Katie Garner

Author; Featured/Keynote Speaker; Literacy Consult.
Learning & the Brain Research Consortium ; The Juilliard School—CLIMB Literacy

Katie Garner, M.Ed., is an internationally known educational speaker, author and literacy consultant with twenty five years of combined classroom experience and a passion for infusing neuroscience into literacy and learning. Her "backdoor-to-the-brain" approach to skill mastery via the affective “feeling” domain shifts the paradigms associated with early grade reading instruction, gaining national recognition with the No Child Left Behind, Reading First, and RTI Initiatives. As a featured and keynote speaker at education conferences across the United States and abroad— including an ongoing keynote series at the Vulnerable Readers Summits with North American literacy leaders, Dr. Richard Allington ("What Really Matters for Struggling Readers") and Dr. Anne Cunningham (National Early Literacy Panel “NELP” Report)— Katie shares "brain-changing" strategies for boosting existing, reading skill instruction with the latest neural research showing how our brains learn best. Her practical and proven methods for bringing neuroscience into the forefront of literacy learning have been shared in both lecture and panel discussions at Harvard University and MIT as part of the Learning and the Brain Conference and Research Consortium and are the subject of an upcoming professional development book series.