About us

The Trusted advice you need for Technological Innovation

Technology is causing a renaissance in every aspect of our lives, including teaching and learning. In 1996, I started the Renaissance Institute to help educators manage this change and to share technical expertise among schools. Over the past 25 years, we have developed The Renaissance Framework as a model for the role technology can play while maintaining the cherished aspects of traditional education.

Trustworthy, independent advice is key to your organization. As fee-only advisors, we remain dedicated to our clients as a trusted resource that will always be vendor and product-neutral. Increasing accountability and effectiveness while decreasing your costs is the direct result of working with us.

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Dr. Andrew Berning

Founder and President

Dr. Berning brings IT governance and technology management skills to your organization. He is an air force veteran, a former chemistry teacher, and served over 25 years as a chief technology officer in K-12 schools, overseeing all aspects of technology, including network infrastructure, online learning, integration, and evaluation. He is currently the president of The Renaissance Institute…
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Institute Advisors

Institute Advisors are practicing educators, engineers, and technologists. Their role is to provide insight into the current and emerging technology that can be leveraged to meet our clients’ instructional and business needs.

Much like a consortium, we provide a platform to share technical expertise among organizations. The Institute includes advisors with expertise and successful experience in actual K-12 schools, universities, and corporate settings made available to your organization on a part-time, fractional basis. This model provides access to highly sought-after engineers and skillsets without the cost or hassle of hiring and retaining these individuals in rapidly changing and specialized hiring markets.

Advisors

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Dr. Ryan Baker

​He is an associate professor at the University of Pennsylvania ...
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Dr. Robert Bostic

​Robert Bostic, Superintendent of the Stafford Municipal School District, has ...
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Dr. Hugh Burns

​A thought leader in educational technology and the humanities for ...
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Dr. Yanet Cardoza

Dr. Yanet Cardoza is the director of strategic initiatives in ...
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Dr. Rhonda Christensen

Dr. Christensen can help you make the right decisions as ...
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Dr. Gerald Knezek

Dr. Knezek can provide data-driven advice on what works in ...
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Dr. Suzanne Newell

During her 25 years as an educator, Dr. Suzanne Newell ...
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Dr. Bobby Parker

Dr. Bobby Parker brings invaluable expertise with over fifty years ...
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Mrs. Deborah Sovereign, CPA, CGMA, CEMP

Mrs. Deborah Sovereign, CPA, CGMA, CEMP is the Executive Director ...
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Ms. Cathy Webb

Through her 43 years of experience in education, along with ...
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Areas of Expertise:

  • Technology Program Oversight (Best Practices in Technology Integration)
  • Technology Infrastructure (Networks, Servers, & Cabling)
  • Security and Privacy
  • Funding, Procurement, and Erate
  • Instructional Materials Management (Managing local and Purchased Instructional Materials and e-textbooks)
  • Digital Content Management (Digital Text and Online Content)
  • Digital License Management (Tools to Manage Digital Content and Instructional Materials Licensing)
  • Research and Best Practices in Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)
  • Virtualization and Cloud Computing (Leveraging the Cloud to Your Advantage)
  • Accessibility
  • State and Federal Compliance Issues
  • Legal Issues and Contract Law
  • Accountability and Program Review
  • Classroom Technology (Projection, Sound, Interactive Technology)
  • Instructional Materials and Software: Student-Centered Software
  • Data Systems (Information and Workflow Systems)
  • Online Learning and Computer-Based Instruction
  • Purchasing, Procurement, Contract Management

Institute Values and Non-Negotiables
These core values drive our every decision:

Our Values

1. We believe in and support public education at all levels.
2. We believe that teachers are the most important element in a school system and in a child's education.
3. We believe that technology plays a vital role in supporting teachers, administrators, and staff.
4. We believe that intelligent and wise use of technology will modernize education at all levels.

Our Non-Negotiables

1. We will be trusted advisors to K-12 leaders and will never jeopardize that trust.
2. We remain vendor and product-neutral in order to maintain that trust.
3. All decisions and advice will be grounded in the best interest of the client.

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Renaissance Institute Client List

  • Beeville ISD, Beeville, TX
  • Belton ISD, Belton, TX
  • Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD, Carrollton, TX
  • Copperas Cove ISD, Copperas Cove, TX
  • Coppell ISD, Coppell, TX
  • Corsicana ISD, Corsicana, TX
  • Crowley ISD, Crowley, TX
  • Denton ISD, Denton, TX
  • DeSoto ISD, DeSoto, TX
  • Duncanville ISD, Duncanville, TX
  • El Paso ISD, El Paso, TX
  • Faith Family Academy, Dallas, TX
  • Fort Bend ISD, Sugarland, Texas
  • Granbury ISD, Granbury, TX
  • Highland Park ISD, Dallas, TX
  • Hobbs Municipal Schools, Hobbs, NM
  • Judson ISD, Live Oak, TX
  • Killeen ISD, Killeen TX
  • Lindsay ISD, Lindsay, TX
  • Longview ISD, Longview, TX
  • Mid-Del Schools, Midwest City, OK
  • Milford ISD, Milford, TX
  • Military Child Education Coalition, Killeen, TX
  • Plano ISD, Plano, TX
  • Pleasanton ISD, Pleasanton, TX
  • Richardson ISD, Richardson, TX
  • Rockwall ISD, Rockwall, TX
  • Sherman ISD, Sherman, TX
  • Slaton ISD, Slaton, NM
  • Southwest ISD, San Antonio, TX
  • Stafford MSD, Stafford, TX
  • Terrell ISD, Terrell, TX
  • Texas Association of School Boards, Austin, TX
  • The University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, TX
  • Village Tech Schools, Duncanville, TX
  • Waco ISD, Waco, TX
  • Waxahachie ISD, Waxahachie, TX