What’s your story?

By Margaret Allen, Strategic Education Manager

I often reflect on how very fortunate I am to be working in education – first as a Primary teacher in the classroom followed by time in the corporate world helping schools to harness the power of technology to support learning…

It’s been a wonderful journey and one that I continue to treasure and enjoy. And as the Education Show fast approaches, where we’ll be telling the story of Accelerated Reader and how it can be used to engender a love for reading, support Assessment without Levels and engage reluctant readers… I thought now would be as good a time as any to share my own story with you all.

I’ve been actively involved with education since 1996 (just writing this has made me gasp with shock that it will mean 20 years this year!) and as I said before, this experience has included time in the classroom creating displays, marking assessments and perhaps what I loved most… storytelling.

In my role at Renaissance Learning, I am very lucky in that I get to share my personal passion for books and reading but also use my experience of how technology can be used to facilitate pupil progression.

Before joining Renaissance Learning, I spent a lot of time travelling the world and working with lots of different schools and students – supporting them with the adoption of various learning technologies, specifically interactive whiteboards and assessment devices.

But in terms of my story, how does this help me where I am today? Well, for starters, it has shown me that technology can only ever be one part of the story. When we look at Accelerated Reader for example, yes the quizzes and data tracking are fundamental to the programme, but the availability of books, support of the teacher and parental engagement are all key success factors to reading progression.

This is exactly what we’ll be showing at the Education Show – giving visitors the opportunity to learn more about how Accelerated Reader as a technology aid fits into a wider reading development story.

For me, education is not a job – it is a vocation – and my journey has taken me on a path where I have gained insight into a wide range of approaches, curriculums and technologies.

Everyone has a story to tell. Why not come and share yours with us at the Education Show (17th – 19th March 2016)? Come see us on Stand C68 – D69 and don’t forget to follow me @MargaretCAllen


Margaret Allen
Strategic Education Manager

Margaret Allen is Strategic Education Manager for Primary schools at Renaissance Learning. She uses practical experience from her time teaching in primary classrooms to help teachers across the UK to get the most out of Accelerated Reader.



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