Engaging Learners One teacher, one school, one district at a time.
Developing, sharing and promoting strategies
Engaging Learners, LLC is a collaborative group of professional development coaches, educators, speakers, and consultants who are completely committed to the development, sharing, and promotion of strategies that develop student literacy.
That’s why we spend many days each year in grade 4-12 classrooms, working with teachers to help their students grow into productive, creative adults.
Because our work takes us into all kinds of schools (public, private, parochial; rural, urban, and suburban), we are able to complement our vast expertise with relevant and up-to-date classroom experience. Engaging Learners prides itself on providing practical, research-based solutions that classroom teachers can actually use, and that real students actually respond to.
Our decades of experience with struggling and reluctant adolescent learners indicate that these students – along with their “on-level” and gifted peers – benefit greatly from classroom strategies that both embrace their need for independence, and encourage their development of self-regulation.
You and I both know that there is no one magic spell that will address every challenge in every school. Yet I see it time and time again: when teachers are provided with professional support and team training, schools see a real difference in their classrooms and in their student literacy achievement. It's an on-going difference that benefits teachers, students, and entire communities.
– Katie McKnight, founder of Engaging Learners, LLC
Engaging Learners was founded and is managed by Dr. Katherine McKnight. She began her career as a high school English teacher in the Chicago Public School system and now travels worldwide as a professional development consultant, highly regarded speaker, researcher, and award-winning author in the fields of elementary and adolescent literacy, inclusive classrooms, education standards, interdisciplinary literacy, and integrating technology in the 21st century classroom. By collaborating with engaging, like-minded education professionals, she hopes to create a nation in which all students achieve their best.
Learn more about our presenters and coaches
We are experts on a wide variety of topics, and provide strategies for advancing adolescent literacy primarily in the middle school and high school setting. Our presenters’ research and professional focus includes: inclusive classrooms, using multimodal instruction strategies, interdisciplinary literacy, differentiated instruction, growth mindset, administration and teacher support, curriculum development, and a focus on closing the student achievement gap.
Katherine McKnight, Ph.D.Download Bio Sheet
Richard Cash, Ed.DDownload Bio Sheet
Jennifer Bledsoe-French, Ed.D.Download Bio Sheet
Melissa DicksonDownload Bio Sheet
Deanna GallagherDownload Bio Sheet
Alex KajitaniDownload Bio Sheet
Sarah AdamsDownload Bio Sheet
Elaine CarlsonDownload Bio Sheet
Dorina Sackman-EbuwaDownload Bio Sheet
Elizabeth Fogarty, Ph.D.Download Bio Sheet
Lisa Hollihan AllenDownload Bio Sheet
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