Student Behavior Analytics

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

Student Behavior Analytics: a Strategic Way to Meet School Behavior Goals

Create strategies for meeting your school behavior goals with Student Behavior Analytics powered by Hero. Hero captures a record of student behavior at the moment it happens, from the classroom, to the cafeteria, to the hallways of schools around the country. For a variety of reasons, planning and executing a strategy to capture this behavior data effectively can be a challenge. It requires fidelity. It requires teamwork. It requires careful planning of target behaviors and outcomes. The idea of capturing student behavior data with a tool like Hero, however, is pretty simple. You recognize a student for good behavior and there’s a record of it. You reprimand a student for bad behavior, there’s a record of it. There are a number of benefits that come out of...

written December 19, 2016 by Corey Shelton

A Primer on Social and Emotional Learning

Social and Emotional Learning: what it is, why it’s important, and where Hero fits in. Our Schools are Evolving. Advances in technology has made information instantly accessible, and students are able to satiate their curiosities and learn on their own terms as a result. This has changed the dynamic between students, teachers, and the classroom. With students no longer relying on school as the sole source of their personal knowledge base, another benefit of the classroom—the social aspect—moves closer to the forefront. “Content is more of a commodity. Children own what they want now, at very young ages. They will become self-directed. They can find the dates of the Civil War without learning it from a teacher. So the question that they’re bringing to...

written November 2, 2016 by Nikki Alvarez

Social and Emotional Learning in Practice

Students benefit from Social and Emotional Learning programs. Here are some ideas for your school. Social and Emotional Learning (SEL)—developing students holistically by teaching them “life” skills like communication and self-reflection—is more than just the latest educational trend. It has now been proven that these intangible skills bring about tangible results, including increases in academic scores and measurable improvements throughout the course of the students’ life. Because of these real results, schools are making it a priority to incorporate SEL into their curriculum. Washoe County Schools in Nevada (with the help of the Collaborative for Academic, Social & Emotional Learning, or CASEL) is one district that is fully embracing SEL. And they have favorable outcomes to show for it. Their students are now “less...

written November 1, 2016 by Nikki Alvarez

Restorative Justice: Debunking the Myths

Any new policy threatening to push out long held traditions around student discipline will naturally be met with skepticism. There are some who see the merits of restorative justice techniques in today’s schools but remain unconvinced that it can be successfully implemented. But others, like these letters to the editor at the LA Times, demonstrate a plethora of concerns over restorative justice methodology that goes well beyond implementation. While remaining valid concerns, the issues raised in this editorial are rooted in a series of myths surrounding restorative justice rather than thoughtfully researched data. Here are five of these myths around restorative justice (RJ) and what the data really has to say. Myth #1: Less out-of-school suspensions means more disruptive students in class. The whole...

written February 16, 2016 by The Hero Collective

Is Real-Time Data the Future for Schools?

Articles that discuss schools doing awesome stuff with data always catch our eye. As technology advances and K-12 data systems become more integrated, we will continue to see more opportunities for schools to collect and report real-time data. As with any technological shift, especially one that requires the stewardship needed when managing student data, real-time data brings with it a set of great opportunities–as well as a few important challenges. With platforms like Hero, student behavior data is within reach. This article from Alejandra Matos at The Minneapolis Star Tribune highlights the ability for administrators to see at what time disciplinary actions happen most. With good data collection practices and the Hero platform, they could also see where, how often, and who was involved in the...

written December 9, 2014 by Corey Shelton

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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