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3 Critical Insights on Accelerating Learning This School Year

Thursday, August 12, 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT

3 Critical Insights on Accelerating Learning This School Year

Presented by Dr. Katie McClarty, Vice President of Research and Design, Renaissance; and Dr. Gene Kerns, Vice President and Chief Academic Officer, Renaissance

Sponsored by Renaissance®

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Renaissance’s upcoming How Kids Are Performing report shows that students nationwide are significantly behind expectations in both reading and math—a finding that’s echoed in state summative test results from this spring.

As we begin the new school year, educators at all grade levels will need proven, easy-to-implement strategies to accelerate student learning and make up lost instructional ground. Join us to explore three key strategies for the 2021–2022 academic year, along with new insights on:

  • The full impact of the COVID-19 disruptions in elementary and middle school
  • Performance by student subgroup—and what’s hiding behind the averages
  • Why we’ll need to rethink our approach to remediation this year
  • How culturally relevant teaching practices support acceleration

This edWebinar will be of interest to teachers, school and district leaders, assessment directors, curriculum directors, academic coaches, and interventionists of the kindergarten through middle school levels. There will be time for questions at the end of the presentation.


Katie McClartyAbout the Presenters

Katie McClarty, Ph.D. is Vice President of Research and Design at Renaissance. She is the former chief assessment officer at Questar and co-editor of the book Preparing Students for College and Careers: Theory, Measurement, and Educational Practice (Routledge, 2017).


Gene KernsGene Kerns, Ed.D. is Vice President and Chief Academic Officer at Renaissance and a nationally acclaimed speaker on assessment, learning progressions, and educational standards. He is co-author of the book Literacy Reframed: How a Focus on Decoding, Vocabulary, and Background Knowledge Improves Reading Comprehension (Solution Tree, 2020).


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Thursday, August 12, 2021
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT
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