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Renaissance® Blog

Shareable tips and insightful thoughts on K–12 education. Subscribe to the Renaissance Newsletter and get the latest posts delivered straight to your inbox.

January 21, 2022

What many people don’t understand about student reading practice

By Dr. Gene Kerns, Vice President and Chief Academic Officer Reading is an activity that takes many forms. It’s someone lounging in a window seat, lost in a good book. It’s also someone poring over an academic paper, looking for […]
January 14, 2022

Product Highlights: Shared insights for educators, students, and families

The last two years have brought many changes to K–12 education, especially around how educators interact and communicate with students and their families. You’ll find a number of new features in your Renaissance products to support greater student and family […]
December 10, 2021

Rethinking math milestones

By Dr. Gene Kerns, Vice President and Chief Academic Officer When we talk about literacy, we often discuss an initial phase of “learning to read,” which is then followed by a second phase, “reading to learn.” This transition often occurs […]
November 5, 2021

How Accelerated Reader supports Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

As we celebrate 35 years of Accelerated Reader, we recognize the importance of not only honoring the past but also looking ahead to the future. In this blog, we’ll answer some of the most common questions about how books are […]
October 22, 2021

New insights on progress monitoring this school year

By Dr. Gene Kerns, Vice President and Chief Academic Officer In K–12 education, we often use medical analogies to describe our assessment practices. For example, it’s common to hear the state summative test described as a “post-mortem” on the school […]
October 8, 2021

Product Highlights: Supporting continuous student learning

The COVID-19 disruptions have accelerated a process that was already well underway. Teaching and learning are no longer confined to brick-and-mortar classrooms and face-to-face interactions. Instead, technology allows teachers and students to connect from anywhere—and helps teachers to provide personalized, […]
September 24, 2021

The critical role of Trip Steps in math recovery

By Julianne Robar, Educational Content Program Manager, and Dr. Jan Bryan, Vice President and National Education Officer If learning is a staircase, then all steps are not created equal. In math especially, some skills along the staircase are extraordinarily difficult […]
September 10, 2021

Supporting marginalized students through culturally relevant pedagogy

By Dr. Chastity McFarlan, Content Quality Manager As a Latina and African American woman from the New York City area, I knew the COVID-19 pandemic would have a disproportionate effect on people from my community even before the media outlets […]
August 27, 2021

5 observations on the new school year from a researcher and parent

By Dr. Katie McClarty, Vice President of Research and Design As I sent my kids back to school last week, I felt a mix of emotions. I was excited that they were going back to in-person learning, with new teachers […]
August 13, 2021

4 steps for accelerating learning this school year

By Dr. Gene Kerns, Vice President and Chief Academic Officer Albert Einstein famously remarked that “compound interest is the eighth wonder of the world.” What does this mean? An investment is made, time passes, and interest is earned, which increases […]
August 6, 2021

Foundational literacy and the Science of Reading in 2021

By Dr. Scott McConnell, Director of Assessment Innovation This year, Renaissance has added an important resource for teachers’ instructional toolkits. Lalilo, a free, online foundational literacy program designed to help K–2 students master phonics skills, will help teachers to expand […]
July 23, 2021

8 new books to inspire your students this year

Since 1986, Accelerated Reader has helped millions of students in the US and around the world to discover a love of reading. As we celebrate 35 years of AR, we want to highlight the wide diversity of fiction and nonfiction […]

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