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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 […]
February 21, 2019

Rethinking formative assessment: Use learning progressions to fuel student success

By Karin Hess, EdD, author and consultant The tools and strategies teachers use to create high-impact learning are essential for moving students from what they know today to what we want them to know and be able to do tomorrow. […]
February 8, 2019

14 educator tips on teaching students to create, share, and collaborate with digital content

Are you looking to build students’ digital literacy skills to better prepare them for success in today’s digital world? Need a few ideas? We invited educators in our Renaissance Royals™ community to share examples of favorite assignments, projects, or activities […]
February 8, 2019

What is digital literacy and why does it matter?

What does the term “digital literacy” mean to you? Ask a few educator colleagues what digital literacy means to them. You’ll likely hear a myriad of answers that differ from your own. Although the meaning of digital literacy can vary […]
January 23, 2019

What Kids Are Reading: 2019 Edition released today!

Ignite a reading passion that takes kids lands away By Dr. Malbert Smith, CEO, president, and co-founder of MetaMetrics Each year I enjoy reading Renaissance’s What Kids Are Reading report. As the CEO of a company focused on literacy and […]
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 […]