ThinkCERCA helps educators teach critical thinking through argumentative writing. Through standards-aligned close reading and academic writing lessons for English language arts, science, social studies, and math, our schoolwide approach to literacy instruction prepares students post-secondary life by building up their analytical skills in every subject. Learn more
ThinkCERCA was built upon an ever-growing body of research, including decades of research from the University of Chicago, as well as years of practice and continuous learning conducted by our design team. Learn more
Our lesson library includes standards-aligned closing reading, academic writing, and direct instruction lessons—differentiated for 10 readiness levels—for English language arts, science, social studies, and math. Learn more
Why ThinkCERCA Find out how we help educators transform their schools and districts
Unlike other literacy products, ThinkCERCA gives instructional leaders one cohesive platform for delivering rigorous instruction, not just rote practice, across an entire school or district. Learn more
Our grade-level text sets for differentiating instruction are developed using both quantitative and qualitative measures as well as practical knowledge of classrooms and students and are designed to support any curriculum. Our content developers consider much more than algorithms when thinking about text complexity. They also analyze other qualitative aspects of a text, including knowledge demands, themes, structural complexity, and words and phrases that implicitly or explicitly create sentence- and paragraph-level cohesion. These factors often have far greater impact on student success. Learn more
Our built-in supports and downloadable ELL instructional resources are based on current research and best classroom practices to help teachers support their students’ English language development. Learn more
We collaborated with key thought leaders, master teachers, and literacy experts, including the designers of the Common Core State Standards, C3 Framework for Social Studies State Standards, and Next Generation Science Standards, to develop our approach to differentiated literacy content. Learn more
How it Works See how it works in any school environment
Schools and districts are integrating ThinkCERCA into their instructional plan to address the renewed emphasis on writing across content areas, disciplinary reading skills, and academic language across new assessments. Learn more
ThinkCERCA integrates with existing curriculum and aligns to state standards. Our alignment methodology focuses on ensuring that the theme, skill, or topic of a school-based curriculum dictates the suggested ThinkCERCA resource. Learn more
ThinkCERCA prepares students for new state assessments, such as PARCC, Smarter Balanced, and ACT, as well as the new SAT by providing a scaffolded process that supports assessment practice, including constructed response for reading assessments. Learn more
A recent controlled study by LEAP Innovations shows ThinkCERCA helped students achieve an extra year’s worth of academic growth. Additionally, in a recent Literacy Courseware Challenge Evaluation conducted by SRI Education, gains in student writing scores in the elementary grades were positive across all writing aspects and statistically significant for 5 of the 6 aspects. Learn more
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