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    written November 2, 2016 by Nikki Alvarez

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Suspensions Cost California DOE Billions in Economic Losses, New Study Reveals

Out-of-school suspension appears to be a cost-free response to misbehavior, unless you look at the long-term economic impact. A new study shows the real price is stifling. The financial cost of implementing evidence-based disciplinary practices such as PBIS or Restorative Justice can be challenging for any school budget. However, a new study shows the economic cost of maintaining the status quo—and the price is stifling. Of course, no discussion around student success should be entirely reduced to dollars and cents. But the money issue is a necessary conversation in terms of execution. Once a school or district is ready to transition from a zero tolerance policy to an evidence-based student behavioral policy, implementing that new policy will have a very real cost to train...

written July 19, 2017 by The Hero Collective

Better School Climate, Better Student Performance

While a better school climate creates a better environment to learn, does it really improve academic performance? A new study shows that it does. At Hero, we’re passionate about helping educators and administrators create a better climate for their schools. This new study highlights exactly why a positive climate is so important and the impact it has on student performance. Creating a positive school climate is not a simple, straightforward task. It costs money. It requires time. It demands focused collaboration of administrators, educators, and parents. But according to a recent study from the Institute of Education Sciences National Center for Educational Evaluation and Regional Assistance, a division of the US Department of Education, it is worth every effort. The study analyzed data from...

written July 19, 2017 by The Hero Collective

Kaneland High School is Using a New Approach to Combat Tardiness, and It’s Working

Hero customer Kaneland High School was recently featured in an Edvocate article because of the success they’ve had combating tardiness and changing the school culture. Kaneland High School administrators took a new approach to combating tardiness by implementing a new locked door policy when the bell rings and tracking tardies digitally using Hero. “For years we have been looking at Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) options to try changing the lax attitude we had toward tardies,” said Ryan Malo, the Dean of Students. “With the locked door policy, tardies just had to be stopped.” The previous tardy process involved many steps, a lot of paperwork, and diligent attention to track tardies. To issue a consequence, the discipline secretary had to hand count how...

written July 10, 2017 by Jessica Mitchell

Customer Story: Cocoa High School

How one school dramatically reduced negative behavior with restorative practices and a paperless referral system. Lorri Benjamin is a passionate administrator who believes education has a tremendous impact on future generations. She started out her career as an Elementary Teacher, and worked her way up through the ranks towards her current role of Assistant Principal of Cocoa High School. Her belief in the power of education, and seeing her students graduate, is what motivates her every day. Even for her 7th graders, she is inspired to think of that student crossing the stage for graduation. “I think that education is the only thing that’s going to make a difference in this country. I just believe that’s where everybody has to start. Our school has...

written July 6, 2017 by Nikki Alvarez

To Parents, Transparency is a Necessity to Use Student Data

Student data helps educators make strategic and attainable behavior goals. But are parents concerned that this data affects the safety and well-being of their child? Most parents are on board with the use of student data, realizing that it can be used to improve their child’s education—but prefer to be made aware of this collection upfront. According to surveys done by The Future of Privacy Forum, most parents see the value in using electronic education records despite their concerns about privacy and security. Seventy-one percent of parents are comfortable with a properly-protected electronic education record being created for their children, and 77 percent of parents believe that this kind of record would be a valuable tool for improving their children’s educational opportunities. Also in...

written June 30, 2017 by The Hero Collective

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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