Spark courageous thinking.
One literacy platform.
Writing in every classroom.
A research-backed literacy framework for reading and writing across subjects in grades 3-12.
Teachers gain 1:1 time with students and equip them with a step-by-step approach to thinking critically and reading and writing with purpose. All while supported with a vast instructional library, professionally scored benchmark assessments, and much more.
Core ELA Curriculum
Deliver curricular coherence through our research-backed CERCA framework with rigorous, comprehensive literacy instruction to help students develop the skills, knowledge, and competencies to thrive in a global economy.
The CERCA Framework is a scaffolded approach to literacy that helps students develop their critical thinking skills. Our expert-designed lessons walk students through the process of analyzing content-rich texts (across core subject areas) and multimedia to construct cohesive argumentative, informational, or narrative writings.
Benchmark Evaluation Services
Give back time, and get results. Everyone gains. ThinkCERCA partners with districts to help educators assess opportunities for growth in reading and writing with professionally scored Benchmark Assessments, offered at the beginning, middle, and end of year.
We provide a strategic district or school improvement partnership with leaders and teachers. We focus on modeling and practice of classroom execution over click-paths, and also provide consultative services like curriculum alignments, learning walk observations, and strategic planning.
Grades 3-12 in ELA, Social Studies, Science, and Math
A vast, searchable instructional library so you can implement the lessons you need in minutes –tailored to the standards and skills you want to teach. This includes regularly updated and newly published content across all our resources: Writing and Skills Lessons, Direct Instruction, and Reading Practices. Teacher and student guides, along with Pear Decks further support all of our Writing Lessons.
Foundational Reading Instruction
The CERCA Framework
The CERCA Framework is a scaffolded approach to literacy that helps students develop their critical thinking skills. ThinkCERCA’s expert-designed lessons walk students through the process of analyzing content-rich texts and multimedia to construct cohesive argumentative, informational, or narrative writings.
It starts with an essential question.
Should robots be used to take care of the elderly?
( SAMPLE QUESTION)
Students develop a claim in response to the essential question.
“Robots should be used to take care of the elderly…”
Students look for credible evidence to support their claim.
"There are robots that can lift a person..."
( Sample Evidence )
Students connect the evidence to their claim with reasoning.
"...which means that robots could help if an elderly person fell down."
( Sample Reasoning )
Students consider other points of view and explain why their claim is stronger.
"Some people say that robots should not be used to take care of the elderly because they're expensive."
( Sample Counterargument )
Students consider their audience and use appropriate language while writing their formal argument.
"In conclusion, robots should be used to take care of the elderly."
( Sample Conclusion )
It’s a Life Skill
Effective and cohesive writing is a core skill underpinned by the ability to read and think critically.
Take a moment to consider all the places it matters for our students now—and in the future.
Writing an admissions essay outlining your qualifications.
Pitching the next big idea to a potential client or investor.
Discussing and voting on a community referendum.
Consuming complex information with social responsibility.
June 2, 2023
Benchmark Evaluation Service Launch
A comprehensive service with the administration of benchmark assessments, evaluation by professional scorers, and comprehensive feedback and data reporting.
May 23, 2023
Science of Reading Webinar Series with Dr. Katie McKnight
15-year distinguished professor, dedicated teacher, and award-winning author shares research and actionable steps aimed at closing the reading gap.
April 13, 2023
Partnership with Quill.org
Will now offer Quill’s use of sentence combining, a highly-effective strategy for building grammar and language skills backed by decades of research, to further student growth potential.
ThinkCERCA is proud of our many partnerships -- both new and longstanding -- aimed at enhancing and optimizing our platform for students, teachers, and district leaders.