, Alaska area. It’s in the Matanuska-Susitna district, which is a choice district, meaning parents can choose to send their children to any school (instead of simply defaulting to their neighborhood assignment). Growing enrollment, therefore, isn’t as simple as adding a few students here and there. Steele knew she needed...

written June 29, 2018 by Autumn Miller

Another Year In The Books

The evolution of Hero. Schools across the country are adopting new approaches to student behavior. We evangelized a hypothesis: the best way to motivate students to exhibit great behavior is by recognizing the things they do right more than the things they do wrong. We build products that help schools do this on a daily basis. The impact to school climate and culture, attendance, and academic performance are noteworthy. At the end of every school year, our teams reconnoiter over data, conversations with our customers, and the outcomes we’ve helped drive. This year, we noticed new energy, compassion, and fidelity across our schools. Entire administrative teams, teaching staff, students and even parents are rallying together, creating learning environments based on positivity. Building schools that...

written June 29, 2018 by Bryan Landaburu

Our customers say it best.

  • "Our focus on improving school culture is paying off. Teachers report fewer behavioral problems, disciplinary referral rates have dropped, and more parents are choosing Finger Lake for their children’s education. "

    Susan Steele

    Principal, Finger Lake Elementary

  • "I've been doing this work for 23 years. There's no doubt in my mind that Hero has been a major contributor to all that is positive at Lyons Creek Middle School."

    Horace Hamm, Principal

    Lyons Creek Middle School

  • "Hero reminds me to always be doing what is expected of me and encourage my friends to do the same."


    Cleveland School of the Arts


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