Renaissance Releases K–12 Focus Skills to Help Educators Predict and Mitigate COVID-19 Learning Gaps
Focus Skills help educators identify and teach critical reading and math skills known to have the greatest impact on learning
WISCONSIN RAPIDS, Wis. (June 16, 2020) — Renaissance, a global leader in pre-K–12 education technology, has released Focus Skills tailored for each state to help educators bring students up to speed quickly following the extended school closures caused by COVID-19.
By: Kristi Shaffer
In today’s digital learning environment, technology is a valuable tool to complement good instructional strategies. However, students still need to be taught how to use technology effectively and how to be good digital citizens. To better meet these goals, we made the switch two years ago from a 1:1 iPad program to a 1:1 Macbook Air program, a transition that required extensive training and support for our faculty and staff.
In addition to supporting teachers with their new devices, I help identify their technology needs, suggest resources, and facilitate implementation. When we select technology resources, we’re looking for tools that solve particular challenges we are facing. Specifically, we choose ones that support classroom learning, help manage time-consuming tasks, and promote collaboration and transparency. With these goals in mind, here are some of our favorites:
New Content From Discovery Education Educates Students on the Coronavirus, Encourages Civic Participation, Unlocks the Periodic Table, and More
New Content Available in Discovery Education Experience and the Science and Social Studies Techbooks Helps Educators Engage Students in a Wide Variety of Important Topics
Silver Spring, Md. (March 4, 2020) – Discovery Education – the global leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms – today announced the addition of hundreds of new assets to its award-winning digital services. Among the engaging new resources recently added to Discovery Education Experience and the Science and the Social Studies Techbooks are a variety of exciting titles that educators can immediately integrate into instruction. These new resources empower educators to:
What Kids Are Reading, issued as National Reading Month begins, highlights fiction and
nonfiction reading trends, insights into topics students choose, and helpful tools for educators.
WISCONSIN RAPIDS, Wis. (March 2, 2020) — Renaissance®, a global leader in pre-K–12 education technology, today released the 2020 edition of its annual What Kids Are Reading report. For more than a decade, What Kids Are Reading has provided educators, families, and communities unparalleled insights into students’ reading habits.
Marion School District Receives the 6th Charlotte F. Lockhart Award for Excellence in Literacy Education
Reading Horizon honors the district for its substantially increased achievement rate among young, impassioned readers
(Marion, AR) February 20, 2020 — Reading Horizons, a multisensory curriculum used to rapidly increase reading skills, today presented the Charlotte F. Lockhart Award for Excellence in Literacy Education to Marion School District. Since implementing Reading Horizons Discovery for all K–3 students and Reading Horizons Elevate for students who need additional support in grades 4–6 three years ago, this socioeconomically challenged district just northwest of Memphis, Tennessee, has seen its student achievement rate undergo a remarkable change.
Massachusetts’ Andover Public Schools Choose Discovery Education Experience to Support Innovative, Child-Centered Learning
District Teachers and Students in Grades 6-8 to Receive Access to New Digital Curriculum Providing Rigorous, Relevant, and Engaging Social Studies Resources
Silver Spring, Md. (February 19, 2020) – Massachusetts’ Andover Public Schools (APS) announce the selection of Discovery Education Experience to support innovative, child-centered learning in all K-12 classrooms districtwide. Created by Discovery Education, the global leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms, the award-winning Discovery Education Experience is a comprehensive digital service supplementing instruction across all K–12 curricular areas.
The updates will provide a macro design feature and customizable professional learning institutes.
(Mechanicsburg, Penn.) Jan. 18, 2020 --Eduplanet21 a leading provider of integrated curriculum design and management tools, announces version 5.0 of its integrated platform. New features include a macro curriculum “blueprint” for establishing coherence and alignments for long-term schoolwide learning goals. In addition, there is a new platform module, Institute Builder, that provides ways for districts to customize their own content and personalize professional learning institutes.
The Siemens Foundation and Discovery Education Spark the Future of STEM with the 2020 Possibility Grant Sweepstakes
Title 1 Schools Invited to Make Their STEM Dreams Come True by Winning $10,000 from the Possibility Grant Sweepstakes: #IDreamofSTEM
Washington, D.C. (Thursday, February 6, 2020) – To further inspire the next generation of STEM leaders, the Siemens Foundation, a leader in advancing STEM workforce development and education initiatives, and Discovery Education—the global leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources—welcome submissions to the 2020 Possibility Grant Sweepstakes.
“The NEW Team Habits: A Guide to the New School Rules” by Corwin provides step-by-step instructions to help leaders make change that matters
SAN CARLOS, CALIF. (Dec. 3, 2019) – The way teams work makes an incredible difference in an organization’s culture and effectiveness. For leaders who want help improving their teams, the new book “The NEW Team Habits: A Guide to the New School Rules” provides a step-by-step guide for building habits that help teams be more successful.
The new book, written by an acclaimed principal and the co-creator of 7 Mindsets, provides proven tools and best practices to help educators implement social-emotional learning
(Roswell, GA) January 22, 2020 --7 Mindsets, the national leader in mindsets-based social and emotional learning (SEL) curriculum and activities, has announced the publication of Ridiculously Amazing Schools: Creating a Culture Where Everyone Thrives. The new book is co-authored by Tracey Smith, the principal of Brookwood (GA) Elementary School, and Jeff Waller, 7 Mindsets’ co-creator and vice president of educational services.
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