What is HERO Generation?

HERO Generation™ is a positive education framework that supports staff, student and family well-being.

Plasticity Labs developed the HERO Generation Framework™ in partnership with teachers and administrators to teach students social-emotional skills to complement foundational academic skills already in place across the curriculum.

The HERO Generation Framework™ has been designed by educators and researchers to align with the Learning Skills from the Ontario Ministry of Education’s Growing Success.

It is based on Plasticity Labs‘ research that has identified seven evidenced-based traits which have been found to improve mental health, personal well-being, and academic performance.

The HERO Traits™ are Hope, Efficacy, Resilience, Optimism, Gratitude, Empathy, and Mindfulness. The framework has been designed to foster social-emotional learning (SEL) with the aim of better equipping students for their futures.

A happier, healthier ecosystem for learning

Our research in conjunction with existing scientific evidence demonstrates that a valuable way to support healthy psychological development, foster strong social relationships, and cultivate a positive school environment, is to support the entire learning ecosystem.

Staff, students, families and communities in this ecosystem are all highly involved in the education experience. We all need to work in collaboration to make the ecosystem flourish.

Ongoing Research

Empirical data and research lie at the heart of what makes HERO Generation™ special. The foundation of the HERO traits is built upon decades of positive psychology research – we truly stand on the shoulders of giants – and we have adapted these traits into a framework designed to improve health, happiness, and personal performance.

Ongoing data collection is also an integral part of the framework. We collect data about staff and students at the beginning and end of the school year to evaluate the success of the program and how it is positively impacting the entire ecosystem: staff, students, families, and communities. We then use this data to make continuous improvements to our framework to best suit the needs of staff and students.

Expression of Gratitude

The HERO Generation™ is made possible through the support of HERO school staff members, student and family participation, and the Waterloo Region District School Board, who were willing to support an idea with so much potential. Thank you for being change- makers, pioneers and the first to lay the seed that will grow the first HERO generation.