Making Challenging Texts Accessible for All Students -
Grades 5-12

October 11 and 18, 2021

October 11 and October 18, 2021

Recorded access available until December 31, 2021

3:30 pm - 5:00 pm Central Time

Sessions Take Place on Zoom

$250/Full Series

$150/Single Session

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Though COVID and Virtual Learning have shone a light on the gap between our students' reading levels and the text they must read to be successful in their classes, this struggle has existed for quite some time. Teachers of students in grades 5-12 are left to wonder: "Do I slow my content focus to remediate reading skills? Or, do I plow forward with my content knowing that I am leaving some students in the dust?"

During these two sessions, Dr. Katie McKnight will provide teachers with ready to implement strategies that allow them to focus on both content-area learning and building reading skills. Join Dr. McKnight for both sessions of the series, or just a single session, and leave ready for the successful use of text in your content area.


Katie McKnight

Dr. Katherine McKnight is a dynamic presenter, dedicated teacher, and award-winning author. Dr. McKnight began her career in education over 30 years ago as a middle school and high school English and social studies teacher in the Chicago Public Schools.  In addition to speaking at professional development conferences, she is a regular consultant in schools and classrooms in the United States and Internationally.


Dr. McKnight’s 15-year distinguished university career culminated in her assignment to Distinguished Professor of Research at National Louis University.   She is the founder of Engaging Learners, an educational company built around her successful Literacy and Learning Center model. Her work in educational leadership, literacy and student skill development has resulted in unprecedented academic achievement in many struggling schools.


Dr. McKnight has received several awards for her publications and teaching at the university level. She has authored 20 books that support educational strategies to engage all learners. Her titles include the best-selling The Teacher’s Big Book of Graphic Organizers, winner of the 2013 Teachers’ Choice Award and Literacy & Learning Centers for the Big Kids, grades 4-12.  Most recently, she founded Morning Meeting webinars during the COVID 19 pandemic as a weekly forum to bring together educators to engage in professional learning.


I can safely say this is one of the best training sessions I have ever participated in.  Katie packed each training with fabulous practical activities that anyone can start using immediately.  Katie's enthusiasm is infectious.  She is a phenomenal teacher.

Recent Workshop Participant

October 11, 2021

3:30 - 5:00 pm Central

Advancing Reading Comprehension in Every Content Area, grades 5-12

Do you have students who are challenged by the texts that they encounter in their academic classes?  Oftentimes, our teenage students can decode texts, but they are unable to comprehend the deep and complex meanings.  Join Dr. McKnight, renowned adolescent literacy expert, in this 2-hour professional development session.  We will explore research-based, classroom-tested strategies for engaging students in rigorous texts and learn how to develop a classroom environment that supports reading, writing and language development in the content area classroom.

October 18, 2021

3:30 - 5:00 pm Central

Why Differentiating Text Increases Student Reading Comprehension, Skills and Motivation, grades 5-12

We teach diverse readers. In this professional development session, we will focus on how to differentiate reading (in all subjects) for grades 6–12. We will address the following: 

  • How do you select texts based on choice and complexity to motivate and engage readers? 

  • How can I build student reading skills AND develop content/discipline specific knowledge?

  • How can I create differentiated reading lists that are motivated and launch deep critical thinking?


Dr. McKnight will show you how to do this and provide classroom resources that you can immediately use in your classroom!