Author - Speaker - Consultant
Katie Garner, M.Ed. (author of best-selling book, Secret Stories® Cracking the Reading Code with the Brain in Mind) is an internationally known keynote speaker, author and literacy consultant with twenty-five years of experience working in early grade classrooms across the country, and a passion for infusing neuroscience into literacy and learning! Her “backdoor-to-the-brain” approach to fast-tracking phonics skills for reading via the social-emotional learning systems shifts the paradigms associated with traditional reading instruction and have gained national recognition with the No Child Left Behind, Reading First and RTI Initiatives. Katie is an annually featured and keynote speaker at education conferences across the United States and abroad—including an international keynote series with North American literacy leaders, Richard Allington (What Really Matters for Struggling Readers) and Anne Cunningham (National Early Literacy Panel “NELP” Report) and is a regularly featured lecturer at the National Title I/ ESEA Conferences. Her fast-paced, dynamic presentations spotlight “brain-changing” strategies for boosting existing reading curriculum and phonics instruction with the latest neural research showing how our brains learn best, as well as the science of reading. Katie’s practical and proven methods for bringing neuroscience into the forefront of literacy and learning have been the subject of numerous professional journal articles, and have been shared in both lecture and panel discussions at Harvard University and MIT.