ThinkCERCA is the only literacy platform that supports close reading and academic writing across all four core subjects: English language arts, science, social studies, and math. What’s more, our built-in differentiation tools allow teachers to auto-assign lessons to students at 10 levels of readiness. Lessons are designed around the highest quality texts from the best publications in the world, from the New York Times to National Geographic to Smithsonian. Students encounter engaging texts and expert-designed lessons that are relevant and “just right” for them while being precision-aligned to standards.
Our English language arts lesson library includes nearly 70 percent informational texts and 30 percent literature from authentic and engaging sources. Master teachers and literacy experts, including Katherine McKnight, a published author on literacy and 21st century learning, and Gerald Graff, author of They Say, I Say, helped shape the design of our instructional platform to meet the demands of new career and college readiness standards.
Contributors to the Next Generation Science Standards, master teachers, and administrators worked with our team to develop our approach to differentiated science literacy content, which supports the development of content knowledge and critical literacy skills in science through close reading, writing practice, and in-class discussion and debate. This debate-centric approach to science mirrors items on new assessments that ask students to evaluate peer-to-peer and scientist-to-scientist debates.
We collaborated with key thought leaders, including the designers of the C3 Framework for Social Studies State Standards, as we developed our social studies content. Our goal was to provide teachers with both curricular content and skills-based instructional materials that are differentiated to meet the needs of diverse learners. These leveled lessons—aligned to key topics across geographical locations and time periods—allow teachers to build discipline-specific background knowledge in a vertical plan while engaging students who may be ahead of or behind peers.
We collaborated with Professor Doug O’Roark, founder of the Graduate Math and Science Teacher Certification Program at University of Chicago and current head of Math Circles Chicago, to design a unique, standards-aligned approach to differentiated math literacy content that serves every student at their level of readiness while maintaining cohesion in the classroom on topic and skill. These lessons are designed to support the expansion of mathematical knowledge through its application in writing.