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 elementary classrooms across the US and Canada, and a passion for infusing neuroscience into literacy and learning! Her “backdoor-to-the-brain” approach to fast-tracking phonics skills for reading (via social-emotional learning channels) shifts the paradigms associated with traditional phonics skill acquisition. Katie’s dynamic presentations spotlight brain-changing strategies for boosting existing reading curriculum and phonics instruction with the latest neural research showing how our brains actually learn best! Her practical and proven methods for aligning reading science with brain science to accelerate phonics skill mastery have been shared in both lecture and panel discussions at Harvard University and M.I.T., and have been the subject of numerous professional journal articles and publications.
Discover how to use brain science as a road map to level the learner-playing field for learning to read! Help beginning and struggling readers become strong decoders instead of weak guessers AND make meaning as they engage with text across the day. Learn how to take advantage of already-primed “backdoor” neural pathways to fast-track access to all of the phonics code kids need to read and write. By aligning abstract skills with already familiar, “universal” experiences and understanding (i.e. having a crush, not getting along, getting hurt, being left out, doing what your mom or babysitter tells you, knowing where and when to be sneaky, etc…) we can leverage learners’ social-emotional intelligence to fast-track phonics skill mastery. In this way, ALL learners are empowered with the tools they need to become fearless codebreakers — and not just at the reading table, but across the entire instructional day!