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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 […]
August 16, 2018

How to make Renaissance National Honor Roll

Calling all Renaissance educators! Want to get the most out of your Renaissance practice and assessment solutions? Ready to learn different ways to ensure students experience measurable growth in reading and math? Want to be recognized for all that you […]
August 9, 2018

Tips for helping students find reliable news and online sources

You have 15 unread notifications! In a world of constant notifications, tweets, and status updates, we have access to more content than ever before. With a 24/7 media cycle, there’s more and more content being pumped out—some of it great, […]
July 26, 2018

4 essential skills for media literacy

I would confidently argue that media literacy is the most important topic of our time. Media impacts every aspect of our lives, specifically affecting how we relate to, learn about, and interact with the people around us. Whether it’s through […]
July 11, 2018

What’s the difference? Criterion-referenced tests vs. norm-referenced tests

Have you ever been perplexed by a situation like this one? In the fall, a student named Bruno did well on a district assessment. He scored 55 out of 100, which the district considers “proficient” for his grade level. His […]
June 28, 2018

4 tips to get the most out of What Kids Are Reading

During the 2016–2017 school year, 9.4 million K–12 students read 323 million books and articles, per data captured by Renaissance Accelerated Reader®. Just under 80 pages, the 2018 What Kids Are Reading report is loaded with a ton of reading […]
June 14, 2018

Reading suggestions for educators this summer

Summer provides a nice—and much needed—break. It also provides a chance to catch up on some reading (in between visits to the beach and not thinking about school, of course). Since we’re in the midst of summer, we asked a […]
May 31, 2018

3 easy steps to creating a personalized literacy environment in the digital age

By Karen Adamec, Literacy Coach Like many schools across the country, my school, Dr. Martin Luther King Elementary School, a Title 1 school in Providence, Rhode Island, is beginning to explore teaching practices and digital learning tools that help students […]
May 24, 2018

Connecting assessment to instruction for English Learners

By Carol Johnson, PhD, National Education Officer According to the National Clearinghouse for English Language Acquisition, more than 4.85 million English Learners were enrolled in US public schools during the 2014–15 school year. Just as for native English-speaking students, the […]