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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.

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 […]
July 9, 2021

Finding the right instructional resources this school year

By Dr. Gene Kerns, Vice President and Chief Academic Officer Unless you’ve lived through the highly scheduled and regimented days of teaching, you cannot understand how nonstop the work is. It’s like walking on a treadmill with no “Stop” button. […]
June 25, 2021

Product Highlights: Supporting early learners (and more)

Summer is finally here! For many educators, this provides an opportunity to look back at the school year that just ended—and to look ahead to the new school year as well. In that spirit, we’d like to share recent and […]
June 18, 2021

How to accelerate learning in preschool

In a recent blog, we explored the impact of COVID-19 school closures on preschool- and kindergarten-aged children. In this blog, we’ll continue the conversation by focusing specifically on preschool and pre-K programs—and on how teachers and administrators can best address […]
June 4, 2021

Using Accelerated Reader in high school

By Dr. Gene Kerns, Vice President and Chief Academic Officer In 1996, I was teaching high school in Milford, Delaware—a state that was home to a massive credit card bank called MBNA. The bank created the MBNA Excellence in Education […]
May 21, 2021

How to address COVID-19 impacts in middle school

By Julianne Robar, Educational Content Program Manager I love this quote from a recent EdSurge article on the importance of valuing teachers: “The phrase ‘learning loss’ has become as widespread as ‘you’re on mute’ in the era of the COVID-19 […]
May 14, 2021

How the COVID-19 disruptions will impact state proficiency rates

By Amanda Beckler, Senior Research Analyst; David Butz, Senior Research Analyst; and Eric Stickney, Senior Director of Education Research In the new Winter Edition of our How Kids Are Performing report, we estimate the lingering impacts of the pandemic on […]
May 7, 2021

Assessing preschool and kindergarten readiness this fall

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, many families decided not to enroll their children in preschool or kindergarten this school year. This raises two key questions as we look ahead to Fall 2021: (a) Will the children who arrive for preschool, […]