Dr. Katherine McKnight

Dr. Katherine McKnight is a dynamic presenter, dedicated teacher, and award-winning author. In addition to speaking at professional development conferences, she is a regular consultant in schools and classrooms all over the country and in Europe. Administrators and teachers welcome her expertise, witty good humor, and hands-on approach to education.

Katie received her B.A. degree from George Washington University, her M.Ed. from Northeastern Illinois University, and her Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She currently serves as a Distinguished Professor of Research at National Louis University. A passionate student advocate, Katie stays true to her roots in the Chicago Public Schools where she began her career. She is recognized for her in-depth knowledge of changing educational standards, and is known for her ability to connect with fellow educators.  “Good teaching is good teaching, no matter what standards we’re aiming for!”

She has authored many books that support teaching 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. She’s also written The Second City Guide to Improv in the Classroom, Teaching Writing in the Inclusive Classroom, and the twin volumes: Common Core Literacy for Math, Science, and Technical Subjects, and Common Core Literacy for ELA, History/Social Studies, and the Humanities: Strategies to Deepen Content Knowledge (Grades 6-12). Dr. McKnight edited and contributed to the 2016 book Addressing the Needs of All Learners in the Era of Changing Standards: Helping Our Most Vulnerable Students Succeed through Teaching Flexibility, Innovation, and Creativity.  She is the recipient of numerous teaching awards.