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Renaissance Literacy Growth Products Receive 2018 SIIA Education Technology CODiE Awards

Renaissance Accelerated Reader 360, myON, by Renaissance, and Todd Brekhus, chief product officer at Renaissance, all honored with prestigious industry awards

WISCONSIN RAPIDS, Wis. (June 15, 2018)Renaissance®, a leader in pre-K–12 learning analytics, announced today that two of its literacy growth products, Renaissance Accelerated Reader 360® and myON®, by Renaissance, received a 2018 SIIA CODiE Award. Accelerated Reader 360 was named Best Learning Capacity-Building Solution, for the second year in a row, and myON won for Best ESL, ELL or World Language Acquisition Solution.

Accelerated Reader 360 engages K–12 students in independent and close-reading practice, helping match students with the right book at the right reading level. myON supports English Language Learners with its student-centered learning environment that includes a growing core library of more than 5,800 authentic texts, including Spanish and dual-language titles, for K–12 students. Together, the products provide a complete literacy growth solution that helps educators motivate students and measure literacy skills.

In addition to these product awards, Renaissance’s Chief Product Officer, Todd Brekhus, was recognized at SIIA’s annual awards celebration with a Lifetime Achievement Award. Brekhus earned the prestigious accolade as part of SIIA’s 2017 Company CODiE Awards, which honor outstanding individuals and teams for their accomplishments, leadership, and commitment to their respective industry.

“I would like to extend my deepest gratitude to SIIA for this recognition,” said Brekhus. “I also want to thank the myON and Renaissance teams, our loyal customers, my mentors, friends, and family for supporting our charge of encouraging a love and passion for reading in children around the world. It’s an exciting time for both Renaissance and myON as we bring our products together. This CODiE award recognition of our literacy products builds upon that excitement, and underscores the work we’re doing to create personalized learning environments, providing ‘just right’ books, and giving teachers the tools they need to collect real-time, actionable data to improve student literacy growth.”

The CODiE Education Technology Award winners were announced during a ceremony in San Francisco on June 13 at the Hilton San Francisco Financial District, hosted by the Education Technology Industry Network, a division of SIIA. Educators and administrators served as judges for the first-round review of nominees to determine the education finalists, and SIIA members then voted on the finalist products. The scores from both rounds were tabulated to determine the winners.

The SIIA CODiE Awards are the premier awards for the software and information industries and have been recognizing product excellence for over 30 years. The awards offer 91 categories that are organized by industry focus of education technology and business technology.

A full list of the winners can be found here:

About Renaissance

Renaissance® is a leader in pre-K–12 learning analytics—enabling teachers, curriculum creators, and educators to drive phenomenal student growth. Renaissance’s solutions help educators analyze, customize, and plan personalized learning paths for students, allowing time for what matters—creating energizing learning experiences in the classroom. Founded by parents, upheld by educators, and enriched by data scientists, Renaissance knows learning is a continual journey—from year to year and for a lifetime. Our data-driven, personalized solutions are currently used in over one-third of U.S. schools and more than 70 countries around the world. For more information, visit

About the SIIA CODiE Awards

The SIIA CODiE Awards is the only peer-reviewed program to showcase business and education technology’s finest products and services. Since 1986, thousands of products, services and solutions have been recognized for achieving excellence. For more information, visit

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