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    written September 20, 2017 by Jessica Cameron

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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

Studies Needed to Prove Time Spent on Student Relationship-Building is Worthwhile

A new study explores why non-academic interactions with students are critical to establishing trust and improving school climate. But one study is not enough to shift a mindset, and prioritize relationship-building. As with so many areas in the teaching profession, science is still catching up with what so many good teachers already know. Teachers intuitively understand that student performance is not solely dependent on classroom instruction, and that interactions between teachers and students outside of the classroom are just as important as those within. Good teachers don’t need scientific validation to do what they know is best for their students, but without it, they may be forced to focus solely on academics. For a number of years, public policy has tried to solve the...

written October 24, 2017 by The Hero Collective

4 Ways to Bridge the Trust Gap with a More Positive School Climate

Distrust is growing among students towards educational institutions. The good news? A positive school climate might help. Generally speaking, educators and schools work hard at creating positive learning environments for their students—but for many, there are serious obstacles that get in the way. In a recent Education Week article, Dr. Peter DeWitt shares how many schools are derailed in their attempts to create a positive school climate. Challenge: Federal and State Initiatives Despite the best of intentions, many initiatives become restrictive or cumbersome for educators, which keeps them from trying new approaches. These initiatives, like “high-stakes testing” and “all of the compliance type initiatives” often do not reflect the current evidence or best practices in achieving higher performance. Challenge: Leadership Not On Board Positive...

written October 23, 2017 by The Hero Collective

Hero Hacks – Unique Ideas from the Hero Community

There are unique ways of rewarding and incentivizing students for any positive behavior reinforcement program. Our community of educators weigh-in with some great tips. Our customers are constantly thinking outside the box, inventing new ways to use Hero in their classrooms and schools. In the Discussions area of our customer community — Hero Homeroom, we asked the question, have you used Hero in a unique way? Here is what they had to say… TRACKING EVENT ATTENDANCE Did you know that Hero can be used to track student attendance at events like blood drives, tutoring, or even Saturday school? Hero lets you easily see which students participated in any event you want to track. “I am hoping to use it next year for the blood...

written October 16, 2017 by Jessica Mitchell


  • "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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