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5 Hero Support Tips

Updated 05/22/2018 in support of the 2018-19 school year. Planning for the 2018-2019 school year is in full swing and there is no better 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 take some time to plan now so you are set up for success in the fall. This checklist will help your administrators, teachers, students and parents get up to speed with Hero before the school year begins. Here are the five administrative tips to get you started – 1. Changing New Active Terms This step updates and replaces last year’s school calendar dates with this year’s. An easy first step, but necessary in setting the foundation...

written May 22, 2018 by Keesa Sung

Change is in the Air

Summer is an exciting time in education. In some ways, a moment of respite after a long year of effort doing the world’s most important work. At the same time, an educator’s summer entails zen-like preparation for the road ahead: the upcoming school year. At Hero, we inherit the heartbeat of education. Our mission to make school a better place to work, learn, and grow continues throughout the year. And just like the educators we serve, we are working hard to prepare for the 2018-19 school year. Change is in the Air It’s been an exciting year for us at Hero. Our platform has grown quickly and so have our resources, plans, and vision for the future. And this means exciting things for our...

written May 21, 2018 by Corey Shelton

Can we stem the tide of teacher attrition with PBIS?

Happy students make happy teachers. And happy teachers stay teaching. Work-related burnout and stress can be problematic for any profession. But for America’s teachers, these issues are causing large numbers of individuals to leave their jobs, resulting in an exodus epidemic. Every single year, around 8% of teachers leave the profession. This means, every year, districts and schools need to find new teachers to replace those that have left. Which isn’t easy when there are fewer and fewer teachers to hire in general, year after year. The Learning Policy Institute reports that “90% of open teaching positions are created by teachers who leave the profession. Some are retiring, but about 2/3 of teachers leave for other reasons, most due to dissatisfactions with teaching.” And...

written March 30, 2018 by Autumn Miller

Customer Story: Boynton Beach Community High School

Majority Rule A Florida high school improves its culture by flipping its focus from misbehaving students to its high achievers. Guarn Sims was born and raised in Boynton Beach, Florida, but when the lifelong educator became principal of his hometown’s high school last year, he realized he had the same misconceptions of Boynton Beach Community High School as many of the area’s residents. “I had the perception there were school fights everyday,” he said. “I was so wrong.” The principal knew the school was a “high-needs school,” meaning that a large percentage of students were both low-income and minorities. What he didn’t realize until he started working at the school is that there are about 200 students who are behind in their academic achievement...

written March 27, 2018 by Autumn Miller

What happens when a district takes suspensions off the table?

Two studies examine the School District of Philadelphia before and after out of school suspensions were banned. It’s well documented that out of school suspensions can do more harm to students – and society —than good. The policy is not only “ineffective as a means of improving behavior,” but it’s also linked with “increased rates of academic failure, school dropout, misbehavior, criminal involvement, and incarceration,” asserts the Consortium for Policy Research in Education (CPRE) at the University of Pennsylvania. And across the nation, minority students are disproportionately handed out of school suspensions as disciplinary punishments. In light of this, Education Week notes an uptick in districts that are changing “their policies to limit student suspensions.” One of these is the School District of Philadelphia...

written March 1, 2018 by Autumn Miller

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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