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Katherine McKnight



Programs/Classes Taught:

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.

Contact Information:

Chicago Campus



    NLU’s Chicago campus on South Michigan Avenue occupies five floors of the historic Peoples Gas Building. This landmark building, across the street from the Art Institute of Chicago and Grant Park, is easily accessible by train, bus and car and is surrounded by restaurants, parking lots/garages and shops.

    122 S. Michigan Avenue
    Chicago, IL 60603
    (888) 658.8632
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    Conveniently located in a fast-growing business district off I-90 and Route 31, NLU Elgin features 10 classrooms with high-tech media equipment; a computer lab with high-speed Internet access; two conference rooms; and comfortable student lounges. Parking is free at this recently remodeled and upgraded teaching site, which now includes wireless Internet access.

    620 Tollgate Road
    Elgin, IL 60123
    (888) 658.8632
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    Opened in the summer of 2006, NLU North Shore at Skokie is a state-of-the-art modern campus located just off the Edens Expressway near the Old Orchard Shopping Center. The campus includes 44 wireless classrooms equipped with high-tech media equipment; four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, including a walk-in lab in the library; six conference rooms; a public café for beverages and snacks; a student welcome center; a library for research and study; and multiple, comfortable student lounge areas.

    5202 Old Orchard Road
    Skokie, IL 60077
    (888) 658.8632
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    Located just minutes from the East-West Tollway (I-88), NLU Lisle features 42 wireless classrooms equipped with high-tech media equipment; four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, including a separate walk-in lab in the library; a café for beverages and snacks; a student welcome center; a library for research and study; conference rooms; and six comfortable student lounge areas with wireless access.

    850 Warrenville Road
    Lisle, IL 60532
    (888) 658.8632
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    Located in one of Chicago's major northwest suburbs, the newly renovated NLU Wheeling includes 20 classrooms with high-tech media equipment, four conference rooms, four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, large student lounge areas with wireless capabilities and interactive video capabilities, and an extensive research library. The site also houses the university library research collection.

    1000 Capitol Drive
    Wheeling, IL 60090
    (888) 658.8632
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    Established in 1988 and located in one of Tampa's major business districts, NLU's Florida Regional Center serves students in 13 counties in central Florida. In addition to its classrooms, the National Louis University Tampa Regional Center features a computer lab, student lounges, and conference room.

    5110 Sunforest Drive, Suite 102
    Tampa, FL 33634
    (800) 366.6581
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