Jen Mark, Author at Renaissance Australia

Renaissance Blog

Shareable tips and insightful thoughts on K–12 education from Renaissance teams and educational leaders from Australia and around the world.

August 24, 2021

Book Week – Top 10 Renaissance Book Titles

By: Jovana Cupac   Another year, another exciting book week! Book Week run by The Children’s Book Council of Australia, is a week where schools across […]
April 14, 2021

Identifying Student Performance in NAPLAN

By: Zora Zaric & Jay Wheatley Assessment is a crucial aspect of the teaching and learning cycle. Throughout teacher education, it is a focal point in all […]
April 9, 2021

Using Intrinsic & Extrinsic Motivation to Motivate Students.

By: Jovana Cupac Have you ever stood in front of your class and watched, being able to identify the exact point at which a particular student […]
April 9, 2021

Variables in the Science Classroom

By: Anita McMahon As a Renaissance Coach, I work with literacy and numeracy … a lot! In my professional development sessions, I work with teachers from […]
February 9, 2021

Keys to Creating a Successful Classroom in 2021

It’s that time again! The sound of the alarm clock is back, time to get up and get ready for school! The desks have been cleaned […]
November 24, 2020

How to Encourage More Reading and Prevent the Summer Slide

Thanks for joining the Renaissance Professional Development Team for another webinar, the final one for 2020! Below is a transcript of the webinar and you’ll find […]
November 17, 2020

Strategies for Extending Students in the Classroom

As we near the end of term, we begin to look at new ways of getting students back on track and ready for 2021 after the […]
November 6, 2020

Start Planning – Build a Strong Community of Readers in 2021!

Ah Term 4, after the year we’ve had it’s comforting to know that we’re on the home stretch. Students, schools and staff have experienced a year […]
November 3, 2020

The Making of an Accelerated Reader Quiz

Every day, at hundreds of schools across the country, thousands of students have the opportunity to assess their reading comprehension by taking a Reading Practice Quiz […]
January 22, 2019

5 icebreaker activities for the first week of school

By: Ken Stoflet, Communications Specialist, Renaissance USA   The end of summer is bittersweet, but the beginning of a new school year is exciting. Fresh notebooks, […]
January 14, 2019

4 quick tips to build connections with students through reading

By:  Christina Ostrander, Fourth-Grade Teacher, USA “The positive teacher-student relationship is thus important not so much because this is worthwhile in itself, but because it helps build […]
January 7, 2019
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6 summer reads for educators

By: Gene Kerns, EdD, Vice President and Chief Academic Officer, Renaissance USA   There’s nothing quite like reading a great book on a warm summer day—whether […]
January 7, 2019

How do you involve parents in their students’ reading practice?

By: Ken Stoflet, Communications Specialist, Renaissance USA How do you involve parents in their students’ reading practice? The answer might not be so simple. We asked […]
January 7, 2019

Interwoven: Achievement in reading, science, and maths

By: Team Renaissance USA Struggles in science? Low maths scores? Maybe your students need more reading practice. At first, “reading practice” may seem an odd answer to […]
January 7, 2019

6 more minutes: Struggling readers, reading practice, and growth

By: Team Renaissance USA What are the differences between a student who starts and ends the school year as a struggling reader, and a student who starts […]
December 3, 2018

Sneaky ways that can help parents conquer the dreaded summer slide

By: Kim Hall, myOn Renaissance USA It’s time to talk about the infamous Summer Slide. Ouch! This isn’t the old, rusty metal playground equipment that burns […]
December 2, 2018

Resources to help struggling readers

By: Team Renaissance USA Go from gap to growth—Because struggling readers can’t wait Struggling readers can’t wait—they need to get on the path to literacy success […]
October 30, 2018

(Almost) perfect heroes and the science of learning

By: Jan Bryan, EdD, Vice President, National Education Officer, Renaissance USA   (Almost) perfect heroes Although Hercules would disagree, Achilles is widely considered the closest thing to a […]
October 30, 2018

Reading suggestions for educators this summer

By: Team Renaissance USA Summer provides a nice—and much needed—break. It also provides a chance to catch up on some reading (in between visits to the beach […]
October 16, 2018

Spark a passion for reading: 15 ways to motivate daily reading practice

By: Team Renaissance USA A little bit of reading goes a long way. By reading around 15 minutes per day between grades 1 and 12, a student […]
October 11, 2018

Tips and activities to prevent summer learning loss

By: Ken Stoflet, Marketing Communications Specialist, Renaissance USA Decades of research confirm that summer learning loss is real. In an article published by The New York Times, Smirk (2011) says, […]