FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Julia Markham-Cameron, firstname.lastname@example.org, (312) 955-0818
Chicago, IL (May 14, 2015) – Chicago-based education technology startup ThinkCERCA is pleased to announce the appointment of a new board member, Esther Wojcicki, an educator and edtech advocate who brings decades of experience to the company from both inside and outside the classroom. ThinkCERCA is a schoolwide online educational resource designed to prepare students for career and college by helping them build analytical reading and writing skills across subject matter.
A member of the board of the Creative Commons and an advisor to the White House, Wojcicki is known as a leading innovator in education and technology. She’s spent the past three decades as a high school journalism teacher in Palo Alto, where she spearheaded the growth of the largest high school journalism program in the nation. She is acutely aware of the complexities of teaching students the critical thinking, reading and writing skills they need to succeed in any career, and will provide valuable insight to ThinkCERCA.
Wojcicki also has deep knowledge of how technology can positively impact students’ learning experiences. From 2005 to 2006 she played a key role in transforming the education technology landscape as a consultant for Google, where she helped design the Google Teacher Outreach Program and Google Teacher Academy.
“It is an honor to work with ThinkCERCA, a company that recognizes the teacher is the key to quality education and provides a platform to effectively support them in differentiating literacy instruction in an engaging way that improves outcomes,” said Esther Wojcicki.
As an educator, Wojcicki has won multiple awards including the 1990 Northern California Journalism Teacher of the Year award, California Teacher of the Year in 2002, Columbia University’s Charles O’Malley Award, and the 2009 Gold Key Award from Columbia University Scholastic Press. She is the author of Moonshots in Education: Launching Blended Learning in the Classroom.
ThinkCERCA will draw from Wojcicki’s expertise as a leader and innovator in education technology to reach and engage more students and teachers across the country in creative thinking, learning and debate.
“We couldn’t be happier to have Esther Wojcicki join the ThinkCERCA board,” said Eileen Murphy Buckley, CEO of ThinkCERCA. “The years of education and technology expertise she has, coupled with her passion for journalism and great content, will help ThinkCERCA grow our platform, expand our reach, and ensure that our approach remains based in efficacy. We look forward to her insights and expertise in making ThinkCERCA the best possible product.”
To date, ThinkCERCA has raised $4.7 million to expand its offerings to include more content across the curriculum and added support for administrators. The company has experienced significant growth in the past year. ThinkCERCA’s online product, which provides provides tools and content for teachers to deliver personalized critical thinking instruction for students, is now used by 250 schools and 50,000 students in 25 states through the company’s subscription version, and their free version reaches 19,000 classrooms serving 130,000 students across all 50 states and 112 countries.
ThinkCERCA is a schoolwide online educational resource designed to prepare students for career and college by helping them build analytical reading and writing skills across subject matter. ThinkCERCA graduated from the inaugural class of the Impact Engine Accelerator in December 2012 and won the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Literacy Courseware Challenge in July 2013. To learn more, please visit www.ThinkCERCA.com.