FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Chicago, IL (November 21, 2019) — As a company with a sustained track record of helping all students grow their reading, writing, and critical thinking skills—regardless of race, ethnicity, or gender—we are appalled by the racist and sexist behavior the Charlotte Observer recently reported of former Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools superintendent Clayton Wilcox.
What’s more, to find out that Clayton Wilcox allegedly used our company’s name and open CEO position as leverage to benefit himself is reprehensible. As we stated in a written response to the Observer, Clayton Wilcox was never under consideration for ThinkCERCA’s open CEO position. Considering Clayton Wilcox for the position would have been unethical and would have represented a serious violation of the district’s trust. In addition, he did not meet the qualifications the board of directors discussed as necessary for leadership of the company.
We pride ourselves on working with educators and partners who share our values and goals, and it is clear that Clayton Wilcox’s behavior does not represent these. As such, any relationship ThinkCERCA or its employees had with Clayton Wilcox has been terminated.
Our loyalty has always been with the students and teachers of CMS, not to an individual district administrator, and certainly not exclusively to Clayton Wilcox. For the last two years, it has been an honor to work alongside the hundreds of CMS educators who work tirelessly to prepare students with the skills needed to succeed in the real world.
We are proud of the work that we have done to support opportunities for teaching and learning across CMS. We look forward to continuing our partnership with these incredible educators.
ThinkCERCA’s personalized literacy platform helps educators teach critical thinking skills through close reading and academic writing across subjects. With students and teachers using its platform in all 50 states and 130 countries, the company has partnered with prominent leaders in education, including Follett Corporation, and has been featured by The Atlantic, Tech & Learning, and EdSurge, among others. In a recent controlled study of 26 ed-tech tools by LEAP Innovations, ThinkCERCA was proven to help students achieve two years of academic growth per year on average. The winner of the 2019 IATE Classroom Essentials Awards for secondary grades and a 2016 SIAA CODiE Awards finalist for Best Reading/English/Language Arts Instructional Solution, ThinkCERCA has also been named one of the best tools in ed tech by Common Sense Media. In July 2013, ThinkCERCA was the recipient of a Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Literacy Courseware Challenge grant, and in December 2012, graduated from the inaugural class of Impact Engine’s social impact accelerator.