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Sarah Renner-Pugh

Sarah Renner-Pugh is the Digital Marketing Manager at Chalkable. With more than 10 years of marketing and communications experience, she loves honing the voice of a brand and determining how to best reach her audience. Sarah’s diverse background includes work in advertising, higher education publishing, and non-profit consulting.
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How to Improve School Culture with Positive Reinforcement

Posted by Sarah Renner-Pugh on December 13, 2016

Topics: Positive Reinforcement, K-12 Education, Education Technology

Research shows that improving school culture can close achievement gaps and improve attendance and graduation rates. Former principal Kyle Wagner shared five effective strategies for strengthening school culture on Edutopia.

We wanted to expand on his strategies to showcase how positive behavior reinforcement programs, such as the Learning Earnings Achievement Program, can motivate students and staff, and enhance school culture initiatives.


5 Ways to Instill Better Test Studying Skills for Your Students

Posted by Sarah Renner-Pugh on November 01, 2016

Topics: K-12 Education, Education Technology

According to a report from the National Center for Education Statistics, 66 percent of students leave college for non-financial reasons, despite the staggering costs.

Daniel Willingham, a cognitive scientist and professor of psychology at the University of Virginia, suggests that “most students have never been taught how to study and the strategies they devise on their own don’t work.” His research over the last 15 years has focused on education and how cognitive science can influence how we teach and how students learn.

How many students have you encountered who only reread their notes or highlighted passages to study for a big test? Often students repeat the information without absorbing the facts.


7 Ideas to Keep Students Engaged in Higher Level Thinking

Posted by Sarah Renner-Pugh on October 11, 2016

Topics: Education Trends, K-12 Education, Education Technology

Keeping students engaged in learning throughout the day (and year!) is difficult. According to the 2013 national Gallup Student Poll, 75% of elementary students are engaged, but that number drops to 44% of students by high school.


Most Students Aren’t Using Technology in the Classroom

Posted by Sarah Renner-Pugh on August 23, 2016

Topics: Professional Development, K-12 Education, Education Technology

You have been encouraged to incorporate technology and digital tools into the classroom to increase student engagement and achievement. Many studies and news outlets have reported on the proliferation of tablets, laptops, and digital content in schools across the country. However, students are rarely the users because technology isn’t incorporated into instruction.


Reduce High School Suspensions, Save Communities Billions

Posted by Sarah Renner-Pugh on July 26, 2016

Topics: Positive Reinforcement, K-12 Education, Education Technology

The long-term costs of high school suspensions are too great -- $35 billion annually. Earlier this summer, the UCLA Center for Civil Rights Remedies at UCLA’s Civil Rights Project released a report that quantifies the economic cost of suspending students.