Working with unCommon Apps ensures that teens have the skills and perspective necessary to succeed in high school, college, and beyond. We create products and curriculum geared toward enhancing academic mastery and make sure teenagers are clearly directed in the process of finding the right school, college, and career. We’re there to help them research, apply, and interview.


Nina Berler

Nina Berler has devoted much of her career to guiding the audience she loves most: teenagers. This includes coaching college applicants and creating products to foster mastery of academic skills, especially critical reading and informational writing.

Over the past four years, she has worked with three edtech companies. At Learningpod, a startup backed by Graham Holdings, Nina served as academic content specialist. Working alongside an Agile team, she provided input to platform and product development initiatives, managed CCSS curation and content development, published innovative lesson plans, generated media awareness through blogging and social media, and built a community of AP® teachers. At Benesse America, the U.S. subsidiary of Benesse Japan, she worked as content development manager, spearheading digital product development for middle school English language arts (ELA), leading focus groups, and sharing her knowledge of educational issues with the sales team. For eduPad, a pioneer in tablet app development, she created and edited original content for ELA and math apps. Prior to that, Nina frequently participated in holistic essay scoring for ETS, working on TOEFL and state assessments.

During her corporate career, Nina was a director with KPMG, where she led the firm’s Executive Education business and developed curriculum for its partner and manager business school. She went on to teach language arts and math to numerous middle school and high school students before starting her college counseling practice. Nina has an AB with Honors from Brown University, an MBA from the Stern School of Business, New York University, and a Certificate with Distinction in College Counseling from UCLA Extension.

Her blog posts, lesson plans, and articles have been featured by college prep organizations and appeared in ReadWriteThink and the Wall Street Journal Classroom Edition Teacher’s Guide.


Educational Content

unCommon Apps brings a wealth of experience working with teachers, subject matter experts, and students. That means content and lessons are developed in a way in which the audience can understand. Model essays and questions, for example, are written in a student-friendly manner and address subjects of interest.

School & College Search

unCommon Apps’ college counseling services evolved from classroom and one-on-one experiences with teenagers. Given the magnitude of investment required, as well as the degree of uncertainty and often anxiety associated with the process, we developed a reputation for respecting the needs of each student and family.

College & Career Readiness

unCommon Apps is well versed in ELA and math curriculum development and understands how to detect and address students’ gaps. Also, we are familiar with how to display passages, lessons, and questions for optimal readability and learning.


The Classroom Edition was an award-winning program offering articles from the flagship publication along with original lessons in its Teacher’s Guide. It helped students enhance their ability to read and interpret informational text, generated awareness of the impact of current events on daily lives, and increased their awareness of business issues.

Learningpod sourced thousands of questions and answers for the K-12 market and higher ed markets. It supported educators, publishers, students, and developers and produced numerous digital workbooks as well as educational apps and lesson plans.

StraightAce Learning is the U.S. subsidiary of Benesse, a global leader in education. StraightAce launched in the United States with middle school content for Grades 6-8. The programs contained student-friendly lessons and quizzes and featured a teacher dashboard.

EduPad, founded in 2010 by two Paris-based entrepreneurs, provides educational apps compatible with most mobile devices. Today, over 3,000,000 students use eduPad apps.



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