Renaissance Blog

Shareable tips and insightful thoughts on K12 education.

 
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 […]
March 1, 2017

A week in Austin, Texas: Being a student again at SXSWedu® 2017

By: Melissa Ripp, Director, PR & Communications   Flights booked? Check. Hotel rooms secured? Check. Full-access conference passes? Check. Next week, from March 6–9, 2017, Renaissance will be in Austin, Texas, for SXSWedu®. For those not familiar with SXSWedu, it’s […]
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 […]