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November 11, 2019

Engaging reluctant readers with beloved books

Something magical happens when a student finds “that” book—the one that speaks to them, delights them, and leaves them hungry for more. Suddenly, they’re devouring pages, chapters, books, and even whole series. Yet “that” book isn’t the same for every […]
October 24, 2019

Pumpkins, ghosts, and scares: 15 books students should read this Halloween

Trick-or-treating, homemade costumes, carved pumpkins—Halloween often marks the official transition to fall. While Halloween has roots that can be traced back to the nineteenth century, the holiday has grown to be one of the most popular holidays in the United […]
October 10, 2019

Tips for enhancing your culturally relevant teaching

By Billy Spicer, Instructional Coach According to the US Census Bureau, “More than half of the nation’s children are expected to be part of a minority race or ethnic group” by 2020. By my calculations, this is quite soon! Do […]
September 26, 2019

Better input, better outcome: Improving English Learners’ literacy achievement

By Carol Johnson, PhD, National Education Officer Every minute of every day, students all over the world learn to read in their first language. And millions of students go through this process in a second language as well. For many […]
September 12, 2019

Books to help young learners acclimate to school

School can be an exciting, strange, and even scary experience for our youngest learners! One way to help them adjust to the new environment, schedule, and people is with books that reflect their own experiences and emotions. Through these engaging […]
August 22, 2019

Back to school resources

It’s that time of the year once again. (Wait, wasn’t it June just last week?) As schools across the nation begin to fill with students, everyone is learning new names and welcoming students to a new grade or even a […]
August 8, 2019

How to make Renaissance National Honor Roll

Calling all educators! Want to get the most out of your Renaissance practice and assessment solutions? Looking to highlight your students’ incredible reading and math achievements? Renaissance National Honor Roll recognizes teachers, librarians, and school administrators across the nation utilizing […]
August 1, 2019

What do the connections between early literacy and numeracy mean in preschool?

By Robin Hojnoski, PhD, Associate Professor at Lehigh University Early literacy and early numeracy are two important skill areas that develop during the early childhood period. Early literacy and numeracy skills are critical for early school success, and children’s performance […]
July 18, 2019

What does a great mathematician look like?

Let’s face it: When talking about brilliant mathematicians, even the most experienced teachers tend to talk about the same handful of figures, from Euclid to Sir Isaac Newton. While these individuals made major contributions to the field of mathematics, they […]
June 27, 2019

Bonus What Kids Are Reading lists for middle and high school

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 identify the most-read books in the country. […]
June 13, 2019

A Q&A with pro surfer Bethany Hamilton

“I don’t need easy, I just need possible.” – Bethany Hamilton In 2003 at the age of 13, Bethany Hamilton lost her left arm to a 14-foot tiger shark while surfing in Kauai, Hawaii. Just one month later, Hamilton returned […]
May 30, 2019

How the Renaissance Growth Alliance helps teachers use data to drive instruction

Does this sound familiar? You’re concerned about over-testing your students. Not only does your school or district have a universal screener or benchmark assessment that has to be administered to every student, but each of your digital programs has its […]