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August 7, 2020

Using Focus Skills to close COVID-19 learning gaps

By Dr. Gene Kerns, Vice President and Chief Academic Officer, and Dr. Katie McClarty, Vice President of Research and Design As we begin the 2020–2021 school year, there’s no shortage of advice about how to meet students’ needs, given the […]
April 30, 2020

Considerations for remote testing

By Gene Kerns, EdD, Chief Academic Officer, and Rita Wright, Director, National Academic Advisors Should we be assessing our students during this time of school closures? Because Renaissance is one of the nation’s leading K–12 assessment providers, it was inevitable […]
December 14, 2017

New book on student talent and expertise

By Gene Kerns, EdD, Vice President and Chief Academic Officer I’m thrilled to announce the release of my new book, Unlocking Student Talent: The New Science of Developing Expertise. As the chief academic officer at Renaissance, one of my top […]
August 22, 2017

Making plans for SXSWedu® 2018

By Gene Kerns, EdD, Vice President and Chief Academic Officer It’s that time of the year again. Schools around the nation are starting back up, summer is dwindling, and SXSWedu PanelPicker® voting is officially open. SXSWedu®, an offshoot of SXSW […]