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ThinkCERCA is a web-based educational platform designed to improve critical thinking and writing skills in students from grades K-12. Its primary focus is on enhancing literacy across various subjects, including English Language Arts (ELA), science, social studies, and math, by using an argumentative writing approach. ThinkCERCA provides a structured framework that encourages students to engage in critical thinking and to articulate their thoughts in writing, aligning with Common Core State Standards and other educational benchmarks.

The primary purpose of ThinkCERCA is to equip students with the critical thinking and writing skills necessary for academic success and lifelong learning. By focusing on argumentative writing across the curriculum, ThinkCERCA aims to enhance students' ability to construct and communicate logical arguments, analyze texts, and engage in evidence-based reasoning. These skills are essential not only for academic achievement but also for effective participation in a democratic society and the global economy.

  1. Differentiated Instruction: ThinkCERCA offers lessons tailored to the specific reading levels and needs of students, allowing for personalized learning experiences. This differentiation ensures that all students can engage with the material at a level that is challenging yet accessible.
  2. CERCA Framework: At the heart of ThinkCERCA is the CERCA framework, which stands for Claim, Evidence, Reasoning, Counterargument, and Audience. This framework guides students through the process of constructing well-reasoned arguments and supports the development of critical thinking and writing skills.
  3. Cross-Curricular Lessons: The platform provides a wide range of lessons that cover various subject areas. This interdisciplinary approach helps students apply critical thinking and argumentative writing skills across different content areas, making learning more integrated and applicable to real-world scenarios.
  4. Collaborative Learning: ThinkCERCA encourages collaboration among students through discussions and group projects. This fosters a community of learners who can share ideas, offer feedback, and learn from one another.
  5. Teacher Resources and Professional Development: The platform includes resources for teachers, such as lesson plans, grading rubrics, and data tracking tools. ThinkCERCA also offers professional development opportunities to help educators effectively integrate the program into their curriculum and teaching practices.
  6. Data and Assessment Tools: ThinkCERCA provides tools for assessing student progress and performance. Teachers can track individual and class-wide progress, helping to inform instruction and identify areas where students may need additional support.

Compatible with the following interoperability frameworks or products:
  • Classlink
  • CLEVER (Roster)
  • CLEVER Single Sign On (SSO)

Support Options
  • Email
  • On-Site
  • Phone
This list is compiled annually through our web surveys, internet research, and phone interviews with California school districts.

School Districts in California that use ThinkCerca*

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