ALUMNUS MENTOR // Eileen Murphy’s Bio
Eileen Murphy Buckley is the founder and CEO of ThinkCERCA, a web-based literacy platform that helps educators teach critical thinking through argumentative writing. She taught English for 15 years and was the founding English Department Chair at Walter Payton College Prep as well as the author of 360 Degrees of Text (NCTE, 2011). As the Director of Curriculum and Instruction for over 100 of Chicago’s highest performing schools, she became passionate about the role technology could play in democratizing education in the 21st century and left CPS in 2012 to develop ThinkCERCA to help all students achieve career and college readiness. ThinkCERCA is one of the top Literacy Courseware Challenge winners (Gates Foundation) and has reached users in 130 countries. Eileen is passionate about unleashing vast untapped human potential by enabling everyone to consume information, think about it critically, and express one’s point of view effectively and civilly.