Discipline & Behavior Redirection

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

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

The Opportunity Cost of Discipline

What’s an outdated discipline policy costing you? When a student breaks the rules, a chain reaction is set in motion. If it’s a low-level incident, like a student arriving tardy to class, the teacher stops instruction and addresses the issue. High-level incidents, like violence or fights, come with paperwork, front office visits, and parent phone calls for all involved. For students and staff, both types of incidents come at a cost. 1. Time! Traditionally, keeping track of disciplinary incidents has always felt like it costs too much of the already-limited time that teachers and administrators have. With help from our real-life customers, we’ve created a calculator that lets you actually see how much time discipline is costing you. How many disciplinary incidents do you...

written November 16, 2018 by Donna Wagner

Harsh Discipline & Chronic Absenteeism: Where Do We Go From Here?

In the world of education, things often still operate from a top-down hierarchy. District leaders respond to state or federal mandates, and in turn direct school leaders to change. School leaders then, in turn, direct teachers to change. Yet change is indeed difficult, especially when it comes to discipline reform. Discipline is something that teachers take personally, and rightfully so. It’s their daily life in the classroom that’s at stake, and so they need the proper support and guidance to implement new approaches successfully. More often than not, time and funding are limited, and instead teachers are left feeling as if nothing has really changed. It’s “students cannot be punished” one day or “this new program too shall pass” the next. It’s easy for...

written July 13, 2018 by Daniel Haithcox

Can we stem the tide of teacher attrition with PBIS?

Happy students make happy teachers. And happy teachers stay teaching. Work-related burnout and stress can be problematic for any profession. But for America’s teachers, these issues are causing large numbers of individuals to leave their jobs, resulting in an exodus epidemic. Every single year, around 8% of teachers leave the profession. This means, every year, districts and schools need to find new teachers to replace those that have left. Which isn’t easy when there are fewer and fewer teachers to hire in general, year after year. The Learning Policy Institute reports that “90% of open teaching positions are created by teachers who leave the profession. Some are retiring, but about 2/3 of teachers leave for other reasons, most due to dissatisfactions with teaching.” And...

written March 30, 2018 by Autumn Miller

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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