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July 18, 2019

What does a great mathematician look like?

Let’s face it: When talking about brilliant mathematicians, even the most experienced teachers tend to talk about the same handful of figures, from Euclid to Sir Isaac Newton. While these individuals made major contributions to the field of mathematics, they […]
June 27, 2019

Bonus What Kids Are Reading lists for summer

This year, it was especially hard to decide which book lists to feature in our annual What Kids Are Reading report—there were so many great ones! Let’s take a look at some of the middle and high school lists that […]
June 13, 2019

A Q&A with pro surfer Bethany Hamilton

“I don’t need easy, I just need possible.” – Bethany Hamilton In 2003 at the age of 13, Bethany Hamilton lost her left arm to a 14-foot tiger shark while surfing in Kauai, Hawaii. Just one month later, Hamilton returned […]
May 30, 2019

How the Renaissance Growth Alliance helps teachers use data to drive instruction

Does this sound familiar? You’re concerned about over-testing your students. Not only does your school or district have a universal screener or benchmark assessment that has to be administered to every student, but each of your digital programs has its […]
May 16, 2019

Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS) and Response to Intervention (RTI) resources

Response to Intervention (RTI)—a key component within the broader multi-tiered system of supports (MTSS)—found its roots in the late 1970s as an alternative way to identify students with specific learning abilities. Today, both aim to help each student overcome their […]
April 25, 2019

A Q&A with Dr. Jane Goodall

The world-famous scientist answers readers’ questions. In the 1960s, with no formal academic training, Dr. Jane Goodall traveled from London, England, into the forests of Gombe Stream National Park in Tanzania to observe chimpanzees in the wild. Dr. Goodall lived […]
April 11, 2019

Connecting assessment to instruction for English Learners

By Carol Johnson, PhD, National Education Officer According to the National Clearinghouse for English Language Acquisition (NCELA), nearly ten percent of K–12 public school students in the US are English Learners. Just as for native English-speaking students, the goal for […]
April 4, 2019

What nonfiction books kids are reading

Are our students reading enough nonfiction? And, perhaps more importantly, are they understanding the nonfiction texts they read? In this analysis, we take a closer look at the data behind What Kids Are Reading, the world’s largest annual study of […]
March 28, 2019

A visit to Centuro Educativo Escuela Cabeza de Toro in the Dominican Republic

In March, a group of Renaissance employees had the chance to visit a local school in the Dominican Republic with the help of AmStar. Part of the Caribbean, the Dominican Republic is the second-largest Caribbean nation after Cuba. Around 10 […]
March 21, 2019

5 ways to reduce students’ test anxiety: Remember to S.M.I.L.E. (with bonus educator tips)

Things that go “bump” in the night. The zombie apocalypse. What’s even more frightening to most students? You guessed it. The dreaded test. The heartbeat quickens. The breath shortens. Soon, a headache, nausea, and other symptoms can occur. What’s worse, […]
March 6, 2019

Preventing the summer slide

By Elyse August, Vice President of Customer Success The summer slide—the reading loss that happens when students are not in school during the summer months—is a well-documented reality that is a challenge for both educators and families. In fact, summer […]
February 28, 2019

What Kids Are Reading—in your state

What are students in your state reading? What Kids Are Reading is the world’s largest annual study of K–12 students’ reading habits. The 2019 report examines the reading records of more than 8.7 million students across the United States to […]