M.A.T. Secondary Education
Academy for Urban School Leadership
FND504 History and Philosophy of American Education
SEC502 Introduction to Teaching at the Secondary Level
SEC525 American Urban Education
SEC512 Teaching English in the Secondary Level
SEC590B Student Teaching Secondary School Practicum
RLR503 Teaching Content Area and Advanced Reading
Areas of Expertise:
Adolescent Literacy, Common Core State Standards, Integrating Technology into the middle school and high school, Differentiated Instruction,
Dr. McKnight is a recognized expert in adolescent literacy, inclusive classrooms, Common Core State Standards, and integrating technology in the 21st century classroom. She began her career in education as a high school teacher in Chicago over 20 years ago and is a professor of secondary education at National Louis University. Currently, Katie's work brings her to schools and classrooms all over the United States where she shares proven, practical models and strategies that develop the literacy skills of all students. Katie has published nine books that support teaching and learning strategies that engage all learners in reading and writing for the 21st century. Her titles include the award winning The Teacher's Big Book of Graphic Organizers, The Elementary Teacher's Big Book of Graphic Organizers, Hands-On Grammar, The Second City Guide to Improv in the Classroom, Teaching the Classics in the Inclusive Classroom and Teaching Writing in the Inclusive Classroom. Katie has also co-authored Methods of Teaching English in the Middle and Secondary Schools (Pearson), a best selling text in English Education. Katie's most recent publication is a 9th-12th grade English language arts book for teachers on the Common Core State Standards with Donna Ogle will be published in spring 2013.
PH.D Curriculum and Instruction: Reading, Writing and Literacy, University of Illinois at Chicago 2000.
M.Ed. Teaching English in Secondary Schools, Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago, Illinois, 1993.
B.A. American Civilization, George Washington University, Washington, D.C., 1988.
Research and Interests:
Adolescent Literacy, Using improvisation to teach content and develop literacy skills, Common Core State Standards and 21st Century Skills.