Presenter: Katherine McKnight, Ph.D.
Core Area: Creativity & Instructional Strategies
Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
Hours: 1

Do you have a solid literacy plan in place? Come and discover how to use interactive learning centers to build literacy skills and content retention in your students. In this course, Dr. Katherine McKnight shares why literacy and learning centers are an effective instruction method for your classroom and practical ways to develop centers that meet your students’ needs.  

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Literacy is an important skill for students to cultivate, but most teachers don’t have a strong literacy plan in place. Dr. Katherine McKnight says that one of the best ways to build up literacy skills is by using learning centers that specifically target areas where students are weak. 
In the course “Literacy and Learning Centers: Where Content Knowledge and Literacy Skills Intersect,” she shares both theoretical models of learning and practical examples of centers that you can start using in your classroom today. You’ll learn why literacy and learning centers are an effective instruction method for your classroom, and how to build content and knowledge. 
After taking this course, you’ll walk away understanding:
  • The Balanced Literacy framework
  • Gradual Release of Responsibility model
  • How to set up centers in your classroom
  • What students say about centers

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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14 reviews for Literacy and Learning Centers – Where Content Knowledge and Literacy Skills Intersect (Grades 4-12)

  1. Lorena – ECTOR COUNTY ISD (verified owner)

    As a fairly new teacher I liked her ideas.

  2. Ondrea – SCHERTZ-CIBOLO-U CITY ISD (verified owner)

    5 stars

  3. Andy – VAN WERT CITY (verified owner)

    It helps with developing learning centers

  4. Cristen – Private Pay (verified owner)

    Good general information about centers.

  5. Julie – CONROE ISD (verified owner)

    I enjoyed this course.

  6. Donna – BURLESON ISD (verified owner)

    Great ideas delivered in a concise manner.

  7. mary – ECTOR COUNTY ISD (verified owner)

    I was very informative with clearly procedures on how to set up centers with older students. Lots of suggestions and resources to use.

  8. Lindsay – DRIPPING SPRINGS ISD (verified owner)

    This was an excellent course! Even though I regularly use learning centers in my classroom, this course offered some new and refreshing ideas as well as validated some of the things I’m already doing in my centers.

  9. Angelita – ECTOR COUNTY ISD (verified owner)

    It gave me several ideas on setting up center. It also stresses to limit the time students work on the centers base on their age’

  10. Mary – DEL VALLE ISD (verified owner)

    Great ideas on working in centers for our students and how to get more learning in less time to them. The reminder of attention span length was also good to get again, as I think we all forget, and expect more of our students.

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