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“Summertime is always the best of what might be.”

– Charles Bowden


You don’t stop being an educator just because school's out for the summer. Perhaps you’re teaching summer school or taking a few extra classes at a local college. Maybe you truly have the summer off. Either way, you’re still hunting for resources to ensure that the next school year gets off to the best start possible.

Below, we’ve highlighted a handful of our most-popular resources—and they're all free and handpicked just for you. We’ll add additional content throughout the summer, so be sure to check back often!

P.S. Want to keep students engaged this summer? Our student activities combine warm-weather topics and fun activities to motivate students and celebrate the joy of learning over the summer months, leading to success in the fall.


Browse our curated collection of webinars on Response to Intervention (RTI), reading, mathematics, and much more. To view all our webinar offerings, go to

Webinar: Making RTI Work for Middle and High School
RTI strategies in the upper grades are different from those in the lower grades. But how and why? How can you embed effective RTI principles into subject classes—reducing or eliminating the need for scheduling separate intervention classes? And how can you improve growth, not only for struggling students but for ALL students in your content classes?

Webinar: Peg Smith on Mathematical Discourse:  What It Takes & How to Do It
Watch this recording of Peg Smith's enormously popular webinar and learn step-by-step strategies for facilitating productive mathematics discussions. You will leave with a concrete set of strategies to work on in your own classroom.

Webinar: Understanding Focus Skills: The Game-Changer for Instructional Planning
With so many skills to teach and so little time, where should educators focus their efforts for optimal student growth? Research shows that certain skills lay the foundations for future learning, making them essential and non-negotiable. These are focus skills.

Whether you’re teaching summer school or preparing for the new school year, these resources will add some personality and color to your walls.

Bookmarks: What Kids Are Reading
Prevent dog-eared library books! These bright, colorful bookmarks showcase students’ top book picks based on the annual What Kids Are Reading report! Students can personalize each bookmark with their names on the front and keep tabs on what they’ve read and what they want to read next on the back.

Infographic: The Scooby-Doo approach to close reading
Like Scooby-Doo and the gang, students need to become close-reading detectives when they read. By gathering small details, investigating the text, decoding textual evidence, and providing an explanation of their reasoning, students develop the close-reading skills needed to be successful in today’s world. This infographic is a great tool to use in your classroom as a visual reminder of what effective close reading looks like.

Poster: How to teach students to be smart annotators
Annotation has some BIG benefits, but are your students making three common mistakes? You can teach students to avoid these mistakes. Plus, you’ll see four ways to keep annotation fun for everyone!

Poster: The 5 golden rules of highlighting
How can you get your students to have a better plan when highlighting? Display this poster to help students develop five good highlighting habits so they grow as close readers.

Take a moment to relax and kick back with a few of our curated reads.

The 2 things educators should read this summer
Gene Kerns is back again with a couple more summer reading recommendations for educators. In addition to a new book recommendation, Gene highlights an article on personalized learning.

6 summer reads for educators
From The Talent Code to The Genius in All of Us, Gene Kerns shares a few summer reading recommendations for educators. A variety of topics are covered, ranging from the idea of genetic “giftedness” to getting the most out of student assessments.

What Kids Are Reading: And How They Grow
We are pleased to announce the 2017 edition of our annual report, What Kids Are Reading. This year, we present popular fiction, nonfiction, and subject-area texts read by 9.9 million K12 kids from over 30,000 schools who read more than 346 million books and nonfiction articles. No other study captures student reading behavior on this scale.

Renaissance EdWords™ Assessment Edition
No matter how long you’ve been in education, you’ve likely stumbled over a few education terms. What do they really mean? How are they best used? Download this free eBook and stay up-to-date on the most important assessment terms in education today.

The Next Generation of Response to Intervention
How can you use assessment data to not only make predictions about students’ academic lives, but to make a bigger difference in their everyday lives? See how you can use data-fueled insight and resources to respond to challenge and accelerate growth. Learn how Response to Intervention (RTI) now focuses on a more direct and relevant link between assessment and instruction/intervention.

10 nonfiction articles you didn’t know kids were reading
Nonfiction often gets a bad rap as stuffy, boring, and yawn-inducing. That couldn’t be further from the truth. Great nonfiction content can take the form of a thrilling adventure story, a scary tale around a campfire, or an intriguing true story that took place in a different era. Using data from What Kids Are Reading, we’ve gathered ten nonfiction articles that are popular with K–12 students nationwide that you might be surprised are as popular as they are!


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