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ThinkCERCA and Follett Partner to Expand Access to Literacy Materials

Chicago-based ThinkCERCA and Follett Corporation announced their strategic partnership to expand access to online literacy opportunities for students anywhere with a connection to the Internet. This announcement also marks the completion of ThinkCERCA's $3.2 million Series A round, led by the Follett Knowledge Fund, a $50 million capital funding source for new educational technologies established by Follett in 2013.

"At Follett, we are committed to expanding access to content and technologies in ways that help schools run, teachers teach and students learn," said Mary Lee Schneider, Follett's President and Ceo, in a press release. "Our partnership with ThinkCERCA is a natural extension of that commitment and will help drive success for students from their first day of school to college and beyond. With Follett's focus on improving reading, writing and vocabulary skills, and our vast library of engaging content that could truly support the ThinkCERCA model is an even more robust fashion, we believe the opportunities for educators are endless."

"With this recent investment, ThinkCERCA will begin adding new features to its platform to enhance efficacy and ease of use, including resources for district-level administrators," stated a recent press release. "Currently, the company's subscription version is used by 215 schools and 50,000 students in 25 states, and its free version reaches 17,000 classrooms serving 115,000 students across all 50 states and 112 countries."

ThinkCERCA's approach is supported by decades of research by a team of leading educators and technology entrepreneurs. Research shows that "achievement through cross-curricular reading, writing and debate leads to increased college and career readiness."

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By Samantha DiMauro, Education World Contributor

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