Welcome to the Engaging Learners Academy Course in Differentiating Text!

In this Engaging Learners Academy course, Yes, Differentiating Text Is a Good Instructional Practice, Dr. Katie McKnight explains why differentiating text is effective and the KEY to a great instructional practice. Learn how to develop your students’ literacy skills by asking thought-provoking essential questions, assigning books at the right literacy level, and letting your students choose their own books. In this course you will…

  • Learn how to implement effective instructional strategies to provide differentiated text for student reading
  • Identify the most important elements that led to the growth and achievement of student literacy skills
  • Become familiar with the types of questions to assess student comprehension
  • Explore the dimensions of text complexity and how it can help with book assignments
  • Understand how student choice can lead to increased reading comprehension


Upon completion of the course each student will receive a certificate documenting 2 hours of professional development.

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Dr. Katherine McKnight Ph.D.

Dr. Katherine McKnight is a dynamic presenter, dedicated teacher, and award-winning author. Dr. McKnight began her career in education over 30 years ago as a middle school and high school English and social studies teacher in the Chicago Public Schools. In addition to speaking at professional development conferences, she is a regular consultant in schools and classrooms in the United States and Internationally.

Dr. McKnight’s 15-year distinguished university career culminated in her assignment to Distinguished Professor of Research at National Louis University. She is the founder of Engaging Learners, an educational company built around her successful Literacy and Learning Center model. Her work in educational leadership, literacy and student skill development has resulted in unprecedented academic achievement in many struggling schools.

Dr. McKnight has received several awards for her publications and teaching at the university level. She has authored 20 books that support educational strategies to engage all learners. Her titles include the best-selling The Teacher’s Big Book of Graphic Organizers, winner of the 2013 Teachers’ Choice Award and Literacy & Learning Centers for the Big Kids, grades 4-12. Most recently, she founded Morning Meeting webinars during the COVID 19 pandemic as a weekly forum to bring together educators to engage in professional learning. To learn more about Dr. McKnight, visit her websites:  KatherineMcKnight.com and EngagingLearners.com



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Yes, Differentiating Text Is a Good Instructional Practice