Eileen Murphy Buckley

Eileen Murphy Buckley

Former Director of Curriculum and Instruction at Chicago Public Schools

The Director of Curriculum and Instruction for the Pershing Network and Autonomous Schools Office at Chicago Public Schools, Eileen Murphy Buckley supported principals and teachers in developing effective curriculum, instruction, and assessment strategies to help all students achieve college readiness.

Consultant and Curriculum Developer

As a Consultant and Curriculum Developer, Eileen has also developed, edited, and reviewed curriculum for textbook publishers and organizations such as the National Council of Teachers of English, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Endowment for the Arts, and Facing History and Ourselves. In addition, Eileen was a curriculum advisor and developer for the "Poetry Out Loud" and Poetry Foundation Learning Lab web resources, reaching nearly 400,000 students yearly. Eileen continues to present as a "Master Teacher" for various national and local conferences, seminars, institutes, and workshops for middle school, high school, and pre-service teachers and administrators.

Author and Speaker

360 Degrees of Text: Using Poetry to Teach Close Reading and Powerful Writing (NCTE 2011) will help teachers rise to the challenge of teaching close reading and academic argumentation, skills prominently featured in the Common Core State Standards.

Speaking Topics

Common Core State Standards Implementation for Districts
Common Core State Standards Implementation for Teachers
Implementing a School-Wide Evidence-based Argumentation Framework
Differentiating Instruction for Growth on NWEA MAP Tests
Using Templates to Support Academic Language Learners (ALLs) and English Language Learners (ELLs)
Literary Analysis Skills for Adolescents
Using Performance to Engage Students in Critical Analysis of Complex Texts


Eileen has two decades of experience working in education and promoting literacy.

She helped to launch Walter Payton College Prep in 2000, one of the top-ranked schools in the country, and has supported principals and teachers in over 130 schools in Chicago by developing systems to promote college readiness and individual student growth through a focus on critical literacy.

Eileen has worked with elementary schools and high schools with large ELL and low-income populations.