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November 22, 2017

Educators, what are you thankful for this year?

Thanksgiving is a time to reflect and rejoice. While traveling and planning dinner can be stressful, nothing beats coming together with others. It also is a great time to take a moment and appreciate all that we have. We asked […]
November 16, 2017

A new level of achievement: The Seal of Biliteracy

By Carol Johnson, PhD, National Education Officer The Seal of Biliteracy Caps and gowns, pomp and circumstance, faculty and family buzzing about students’ incredible achievements. Graduation ceremonies never fail to inspire. While some students graduate with honors, a testament to […]
November 9, 2017

RTI Tier 2 intervention: Finding the ground truth

By Jan Bryan, EdD, VP, National Education Officer & Tonya Newsom, Curriculum Coordinator, Livingston Parish Public Schools. Livingston, Louisiana Successful Tier 2 intervention As mentioned in a previous post, multi-tier systems of support work. Now, let’s explore how they work. […]
November 2, 2017
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Rising to literacy challenges with effective universal screening

By Denise Gibbs, EdD Almost two-thirds of students perform below proficiency in reading in public schools across the country (National Assessment of Educational Progress, 2015). Literacy outcomes are even more dismal in large city schools, with three-fourths of all students […]
October 26, 2017

Success Story: Colorado K–6 charter school consistently performs above district average

It was 1917 when students first walked through the doors of a little red brick schoolhouse in Lamar, Colorado. Today, that same structure welcomes a fifth generation of students to the Alta Vista Charter School, a K–6 elementary school with […]
October 19, 2017

Scary-good book ideas for students this Halloween

By Lisa Lysne, Senior Product Marketing Manager Trick-or-treating, costume parties, and carving pumpkins. Halloween is time to take in the best of fall and a great time to curl up with a good book. As winter nears and the days […]
October 12, 2017

Three library themes to supercharge student learning

By Ken Stoflet, Marketing Communications Specialist “A good library will never be too neat, or too dusty, because somebody will always be in it, taking books off the shelves and staying up late reading them.” – Lemony Snicket School libraries […]
October 5, 2017

Three standout educator success stories in Mississippi, Pennsylvania, and Oregon

By Ken Stoflet, Marketing Communications Specialist In our day-to-day lives, we often overlook the small things, like perfectly formed pancakes for breakfast, a good morning text, or our favorite song on the radio while we’re on our way to work […]
September 28, 2017

How do we monitor the progress of English Learners?

By Carol Johnson, PhD, National Education Officer Sharing the same goal As educators, we all share the same goal—to prepare students for college and career success. This academic achievement happens over time, and the process for English Learners is no […]
September 21, 2017

Lessons we can all learn from Reading Recovery

By Mona Yoast, Vice President of Professional Services When I was a Reading Recovery teacher, “Back to School” meant screening the lowest-performing first-graders for placement in the program. As I walked students down to my room for the assessment, I […]
September 18, 2017

Disaster relief: How Renaissance is supporting our teachers, students, and colleagues

By Daniel Hamburger, Chief Executive Officer Natural disasters have had a devastating impact on those living in the Houston area, Florida, and regions of the West over the past couple weeks. We have been monitoring the images and news stories […]
September 14, 2017

Is ‘good enough’ good enough?

By Jan Bryan, EdD, Vice President, National Education Officer Previously, we explored distinctions between proficiency and growth. Proficiency, from its Latin origin, means “to accomplish or make progress.” Accomplishments in the education setting are generally described as reaching an established […]