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Renaissance Learning will be exhibiting at the BETT Show, which runs from Wednesday 21st to Saturday 24th January 2015. In addition to our exhibition stand, we will be hosting a programme of free training and professional development sessions, each lasting around 30 minutes, in our dedicated Gallery Suite seminar room.
For the second year running, students will be able to take mini AR-style quizzes on the World Book Day £1 books. In addition, two of the authors will be featured each week in a series of ‘quizzing weeks,’ leading up to World Book Day itself, giving students the chance to take quizzes on up to three popular books by each of the featured authors.
The latest edition of CILIP Update, the magazine for members of the professional body for librarians, carries an in-depth article about the reading initiatives at The Boulevard Academy in Hull. The principal, Andy Grace, has structured the curriculum firmly around literacy and numeracy, using Accelerated Reader and Accelerated Maths.
Students at Hazlegrove met their ambitious 150,000,000 word target with Accelerated Reader, having read 4,072 books between them in the Autumn term. Over 50 students read over a million words each during the course of the term.
By Cecelia Powell, Managing Editor
Accelerated Reader is used by boys and girls from Year 1 to Year 13. With such a range of students, and with so many different tastes to appeal to, how do we ensure that we produce quizzes on books that interest every reader?
A partnership of schools in Surrey has conducted a study into the development of effective reading schemes, finding that effective pedagogy is key to the successful implementation of Accelerated Reader.
By Lauren Shapiro, Senior Programme Manager
“Weighing the pig doesn’t make it fatter,” the saying goes. That’s why we strongly recommend regular data team meetings as an essential part of the learning cycle. The goal of a data team meeting is to decide how to respond to students’ assessment results. From my experience working closely with schools who use Accelerated Reader and Accelerated Maths, I have seen that the schools making the greatest gains in student progress are the ones where assessments are followed by effective data team meetings.
We are pleased to announce that we will be exhibiting at the Bett Show from 21st – 24th January 2015. In addition to our stand, we will be hosting a series of seminars and one-on-one sessions in our dedicated Gallery Suite room during the show.
GP Taylor, the best-selling author of Shadowmancer, Wormwood and Tersias, has cited Accelerated Reader as the ‘best’ reading programme for students.
In the second report of its kind, independent research from the National Literacy Trust has shown that students who use Accelerated Reader have more positive attitudes towards reading than their peers.