Matt Renwick

This is my twelfth thirteenth year in public education. I started as a 5th and 6th grade teacher in a country school outside of Wisconsin Rapids, WI. After seven years of teaching, I served as a dean of students at a junior high, which developed into an assistant principalship along with my athletic director duties. Now as an elementary principal, I am enjoying the curriculum, instruction and assessment side of education.

The thoughts expressed here are mine alone.


18 thoughts on “Matt Renwick

  1. Nice blog about the apps for administrators. I have resources to share in case you are interested. I have been doing two day “iPad 4 Administrators” workshops around North Dakota for the past two years.

    Just wanted to point out more of the value of Flipboard. You probably know this, but you can set up panels to search hashtags such as #edchat, #commoncore, #ccss, #ipadapps, etc.

    Then I use IFTTT ( to set up a rule so that when I click on the Favorite icon in any app, including Flipboard and Tweetdeck, it gets copied directly into a Evernote note. Several weeks ago Twitter closed the direct API that IFTTT had been using, so now it is a two step process using Google Reader to pull the info from Twitter, and then triggers IFTTT to copy it to Evernote. But it all happens seamlessly once you have it set up.

  2. Just read your post on the Nerdy Book Club blog. Thank you. I work for a children’s literacy nonprofit in Nashville, TN. One of our programs is Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) through which we send about 140 volunteers into nine Metro Nashville public schools to read and give each child a new book. We would like to share your post with our RIF volunteers and we hope to purchase some of the books, with some grant money, you mention for use in our RIF lending library from which volunteers choose books to read to classes. Also, would it be okay for us to link to your site on our website?
    Thanks for all you do for our children and their teachers and parents/guardians.
    Martha Ann Pilcher, coordinator of volunteers, Book’em, Nashville, TN

  3. Just found your excellent blog. I am a retired principal, but I still want to read about what is going on in education so I am going to follow your blog and check out the links you suggest. I just read your post on positive reinforcement in different settings. Great job.

  4. I’m glad that I found your blog through Powerful Learning Practice today. I am working on an MEd in Adult Learning and wish to work as an Instructional Consultant one day!

  5. Hi Matt, I have been searching for principal with your foresight for quite some time now. Your articles have kept me up most nights this week especially the article titled “Why Our School Is Going Beyond Printed Newsletters” My company Schoolzine is an Australian based company that provides a communication platform to school, with the corner stone of the product being an online school newsletter. Below is a link to an example newsletter. We now have the system ready to launch into the US so I would love to have your professional feedback. We could even look at the possibility of offering you a free trial

  6. I stumbled across your blog accidently and need to respond yet to your thoughts on the Data Wall. As I scrolled through other topics, I liked the fact that you are so current. Thus, I listened yesterday to EduWeek’s webinar. I’m thrilled you have Reading Recovery and are a Title I School (as are we). Have you found a technology, app, anything, you could recommend to really boost students learning their sight words that would motivate them? Thanks, Jennifer

    • The only technology that I believe boosts both sight word recognition and motivation are narrated eBooks – Nook books, Kindle books, Oceanhouse Media apps, iBooks. Narrated eBooks allow a nonreader to bypass the decoding, for now, and just focus on comprehension and engagement. The examples I mentioned have minimal/no animation and professional narration. In addition, the words are often highlighted as they are read. There are other apps that consider themselves eBooks, but the amount of animation and options that come with them can distract the reader from the purpose of reading in the first place (for learning and for enjoyment). My thinking is not based on any evidence or research that I am aware of, just observation and common sense.

      When reading aloud eBooks to older students without narration, consider using mirroring technology. A teacher can project the Kindle or Nook book onto the board from their tablet. Kids can see the words, as well as watch you annotate and highlight important text. These teaching points can then be shared out on social media, such as classroom Twitter account. Great way to model summarization, conventions, and digital citizenship.

      Of course, technology doesn’t beats a teacher or parent reading aloud to a child every day!

  7. Hi Matt,

    Your blog is fantastic. I enjoyed your post on “Teacher to Learner”. You are clearly a leader in your field and a voice to be heard.

    I’m the operations manager at Our mission is to save educators time and money by helping them find the right technology solutions. I’d appreciate you letting me know if you find the site of value. If so, we would love the opportunity to work with you in any fashion. We would also be interested in a paid advertising scenario.

    Looking forward to hearing from you.


    Jared Cassier
    Operations Manager | EdTechReview

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