Here at Renaissance, we hold a collective belief that diverse voices should be amplified and heard. We are committed to providing culture-rich resources that are reflective of society and can engage those who are underrepresented. Through our materials and inclusive partnerships, we seek to open students and educators to a world of new ideas and perspectives that will inspire their learning journey.
Equity in Education – Our Strategy
Our success as a company relies on our ability to connect education to children and adults of all ability levels and ethnic and social backgrounds worldwide. To that end, we are committed to producing content that is diverse, inclusive, and equitable for all learners.
We recognise and challenge inequalities and systematic issues that have historically benefited some whilst challenging others.
To be truly diverse and inclusive, we must ensure that our solutions are representative of society and that all students have the opportunity to see themselves in the books they are reading and learn about other cultures, customs and practices.
Collaborating with smaller and diverse publishers, revising our quiz guidelines and expanding our library with more inclusive titles are just a few examples of how we aim to support all learners.
Creating a Culture Where Everyone Belongs
We acknowledge every child’s right to a rich and enjoyable learning experience. Working with various schools across the UK ensures that we are targeting those factors influencing disparities within the education sector.
Renaissance solutions use reliable data to facilitate every student’s learning needs and preferences regardless of their learning styles and abilities.
The implementation of our literacy resources has seen outstanding results, particularly amongst English as an Additional Language (EAL) students. Regular reading, quizzing and assessing allows students to not only become motivated, but also challenges their comprehension skills. Read more about how EAL students have improved their literacy skills with Renaissance.
Inclusive quizzing for everyone
We’re supporting all students by diversifying the content available on Accelerated Reader. Renaissance has developed Appropriateness Guidelines that outline a process to ensure our content is fair, appropriate, and free from bias. Between January and September 2021, we published 1,404 new quizzes, 25% of which contain DEI content, featuring characters and themes representing various ethnic and cultural backgrounds, the LGBTQ+ community, and disabled people. We hold ourselves accountable for aligning with the publishing industry in this figure. This percentage will grow as the publishing industry becomes more inclusive.
Have your say!
As part of our commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion across our organisation and in our products, we actively encourage and welcome your thoughts on how diversity is currently reflected on AR and what we can do to ensure that it is a truly inclusive tool for learning going forward.
“We reached out to smaller, more diverse publishers to add more rounded content, to stay true to our mission to accelerate learning for all.” – Managing Editor, Cecelia Powell
From Leslea Newman to David Olusoga and Gene Luen Yang, our Accelerated Reader booklist hosts a diverse range of titles that people from all cultures, races and communities can engage with. Children can dive into exploring queer relationships, understanding black British culture, learning about disabilities and celebrating Asian traditions.
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