Discipline & Behavior Redirection

The Opportunity Cost of Discipline

What’s an outdated discipline policy costing you? When a student breaks the rules, a chain reaction is set in motion. If it’s a low-level incident, like a student arriving tardy to class, the teacher stops instruction and addresses the issue. High-level incidents, like violence or fights, come with paperwork, front office visits, and parent phone calls for all involved. For students and staff, both types of incidents come at a cost. 1. Time! Traditionally, keeping track of disciplinary incidents has always felt like it costs too much of the already-limited time that teachers and administrators have. With help from our real-life customers, we’ve created a calculator that lets you actually see how much time discipline is costing you. How many disciplinary incidents do you...

written November 16, 2018 by Donna Wagner

Harsh Discipline & Chronic Absenteeism: Where Do We Go From Here?

In the world of education, things often still operate from a top-down hierarchy. District leaders respond to state or federal mandates, and in turn direct school leaders to change. School leaders then, in turn, direct teachers to change. Yet change is indeed difficult, especially when it comes to discipline reform. Discipline is something that teachers take personally, and rightfully so. It’s their daily life in the classroom that’s at stake, and so they need the proper support and guidance to implement new approaches successfully. More often than not, time and funding are limited, and instead teachers are left feeling as if nothing has really changed. It’s “students cannot be punished” one day or “this new program too shall pass” the next. It’s easy for...

written July 13, 2018 by Daniel Haithcox

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

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

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

How Martin County, Kentucky is Strategically Improving Student Behavior with MTSS

Martin County, Kentucky is seeing hopeful results from their first two years using a multi-tiered system of supports (MTSS) to improve their student behavior. Once a burgeoning economy sustained by the coal industry, Martin County has been in steep economic decline since before the ’60’s era War on Poverty. Even though the poverty rate has improved in the last 50 years, it’s still at a dismal 40%. Coal mining has diminished drastically in the area, and being isolated in the Appalachian mountain range, other industries haven’t come to Martin County to replace it. As a consequence, the effects of generational poverty have negatively affected the community’s children. “…the county quoted from a state survey that said nearly a quarter of 14- and 15-year-olds in...

written May 16, 2017 by The Hero Collective

Our customers say it best.

  • "Our focus on improving school culture is paying off. Teachers report fewer behavioral problems, disciplinary referral rates have dropped, and more parents are choosing Finger Lake for their children’s education. "

    Susan Steele

    Principal, Finger Lake Elementary

  • "I've been doing this work for 23 years. There's no doubt in my mind that Hero has been a major contributor to all that is positive at Lyons Creek Middle School."

    Horace Hamm, Principal

    Lyons Creek Middle School

  • "Hero reminds me to always be doing what is expected of me and encourage my friends to do the same."

    Student

    Cleveland School of the Arts

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