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November 8, 2018

Build a stronger community of readers: 19 educators share how they’re celebrating reading achievement this semester

Awards and accolades, treats and games, a semester party, a wall of fame—all part of the process (and the fun) for many educators and students who love to celebrate reading achievement! Need a few new ideas? We invited educators in […]
November 1, 2018

Resources to help struggling readers

Go from gap to growth—Because struggling readers can’t wait Struggling readers can’t wait—they need to get on the path to literacy success right away. To help educators jump-start their growth, we’ve curated a handful of different articles, downloadables, videos, stories, […]
October 25, 2018

Scary-good book ideas for students this Halloween

Trick-or-treating, costume parties, and carving pumpkins. Halloween is a great time to take in the best of fall and curl up with a good read as the temperatures start to drop outside. At Renaissance, we have more than 2.8 billion […]
October 18, 2018

Build a stronger community of readers: 17 educators share how and why setting goals leads to growth

You want every student to develop the reading skills they need to achieve academic success across the content areas and lead richer, fuller lives. How important is it to set personalized reading goals? How and why does it help lead […]
October 11, 2018

Predicting performance on high-stakes tests: Why, how, and what’s next

You may have heard that Renaissance Star Assessments® can accurately predict student performance on your state’s summative or high-stakes test, as well as measure student progress toward ACT and SAT college and career readiness benchmarks. But what does it mean […]
October 4, 2018

Spark a passion for reading: 15 ways to motivate daily reading practice

A little bit of reading goes a long way. By reading around 15 minutes per day between grades 1 and 12, a student will have read more than 5 million words by the time they graduate high school. Increase reading […]
September 27, 2018

Build a strong community of readers: 15 educator tips on partnering with external stakeholders

Literacy is a community-wide concern. After all, literacy is the bridge leading to every child’s brighter future and every community’s future economic stability. Educators who form solid connections with external stakeholders can create a community-wide reading culture that leads to […]
September 20, 2018

The art and science of goal setting

By Denise Gibbs, EdD, RTI consultant and author My family has recently embraced RV camping, and we rarely set out without having a specific destination in mind. For some people, serendipitous wanderings can be a good way to explore the […]
September 13, 2018

Building reading comprehension through questions, inquiry, and sketchnotes

By Billy Spicer, Instructional Coach To comprehend or not to comprehend—that is the question. To comprehend illustrates a strong connection between reader and text, a connection that can only be made if students truly understand the words that are jumping […]
September 6, 2018

Build a strong community of readers: 5 ways to get started in your school or district

Literacy opens doors. It is the entry point to every child’s brighter future and the key to every community’s future development. Literacy rates—largely stagnant in recent years for a myriad of reasons—impact students, families, schools, and entire communities. What can […]
August 30, 2018

Tips for building connections with students

The smell of fresh, crisp notebooks. Nervous butterflies. Classroom bulletin boards that rival Pinterest. As schools nationwide welcome students back from summer vacation, administrators, teachers, and others are waiting to meet their new students. While the first couple weeks can […]
August 23, 2018

Resources to help build a community of readers

To build, develop, and maintain a true community of readers, it takes a village. Community partnerships and parental involvement are instrumental, as well as the right solutions in the right hands. A community depends on each other and uses the […]