Positive Behavior Reinforcement

The Case for Happier Schools

Students learn invaluable social skills in a happier, more positive school climate. In our modern world where a student could “go to school” using their laptop, there is one tremendous advantage of a brick-and-mortar campus that is not going away: the social and emotional connections made through a positive school climate. Dance your way to a more positive school climate. “Happy schools,” like Weiner Elementary School in northeast Arkansas, are the result of carefully implemented activities and policies that create a sense of community and happiness school-wide. “It’s a feeling in a building,” Hogue explains. “When you walk in here, it just feels right. It looks like a place where learning is happening.” Every morning, school begins with a dance party before school, using...

written January 18, 2017 by The Hero Collective

How to Reduce Referrals with Positive Behavior Reinforcement

As new information reveals the connection between the school-to-prison pipeline and suspensions, many schools are seeking alternative forms of discipline. And it’s working. Positive behavior reinforcement programs recognize students for meeting certain behavior expectations rather than tracking behavioral infractions. A growing number of schools are finding consistent results using positive behavior reinforcement programs as a means of reducing negative student behavior on campus. In fact, one middle school cut discipline referrals by 98 percent using Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS). In their article covering the positive results of Redland Middle School’s PBIS system, the National Education Association (NEA) reported that before PBIS, Redland was referring over 1,200 students to the principals office each year. But by focusing on “constructive interventions as an alternative...

written November 14, 2016 by The Hero Collective

Insights: How to Turn Around a Failing School

A study examines 160 schools in the United Kingdom that made changes in order to turn their campuses around. The results are fascinating. Which changes improved student academic performance? Which changes didn’t work? How much did the changes cost? Out of the numerous insights offered on how to turn around a failing school, one key finding wound its way through the article… The results of the study demonstrate clearly that a positive school climate and positively reinforced student behavior program is critical to turning around a failing school. In fact, the article goes so far as to caution schools from improving classroom instruction before creating an environment that promotes positive student behaviors. “You can’t expect teachers to sort out all the problems themselves,” warns...

written October 12, 2016 by The Hero Collective

How a School-Wide PBIS Program Is Changing a City

Salinas, California is fighting violence with a school-wide positive behavior program. We like to highlight schools around the nation that are implementing positive behavior programs, like PBIS, well in their school. We believe that creating a positive school environment has an effect that reaches beyond campus—and the school district of Salinas, California is proof. Through their dedication to a school-wide positive behavior program (SWPBIS), they are combating violence beyond the school walls. Positive and safe school climates have a direct effect on the communities in which they live. Salinas, CA is one of the least educated cities in America with one of the lowest numbers of doctors per capita. Endemic violence has ruled the city for years with over 22 known gangs in residence...

written June 13, 2016 by The Hero Collective

7 Tips to Implementing a School-wide PBIS Program

How one school in rural Minnesota is successfully recognizing positive behavior with a school-wide PBIS program. The movement among schools looking for proven, research-based ways to create a safe and positive school climate is being seen among the frigid campuses of rural Minnesota. Rippleside Elementary School in Aitkin County, MN, is in the fourth year of implementing their SWPBIS (School Wide Positive Behavior Interventions and Support) program they call “Catching the Wave,” and in light of the great results they’ve seen with the program, they plan on riding that wave for some time. It began when the Minnesota Department of Education (MNDE) began working with Dr. George Sugai of the National Center for Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports. With his help and funded by...

written June 7, 2016 by The Hero Collective

Challenges in the Way of a Positive School Culture

A lot of school campuses would like to cultivate a more positive culture. So what stands in the way? There’s a growing number of school districts focusing on creating positive school environments as a means of promoting student achievement. Everyday, more professional educators are realizing that deterring bad behaviors with a strict penal code is a much harder and less effective means to bring about student success. There are several hurdles in the way of educators who are implementing programs to instill a positive school environment. In an Education Week article, education writers Peter DeWitt and Sean Slade, co-authors of the book School Climate Change: How Do I Build a Positive Environment for Learning, assert there are two main hurdles in the way of...

written May 5, 2016 by The Hero Collective


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    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


PlascoTrac is now Hero K12

For over a decade our company has evolved and so has the world of education. EdTech companies are working with schools and districts nationwide to improve student outcomes at all levels. This evolution requires companies operating in this market to become more and more focused, nimble, and dedicated. When we launched the new Hero product in January 2014, we found the name resonated. Hero became far more than a product. Hero became what we live, every day. Our customers, partners, and everyone we’ve met along the way have responded so well to the Hero brand, it’s humbling. To support our commitment to our current and future customers, we are building a new organization to focus solely on K-12 education. Effective November 1, 2014, we are known simply as Hero K12. And we couldn’t be more excited for the future.


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