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    Creating a Student VIP Lounge at Your School for Free

    written December 1, 2016 by Nikki Alvarez

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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...

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Creating a Student VIP Lounge at Your School for Free

HERO PLAYS ARE QUICK INSTRUCTIONS FOR HOW TO RUN EFFECTIVE, UNIQUE BEHAVIOR PROGRAMS AT YOUR SCHOOL. One of the most popular positive behavior incentives we see at Hero schools is a VIP Lounge. This is an area in your school—a section of the courtyard, a corner of the cafeteria, an unused classroom—that is set up as a recreational area. Read the Play to learn: Why a Student VIP Lounge is an effective incentive When it should take place How you can outfit your own lounge—for free Language to use during outreach

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Steps to Set Up Hero for the New Year

Lesson plans have been drafted, grade books are set to a clean slate, and flip-flops are (mostly) being retired. You know what that means: Another school year is about to begin! Because the beginning of the school year can be so hectic, Hero has prepared resources to help kick the new year off right, and ensure a successful Hero roll-out. This list is designed to direct you to all the resources you’ll need to get up and rolling this year, whether you’re on-boarding and getting ready for your first year, or you’re back at it again. So sit back, pour one last glass of clinking ice and refreshing iced tea out on the veranda, and let’s walk through the process together, in a few...

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Quick Start Guide: Changing Your School Calendar Dates

Updating you school calendar is extremely important in keeping your Hero program accurate. Correctly configuring exclude dates in Hero will help you avoid inappropriately assigning an action to a student during a date when no actions can take place. Exclude dates are specific dates or date ranges not requiring reactions—for example, school holidays, teacher work days, or weekends when students are not present. This guide will show you how to edit or create a date set with exclude dates. Creating an Exclusion Date Set 1. To begin, log in to the Hero Setup Portal. Once logged in, click the Trac Code icon in the menu on the left side. 2. Scroll to the bottom. On the right, click Manage Actions. 3. Select an action to access...

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Throwing a Food Truck Party at Your School

HERO PLAYS ARE QUICK INSTRUCTIONS FOR HOW TO RUN EFFECTIVE, UNIQUE BEHAVIOR PROGRAMS AT YOUR SCHOOL. Promoting positive behavior in the classroom and across campus can be one of the most difficult—and rewarding—things you can do as a school administrator. Often times, the efficacy of your positive behavior program, regardless of what plan you are following, comes down to one thing: successful student incentives. Striking that perfect balance between supply and demand, with rewards that are both coveted by and pined after by students takes some ingenuity and patience. For that reason, it’s always helpful to hear examples from other schools that have found incentive ideas that stick. One such idea that has been universally appealing is the Food Truck Party, which, consequently, is...

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How Will You Use Hero in the Classroom Next Year?

The Value of School-Wide PBIS 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 PBIS programs. But one thing is consistent—without a digital SWPBIS (school-wide PBIS) 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 meet depending on whose class...

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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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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