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KIPP Destiny Middle School Partners with ThinkCERCA to Improve Reading Growth

Leading charter school selects award-winning literacy platform to boost student achievement.

Chicago, IL, May 24, 2017 --( ThinkCERCA, a leading provider of personalized literacy solutions, announced today that it has partnered with KIPP Destiny Middle School to improve students’ writing skills. ThinkCERCA’s close reading and argumentative writing platform offers differentiated literacy lessons for English language arts, social studies, science, and math for students in grades 4–12.

KIPP Destiny, a Dallas-based public charter middle school, adopted ThinkCERCA for its 6th grade honors program and will be used as the cornerstone of writing instruction. The school selected ThinkCERCA to prepare students for today’s rigorous state assessments, which now more than ever require students to read critically and express their point of view through writing.

“ThinkCERCA’s Applied Reading & Writing lessons are topical and engaging,” said Esmeralda Cardoso, principal of KIPP Destiny Middle School. “In addition to these lessons, ThinkCERCA’s Direct Instruction lessons enable students to build critical literacy skills and background knowledge on a continuum throughout the year.”

Designed by a team of leading educators and curriculum experts, ThinkCERCA’s approach to literacy is supported by decades of research that shows cross-curricular reading, writing, and debate leads to college and career readiness.

The partnership represents a new twist on personalizing learning because it encourages collaborative discussion and debate in classrooms versus individual work at workstations or in computer labs.

“Writing is such an important skill to master today. As we know, shifts in standards have placed an increased emphasis on critical thinking, specifically proving this skill through writing. If students can develop the ability to articulate their thoughts effectively in writing, then they are more likely to be college- and career-ready,” said Eileen Murphy, founder and CEO of ThinkCERCA. “We are extremely excited to partner with KIPP Destiny to help students develop this critical skill.”

ThinkCERCA’s Applied Reading & Writing lessons are centered around debatable topics that get students thinking critically about real-world issues. These lessons are differentiated for 10 levels to fuel engaging discussions among students of varying readiness levels.

In a recent LEAP Innovations Pilot Network study of 26 ed-tech tools, ThinkCERCA’s collaborative approach to personalized literacy was proven to help students achieve two years of academic growth per year on average.

About ThinkCERCA
ThinkCERCA’s personalized literacy platform helps educators teach critical thinking skills through argumentative writing. With students and teachers using its platform in all 50 states and 130 countries, the company has partnered with prominent leaders in education, including Follett Corporation, and has been featured by The Atlantic and EdSurge. A 2016 SIAA CODiE Awards finalist in the Best Learning Capacity-Building Solution and Best Reading/English/Language Arts Instructional Solution categories, ThinkCERCA has also been named one of the best tools in ed tech by Common Sense’s Graphite. In July 2013, ThinkCERCA was the recipient of a Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Literacy Courseware Challenge grant, and in December 2012, graduated from the inaugural class of Impact Engine’s social impact accelerator. To learn more, please visit

About KIPP Destiny Middle School
KIPP Destiny Middle School opened in August 2015 as the second middle school in the KIPP Dallas-Fort Worth region. KIPP Destiny Middle School’s mission is to empower all students to fulfill their destiny and positively impact the world by arming them with knowledge, skills, and character necessary to succeed in college and beyond. The school serves students in 6th and 7th grades for the 2016-2017 school year, and will add one grade level each year until it becomes a fully enrolled 5th through 8th grade middle school by 2018.
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