Renaissance Blog

Shareable tips and insightful thoughts on K12 education.

 
February 27, 2017

4 questions learning data can help teachers answer

Learning data can give educators tremendous insight into student learning. From what a student already knows and is ready to learn next, to how a student learns best and who is in need of intervention, data can help teachers drive […]
February 27, 2017

Sparking student growth with personalized learning

One of the many benefits of a learning data solution is the support it provides teachers to help personalize learning for every student. “Personalized learning refers to instruction in which the pace of learning and the instructional approach are optimized […]
February 23, 2017

ReadQuest 2017: Your passport to everywhere

By: Ken Stoflet, Marketing Communications Specialist   Waiting for six weeks I got my first passport when I was 15 years old. Standing in line at the local post office, nervous and not really sure what to expect, I waited. […]
February 16, 2017

What does a great mathematician look like?

By: Jan Bryan, Ed.D., Vice President, National Education Officer   Perhaps a lot like you! Close your eyes—no, wait. Read the following questions and then close your eyes. Ask yourself, “What does a great mathematician look like?” Are you curious […]
February 9, 2017

9 book ideas to celebrate Black History Month

By: Ken Stoflet, Marketing Communications Specialist This month is a special time. Since 1976, February has been officially recognized as Black History Month, although the celebration goes back decades beforehand. Black History Month honors not only the achievements of African […]
February 2, 2017

The difference between proficiency and growth

By: Jan Bryan, Ed.D., Vice President, National Education Officer   Introduction This blog is rated PG for Proficiency and Growth. Readers are advised that the content of this blog is rigorously debated among noted experts and common understandings are yet […]
January 26, 2017

3 ways you can use the What Kids Are Reading report in your classroom

By: Ken Stoflet, Marketing Communications Specialist   In between episodes of Parks and Recreation, I was sifting through some of the recently added movies and TV shows on Netflix. One title caught my eye—A Series of Unfortunate Events. Where have […]
January 19, 2017

STEM: Stamina and the competitive skill

By: Jan Bryan, Ed.D., Vice President, National Education Officer Is STEM—the focus on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics—a concept or a curriculum? Is it a reaction or a reinvention? Is it four distinct disciplines (S, T, E, M) or one […]
January 12, 2017

The law of the vital few

By: Gene Kerns, Ed.D., Vice President and Chief Academic Officer Teachers regularly report that they have more skills to teach students than the time necessary to teach them. Therefore, teaching often requires making tough choices about which skills to focus […]
January 5, 2017

Success Story: Finding and showcasing the greatness in every student

She seemed destined to be just another at-risk statistic, on a path to increasingly destructive behavior born of a troubled home life, poverty, abuse, and neglect. But along the way, one caring church family and a devoted elementary art teacher […]
December 29, 2016

3 big predictions for K12 education in 2017

By: Ken Stoflet, Marketing Communications Specialist   What will change in 2017? What will stay the same? Where is education heading? As 2016 comes to an end, we’ve put our heads together and made three big predictions for K12 education […]
December 22, 2016

The top books Renaissance quiz writers read in 2016

By: Ken Stoflet, Marketing Communications Specialist   Ever wonder who writes the reading comprehension quizzes in Renaissance Accelerated Reader® and Accelerated Reader 360®? With more than 180,000 quizzes available and new books published every day, we have an amazing team […]