Renaissance Education Group Selected For Alaska Supplemental Education Program

March 5, 2003


For more information contact:

Michael Hosking

Renaissance Education Group

(503) 827-4233

Portland Education Company Selected by Alaska Education Officials

Education Web Site Uses Unique Digital Whiteboard Technology

That Permits Real-Time Instruction and Live Student-Teacher Dialogue.

PORTLAND, OR – March 5, 2003. Alaska education officials have announced that the Portland company Renaissance Education Group, Inc. has been selected as one of only two state-approved supplemental education services providers. Through their proprietary learning system, the company delivers live and interactive instruction in high school math and science.

Under the federal No Child Left Behind act , schools that fail to make adequate yearly progress as measured by test scores are required to provide for families supplemental education services. The No Child Left Behind act applies in all 50 states.

Using unique streaming technology, faculty are able to teach on the Internet via a live digital whiteboard coupled with voice. As in a classroom with a chalkboard, the digital whiteboard allows teachers to illustrate examples, work math problems, and give dynamic instruction in real-time.

“We believe that text content and static images, while important for learning, are poorly suited to Web-based education systems and are best left to books and CD-ROMs,” said Michael Hosking, president and founder of Renaissance Education Group. “Our unique approach is built on the assumption that the Web is a communication tool, not a publication medium. Hosking says that their selection by top officials in Alaska “confirms our belief that Web-based education ought to be about connecting knowledge experts with learners and facilitating interaction; the vast majority of other distance learning companies are still focused on a fixed-text, document distribution model.

The company currently offers instruction in high school algebra and biology, and will soon expand it’s offerings to include chemistry and physics. They are in discussions with potential partners to round out their curriculum with advanced online laboratory technologies. This summer they will offer state-specific test prep courses designed to assist students with state-mandated exams.

About Renaissance Education Group, Inc.

Renaissance Education Group, Inc. is an educational consulting and content delivery company located in Portland, OR. It was founded by Michael Hosking, Ph.D., a former professor of biology at Davidson College. is the company’s web-based education system and comprises the company’s advanced learning management system through which they currently deliver science and math educational content.

For more information about Renaissance Education Group or, call 503-827-4233 or visit their website at