Associated Press Newspapers
The Associated Press and The ANPA (American Newspaper Publishers Association) shared an important goal: to develop a lifelong habit of newspaper reading among students. CCI created kits and workbooks—designed to develop research and writing skills using newspapers, as well as to foster in-depth understanding of the different genres contained in newspapers, including news articles, editorials, and features.
In response to the requests of many California educators, we created a special English reading/language arts program, designed for students who are newcomers to the United States.
The LinkIt! Reading Story Books
For K–3 students who are English learners or struggling readers in intervention classes, CCI developed a series of 28 stories that provide practice in all key phonics skills. The “graphic novel” style offers high appeal to the reader—and avoids the “baby book” appearance that makes struggling readers uncomfortable.
Portals, a middle school reading/ELA intervention program, was designed for students in grades 4–8 who were reading at least two grades below level. For older students who were not yet decoding basic English words, we created decodable text using the popular “graphic novel” style.
Metropolitan Teaching and Learning–Early Reading
For Metropolitan Teaching and Learning Company (“Metro” for short), we developed an early reading program, rated “Exemplary” by the California adoption committee. This program features hand puppets for every letter of the alphabet, large classroom posters, decodable readers, “My Letter Book,” and a comprehensive Teacher Guide.
On Our Way to English
CCI developed a complete K-5 English as a Second Language Program, including Student Edition, Teacher Edition, and all ancillaries.
Our Chicago/Nuestro Chicago
“Our Chicago” or “Nuestro Chicago” was part of a series of bilingual books developed for the Chicago Public Schools. It features Chicago’s many special places—including the Lincoln Park Zoo, the Chicago Art Institute, Wrigley Field, Lake Michigan, and the beautiful downtown area with its Sears Tower. It also features Chicago’s special people and events!
The Spirit Within
Produced in collaboration with Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, the compilation was the first in a two-volume set that featured the work of young school-aged authors. Participants were selected through a national contest with thousands of entrants. All of the "young authors" whose works were selected received a publishing contract and received a personal thank you from Laura Bush during a gala celebration.
LinkIt! Reading Digital Library & Assessment
CCI’s affiliated company, LinkIt, delivers online assessment and instruction directly to schools and school districts. For more information, we invite you visit the LinkIt website at www.linkit.com. CCI creates all of the assessment items and instructional lessons for our software partner.
Speak & Spell/Speak & Read
CCI worked with Texas Instruments to create these well-known predecessors of digital delivery!
As we look forward to the future, CCI is developing exciting digital alternatives to print components, including interactive digital formats, apps, and tablet-delivered instruction.
These four college textbooks are designed to fill in the gaps that often exist among college freshmen.
CCI has developed elementary spelling programs for several publishers, including McGraw –Hill and Riverside.
Designed for use in the Portals reading intervention program, this handy word diary puts the responsibility for understanding word meaning in the hands of the student. Students evaluate their understanding of key words from the beginning of a unit to the end, using a scale that spans the categories “I’ve Never Heard of It” to “I OWN it." Making a personal connection to important words helps students remember their meanings. The use of such varied graphic organizers as a Definition Map helps students explore key words from several points of view.
In this innovative iPad app, an injured samurai trades action in combat for action in the world of grammar and vocabulary, becoming a "grammarai." Player's use the grammarai's sword to slash sentences with mistakes, and shoot his bow and arrow to get the correct words.
Martin, the Nosey Penguin
In this interactive picture book, Martin the penguin travels around the world and encounters animals that live in different habitats. Full of color and highly original characters, this book includes games that reinforce children's learning. And on every page, there are interactive surprises that kids will get to discover for themselves. The book is set in three languages: English, Spanish, and Catalan.
The Black News Network distributed Scoop!, created by CCI, and provided it to schools in districts with large African American populations.
Madison Square Garden Afterschool Magazines
The Madison Square Garden Cheering for Children Foundation distributed these magazines in New York City schools and at Madison Square Garden events. Their high-interest sports and entertainment content was designed to get kids absorbed in reading.
Learn About Your Community
These informational magazines provide nonfiction social studies, science, and mathematics content about the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico to be used in after-school and summer-school intervention courses.