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January 10, 2019

A Q&A with Dav Pilkey, author of Captain Underpants

Tra-la-laaaaa! You might know that call. Captain Underpants has captured the imagination of thousands and thousands. (And is ever-popular with students using Renaissance Accelerated Reader®.) In 2017, Captain Underpants took another giant leap and made his big screen debut. In […]
December 13, 2018

How to find culturally appropriate reading materials for English Learners

By Carol Johnson, PhD, National Education Officer; Doris Linville, Director of Customer Success–Global; & Laura Healy, Library Media Specialist As educators, it’s our responsibility to ensure that every student has access to engaging, relevant texts. However, with today’s changing student […]
November 21, 2018

Renaissance Roadmap Report: Fall 2018 Edition

Want the latest from Renaissance? Introducing the Renaissance Roadmap Report. In this new, ongoing video series, we’ll touch on upcoming features and enhancements to your Renaissance products. In our inaugural Roadmap Report, our own Chief Product Officer Todd Brekhus highlights […]
November 19, 2018

Thank you, Renaissance

Let me introduce myself. I am the administrator of a small Christian school in southern Ohio—rural Appalachia. While our school is small (about 140 students total, pre-K—12), it is one of the premier private schools in southern Ohio. I have […]
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

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, and other free resources to share with others in […]
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 […]