Renaissance Blog

Shareable tips and insightful thoughts on K12 education.

 
June 22, 2017

The 2 things educators should read this summer

By: Gene Kerns, Ed.D., Vice President and Chief Academic Officer   Introduction As many of us prepare for summer reading, I have been asked once again to make some recommendations. The list we compiled last year remains relevant, but I […]
June 15, 2017

A preview of ISTE 2017

By: Ken Stoflet, Marketing Communications Specialist   We’re packing our bags for San Antonio, Texas From June 25 to June 28, thousands of passionate educators and administrators will gather in San Antonio, Texas, for the 2017 International Society for Technology […]
June 8, 2017

How do you involve parents in their students’ reading practice?

By: Ken Stoflet, Marketing Communications Specialist   How do you involve parents in their students’ reading practice? The answer might not be so simple. We asked our Renaissance Royals™ community this question and received a ton of great responses. From […]
June 1, 2017

Why student agency already exists

By: Gene Kerns, Ed.D., Vice President and Chief Academic Officer A familiar definition In previous blog posts, I have advanced the U.S. Department of Education’s definition of personalized learning, which asserts that the approach is made up of the following […]
May 25, 2017

Tips and activities to prevent summer learning loss

By: Ken Stoflet, Marketing Communications Specialist   An introduction In Wisconsin, the warm summer months are welcomed with open arms after endless months of snow, sleet, and bitter cold. It’s a nice feeling when I can feel confident moving the […]
May 18, 2017

The art and science of resiliency

By: Jan Bryan, Ed.D., Vice President, National Education Officer   The art “Artists, Gombrich reminds us, do not paint what they see, they see what they are able to paint. An empty mind sees nothing.” (Eisner, 2017) Resiliency, grit, and […]
May 11, 2017

Thank YOU for being a teacher

By: Ken Stoflet, Marketing Communications Specialist   These last few days, we’ve been celebrating Teacher Appreciation Week (speaking of which, have you seen our in-person thank you video?). In a blog post earlier this week, we highlighted three stories our […]
May 9, 2017

Taking a moment to #ThankATeacher

By: Ken Stoflet, Marketing Communications Specialist   This week, May 8–12, is Teacher Appreciation Week. We love Teacher Appreciation Week, but really, we feel it should be every week. Educators give us so much. They listen to our problems, our […]
May 4, 2017

Is there really anything new about personalized learning?

By: Gene Kerns, Ed.D., Vice President and Chief Academic Officer   A definition As I have previously discussed, one of the most useful definitions of personalized learning comes from the U.S. Department of Education. It reads as follows: Personalized learning […]
April 27, 2017
Blended Learning

3 practical ideas to make blended learning work in your classroom

By: Jan Bryan, Ed.D., Vice President, National Education Officer   “To have a great idea, have a lot of them.” – Thomas A. Edison Creating a set of practical ideas begins with gathering a lot of ideas. Fortunately, ideas about […]
April 20, 2017

Math = Power! Takeaways from NCTM 2017

By: Anu Jokinen, Senior Product Marketing Manager   A visit to San Antonio, TX San Antonio in April with 70-degree weather. This past month, over 7,000 educators from across the country converged in one place to learn new ways to […]
April 13, 2017

How are you celebrating National Library Week?

By: Ken Stoflet, Marketing Communications Specialist   National Library Week For the longest time, I could not find my library card. It was one of the first things that I, like a lot of kids, got to officially use my […]