TIME ZONE: Pacific
The best test prep is great instruction every day. But what does great instruction look like for schools preparing for Smarter Balanced? To excel at career and college readiness assessments, students need to engage in complex cognitive tasks that extend past basic recall and understanding. In this webinar, Eileen Murphy will discuss how ThinkCERCA creates rich and robust learning experiences that teach students how to think critically while also preparing them for rigorous assessments like Smarter Balanced.
Using ThinkCERCA’s guided close reading and academic writing lessons, standards-aligned content library, and built-in personalized learning tools, educators can integrate assessment preparation seamlessly into instruction across content areas, including ELA, science, social studies, and math.
About Eileen Murphy:
Eileen Murphy is the founder and CEO of ThinkCERCA, a web-based platform that provides the tools and content teachers need to personalize critical thinking instruction across disciplines. 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 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 Eileen was named one of Chicago’s Tech 50 2013 by Crain’s Chicago Magazine and winner of the WPO Chicago Shark Tank Competition 2014.