H.E.R.O. Program

HIDE!

Students and teachers are taught to HIDE from intruders and barricade their classroom. In addition to building barricades, students are taught how and where to hide safely in classrooms and outdoor locations.

ESCAPE!

Students and teachers are taught to ESCAPE from an area of danger and find a place of safety. Depending on the situation, “Lockdown” or “Shelter in Place” are not always the safest strategies.

RUN!

Students and teachers are taught to RUN away from danger. While this may seem intuitive, it’s very common for people to “freeze” during a violent event. Running from violence MUST be learned, discussed and practiced. There are ways of running that are more effective than others!

OVERCOME!

Students and teachers are taught to OVERCOME by creating an environment of resistance, chaos, and disruption. Educators have long feared teaching their students to “fight” will lead to violence on campus. This is a valid concern, and one that is carefully addressed in the curriculum. Students are taught to defend themselves only as a LAST RESORT.

Types Of Programs

Public Schools
Private Schools
After School

 

English Language Arts (ELA) standards and critical thinking concepts are incorporated throughout the H.E.R.O. Program, limiting impact on instructional hours. Lessons can be easily adapted to accommodate cultural differences within large districts. K-12 lessons available.

 

Our private school curriculum mirrors the standards of the public school curriculum, while taking into account the sensitivity of your specific school family and their beliefs, practices, and priorities. K-12 lessons available.

 

The H.E.R.O. After School Program is designed to teach 21st century learning concepts in a simple, condensed and interactive format. The program is equally effective for religious institutions and community groups. K-8 activity plans available.

The vital leadership role that is required of teachers is all the more critical during a violent intruder situation. But, because danger is not contained to classrooms, the H.E.R.O. program includes tools for school-family connection. Both the school and the family will learn empowerment strategies that will keep them safe in school and beyond.

Public Schools

Common Core standards and 21st century critical thinking concepts are incorporated in a multidisciplinary / cross-curricular design, making the curriculum adaptable for any classroom environment.

Private Schools

Our private school curriculum mirrors the standards of the public-school curriculum, while taking into account the sensitivity of your specific school family and their beliefs, practices, and priorities.

After School

The H.E.R.O. after-school program is specifically designed to teach students in a more simple, condensed, and interactive format. The after-school program is equally effective for religious institutions and community groups.

The H.E.R.O. Program Consists of the Following

Curriculum

K-12 lessons teach students how to prevent and survive acts of violence. The H.E.R.O. curriculum incorporates critical thinking concepts built upon Empowerment Theory. Lesson plans are adaptable, problem-based, and parent-teacher vetted. They are interactive and taught in a non-threatening manner. All lessons meet English Language Arts standards.

H.E.R.O. School: Path to EmPOWerment! interactive read aloud

5 lesson plans designed to last 30-45 minutes

H.E.R.O. School: Heart of Courage original short story

5 lesson plans designed to last 30-45 minutes

 My H.E.R.O. Story original narrative

5 lesson plans designed to last 30-45 minutes, including collaborative table-top exercises with violence prevention and reporting strategies

Student-led discussions based on interactive scenarios

5 lesson plans designed to last 30-45 minutes, including collaborative table-top exercises with violence prevention and reporting strategies

Learning Portal

Schools will receive unrestricted access to the Safe Kids Learning Portal, which includes our age-specific, comprehensive curriculum, in addition to the following components:

Professional Development:

Our facilitated video training course utilizes the following concepts:

  • Evidence-based adult learning concepts
  • Documentary format provides foundational understanding of a sensitive topic through familiar means
  • Demonstrations of lessons taught to real students by real educators
  • Demonstration of H.E.R.O. concepts by students of varying age groups
  • Includes facilitator’s guide and accompanying collaborative exercises 
  • Approximately 2 hours in length, the course can be taught during a scheduled professional development day
  • Chosen facilitator can be an administrator or public safety official
  • Premium H.E.R.O. Expert professional development sessions are available on a limited basis

Lesson Plans:

  • Age-appropriate and teacher led
  • 5 lesson plans for each grade group
  • Approximately 45 minutes in length each
  • Designed to reinforce concepts learned in the professional development course
  • Narrative and scenarios provide context through storytelling
  • Incorporated activities teach H.E.R.O. concepts in a safe, controlled environment
  • Rubrics demonstrate performance of learned skills
  • Journaling and discussion activities designed to address student emotions
  • Parent and community connection applies safety concepts outside of the school environment

Student Accessibility Guide:

  • Provides learning strategies for multiple types of disabilities 
  • Used in conjunction with the lesson plans for modifications
  • Designed by school psychologists and special education experts
  • Provides equity and access for all students

Drill & Scenario Guide:

  • Age-appropriate and administrator led
  • Meets and exceeds violent intruder training mandates in every state
  • Comprehensive planning guide for safe and effective drills
  • Includes appropriate messaging for parents, communities, and law enforcement
  • Reinforces learned concepts through appropriately-framed application
  • Scenarios are based on past incidents and take into account the most frequent types of targeted school violence
  • Includes scenarios that challenge traditional response
  • Carefully scripted to avoid psychological or physical injuries

“The H.E.R.O. Program has been instrumental in helping our teachers conceptualize how to keep students and classrooms safe. H.E.R.O. stands to keep our children free from violence in and outside of schools. Our school is proud to stand with them to make learning safe and exceptional for all.”

Dr. Jake

K-8 School Principal

Let’s Save Our Kids!