Positive Behavior Reinforcement

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

How does it feel to positively reward students?

In the Discussions area of our customer community Homeroom, we asked how it feels to reward students. Any educator who uses Hero knows that students love getting recognized with Hero points. But it turns out, giving positive feedback to students is a great experience for teachers, too: My students ask for Hero points, because they know what it takes to get them, and they know they are doing the right thing! I love it when they are accountable for their actions and get rewarded!” – Rose McCandless, Science Teacher, Valley High School Man, seeing myself and my campus shift from focusing on what’s wrong to what’s rights is an amazing feeling. Seeing students focus on good things also makes my day a lot easier.”...

written December 10, 2018 by Jessica Mitchell

Executing a Hero pilot program before a schoolwide rollout

As the old saying goes, you only get one chance to make a first impression. Building a strong, sustainable process before rolling anything out to all stakeholders is extremely important. If you are starting a new PBIS program at any time during semester two, you are most likely doing so with staff already committed to an outcome for accountability data. It’s actually the perfect time to try something new. There is one semester of complete data as a baseline for which to compare your progress and a control group in the staff who does not undertake any new initiatives. Following a cyclical calendar to implement change can feel overwhelming. So, starting small and rolling through strategic steps is an important way to ensure that...

written November 12, 2018 by Donna Wagner

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

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

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."


    Cleveland School of the Arts


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