Dr. McKnight is a recognized expert and sought after speaker in adolescent literacy, inclusive classrooms, Common Core State Standards, and integrating technology in the 21st century classroom.
She began her career in education as a high school teacher in Chicago over 20 years ago and is a professor of secondary education at National Louis University.
Currently, Katie’s work brings her to schools and classrooms all over the United States where she shares proven, practical models and strategies that develop the literacy skills of all students.
Katie has published seven books that support teaching and learning strategies that engage all learners in reading and writing for the 21st century. Her titles include the best selling The Teacher’s Big Book of Graphic Organizers, The Second City Guide to Improv in the Classroom, Teaching the Classics in the Inclusive Classroom and Teaching Writing in the Inclusive Classroom. Katie has also co-authored Methods of Teaching English in the Middle and Secondary Schools (Pearson), a best selling text in English Education.
Katie is also serving on the formative assessment panel for Smarter Balanced.