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    Another Year In The Books

    written by Bryan Landaburu

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The Cascading Effects of Chronic Absenteeism

By now, the link between chronic absenteeism and academic outcomes is clear. In study after study, researchers have shown that when students miss school, they are more likely to fall behind academically or even drop out. And while the research has been critical to identifying the link between academics and chronic absenteeism, the story doesn’t end there. Educators on the frontlines are seeing all other kinds of other ways chronic absenteeism is hurting our school environments, beyond academics. Absenteeism is having cascading, negative effects, and in our own customer community Homeroom, some of the influential educators we work with outlined these growing problems. Here are the cascading effects of chronic absenteeism that educators are finding most concerning: When chronically absent students do come back...

written February 20, 2019 by Jessica Mitchell

4 Warning Signs a Student Will Struggle with Attendance

Attendance can have serious implications for academic outcomes. Time and again, research has shown when students aren’t in school, the likelihood they’ll succeed academically drops severely. By 3rd grade, poor attendance can influence whether or not a student can read at grade level. And by 6th grade, excessive absenteeism is a leading influence on whether or not a student will drop out. This tie to academics – and the fact that chronic absenteeism numbers continue to grow each year – is why the federal government has labeled chronic absenteeism a national crisis. We as a nation need to get students back in class. We need to reduce chronic absenteeism, yes. But any seasoned educator will remind us that truancy behaviors do not begin the...

written January 30, 2019 by Autumn Miller

Walker Middle: Helping students navigate when expectations are high

An academically rigorous school is using positive behavior reinforcement to develop outstanding students. It almost goes without saying that middle school can be an emotionally trying time for many students. But the middle school years can also be considered formative years, where character traits can be molded and model citizens can be formed. That’s what essentially has kept Technology Resource Teacher Jennifer Brown at Walker Middle Magnet School in the Tampa-area town of Odessa, FL for the last 13 years. Walker Middle Magnet is an International Baccalaureate© (IB) school that serves students in grades six, seven, and eight. And character-building is a core component of the IB program. Known for rigorous academics and a focus on “Whole Child” development, IB for students, like other...

written January 14, 2019 by Autumn Miller

A bright year ahead

First and foremost, I hope everyone enjoyed some wonderful quality time with family and friends over the holidays. This new year was an especially important one for me because it capped off an incredibly exciting year in our organization. Some of you might know me from working with me at SchoolMint. Others of you might not. For those who don’t, I co-founded SchoolMint back in 2013, and for six years (!) now, the company has been partnering with school networks and districts across the country, providing strategic enrollment management solutions. This past year, we integrated with another incredible EdTech provider, Hero K12. As of January 1, 2019, Hero and SchoolMint are one company, proudly carrying the SchoolMint name. We’ve united over one inspiring purpose:...

written January 2, 2019 by Jinal Jhaveri

Why second chances matter (and how to give them).

At Hero, we believe second chances are incredibly important. We believe there’s good in everyone. Yes, students make mistakes. But adults do too. And really, that’s what a product like Hero is all about. Student behavior improvement programs should be about giving everyone, even the students who mess up a lot, a new opportunity — a second chance — each day to do something good. Second chances are though one of those things that’s easier said than done.  It takes incredible patience. And it takes some serious willpower to not get flustered. In many ways, it takes the everyday skills educators somehow muster out of nowhere. Somehow, so many educators are capable of finding the inner strength that’s needed to #bethechange. For that, we’ll...

written December 19, 2018 by Jessica Mitchell

“Winter Break is Coming”

Using Hero to help reinforce student focus and effort prior to break/exams At some point, almost every educator has either had an internal winter break countdown in their head or even written one on the board. The weeks before winter break can feel hectic and while everyone is indeed probably ready for a break, writing a countdown on the board– which was something I always admittedly did– is not necessarily the best solution for addressing student focus issues. If anything, it can encourage students to focus on the wrong thing and may even unintentionally send a message that you can’t wait to be away from them. So what can this look like instead? First, simply tweak how you word your countdown. Whether you are...

written December 10, 2018 by Daniel Haithcox

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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