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

Dr. McKnight is an author, educator, and consultant. Her career in education began as a high school English teacher in the Chicago Public School system. She 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. Dr. McKnight travels worldwide as a professional development consultant and is a sought after speaker in the fields of adolescent literacy, inclusive classrooms, Common Core State Standards, interdisciplinary literacy, and integrating technology in the 21st century classroom.

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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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