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
Watercolor illustration of separated instructional groups

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 blended […]
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 […]
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 […]
March 20, 2017

How can we personalize learning for ELL students?

No two students are alike. Every student has a different background, different interests, and different classroom needs. To nurture each student’s individual strengths, learning must be personalized for each. For example, let’s take a look at Isabel and Luis, two […]
March 16, 2017

PD, personalized learning, and daring classrooms: the big topics at SXSWedu® 2017

By: Melissa Ripp, Director, PR & Communications   To give you a bit of insight into the general vibe of this year’s SXSWedu® conference, I’ll relay a story about what happened on Tuesday last week. The Renaissance team was enjoying […]
March 9, 2017

Who’s your hero? Celebrating Women’s History Month

By: Ken Stoflet, Marketing Communications Specialist   My mom is my biggest hero. From supporting me (most of the time) to always being there to talk when something was on my mind, my mom has shaped me into who I […]