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Natalie Wexler is an education writer and the author of The Knowledge Gap: The Hidden Cause of America’s Broken Education System—And How to Fix It (Avery 2019). She is also the co-author, with Judith C. Hochman, of The Writing Revolution: A Guide to Advancing Thinking Through Writing in All Subjects and Grades (Jossey-Bass, 2017) and The Writing Revolution 2.0 (Jossey-Bass, 2024). Her newsletter, Minding the Gap, on Substack, is available for free. Click here to view past posts and subscribe.

Natalie is also the host of a six-part podcast called Reading Comprehension Revisited. It’s the inaugural season of the Knowledge Matters Podcast, produced by the Knowledge Matters Campaign. Click here to listen.

Natalie’s articles and essays on education and other topics have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, The Wall Street Journal, the MIT Technology Review, The American Scholar, and other publications. She has spoken on education before a wide variety of groups and appeared on a number of TV and radio shows, including Morning Joe and NPR’s On Point and 1A.

She holds a BA from Harvard University, an MA in history from the University of Sussex (UK), and a JD from the University of Pennsylvania, and she has worked as a reporter, a Supreme Court law clerk, a lawyer, and a legal historian. The author of three novels, she lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband and has two adult children.

[Note: Natalie serves on the board of the parent organization of the Knowledge Matters Campaign, StandardsWork.She receives no financial compensation from either organization. While she generally supports the work of KMC in advocating for knowledge-building curriculum, Natalie’s views and opinions may sometimes differ from those expressed by the organization and its Scientific Advisory Committee. Natalie also receives no financial compensation from curriculum publishers.]