Renaissance Blog

Shareable tips and insightful thoughts on K12 education.

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, Renaissance Accelerated Math & Renaissance MathFacts in a Flash   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 […]
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 […]
April 6, 2017

What is instructional convergence?

By: Jan Bryan, Ed.D., Vice President, National Education Officer   Introduction A recent superintendents’ summit in the Lower Hudson Valley of New York focused on digital convergence, which brings together existing district networks, hardware, and software for greater stability and […]
March 30, 2017

4 strategies to help students carry out successful mathematical discourse

Creating meaningful discourse The research is clear—complex knowledge and skills are best developed through social interaction. Discourse allows students to develop and hone their thinking in an open, supportive environment. When students share ideas, construct arguments, and listen to understand […]
March 27, 2017

Learning data in action: 4 schools getting it right

Learning data can open up a world of possibilities for educators. Take a look at the success stories below to see how four schools are using data to promote student growth and improve test scores. One school’s road to reading […]
March 21, 2017

Introducing the magic of reading—a mother’s story

By: Ken Stoflet, Marketing Communications Specialist   Humble beginnings Judi Paul wanted her four children to love reading as much as she did. For her, reading had always been a source of joy. Yet her children didn’t seem to share […]