Implementation Timeline: Where are you?

Welcome to the Implementation Timeline. Find out how to set up and perfect your use of Renaissance Star Reading and Accelerated Reader, whether you are new to the programmes or are an experienced user. Simply identify which Phase of implementation applies to your situation and discover training and resources to help you take that next step.

Phase 1: Programme Launch

This Phase will guide you through the key steps necessary for a successful launch of Renaissance Star Assessment and Accelerated Reader. Follow along with your introductory training or, if you are taking over the programme from someone else, use the resources and webinar below to develop your understanding.

Please note: this outline caters to our most popular training model of three remote sessions and one day of onsite training. The order of the training may vary depending on your school’s needs. Please contact the Coaching department if you have purchased an alternative package (coaching@renlearn.co.uk).

Targets:

  • Label your Accelerated Reader books
  • Star test your students
  • Achieve 100% participation in Accelerated Reader
  • Competition idea: The 100% Club – each time a student achieves 100% on a quiz, enter their name into a lucky dip or pin their name onto a thematic display board.

Task 1

Telephone training session 1: Preparing your books for Accelerated Reader

Worried about your book stock? We’ll help you with everything from how you may wish to organise it to providing suggestions around labelling your books for the programme.

Have you completed this training session?

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Next steps

You can now begin to prepare your books for Accelerated Reader. Download the Book Guide Handbook and the Preparing your Books Guide. Visit our online shop to purchase AR labels.

Next steps

Please book in your next training session if you have not already done so. Simply contact our Coaching team on 020 7184 4000 or email us with a few suggestions for dates and times: coaching@renlearn.co.uk.

If you use a Library Management System, please also email an Excel spreadsheet of your book stock prior to the telephone training session. Guides are available on how to export from MLS, Oliver and Heritage. If you do not have a Library Management System, please bring a few books along with you to the training session and your coach will guide you through how to manually match your books.

Task 2

Importing student data into your Renaissance Place site

You will need to import your students and their class information into your Renaissance Place website prior to telephone training session 2.

Have you completed your data import?

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Next steps

Please book in your next training session if you have not already done so. Simply contact our Coaching team on 020 7184 4000 or email us with a few suggestions for dates and times: coaching@renlearn.co.uk.

Next steps

Download the data import guide and example spreadsheet. A video guide is also available to walk you through the process. If you would like help setting up your New School Year in Renaissance Place, you can contact our Customer Support team on 020 7184 4000 or through Live Chat (available in the top-right corner of your Renaissance Place site).

Task 3

Telephone training session 2: Website admin and the Star Reading Assessment

In this session, we will introduce you to the basics of Renaissance Star Reading. After this, you’ll be able to trial the programme in your classroom.

Have you completed this training session?

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Next steps

You can now begin to Star test your students. You will need some Star Reading results for telephone training session 3.

Download the admin guide, Student presentation for Star Reading (Primary | Secondary) and software tips for Star Assessments.

Next steps

Please book your telephone training session if you have not already done so. Simply contact our Coaching team on 020 7184 4000 or email us with a few suggestions for dates and times: coaching@renlearn.co.uk.

Task 4

Telephone training session 3: Analysing Star Results and introducing your class to Accelerated Reader

Looking for ways of introducing Accelerated Reader that work? Curious how you could launch it? Looking for ideas for reading logs? Have questions after trialling it last year? We’ll cover it all.

Have you completed this training session?

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Next steps

You can now introduce one or more classes to Accelerated Reader. Please ensure that at least one class have used the programme prior your onsite training day.

Download the Student Presentation for Accelerated Reader (Primary | Secondary) and examples of reading logs.

Trial Accelerated Reader with at least one class.

Next steps

Please book your telephone training session if you have not already done so. Simply contact our Coaching team on 020 7184 4000 or email us with a few suggestions for dates and times: coaching@renlearn.co.uk.

Task 5

Webinar: Accelerated Reader Best Practices

Do you want some practical ideas about getting Accelerated Reader up and running from other schools/users? Join our interactive webinar for exciting ideas.

This free webinar is taking place on Monday 25th September 2017 at 4pm. More information →

Were you able to attend?

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Next steps

Join us on Twitter or Facebook to get inspiration from other schools’ ideas and successes.

Next steps

Visit our Events page to find out about other upcoming events.

Task 6

Onsite training day

Everything you’ll need to know to effectively implement the programme.

Have you had your onsite training yet?

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Next steps

Download the student presentation for Star Reading (Primary | Secondary) and Accelerated Reader (Primary | Secondary). View examples of reading logs and personalise and print your Staff Day-to-Day Guide. See the Status of the Class process in action (Video 1 | Video 2).

Next steps

Please book your onsite training session if you have not already done so. Simply contact our Coaching team on 020 7184 4000 or email us with a few suggestions for dates: coaching@renlearn.co.uk.

Task 7

Order new books

By comparing your existing book stock to your Star Reading results, you can identify shortages within certain Book Levels, lengths, Interest Levels or genres (e.g. fiction vs non-fiction). Use this information to guide your decisions when developing your library and/or book corners.

Have you ordered your new books yet?

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Next steps

You are now ready to move on to move onto the next phase of training: expanding your impact across the school.

Next steps

Browse a list of our bookselling partners and visit www.arbookfind.co.uk to view the range of quizzed titles. To return to the top of the page click here.

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Phase 2: Expand your impact

This Phase focuses on engaging your wider school community, ensuring that students, parents and governors understand and share your goals. Join our free training events to learn how to integrate the programmes into your school and network with other users.

Targets:

  • Star test your students at least once per term
  • 100% participation in Accelerated Reader each half-term
  • Aim for an Average Percent Correct of 85% or higher in quiz taking
  • Competition idea: Reward the class which achieves the highest Average Percentage Correct
Task 1

Webinar: Star Reading and Star Early Literacy: assessing your lower ability students

Find out how to assess students who are struggling to access the Star Reading test. Learn how Renaissance Assessments and Accelerated Reader can help them on their journey to becoming confident, independent readers.

This free webinar is taking place on Monday 2nd October 2017 at 4pm. More information →

Were you able to attend?

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Next steps

Download the student presentation for Star Reading (Primary | Secondary). Use the Star Early Literacy Conversion Chart to identify ZPDs for lower ability readers or compare their attainment to those on the Star Reading Assessment. Learn more about supporting non-independent readers by visiting our Read T.W.O page.

Next steps

Learn more about how to support non-independent readers using Star Early Literacy and Accelerated Reader by visiting our Read T.W.O page.

Visit our Events page to find out about other upcoming events.

Task 2

Workshop: Data driven best practices in reading

For best practice, you need a strong foundation. In this workshop, we will take a closer look at how the three key reports will help you guide progress towards the research based best practices.

Activities to cascade to your team:

Task 3

Webinar: Preparing for Governors meetings and Ofsted using Renaissance data

We know that you’re doing amazing things, but how do you decide what to share in a Governors meeting or Ofsted inspection? We’ll take you through the different reports and figures that will help you highlight the impact you’re having on your student’s reading progression.

This free webinar is taking place on Monday 20th November 2017 at 4pm. More information →

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Next steps

Browse our Success Stories to find out how other schools are using Renaissance data to inform teaching and monitor progress.

Visit our Events page to find out about other upcoming events.

Task 4

Webinar: Learning Walks: what to look out for during Star testing and reading time

We know that teachers are working diligently and creatively to support students reading development. Find out how to identify the best practices taking place in your classrooms, and how to use this information to promote consistency across the school and inform your next steps.

This free webinar is taking place on Tuesday 5th December 2017 at 4pm. More information →

Were you able to attend?

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Next steps

Download Learning Walk forms for Star Reading and Accelerated Reader.

Next steps

Visit our Events page to find out about other upcoming events.

Task 5

Webinar: Getting parents involved using Renaissance Home Connect

We know the obstacles that schools often face: many of our parents are not fluent in English; a lot of our parents are not confident readers themselves; we haven’t had huge success getting them involved in the past. Join our webinar to find out unexpected but practical ways of getting parents involved in reading at school and at home.

This free webinar is taking place on Monday 15th January 2018 at 4pm. More information →

Were you able to attend?

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Next steps

Download the Parent’s Guide to Accelerated Reader. Launch Home Connect using our Homework Activity (Primary | Secondary) and instructions (to be shown in class).

Next steps

Download the Parent’s Guide to Accelerated Reader. Consider adding a shortcut to arbookfind.co.uk onto your school website to help parents find appropriate books for their children.

Visit our Events page to find out about other upcoming events.

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Phase 3: Establish best practice

This Phase focuses on our research-based best practices; supporting students who are at risk of not progressing and celebrating classes which exceed expectations. Join our free training events to find out how to develop consistent best practices across your school and network with other users.

  • Star Test your students at least once per term
  • 100% participation in Accelerated Reader each half-term
  • Aim for 25-minutes of engaged reading time per day
  • Competition idea: invite students who achieve their Points Targets to a literary themed party.
Task 1

Workshop: Reducing the percentage of students at risk

This workshop will guide you through the extensive data available on our website to ensure you have a complete picture of reading progress and attainment at your school.

Activities to cascade to your team:

  • Troubleshooting Accelerated Reader Diagnostic Codes
  • Star Growth Analysis

This free workshop is taking place across England during December and January 2018. Find a location near you →

Were you able to attend?

Yes No

Next steps

Download the student presentation on the Star Reading test (Primary | Secondary) and watch the Star Test in action in these two short videos: ‘Preparing students for the Star Test’ and ‘Using the Growth Report to give feedback to students’. Review your results using the Star Growth Analysis Pack. Use the Half-Termly Notes template to keep a record of your activities and progress.

Next steps

Download the student presentation on the Star Reading test (Primary | Secondary).

Visit our Events page to find out about other upcoming events.

Task 2

Webinar 6: Effective data team meetings: Star growth analysis

Have you recently completed another Star test? Are you concerned about students who have made massive leaps in either direction? Join us to find out how to identify and support those students at greatest risk of falling behind.

This free webinar is taking place on Tuesday 6th February 2018 at 4pm. More information →

Were you able to attend?

Yes No

Next steps

Download the Star Growth Analysis Pack and keep a record of your activities and progress using the Half-Termly Note template. If you have spotted any anomalous results in your Star data, download the ‘Why Star scores fluctuate’ guide

Next steps

Check out our blog post on how to organise an effective data team meeting.

Visit our Events page to find out about other upcoming events.

Task 3

Webinar: Aiming for Master Class Certification

Could your students be one of the top performing classes in the country? Join us to find out our top tips for achieving the research-based criteria that will help ensure your students make the most growth possible and make your class really stand out.

This free webinar is taking place on Monday 12th March 2018 at 4pm. More information →

Were you able to attend?

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Next steps

Download the student presentation on Achieving Master Class Certification. Learn how to set Accelerated Reader Targets.

Next steps

Download our guide to achieving Master Class Certification.

Visit our Events page to find out about other upcoming events.

Task 4

Celebrate reading!

Whether you are celebrating World Book Day, organising an Accelerated Reader party or planning a one-off event to boost enthusiasm – don’t forget to check out our latest games and activities!

Are you planning an event?

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Next steps

Raise the profile of reading using games and activities available at takethequiz.co.uk – perfect for World Book Day!

Expand students’ horizons by shadowing the Kate Greenaway Book Award (primary) or Carnegie Shadowing award (secondary).

Organise a Readathon to raise reading ages along with money for a good cause.

Don’t forget to recognise students’ achievements by presenting them with Renaissance certificates and shouting about them on social media.

Next steps

Make sure to advertise books to students. Why not ask class teachers to share book trailers during Tutor or reading time to advertise new library books? You can find the latest book trailers on our Pinterest page. Pique students’ curiosity by hiding Lost Pages around the school, in classroom PowerPoints and in homework packs.

Task 5

Workshop: Building reading stamina

This workshop will take you through how to use our Target setting tools to build reading stamina. We will also explore what to do with those less likely to achieve their Targets and how to enhance motivation.

Activities to cascade to your team:

  • Building reading stamina with Points Targets
  • Targeting ‘on watch’ students
  • This free workshop is taking place across England during February and March 2018. Find a location near you →

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    Next steps

    Download the student presentation on Points and Targets (Primary | Secondary) and the Progress Reflection Report. Share the Aiming for Master Class presentation with your class. Target your ‘on watch’ students to ensure they make progress. Keep a record of your activities and progress using the Half-Termly Notes template.

    Next steps

    Learn how to set Accelerated Reader Targets. Learn more about Master Class Certification.

    Visit our Events page to find out about other upcoming events.

    Task 6

    Webinar: Target Setting in Accelerated Reader

    We’re all looking to build avid readers, but how do you do this with that child in your classroom who keeps abandoning books?

    This free webinar is taking place on Tuesday 24th April 2018 at 4pm. More information →

    Were you able to attend?

    Yes No

    Next steps

    Download the student presentation on Building Reading Stamina. Learn how to set Accelerated Reader Targets.

    Next steps

    Learn how to set Accelerated Reader Targets.

    Visit our Events page to find out about other upcoming events.

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    Phase 4: Reflect and Plan

    This phase focuses on how to use your existing Renaissance tools in unexpected ways; from developing the teaching of literacy across the curriculum to informing reading interventions. Join our free training events to learn about the lesser known features of the programme and network with other users.

    Targets:

    • Star Test your students at least once per term
    • 100% participation in Accelerated Reader each half-term
    • Aim for reduce the number of students at risk
    • Competition idea: challenge students and staff alike to achieve Master Class Certification
    Task 1

    Webinar: Building cross-curricular links

    We all know that every teacher is expected to be a teacher of literacy, but how can you fit this into an already packed timetable? Join us to find out how to use your existing tools to support the teaching of literacy across all subject areas, as well as how to introduce students to Vocabulary Practice Quizzes.

    This free webinar is taking place on Tuesday 1st May 2018 at 4pm. More information →

    Were you able to attend?

    Yes No

    Next steps

    Download the student presentation on Vocabulary Practice Quizzes and the guide on creating Teacher Made Quizzes. Encourage subject specialists to create recommended reading lists by visiting arbookfind.co.uk.

    Next steps

    Encourage students to read at least one non-fiction text each half-term. This can be monitored using the Accelerated Reader Diagnostic Report.

    Visit our Events page to find out about other upcoming events.

    Task 2

    Webinar: Targeting students not meeting expectations

    We all know which students are flagged up as SEN and who is getting on well with the curriculum in reading. But what about those students in-between? Join us to find out how to catch these students before they fall.

    This free webinar is taking place on Tuesday 12th June 2018 at 4pm. More information →

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    Next steps

    Download templates to help brainstorm your school’s Intervention Strategies and Target ‘On Watch’ Students.

    Next steps

    Identify your ‘on watch’ students using the Star Screening Report. Learn how to set up this report by watching this short video.

    Visit our Events page to find out about other upcoming events.

    Task 3

    Webinar: Analysing and reporting back on your end of year data

    It’s the end of the year! How did your classes do? Join us to learn more about the reports which will highlight your classes’ successes and help you plan for the new school year.

    This free webinar is taking place on Tuesday 3rd July 2018 at 4pm. More information →

    Were you able to attend?

    Yes No

    Next steps

    Find out how to filter reports using characteristics (e.g. Pupil Premium, SEN). Learn more about Student Growth Percentiles (SGPs) or our research-based best practices.

    Next steps

    Find out how to filter reports using characteristics (e.g. Pupil Premium, SEN).

    Visit our Events page to find out about other upcoming events.

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