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    written September 20, 2017 by Jessica Cameron

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Regarding Bullying, Technology is the Solution, Not the Problem

How EdTech companies are helping educators monitor, intervene – and even prevent – bullying. When we think about bullying, technology is often seen as part of the problem, not the solution. And no wonder, since the number of children who experience cyber bulling is staggering. In the CDC’s last study on the matter, 15.5% of high schoolers survey participants indicated they were cyber bullied in the last year. Gut-wrenchingly, 8.6% said they had attempted suicide in the same time frame. And yet, as smart phones continue to saturate our society, we must realize technology isn’t going anywhere. So perhaps it’s time for technology to be seen as part of the solution. In that vein, we’re excited to see Education Week’s article on fellow tech...

written December 20, 2017 by The Hero Collective

To motivate students, a little nudge can go a long way

Research concludes positive “nudges” can motivate behavioral change. Anyone that has tried to add more exercise into their routine or nix a bad habit knows that – to change behavior – having a little motivation helps. And while there are all kinds of motivational tactics and techniques, recent science shows that on students, some motivation works better than others. What’s not all that effective, turns out, is telling kids what they shouldn’t do. According to recent research highlighted in Education Week, “one of the quickest ways to lower motivation is to try to force people to make changes.” Instead, a team of behavioral economists at the University of Chicago, led by Steven Levitt, have concluded that to change behavior in students, it’s better to...

written December 19, 2017 by The Hero Collective

What do you wish you knew when you started using Hero?

Hero Homeroom, our customer community, is one of our favorite places to connect with the teachers and administrators that use Hero every day. Here, we commonly find passionate educators discussing ways to make schools better – and we’re frequently inspired by what they have to say. When we recently posed the question, “what do you wish you had known about Hero before you started using it,” we knew everyone had to see the response. Here’s what our Hero veterans had to say: Don’t be intimidated by the technology. “[Hero] is easy to use and add to your routine. I award Hero points for on-time students immediately after I take roll.” – LeeAnn Rigby, Teacher, Indian Springs High School “Hero is self-explanatory, so you have...

written December 8, 2017 by Jessica Mitchell

Closing the Trust Gap in Schools with Positive Behavior Reinforcement

The trust gap is becoming another hurdle in student achievement. Can bridging the gap be as simple as implementing a positive behavior reinforcement program? A recent study seems to think so. Of all of the “gaps” teachers help students surmount, including financial insecurities, learning disabilities, or lack of motivation, perhaps the most challenging is the trust gap. That’s what a recent study from David Yeager, Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of Texas at Austin, indicates. For many teachers, the trust gap could be the hardest obstacle they face. And the most destructive. In the journal Child Development, Yeager reviews the findings of an eight-year study that surveyed Colorado students from middle school through the end of high school. The survey measured student...

written November 15, 2017 by The Hero Collective

Can we Learn Anything From California’s Student Dashboard?

The rollout of California’s Accountability Model and School Dashboard is a promising endeavor to get parents, policymakers, and the general public involved in making California’s educational system better. But aggregating the massive sets of data—in real time—proves to be a complex operation. The Local Control Funding Formula, adopted by the California legislature in 2013, called for California schools to begin reporting on multiple student achievement criteria – in addition to test scores. Reporting criteria include: High school graduation rates, College/career readiness, Student test scores, English learner (EL) progress, Suspension rates, and Parent engagement. Since then, California school districts have been doubling their efforts and preparing their budgets to change their reporting requirements, and this year, California’s Department of Education (CDE) launched the latest phase...

written November 9, 2017 by The Hero Collective

We are Thrilled to Welcome SchoolMint to the Hero K12 Family

I take great pride in the fact that each day when I go to work, we are helping schools recognize students in a positive way. The saying goes, the world can be a better place if you make a difference in the life of a child. Simple, recognition. It resonates with all of us. At Hero, we built our entire brand on the concept of heroism. In our world, that has traditionally meant the administrators, teachers, and students. It takes all three to drive school climate. Hero is in business to have a profound, positive impact on student behavior, making school a better place to work, learn and grow. Education is increasingly driven by technology. Technologies that make a school operate more efficiently. Applications that...

written October 30, 2017 by Bryan Landaburu

Testimonials

  • "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

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