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    written September 20, 2017 by Jessica Cameron

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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

Why SEL Results Matter (And How to See More of Them)

Social and Emotional Learning has the potential to improve an entire generation. So why aren’t SEL practices widespread? What should our schools be teaching? It sounds like an obvious question, and reading, math, science, and history sound like the obvious answers. But what about social and emotional skills – the stuff that prepares children for their careers or college-life, as adults? While this may sound like a good idea in theory, it’s actually much more than that. Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) investments make fiscal and political sense too – for schools, districts, and our larger society as a whole. This is because, research shows, the payoffs are huge. A study for CASEL on SEL asserts “that social and emotional learning improves grades and...

written March 1, 2018 by Autumn Miller

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


  • "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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