Renaissance Blog

What Makes a Book “Non-Quizzable” for AR?

By Kerry McGuire

Reading Practice quizzes are at the heart of Accelerated Reader. It is important to us that they are fun to take, and that students are motivated by seeing their success when they pass a quiz. It is vital to the integrity of the product that we produce high-quality quizzes that truly test a pupil’s reading […]

New Year, New Chapters: Reading resolutions for teachers and students to cultivate a love for reading in the classroom

By Denisha Polin

As the new year unfolds, it’s the perfect time to sow the seeds of a love for reading that will continue throughout the academic process. For both teachers and students, adopting and encouraging positive reading habits can be an enriching experience. Let’s explore some effective strategies to make reading a pleasurable part of the classroom […]

Some of the Content Team’s Favourite Fiction of 2023

By Lisa Heller

With this first blog of 2024, we want to look back at some of our quiz writers’ favourite fiction titles of 2023. We added 1,300 new titles to Accelerated Reader last year, and below you can read up on some of our top picks. The titles are as different as our quiz writers are and […]

Celebrating Excellence in Education: The 2023 Renaissance Awards

By Denisha Polin

Thursday 16th November marked a significant day in the Renaissance calendar as teaching staff, senior leaders and supporting teams gathered at Glaziers Hall, London Bridge for the eighth annual Renaissance Awards – the first in-person celebration post-COVID. The event showcased the remarkable achievements of schools worldwide in the 22/23 school year and brought together a […]

Non-Fiction November: The Content Team’s Favourite Non-Fiction Titles of 2023

By Lucy McGraw

To celebrate Non-Fiction November, the Content Team has compiled a list of some of our favourite non-fiction titles we’ve read in 2023. Throughout the year, the team has enjoyed reading and quizzing 269 non-fiction books covering topics from healthy eating to footballers to peculiar plants to life in the ancient Aztec age. We’ve loved reading […]

Shedding light on High Interest/Low Level titles on AR

By Lisa Heller

This month the Content Team wants to shed light on some of the High Interest/Low Level (Hi/Lo) series we’ve been quizzing. Sometimes it can be hard to find books for readers whose interests and reading levels don’t align. This is where the Hi/Lo titles come into play. These titles contain age appropriate content and topics, […]

Championing Diversity in Literature: An Unforgettable Night at the Diverse Book Awards

By Denisha Polin

I was delighted to attend the Diverse Book Awards last night, an incredible event hosted at Waterstones in Piccadilly. What better place to celebrate than the home of books itself? The Diverse Book Awards were established in 2019 by award-winning children’s and YA author Abiola Bello and award-winning publicist Helen Lewis. When Abiola discovered the […]

Freckle fever hits Belfast!

In this post, teacher-turned-Renaissance Consultant, Frances Kingston (a.k.a. “Freckle Fran”) recounts her recent trip to Belfast where she visited several schools to support them with their implementation of Freckle, Renaissance’s differentiated maths practice solution.

Is Boosting Maths Confidence the Key to Student Success? Insights from new research

Just as Rishi Sunak reinforced his view that mathematics should be taught in schools in England until the age of 18, our YouGov survey of over 1,000 teachers has highlighted the obstacles and struggles faced by students when it comes to learning maths – as well as what teachers believe can turn the situation around. […]

10 Scarily Fun Books for “Spooky Season”

By Lucy McGraw

With “Spooky Season” right around the corner, the Content team has put together a list that includes a diverse selection of ten of our favourite spooky titles. Whether they prefer tales of ghosts, zombies, brujos or brujas, the following books are perfect for readers of all levels who want to get into the Halloween spirit! […]

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