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Climate and culture current events, school spotlights and research-based articles on what students need to succeed are all Jostens Renaissance® Education's featured stories. Check back often to see what's happening across the country.

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May 2, 2018

NATIONAL RENAISSANCE STUDENT OF THE MONTH: MAY – NATALIE SILVA

This month’s National Renaissance Student of the Month is senior Natalie Silva from Vista Murrieta High School in California. Renaissance Hall of Fame member Steve Bollar […]

May 2, 2018

NATIONAL RENAISSANCE STAFFULTY MEMBER OF THE MONTH: MAY – DEVIN PULLEN

This month’s National Renaissance Staffulty Member of the Month is Devin Pullen from Burlington City High School in New Jersey. Renaissance Hall of Fame member Steve […]

April 2, 2018

NATIONAL RENAISSANCE STAFFULTY MEMBER OF THE MONTH: APRIL– ASHLEY LANGENDERFER

This month’s National Renaissance Staffulty Member of the Month is Ashley Langenderfer from New Albany High School in Ohio. Renaissance Hall of Fame member Steve Bollar […]

April 2, 2018

NATIONAL RENAISSANCE STUDENT OF THE MONTH: APRIL– JANE HOLLIS POOVEY

This month’s National Renaissance Student of the Month is junior Jane Hollis Poovey from Decatur High School in Alabama. Renaissance Hall of Fame member Steve Bollar […]

March 26, 2018

$235K in Scholarships Given on Tour

The following story was written by Michaell Gaspar, a sophomore at Cristo Rey High School in Minneapolis, who is in his second year as a Jostens […]

March 6, 2018

NATIONAL RENAISSANCE STUDENT OF THE MONTH: MARCH – ISABELLE WRIGHT

This month’s National Renaissance Student of the Month is sophomore Isabelle Wright from Bureau Valley High School in Illinois. Renaissance Hall of Fame member Steve Bollar […]

March 6, 2018

NATIONAL RENAISSANCE STAFFULTY MEMBER OF THE MONTH: MARCH – DEVON PEARRELL

This month’s National Renaissance Staffulty Member of the Month is Devon Pearrell from Jefferson High School in West Virginia. Renaissance Hall of Fame member Steve Bollar […]

February 5, 2018

NATIONAL RENAISSANCE STAFFULTY MEMBER OF THE MONTH: FEBRUARY – GINGER REIJNERS

This month’s National Renaissance Staffulty Member of the Month is Ginger Reigners from Phillip Simmons High School in South Carolina. Renaissance Hall of Fame member Steve […]

February 5, 2018

NATIONAL RENAISSANCE STUDENT OF THE MONTH: FEBRUARY – AARON ALMANZA

This month’s National Renaissance Student of the Month is 5th grader Aaron Almanza from Academy of Technology & Leadership At Saticoy (ATLAS Elementary School) in California. […]

January 24, 2018

NATIONAL RENAISSANCE STUDENT OF THE MONTH: JANUARY – MARIAH HELM

This month’s National Renaissance Student of the Month is Mariah Helm from Monrovia High School in California. Renaissance Hall of Fame member Steve Bollar spoke to […]

January 24, 2018

NATIONAL RENAISSANCE STAFFULTY MEMBER OF THE MONTH: JANUARY – AMY CHOSEWOOD

This month’s National Renaissance Staffulty Member of the Month is Amy Chosewood from North Hall High School in Georgia. Renaissance Hall of Fame member Steve Bollar […]

December 6, 2017

NATIONAL RENAISSANCE STAFFULTY MEMBER OF THE MONTH: DECEMBER – DINAH GREENE

This month’s National Renaissance Staffulty Member of the Month is Dinah Greene from Orange Vista High School in California. Renaissance Hall of Fame member Steve Bollar […]

December 6, 2017

NATIONAL RENAISSANCE STUDENT OF THE MONTH: DECEMBER – BRAIDEN JENKINS

This month’s National Renaissance Student of the Month is Braiden Jenkins from Carlisle High School in Arkansas. Renaissance Hall of Fame member Steve Bollar spoke to […]

November 1, 2017

NATIONAL RENAISSANCE STAFFULTY MEMBER OF THE MONTH: NOVEMBER– JENNIFER BERNARDINI

This month’s National Renaissance Staffulty Member of the Month is Jennifer Bernardini from Belhaven Middle School in New Jersey. Renaissance Hall of Fame member Steve Bollar […]

November 1, 2017

NATIONAL RENAISSANCE STUDENT OF THE MONTH: NOVEMBER – ALEX PECK

This month’s National Renaissance Student of the Month is Alex Peck from Bureau Valley High School in Illinois. Renaissance Hall of Fame member Steve Bollar spoke […]

October 2, 2017

NATIONAL RENAISSANCE STAFFULTY MEMBER OF THE MONTH: OCTOBER – BETH MORGAN

Our first National Renaissance Staffulty Member of the Month is Beth Morgan from Lassiter High School in Georgia. Renaissance Hall of Fame member Steve Bollar spoke […]

October 2, 2017

NATIONAL RENAISSANCE STUDENT OF THE MONTH: OCTOBER – MATTHEW KLEIN

Our first National Renaissance Student of the Month is Matthew Klein from LaSalle-Peru Township High School in Illinois. Renaissance Hall of Fame member Steve Bollar spoke […]

May 18, 2017

BROADENING STUDENTS’ WORLDS

We live in a culture where the stereotype is of “breaking ties” as a key part of growing up and exploring the world. Young people are […]

May 18, 2017

GREAT IDEA: TEACHERS’ INSPIRATION

The following was submitted by Tricia Phelps, Renaissance Adviser at Licking Valley High School in Newark, OH Over the past few months at Licking Valley High […]

April 4, 2017

FUNDRAISING IDEA: MASTERS TOURNAMENT

Bureau Valley High School in Illiniois had a great fundraiser for Renaissance in their school – a Machine Shed Masters Tournament! The Machine Shed Masters is […]

April 4, 2017

HELPING STUDENTS STAND UP FOR EACH OTHER

When we look back on our years in middle school and high school, most of us remember individuals who helped us solve problems, get things done […]

February 27, 2017

Recognizing Staffulty

Principal Cris Turner at Bonney Lake High School is well aware of the importance of attendance when it comes to student success, stating that, “We also […]

February 27, 2017

GUIDING STUDENTS TO ACHIEVE GOALS

  How do you give feedback that challenges students to do and be their best while also boosting, not undermining, their self-confidence and motivation? Experienced teachers […]

February 10, 2017

HOW PEERS CAN PUSH EACH OTHER FOR IMPROVEMENT

Many educators worry about student motivation, which typically declines as students grow up through middle school and high school. At the same time, they see the […]

February 9, 2017

#WhyYouMatter: School-wide Art Project

The following was written by Principal Michael J. Kapolka of Chelsea High School in Michigan and was originally posted to MASSP’s blog found at www.mymassp.com. Chelsea […]

November 22, 2016

Student Collaboration and Negotiation

“Young people have not been well prepared for adult life today unless they are comfortable and well practiced in addressing collaboratively the kinds of problems and […]

October 28, 2016

GIVING STUDENTS A VOICE IN THE CLASSROOM

In a typical school day, how many meaningful decisions about their role and learning do students get to make? Too often, the answer is “not many.” […]

October 28, 2016

HELPING STUDENTS LISTEN TO EACH OTHER

“One friend, one person who is truly understanding, who takes the trouble to listen to us as we consider our problems, can change our whole outlook […]

September 29, 2016

THE 5 R’S OF RENAISSANCE

The following story was submitted by Taylor White and Maddy Glover from Centerville High School in Centerville, OH. “The Mike Smith event taught me that everyone is […]

September 28, 2016

GROUNDBREAKING NEW SURVEY TOOL

The world of education just added a new tool to its belt, and it’s a game-changer for building positive climate and culture in schools. On Sept. […]

September 6, 2016

Relationships: The Heart of a Positive School Culture

Strong relationships are the foundation of a vibrant school culture. When students are known, noticed, appreciated, and challenged to be their best by teachers, staff, and […]

July 11, 2016

HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE 2016 JRNC

May 9, 2016

GETTING REAL ABOUT GOALS

 The following is an adaptation of research done by the Search Institute and an excerpt from the May Renaissance Kit: Getting Real About Goals This year, Jostens is […]

May 9, 2016

A STUDENT’S RENAISSANCE GOALS

  The following story was submitted by 2016 Jostens Renaissance Student Scholarship Recipient Kelty Pierce. Kelty is a senior at Puyallup High School in Puyallup, WA. […]

May 9, 2016

THE HARBOR INSPIRES STUDENTS

The following was submitted by Amy Quayle, Leadership Teacher/Adviser from Clarkston High School, and Lauren Culver, Executive Producer for Independent Television, in Michigan. My Leadership classes and […]

April 11, 2016

THINK FAST OR SLOW DOWN?

In the past, research on decision-making viewed it as essentially a rational or logical process. If people had accurate information and weighed their options, they would make good […]

March 4, 2016

CREATING GROWTH MINDSETS

A high school junior once told me about a transformative conversation she had with a teacher. Here’s an edited excerpt from our exchange: STUDENT: “I think I […]

February 8, 2016

TURNING PROBLEMS INTO POSSIBILITIES

Students (and the rest of us) will encounter challenges and problems throughout our lives. Some of those will be challenges that we overcome in order to learn, grow […]

February 8, 2016

Creating Academic Stars: Sign on the Line

On February 3, 2016, world class high school football players officially signed with the four year university that has successfully recruited them to come to play […]

January 7, 2016

5 ESSENTIAL ACTIONS OF MENTORS

Sometimes we think of mentors narrowly as those who sign up through a formal program to spend time with a young person. In addition to these […]

November 30, 2015

VIDEO: POSITIVE PRINCIPAL REFERRAL

Positive Principal Referral is a great way to surprise your students and recognize them for displaying positive behaviors. Below is an excerpt of a video submitted […]

November 30, 2015

STUDENTS CREATE HARBOR-INSPIRED VIDEOS

This past fall Mike Smith, host of The Harbor™ by Jostens, traveled 12,000 miles and spoke to over 25,000 students with The Harbor Back to School Tour. […]

November 30, 2015

November #jrchat Recap: The Look of Renaissance

A recap of the August #jrchat. Educators from across the country shared ideas on how to start the school year strong with Renaissance. Check it out to find inspiration from amazing teachers, principals, and those that are dedicated to making schools great.

November 25, 2015

CATCH THEM DOING SOMETHING RIGHT

This year, Jostens is partnering with Search Institute, an organization dedicated to researching and understanding what kids need in order to succeed. Over the past 25 […]

November 2, 2015

HARD FACTS ON SOFT SKILLS

This year, Jostens is partnering with Search Institute, an organization dedicated to researching and understanding what kids need in order to succeed. Over the past 25 […]

November 2, 2015

PROMOTING CHARACTER TO IMPROVE CLIMATE

Click here to register for an upcoming training. Jostens is honored to support the Congressional Medal of Honor Society and Foundation, and their mission, by helping […]

November 2, 2015

WHY JOSTENS RENAISSANCE?

For the 2015 Jostens Renaissance National Conference, we held a “Why Jostens Renaissance?” video contest and asked schools to make a 3 minute or less video […]

October 6, 2015

INSIGHTS FROM NASSP NATIONAL PRINCIPAL OF THE YEAR FINALISTS

This week the National Association of Secondary School Principals selected their 2016 National Principal of the Year. Of the 50 Principals of the Year from each […]

October 6, 2015

TYUS JONES VISITS THE HARBOR BACK TO SCHOOL TOUR

On September 16th, Minnesota Timberwolves’ rookie point-guard Tyus Jones made a special guest appearance at a Harbor tour stop in Apple Valley, MN. Tyus, MVP of […]

September 15, 2015

4 Myths of Bullying

This year, Jostens is partnering with Search Institute, an organization dedicated to researching and understanding what kids need in order to succeed. Over the past 25 […]

September 3, 2015

Win Free Registration for the 2017 Jostens Renaissance National Conference!

“Many ideas grow better when transplanted into another mind than the one where they sprang up.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes A major goal of Jostens Renaissance […]

August 31, 2015

August #jrchat recap: Back to School: Renaissance-style

A recap of the August #jrchat. Educators from across the country shared ideas on how to start the school year strong with Renaissance. Check it out to find inspiration from amazing teachers, principals, and those that are dedicated to making schools great.

August 25, 2015

Back To School: Renaissance-Style

It’s back to school time! That means that Renaissance schools across the country are using creative ways to set the tone for the school year with […]

July 21, 2015

#jrchat Recap: The JRNC is Over, Now What?

A recap from the first Jostens Renaissance #jrchat that happened in July.

July 18, 2015

Congratulations to the NASSP State Principal of the Year Winners

On behalf of Renaissance Education and the entire Jostens organization, we are honored to congratulate each of the 49 National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) […]

May 12, 2015

WELCOME TO THE NEW JOSTENS RENAISSANCE EDUCATION

Did you know Jostens Renaissance® Education has been around for 27 years? Dr. Larry Biddle was an assistant principal at Conway High School in Conway, South Carolina when he wanted to find a way to motivate his freshman class to be amazing and to earn more scholarship dollars than any class before them. This led Dr. Biddle to create a program that was designed around the idea that “the actions we respect, we will recognize; we will reward that which we value and reinforce its existence by continuing to repeat the process of recognition for optimal results.”

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