October 12, 2017

Three library themes to supercharge student learning

By Ken Stoflet, Marketing Communications Specialist “A good library will never be too neat, or too dusty, because somebody will always be in it, taking books off the shelves and staying up late reading them.” – Lemony Snicket School libraries […]
October 5, 2017

Three standout educator success stories in Mississippi, Pennsylvania, and Oregon

By Ken Stoflet, Marketing Communications Specialist In our day-to-day lives, we often overlook the small things, like perfectly formed pancakes for breakfast, a good morning text, or our favorite song on the radio while we’re on our way to work […]
September 28, 2017

How do we monitor the progress of English Learners?

By Carol Johnson, PhD, National Education Officer Sharing the same goal As educators, we all share the same goal—to prepare students for college and career success. This academic achievement happens over time, and the process for English Learners is no […]
September 21, 2017

Lessons we can all learn from Reading Recovery

By Mona Yoast, M.Ed., Vice President of Professional Services When I was a Reading Recovery teacher, “Back to School” meant screening the lowest-performing first-graders for placement in the program. As I walked students down to my room for the assessment, […]
September 18, 2017

Disaster relief: How Renaissance is supporting our teachers, students, and colleagues

By Daniel Hamburger, Chief Executive Officer Natural disasters have had a devastating impact on those living in the Houston area, Florida, and regions of the West over the past couple weeks. We have been monitoring the images and news stories […]
September 14, 2017

Is ‘good enough’ good enough?

By Jan Bryan, EdD, Vice President, National Education Officer Previously, we explored distinctions between proficiency and growth. Proficiency, from its Latin origin, means “to accomplish or make progress.” Accomplishments in the education setting are generally described as reaching an established […]
September 7, 2017

Student growth: Why does it matter?

By Sherrilynn Bair, Curriculum Director @SherrilynnB The first year of school is an exciting time for students and their parents. Riding the bus, meeting new teachers, and making friends are important milestones at the beginning of each school year. Let’s […]
August 31, 2017

Tips and resources for easing into the school year

By Ken Stoflet, Marketing Communications Specialist As we enter the final stretch of August, the nights are getting cooler, school supplies are being pushed front and center in stores, and the trees are showing a hint of the fall colors […]
August 24, 2017

5 icebreaker activities for the first week of school

By Ken Stoflet, Marketing Communications Specialist The end of summer is bittersweet, but the beginning of a new school year is exciting. Fresh notebooks, pristine bulletin boards, and new faces await. Whether you’re about to begin your first year of […]
August 22, 2017

Making plans for SXSWedu® 2018

By Gene Kerns, PhD, Vice President and Chief Academic Officer It’s that time of the year again. Schools around the nation are starting back up, summer is dwindling, and SXSWedu PanelPicker® voting is officially open. SXSWedu®, an offshoot of SXSW […]
August 17, 2017

4 quick tips to build connections with students through reading

By Christina Ostrander, Fourth-Grade Teacher @costrand16 “The positive teacher-student relationship is thus important not so much because this is worthwhile in itself, but because it helps build the trust to make mistakes, to ask for help, to build confidence to […]
August 15, 2017

Calling all Renaissance educators!

Are you looking to get more out of your Renaissance practice programs? Want to ensure that each and every one of your students experiences measurable growth in reading and math this upcoming school year? Would you like to be recognized […]