Hero Customer Stories

Sarasota High: Student Success Starts with Getting Students In Class

Over the course of a year, change has been unfolding at Sarasota High School in Sarasota, Florida. School administrators are dedicated to the success of their students. And they’re doing what it takes to help students succeed – which, especially this year, has boiled down to attendance and getting students where they need to be to learn. At Sarasota High, Assistant Principal Becky Moyer is particularly focused on student accomplishments. As an educator, seeing what students ultimately overcome, year after year, is what motivates her day in and day out. And in some ways, it’s why she became an AP after 10 years teaching math in middle and high school. “I wanted to make a difference on a schoolwide level,” she says, adding “I...

written April 1, 2019 by Autumn Miller

Attendance Transformation at Rutherford High

It’s been a rough year for Rutherford High School in Panama City, FL. They were greatly impacted by Hurricane Michael when it hit the panhandle in the fall of 2018, bringing hardship and uncertainties to the community. Despite these trials, the educators and leadership team at Rutherford High have banded together to rally around doing what they can for their students, and something truly special has happened as a result. Andrea Banks is an Assistant Principal at Rutherford High School who has always had a passion for students. She says she was “that troubled kid.” But some special people in her life encouraged her, which in turn made her want to give back to students, empowering them to become the best versions of themselves....

written March 11, 2019 by Jessica Mitchell

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

How an Orlando School Increased Instructional Time and Decreased Out of School Suspensions by 80%

When students aren’t in class, they spend less time learning and outcomes can suffer as a result. Lake Nona, an Orlando-area middle school, felt too many students were losing too much class time. One factor contributing to this was out-of-school suspensions. In the 2016-17 school year, reports Assistant Principal Damian Rosado, Lake Nona Middle had issued 100 out-of-school suspensions. While some form of discipline is needed in a school setting, leaning heavily on consequence-based punishment was creating a reactionary cycle. And Rosado wanted to curb problems before they started. Rosado brought HeroRise, an online student behavior improvement platform, to the school in the fall of the 2017-18 school year. Designed as a practical way to implement a positive behavior framework on a schoolwide scale,...

written August 23, 2018 by Autumn Miller

Customer Story: Boynton Beach Community High School

Majority Rule A Florida high school improves its culture by flipping its focus from misbehaving students to its high achievers. Guarn Sims was born and raised in Boynton Beach, Florida, but when the lifelong educator became principal of his hometown’s high school last year, he realized he had the same misconceptions of Boynton Beach Community High School as many of the area’s residents. “I had the perception there were school fights everyday,” he said. “I was so wrong.” The principal knew the school was a “high-needs school,” meaning that a large percentage of students were both low-income and minorities. What he didn’t realize until he started working at the school is that there are about 200 students who are behind in their academic achievement...

written March 27, 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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