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EILEEN MURPHY BUCKLEY

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EILEEN MURPHY BUCKLEY

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Founder & Chief Executive Officer

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ThinkCERCA

BIOGRAPHY

Eileen Murphy Buckley is the founder and chief executive officer of ThinkCERCA, a personalized literacy platform designed to help students learn close reading and argumentative writing skills across content areas. She became passionate about the role technology could play in 21st-century education as the director of curriculum and instruction for more than 100 high-performing schools throughout the Chicago Public Schools system.

Prior to joining the district office, Eileen was the founding English department chair at Walter Payton College Prep, the No. 1 ranked high school in Illinois, and taught English for 15 years. She is also the author of 360 Degrees of Text: Using Poetry to Teach Close Reading and Powerful Writing (National Council of Teachers English, 2011). In 2013, ThinkCERCA was the recipient of a Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Literacy Courseware Challenge grant. In 2012, Eileen was accepted into the inaugural class of Impact Engine, Chicago’s first social impact investment fund and accelerator. She is an Unreasonable Fellow. She earned her master’s degree in writing from DePaul University and her bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago.