Presenter: Katherine McKnight, Ph.D.
T-TESS Domain: Planning 1.1, Planning 1.4, Instruction 2.1, Instruction 2.2, Instruction 2.4 
Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
Hours: 1

Learning centers are a great way to reinforce ideas and help students practice concepts. In this 1-hour course, Dr. Katherine McKnight shares how to set up and structure learning centers in your classroom. Dr. McKnight guides educators through the practical details of creating centers. She also shares four real-life examples of learning centers that educators can glean ideas from. 

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How do you know if a learning center is set up to succeed? The way that centers are structured makes all the difference. In “Merging Content and Literacy Skills Through Learning Centers – Center Structure and Management,” Dr. Katherine McKnight shares the practical steps to creating centers in your classroom. You can also watch educators implement centers in their classrooms in four real-life examples. Discover exactly how to make centers with activities that reinforce your lessons.

In this 1-hour course, educators will learn:

  • Models for the format and management of learning centers
  • Examples of centers in action
  • Organization strategies
  • When to use centers
  • How many students to place at each center

Presenter Bio

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 and appointed as Distinguished Professor of Research at National Louis University. In addition to speaking at professional development conferences, she is a regular consultant in schools and classrooms in the United States and Europe.
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 17 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. 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. 

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17 reviews for Merging Content and Literacy Skills Through Learning Centers – Center Structure and Management

  1. Carmen Alicia – SOCORRO ISD (verified owner)


  2. Adriana – SOCORRO ISD (verified owner)

    Very informative!

  3. Jennifer – SCHERTZ-CIBOLO-U CITY ISD (verified owner)

    Very well done!

  4. Andrea – HALLSVILLE ISD (verified owner)

    Good information! Very feasible application.

  5. Dana – GALVESTON ISD (verified owner)

    Good ideas

  6. Teena – EDINBURG CISD (verified owner)

    Provided good pointers on setting up successful centers.

  7. Susan – BOERNE ISD (verified owner)

    I have some great ideas for my centers for next school year.

  8. Tanya – EDINBURG CISD (verified owner)

    It has great ideas!

  9. Valeria – ECTOR COUNTY ISD (verified owner)

    Good insight into high school and middle school center implementation. Would have preferred an elementary level course.

  10. Isabel – ECTOR COUNTY ISD (verified owner)

    Good ideas on stations, grouping, transitions, and organization of centers.

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