Renaissance Blog

Shareable tips and insightful thoughts on K12 education.

 
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 I […]
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 in […]
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 Accelerated Reader 360®? With more than 180,000 quizzes available and new books published every day, we have an amazing team that […]
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 […]