A reading program that reaches all students

CommonLit provides free access to high-quality digital reading and writing lessons to vulnerable students in low-income schools.

Significant global impact


registered teachers and students


schools in the United States


countries and territories of operation


students using the Cisco-supported Annotation Tool

Supporting engaged literacy learning

CommonLit delivers flexible, research-based, instructional materials and tech tools. These high-quality resources are:

  • Created for teachers, by teachers to support literacy development for students grades 3-12
  • Provided for free to teachers, parents, students, and schools
  • Enriched with over 2,000 media-rich lessons with actionable data reports
  • Accessible for English language learners and students with disabilities
  • Focused on all students--especially those from low-income areas and Title I schools
  • Designed to foster communication and critical thinking skills for success in college and beyond
  • Highly adaptable to the challenges of home learning during the pandemic

Through Cisco's support, we've been able to respond to the pandemic crisis by dramatically scaling our impact by expanding access to CommonLit's free digital lessons, creating new distance learning resources, and training teachers on virtual pedagogical best practices. Since March 2020, almost 6 million new teachers, students, and parents have started learning with CommonLit.

Michelle Brown, CommonLit Founder & CEO (October 2020)

Developing reading, analytical, and critical thinking skills

Cisco grant funding has enabled CommonLit to enhance their platform through the development of an Annotation Tool that:

  • Provides the ability to highlight and take notes on assignments and reading passages in the CommonLit library
  • Supports literacy development for millions of students
  • Enables teachers and students to better synthesize, analyze, evaluate, and assess written works
  • Functions from any touchscreen device, including smartphones and tablets
  • Provides a user-friendly, engaging experience to students

Cisco is also supporting CommonLit's expansion efforts to reach underserved students in Latin America.

600K+ students

Created close to six million annotations and over five million highlights within the first eight months of the Annontation Tool’s launch.

Supporting students by supporting teachers

CommonLit works through teachers by supporting them with the tools they need to be maximally effective.

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