Hero Training Kicks Off New Year at Hopewell ECS

Hero Training Kicks Off New Year at Hopewell ECS
Posted on 08/23/2019
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collage of Hopewell ECS first dayYou don’t have to be a grown up to be a hero. Just ask the students at Hopewell Early Childhood School. 

First and second graders jumped into “Hero Training” on the first day of school by participating in activities to help build relationships and a sense of community. The concept of a Hopewell Hero recognizes the positive ways students are contributing to their community of learning. “As part of Hero Training, we met with each class and spent time playing get-to-know-you activities,” said Principal Mary Brophy. One of the activities included creating a vision statement for their classroom. 

Students were asked to imagine an amazing school day and then describe it. The activity did not involve listing classroom rules that a teacher created. Instead, the students played an active role in creating expectations about behavior in their classroom, with teachers helping to emphasize above the line behavior, which is part of the E + R = O (an event plus your response affects the outcome) model taught throughout the district. Common expectations for the school were then shared with each class by school administrators.

“The work is based on the work of our Positive Behavioral Intervention Support (PBIS) team and taking what we have learned from PAX training, as well as Focus 3 training (E+R=O),” explained Brophy. PBIS is a model for character education that all Lakota schools have adopted to help reinforce positive behavior among students. PAX Good Behavior Game training gives teachers tools to promote community which then leads to a more peaceful and calm learning environment. Coupled with Focus 3 training, the three models work together to encourage a sense of community within a classroom and a school.

Students in Lisa Stiver’s second grade class were excited to be back at school. Part of Hero Training mixed grade levels together for fun activities on the field outside of the school. “We played two games, Fruit Salad and Hello Neighbor,” explained Stiver. “It was fun watching the kids ‘boogie on down,’ laughing and smiling into the new year.” Stiver’s class has also been reading books to help build a sense of community. “After reading The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds, the students created their own dot as a reminder that they are ready to make their mark on a new year!” 

PAX training for teachers has also been implemented at Creekside and Shawnee early childhood schools. Envision Partnerships, a local nonprofit organization, has generously donated funds for training.