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Renaissance® Blog

Shareable tips and insightful thoughts on K–12 education. Subscribe to the Renaissance Newsletter and get the latest posts delivered straight to your inbox.

January 8, 2021

In response to: Cancelling interim testing this year

By Dr. Gene Kerns, Vice President and Chief Academic Officer Like nearly all children in the 1970s and 80s, I fully embraced the early video games of that era. For many, the only access to these was at video arcades. […]
December 11, 2020

Product Highlights: Analyzing data to accelerate growth

With learning models shifting—in some cases, multiple times—this school year, educators have shown us just how resilient (in fact, superheroic) they really are. But these shifts haven’t been without challenges, especially when it comes to gathering student data to inform […]
December 4, 2020

Why we’re living in a footnote of history

By Dr. Gene Kerns, Vice President and Chief Academic Officer Last spring, the word that kept coming to mind amid the COVID-19 disruptions was surreal. Things seemed so unbelievable that one had to ask, Is this real? Is this actually […]
November 20, 2020

Reframing literacy in the digital space

By Dr. Jan K. Bryan, Vice President and National Education Officer Note: This is the second in a series of blogs about the new book Literacy Reframed. You can read the first blog in the series by clicking here. Several […]
November 13, 2020

Assessing preschool children remotely this school year

By Dr. Scott McConnell, Director of Assessment Innovation As educators, we were thrown a curve ball last spring, when the COVID-19 pandemic led to widespread school closures and a quick pivot to remote education. Back then, many of us hoped […]
November 6, 2020

How literacy must be reframed this school year

By Dr. Gene Kerns, Vice President and Chief Academic Officer Emerson wrote that “The mind, once stretched by a new idea, never returns to its original dimensions.” For me, this is the case when I read particularly insightful books. The […]
October 22, 2020

Product Highlights: Promoting educational equity

Back-to-School looked a lot different this year, with many schools and districts providing instruction remotely either full or part time. While it’s certainly possible for students to thrive in remote- and hybrid-learning environments, educators also face new challenges. Do all […]
October 14, 2020

How are kids performing so far this fall?

By Dr. Gene Kerns, Vice President and Chief Academic Officer Last spring, school buildings had barely gone dark before questions about potential learning loss began to appear. The title of an Education Week article from early April read, “How Schools […]
October 2, 2020

How we create vocabulary, literacy skills, and Spanish quizzes for Accelerated Reader

Accelerated Reader includes more than 210,000 quizzes on a wide range of fiction and nonfiction books. The majority of these are Reading Practice Quizzes, which assess students’ literal comprehension of the books they’ve read. In an earlier blog, we provided […]
September 25, 2020

6 myths about emergent bilinguals

Note: This is the second blog in a two-part series about bilingualism and biliteracy. To read the first blog in the series, click here. Schools across the US are using Star Assessments in Spanish and English to assess their emergent […]
September 22, 2020

How to set equitable goals this school year

By Dr. Gene Kerns, Vice President and Chief Academic Officer For many of us, fall screening may look a bit different this year, especially if we’re assessing students remotely. Nonetheless, we’ll soon have—or may already have—our fall screening results. Based […]
September 18, 2020

Quizzing at home in Accelerated Reader

Last spring, educators who use Accelerated Reader had two key questions for us, as they worked to quickly transition from in-person to remote instruction. (1) Does Accelerated Reader support at-home quizzing? (2) If so, can you provide us with guidance […]