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Safety and Fun Get the School Year Done

The end of the year is a chaotic time campus-wide. Creating clear expectations about how classrooms should function during this time is critical because, while student may have checked out, academic expectations have not. Using Hero to launch a Student Safety Character Campaign is an effective way to finish out the year strongly and safely. Towards the end of the year, teachers and administrators alike should start awarding students with positive points when they exhibit behaviors that model safety. Thanking students for following the rules and incentivizing a desired behavior keeps other students engaged and keeps positive relationship-building going between teachers and kids. That positively is a helpful countering force to the stress of transition. In all of my years in education, I have...

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Playbook: Student Incentives

The most successful Hero schools reward students by incentivizing positive behavior. This playbook will walk you through how to build your incentive program. Create a plan to ensure that students have a voice Students thrive in environments where they feel connected. Utilize the well-organized student groups on campus to reach out to students to develop the foundation of their incentives program.  Student Government Association teachers and their students, National Honors society sponsors and their members, and the yearbook advisor and the journalism students should be a part of this team. Student leadership (or the faculty closest to them) on campus should be tasked with the first draft of a master list of the incentives that students want. Need help? Start a collaborative session with...

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Go on, take the funding and run.

How to find the funds for your school culture improvement initiative. As an effective tool for managing student behavior, Hero helps schools improve school culture – and you can get others to pick up the tab for that. From school improvement grants to money that’s been earmarked for technology, funding sources for Hero are out there. Your district deserves to be the one putting them to good use. Ride the Title I Wave Title I funds can often be applied to Hero because it can improve school climate, student engagement, school safety, and family involvement. If you’re not sure how that would work for your district, we’d be happy to chat and help you figure it out. Just remember that if you do want...

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Playbook: Teacher Rollout

The more enthusiastic everyone at your school is about Hero, the more successful your school will be. So, it’s important to introduce Hero to your teacher community in the best possible way. You want to make sure your teachers don’t see Hero as another thing they have to do but rather as an incredibly useful tool they’ll want to use. We’re here to help. Presenting: The Teacher Rollout Playbook, your go-to resource for getting faculty on board and training new Hero teachers. 1. Prepare User Cheat Sheet Be ready to share this with everyone. Customer Support Command Center Have this info handy. Behavior Matrix Grab this or your list of Hero behaviors. Faculty Rollout PowerPoint Organize your training. 2. Present Your role as the...

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Quick Start Guide: Email Personalization

If you’re a Hero Champion / Superuser, you may be interested to know about a new feature for emails and letters in Notification Center: Email Personalization. Now, when you compose the body of an email or letter in Hero, there are some placeholders that you can include to make your messages a little more personal. But beware! If you include placeholders that don’t have data for your student, the placeholder will be blank in the final email. We recommend that you test personalization with test students to make sure you’re sending all the information you intend to! Here’s a list of placeholders that you can currently use: School Information School Name: {{SCHOOL_NAME}} School Address: {{SCHOOL_ADDRESS}} School City: {{SCHOOL_CITY}} School State: {{SCHOOL_STATE}} School Zip Code: {{SCHOOL_ZIP}} School’s...

Our customers say it best.

  • "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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