H.E.R.O. Program

HIDE

Students and teachers are taught to HIDE from intruders and barricade their classroom.  Studies have shown that violent intruders will pass by locked classrooms seeking and taking on the first target/s they see. The premise of HIDE is simple: “Out of sight, out of mind!”

ESCAPE

Students and teachers are taught to ESCAPE from their classroom in the event a violent intruder attempts to force their way inside.  “Lockdown” is not always the most effective strategy!

RUN

Students and teachers are taught to RUN away from a violent intruder. While this may sound simple, many people find themselves frozen during violent intruder events. Something as simple as running from an intruder 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 – as a last resort.  Educators have long feared that teaching their students to “fight back” will lead to violence in their classrooms and playgrounds.  This issue is carefully addressed in the curriculum to devise learning strategies that teach students to defend themselves only as a LAST RESORT.

Types Of Programs

Public Schools
Private Schools
After School

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

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.

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 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

Multidisciplinary/cross-curricular lessons for grades K-8 teach students to survive a violent intruder incident. H.E.R.O. curriculum incorporates Common Core / State Standards and 21st-century critical thinking concepts built upon Empowerment Theory. The lesson plans are adaptable, problem-based, and parent-teacher vetted. They are interactive and taught in a non-threatening manner.

Kindergarten - 3rd Grade

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

 5 Common Core / State Standards lesson plans

4th - 5th Grade

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

5 Common Core / State Standards lesson plans

6th - 8th Grade

 My H.E.R.O. Story original narrative

5 Common Core / State Standards lesson plans culminating with an interactive table-top exercise

Learning Tools:

Schools will receive unrestricted digital access to the Safe Kids learning library, which includes our comprehensive curriculum, age-specific original narratives, classroom activity sheets, printable rubrics, and a curated collection of government studies and publications.

Drill and Scenario Guide:

Every H.E.R.O. School will receive our original drill and scenario guide. Schools can choose from various scenarios, which are based on historical incidents of violence in schools. Drills are a critical component of the H.E.R.O. Program and are designed to help students and teachers work as a team to utilize skills learned in training and in the classroom. The drills included in the H.E.R.O. Program meet and exceed violent intruder training mandates in every state.

Professional Development:

Competency-based e-learning platform provides individual and blended courses via the Sagence learning platform. Certificated staff have the option to obtain PDU credits issued by Brandman University. Additionally, all schools utilizing the H.E.R.O. Program will receive access to a Sagence e-learning course designed specifically for classified staff, ensuring every member of your faculty is on the same page in the event of an emergency.

Student Accessibility Guide:

The H.E.R.O. Program includes digital access to our Student Accessibility Guide, which provides learning strategies for students with disabilities. The Student Accessibility Guide was created by our team of licensed school psychologists and special education experts to ensure the H.E.R.O. Program is as effective as possible for students with physical, learning, and other disabilities.

H.E.R.O. School Designation:

Upon completion of the entire H.E.R.O. Program, schools will be awarded with a “H.E.R.O. School” designation. This coveted designation will showcase your school’s commitment to student safety and could decrease your liability in the event of an emergency.

For Families:

We understand that families are the primary stakeholders in school violence. For this reason, we designed the H.E.R.O. Program to encourage open communication between students, schools, and families. Click here to download family resources and develop a greater understanding of our school-family connection.

“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!