Renaissance Blog

Shareable tips and insightful thoughts on K12 education.

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 Renaissance Accelerated Reader 360®? With more than 180,000 quizzes available and new books published every day, we have an amazing […]
December 15, 2016

How to jump-start struggling readers

By: Lynn Esser, Senior Product Marketing Manager, Renaissance Accelerated Reader 360 Imagine reading a sentence, but not understanding its context. You can read each individual word fine, but the sentence itself doesn’t make sense. Imagine praying, crossing your fingers, and […]
December 8, 2016

Learning to sail: Engaging reluctant readers

By: Jan Bryan, Ed.D., Vice President, National Education Officer What was the last thing you read? Did you read for pleasure, to gain information, or to complete a task? Did you read to calm yourself, escape the day, or get […]
December 1, 2016

The significance of CASE’s endorsement

By: Eric Stickney, Director of Educational Research Several years ago, I became responsible for coordinating almost all the holiday shopping in my family. To this day, I’m not sure how or why that happened, but I do my best. Hunting […]
November 23, 2016

How can we make sense of personalized learning?

By: Gene Kerns, Ed.D., Vice President and Chief Academic Officer The challenge of a common definition Though conversations about personalization and/or individualization abound, there remains shockingly little agreement on a definition. Many conversations take on a “kitchen sink” dynamic in […]
November 17, 2016

The endless search for that next great read

By: Heather Nagrocki, Senior Writer/Editor, Research If you are like me, after you finish reading one book, you simply cannot get to the next one fast enough. As a mother of young children, I read for a sliver of time […]
November 10, 2016

Title I and ESSA: What are your questions?

By: Laura Shtaida, Government Affairs & Policy Analyst An Ever-Changing Landscape If I’ve learned anything in life, it is that change is constant. Even more so, trying to stay up-to-date on the change can be overwhelming and nearly impossible. In […]