Renaissance Blog

Business (not quite) as usual in the Content Team

By Cecelia Powell, Managing Editor

To all our valued customers, Accelerated Reader quiz takers and publisher partners, In light of the current circumstances concerning the COVID-19 virus, we want to reassure everyone that Renaissance Accelerated Reader quizzes will continue to be published. Our office is currently closed and all our colleagues are working from home, but those same faces you saw in […]

WKAR Quiz Writers’ Choice Awards shortlist 2020

By Krista Culbertson, Editor

It’s that time of year again where we announce the shortlist for the What Kids Are Reading Quiz Writers’ Choice Awards! Every academic school year, the What Kids Are Reading report offers insight to what books school children have read and enjoyed the most. The Quiz Writers’ Choice Award is given to the authors who were the […]

Top tips on whole-class guided reading

By Margaret Allen, Strategic Education Manager

In this blog, Education Specialist Margaret Allen shares how whole-class guided reading can aid workload and make a positive impact on children’s reading development, with some practical tips on how to implement it in your class.

Our partnership with the Seychelles: one year in the making

By Ruth Atkinson, Marketing Assistant

We signed a three-year agreement with the Seychelles earlier this year! Here’s how we reached this point.

Behind the Scenes: Creating Quizzes for Accelerated Reader

By Kerry McGuire, Assistant Editor

Introduced by Cecelia Powell, Managing Editor Every school day, children from all around the world are being inspired to read using Renaissance Accelerated Reader. In schools from Brazil to Dubai, from South Korea to the Seychelles, from Scotland to China, AR quizzes and practice activities are being used to assess reading comprehension. Here in the […]

Guest Blog: Richard Slade on Solving the Puzzle of Literacy Assessment

By Richard Slade, Head Teacher

With teacher workloads under pressure and the school’s budget being tighter now than ever before, the teaching landscape is tough. But, with software like Star Assessments, we have been able to take control of the reigns and help our students to reach their full potential. With bulletproof data, inspiring confidence in our students’ reading abilities and providing them with even more material to read than before, we are confident that we have developed the complete literacy solution at Plumcroft Primary School.

Renaissance Awards 2019

By Ruth Atkinson, Marketing Assistant

The last Friday in November is a big day in the Renaissance calendar. This year, the morning was spent erecting the stage, putting up banners, ironing the tablecloths, blowing up balloons, and making sure we had enough canapes… all in preparation for our annual Renaissance Awards ceremony!

Our favourite non-fiction of 2018-19

By Kerry McGuire, Assistant Editor

Looking for some non-fiction inspiration? Look no further. We’ve picked our favourite non-fiction that we quizzed in the 2018-19 academic year.

Guest Blog: Cathy Williams shares more of her story

By Cathy Williams, Director of Teaching and Learning

Part two of our guest blog from Cathy Williams, Director of Teaching and Learning at Schoolsworks MAT, as she continues the story of her trust-wide assessment journey.

Guest Blog: Cathy Williams, Director of Teaching and Learning, Schoolsworks MAT

By Cathy Williams, Director of Teaching and Learning

In this guest blog, Cathy shares her experiences as Director of Teaching and Learning at Schoolsworks and offers some advice to other MATs who might be facing similar challenges when addressing school assessment.

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