ThinkCERCA has developed alignments for many curricula, and we are always adding more. If you are using ThinkCERCA as a core curriculum, please review the curriculum guides your SSM sent you. If you are using ThinkCERCA as a supplement to your core curriculum, here are some resources that can help you identify where and how ThinkCERCA can fit:
If you have additional questions, please reach out to your SSM who can help with additional curriculum alignments.
The great thing about ThinkCERCA is that it can be used both online and offline. We have activities and resources (such as the Socratic Discussion and Paper-Based Writing Lesson) to use offline. For using ThinkCERCA in a blended learning environment, please view ThinkCERCA in Action: Centers-Based Rotational Model and ThinkCERCA in Different Blended Learning Environments as guidance. Additionally, we have some guidance calendars that you can use to identify where and when you can use ThinkCERCA when considering your access to technology, time, content, and grade level.
You don’t need to use ThinkCERCA every day to see amazing growth. Our research has shown that three Applied Reading & Writing lessons a month – across all content areas – can lead to an extra year’s worth of academic growth, on average. Here are some studies that show strong data outcomes with ThinkCERCA usage:
Additionally, here are some planning resources to help you determine how to include ThinkCERCA into your current instructional practices:
Finally, we recommend you visit the ThinkCERCA Planning Page where you can input your context (grade level, the length of your class period, technology access, and more) and we will provide you with tried and tested implementation models from schools and classrooms using ThinkCERCA!
One of the core components of the ThinkCERCA platform is the built-in differentiation. This can support students at various levels of readiness. Additionally, ThinkCERCA has supports and scaffolds for students built into the platform. Beyond the structures of ThinkCERCA, the lessons address development of skills (Direct Instruction), application of skills (Applied Reading & Writing), and independent reading (Additional Reading Practice).
As such, it would be helpful to assign the appropriate lessons to students based on their current needs, grade level expectations, and planned growth trajectory. Embedded in our program are leveled texts, supports for English Language Development, and Direct Instruction lessons to support skill development. Additionally, we have graphic organizers (such as the Applied Reading & Writing Lesson Checklist: Graphic Organizer) that can be used in tandem with the platform.
Technology literacy skills are critical to meeting the goals of 21st century skills; the new Every Student Achieves Act specifically calls out the importance of incorporating new technology and instructional practices for all learners. ThinkCERCA provides students not only with rigorous content but also with a technology platform that can support their development of tech literacy skills. It might be helpful to support them with both online and offline resources; this resource can guide you to structure your class according to different types of technology and set-up.
Similar to our students, our own professional technology literacy skills are critical to meeting the goals of teaching 21st century skills; the new Every Student Achieves Act specifically calls out the importance of incorporating new technology and instructional practices for all learners. In addition, the ESSA identifies the need for more technology and blended learning protocols for schools. The great thing about ThinkCERCA is that it can be used both online and offline; this resource can guide you to structure your class according to different types of technology and set-up.
The Common Core State Standards call out the importance of students writing–and reading–in all content areas. For example, for students to think, read, and write like historians, they need to know not only the content but also how to write and talk about the content. It might be helpful to align ThinkCERCA to the themes and topics you are teaching, as opposed to the writing skills. Here are some resources to include ThinkCERCA in science, social studies, and math.