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    A Primer on Social and Emotional Learning

    written November 2, 2016 by Nikki Alvarez

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5 Hero Support Tips

Updated 5/24/17 in support of the 2016-17 school year. Can you believe that the school year is almost over? With the new year right around the corner, it’s a great time to get your Hero account primed and ready for the back-to-school rush. To prepare for the next school year, you will need to make a decision about your Hero data. On July 21st, Hero will automatically archive your student data from the prior year. Don’t forget to pull your Hero reports prior to July 21st. Need help pulling your Hero data? Your Customer Success Manager or our Support team would be happy to help! Here are the five support tips to consider before starting a new year with Hero: 1. Changing New Active Terms...

written May 23, 2017 by Nikki Alvarez

Social and Emotional Learning: Bringing Kindness Back to School

Many are concerned that the world is an unkind place for their children. So what are we doing about it? Social and Emotional Learning may be the answer. The mounting concern about the state of kindness in the world culminates in a national survey created by the Sesame Workshop. The survey consists of several questions from both the parents and teachers point of view, and seeks to both validate and promote the need for strong social and emotional learning programs in schools today. NPR covered the story around Sesame Street’s survey and the implications for teachers and parent’s alike. Concerning the problem, some 2,000 parents and 500 teachers who’ve taken the survey so far are agreed: “today’s kids are growing up in an unkind...

written May 18, 2017 by The Hero Collective

How Martin County, Kentucky is Strategically Improving Student Behavior with MTSS

Martin County, Kentucky is seeing hopeful results from their first two years using a multi-tiered system of supports (MTSS) to improve their student behavior. Once a burgeoning economy sustained by the coal industry, Martin County has been in steep economic decline since before the ’60’s era War on Poverty. Even though the poverty rate has improved in the last 50 years, it’s still at a dismal 40%. Coal mining has diminished drastically in the area, and being isolated in the Appalachian mountain range, other industries haven’t come to Martin County to replace it. As a consequence, the effects of generational poverty have negatively affected the community’s children. “…the county quoted from a state survey that said nearly a quarter of 14- and 15-year-olds in...

written May 16, 2017 by The Hero Collective

What to Look Forward to Next School Year With Hero

Read about some of the changes we’ve made, motivated by the desire to help our customers succeed. Hero’s priority has always been the success of our customers, but now more than ever our customer success function is firing on all cylinders. This upcoming year holds enormous potential for Hero—and for you—our beloved customer. As our company grows, we continue to learn and progress forward with you, adapting to your needs and the ever-evolving climate of education. Here are some changes that reflect that evolution. NEED HELP? Having tools to understand our product are crucial for ensuring your success with Hero. We listened when our Heroes spoke and invested in a new “HELP” solution within the Hero application. When you login, you may have noticed...

written May 9, 2017 by Bryan Landaburu

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 May 8, 2017 by Jessica Mitchell

What Is Resilience In Children, and How Can Schools Nurture It?

Studies in resilience have determined that children with learning problems can be set up for success, and teachers and parents make the biggest difference. Here’s what the research shows. Teachers often worry about their students, and always hope that they will be well adjusted—academically, socially, and emotionally. If a teacher sees a student struggling, they may feel there’s only so much they can do to turn a child’s life around. But recent research done by Dr. Robert Brooks shows the true nature of resilience in children. The results are promising, and should hopefully alleviate some of the burden teachers feel. Dr. Brooks begins by revealing the mindset of a resilient child. 1. A resilient mindset focuses one’s time and energy on what the individual...

written April 27, 2017 by The Hero Collective


  • "What Hero is able to do is offer a management system to problem solve on what’s working, what’s not, and how do you go about creating new systems and processes to overcome your challenges."

    Dr. Nikolai Vitti

    Superintendant, Duval County Public Schools

  • "Hero is changing the conversation. Where a teacher might be more apt to focus on certain behaviors in their classroom, this focuses them on school-wide behaviors that we want to see."

    Terry Connor

    Principal, Samuel Wolfson High School

  • "I feel that Hero is instilling positive reinforcement with the kids... In education, we're used to the culture of reinforcing negative behaviors. Now, we're creating a positive culture where students are publicly recognized. There's a reward system. They're recognized by their peers, they're recognized by the faculty and staff, they're recognized by their principal, and it starts to spread throughout the school."

    Carlos Alvarez

    Principal, Hialeah Educational Academy


PlascoTrac is now Hero K12

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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