A new school year brings new updates to ThinkCERCA. This year, our team is excited to share a redesign of our student experience, a more streamlined rostering process, and many new lessons for teachers and students to use.
While the work to enhance ThinkCERCA is never done, we hope these back-to-school updates can help teachers in all classes leverage literacy instruction throughout the year.
Students in ThinkCERCA now have access to a new format for Writing Lessons, which have been designed to provide students with practice in writing as a recursive process.
The new Writing Lesson design is organized into three sections that reinforce the connections inherent to reading and writing:
Districts that are compatible with popular school information systems (SIS) can now use these systems to automatically sync rosters with ThinkCERCA.
Compatible SIS services include:
With this new integration, we hope to reduce the time traditionally spent uploading rosters and ensuring roster information is accurate.
ThinkCERCA teachers now have access to short Training Courses that can be viewed on-demand. These courses, which are accessed through the top-right dropdown in ThinkCERCA, provide instruction on how to use ThinkCERCA with recommended best practices to achieve growth in student outcomes.
The courses are organized by four topic-specific chapters, including:
Once teachers complete all courses in a chapter, they have an opportunity to take a quiz and achieve a certification in that chapter.
This year, the ThinkCERCA team redesigned our interactive Skills Lessons, which are an educator favorite for teaching critical literacy skills in tandem with a Writing Lesson.
With this redesign, Skills Lessons now provide a more fluid progression of the learning, practice, and assessment components of the lesson. As students sharpen their discrete literacy skills, they have access to hints and rationales that explain the solution to a question. This instant feedback helps students understand how to apply a skill or concept to their writing.
Over the last year, our Curriculum & Instruction team has been hard at work creating new lessons, resources, and assessments for teachers to use in the 2019-20 school year and beyond.
Based on teacher feedback, we have released new and refreshed resources and materials, including:
Over the course of the next year, we’ll be adding even more features to ThinkCERCA. Stay tuned for new teaching supports, class discussion prompts, teacher supplements, Skills Lessons, narrative lessons, and Social Studies content.