NEWLY ONBOARDED SCHOOLS
To help with Teacher Only Day preparations, we have created a video to introduce Hero to your teachers. This video is designed to give staff an overview of the features of the software. You may wish to pause at certain times throughout the video to share decisions on how your school will utilise Hero to reflect your context.
If your Teacher Only Day introduction is 1-2 hours, things to discuss with staff could include:
Hero for Teachers Professional Learning sessions 1, 2 and 3 which cover how to log in, navigate around the site, take the daily roll and make a post.
Your implementation plan for how staff training and use of the Hero software will be rolled out across the upcoming term/s.
Your pages guide to help staff know where to add information.
Your intended timeframe for parents logging into to view Community Notices.
If your Teacher Only Day introduction is an extended session you could also include:
Your vision for what reporting to parents will look like and the intended timeframe for going live to parents with learning content.
Your posting guidelines. You may wish to consider what pages posts are to be entered into, how often they will be entered and the expectations for sharing artifacts. This is important to maintain consistency across the school.
The levels, milestones and expectations your school has set for curriculum areas on the Milestones/expectations overview page eg. where a student at a particular year level (such as mid Year 4) should be working to be ‘at’ expectation. It is important that there is a shared understanding of where these are set.
Your decisions around what curriculum subjects teachers will be gathering data for and how curriculum data will be entered. Will you be wanting staff to manually move a slider or have the software automatically generate a best fit curriculum level activated by the updating of goals? You may decide to use the automatically generated option for one curriculum area and introduce other subjects over time.
The Hero Leadership Booklet will further support you with key questions to consider and templates to assist with your implementation of the software.
ESTABLISHED HERO SCHOOLS
For schools that have been using Hero for a year or more, your Teacher Only Day will likely have a different focus. Below are some suggestions for key topics:
1. Start with the WHY? Revisit how your school's vision for assessment and reporting, student agency, and community engagement align with Hero.
2. Introduce Premier If your school has upgraded to Hero's new Premier software you may like to share this video with your staff so they can see the new features available to parents.
3. Share your 2021 Hero plan so all teaching staff are introduced to school-wide expectations. These might include where and when to record assessments, timeframes around goal-setting, entering OTJs, and what a quality reporting post looks like at your school The Hero Leadership Booklet has templates to assist you with preparing this information for your school.
4. Engage with the data To assist teachers to quickly become familiar with the individual needs of the students in their new class, you may like to set aside a block of time during your Teacher Only Day for them to engage with the data and posts entered into Hero over previous years. This guide has been written based on experience to support schools with developing their own process.