July 13, 2017

Personalized learning: Innovation? Or mere invention?

By: Gene Kerns, Ed.D., Vice President and Chief Academic Officer   Time will tell… I believe that one of the most useful definitions of innovation comes from the US Department of Education. It’s a particularly good definition because it considers […]
July 6, 2017

ISTE 2017: Hot topics and cool technology that makes a difference

By: Anu Jokinen, Senior Product Marketing Manager   An introduction The world’s largest edtech conference—hosted by the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE)—brought more than 20,000 educators to San Antonio, Texas last week. An amazing array of topics included […]
June 29, 2017

More insight, more time, more student growth: introducing Renaissance Flow 360

By: Anu Jokinen, Senior Product Marketing Manager   Research has shown that differentiated instruction and personalized practice leads to two important things in the classroom—increased student engagement and improved student outcomes. It can also reinvigorate the teaching experience—allowing teachers to […]
June 29, 2017

New thinking about RTI within the MTSS framework

By: Jan Bryan, Vice President, National Education Officer; Laurie Borkon, Vice President, Government Affairs; & Eric Stickney, Director, Education Research   Introduction The positive impact of Response to Intervention (RTI) over the past 40 years, plus the recent emphasis in […]
June 27, 2017

Building a culture that lasts

Our team celebrated Red Nose Day this past May. Featured above is the Madison Marketing Department.   By: Kim Mitchell, Chief People Officer   If you ask a Renaissance® employee what the company stands for, chances are he or she […]
June 22, 2017
Woman reading outside

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 would […]
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 […]