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    written December 1, 2016 by Nikki Alvarez

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Hero Training Options

Your success is our priority. Whether you’re just getting started or need a quick refresher, we have a training option to suit your needs. Option 1    |    Attend a Training Webinar    |    FREE OUR MOST POPULAR TRAINING OPTION! Join one of our 60-minute live webinars, hosted by the Hero Support Team. Training sessions give an overview of Hero, and covers many of the most common user-end topics, like running reports, collecting meaningful data, and setting up a successful school-wide positive behavior program. REGISTER FOR THE WEBINAR   Option 2    |    In-App Resources    |    FREE Familiar with the everyday usage of Hero but need a refresher on specifics like adding a new behavior to track? “Walk-Me” is an in-app tool that walks you through the steps needed to perform tasks such as entering...

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How Will You Use Hero in the Classroom Next Year?

The Value of School-Wide Positive Behavior Reinforcement As a Hero Customer Success Manager, I see schools using a variety of different strategies to track and reward positive behavior, including some reinforcement techniques that I used myself when I was a teacher. The schools I visit are in different phases. Some are piloting Hero, others are using Hero in certain areas of their school, and some have not quite gone live with their Positive Behavior Reinforcement programs. But one thing is consistent—without a digital School Wide Positive Behavior Reinforcement program in place, schools struggle to collaborate across grade levels and departments, offering little to no consistency for students. The behaviors that teachers identify and reinforce are usually varied, and students have different standards they need to...

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Using Hero in the Classroom: Ideas from Former Teachers

Former teachers share their ideas for using Hero in the classroom. Focus on one behavior It can be challenging to track students for every behavior that your school is focused on. Instead, pick one behavior to work on in each class. Use Hero data to determine what behaviors students are struggling with, and hone in on that specific behavior. Then, once the students have mastered that specific behavior, you can move onto another behavior that students might be struggling with. For example, imagine your school’s target behaviors include “respectful”, “own-it”, “helpful,” and “engaged”. If your first period class struggles with “engagement,” you should strategically award Hero points to reinforce students that are actively engaged in learning. This focus behavior might not be the same...

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Keeping Students On-Task: Advice From Hero Customers

These best practices from Hero customers will help you encourage students to stay on-task and participate in learning. Greet your students Keeping students on task starts before they even enter the door. As a teacher, you stand, greet and welcome each student. This non-contingent reinforcement sets the stage for and sustains relationships. Students feel valued and in turn are more likely to value you and the learning you help facilitate. Reinforcement opportunity: provide Hero points to students who arrive to class on time and are ready to learn Have a bell-ringer ready As students settle into class, a “bell ringer” or “warm up” activity awaits. This can be an open-ended question that connects back to prior day learning or previews upcoming new material. Have...

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Student Incentives, Tips, and Tricks

Student engagement can be challenging—but it doesn’t have to be! Here are some incentives, tips and tricks to help maintain engagement throughout the year. REWARD STUDENTS MORE FREQUENTLY To keep your students’ attention focused and on task, try offering them rewards with more frequency then you typically do throughout the school year. Maybe try awarding incentives every other week instead of monthly. This will help maintain attention. REWARD WITH MORE INTENSITY If your students are earning positive behavior points, try offering them double points on specific problem behaviors that your school is experiencing. If you have specific days that are more difficult to promote engagement, like Fridays, try double points given on that day of the week. RECOGNIZE EVEN THE SMALLEST OF THINGS It’s...

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Rolling out Hero to Your Teachers

It can be daunting to roll out a new tool to teachers. We’re here to help, with suggestions and tools to help your Hero roll-out go smoothly. Tips for a successful teacher training session: Picking the right team. The trainers running your sessions should include a combination of school leadership and your Hero Champion. It’s important to at least include part of the leadership team as it shows that you have buy in from the leaders at your school for your Hero program. The right class size. We recommend that you run smaller training sessions with 3-15 participants. If the group gets too big, there can be too many interruptions and you’ll lose the attention of your teachers. Groups can be created by department...

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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