March 30, 2017

4 strategies to help students carry out successful mathematical discourse

Creating meaningful discourse The research is clear—complex knowledge and skills are best developed through social interaction. Discourse allows students to develop and hone their thinking in an open, supportive environment. When students share ideas, construct arguments, and listen to understand […]
January 12, 2017

The law of the vital few

By Gene Kerns, EdD, Vice President and Chief Academic Officer Teachers regularly report that they have more skills to teach students than the time necessary to teach them. Therefore, teaching often requires making tough choices about which skills to focus […]
November 10, 2016

Title I and ESSA: What are your questions?

By Laura Shtaida, Government Affairs & Policy Analyst An Ever-Changing Landscape If I’ve learned anything in life, it is that change is constant. Even more so, trying to stay up-to-date on the change can be overwhelming and nearly impossible. In […]
October 27, 2016

5 takeaways: Anders Ericsson on Deliberate Practice

By Gene Kerns, EdD, Vice President and Chief Academic Officer Recently, Renaissance had the pleasure of hosting a webinar with Dr. K. Anders Ericsson, the world’s leading authority on expertise. Numerous attendees asked great questions about the implications of Ericsson’s […]