Speaking Engagements

Natalie has spoken about The Knowledge Gap and other topics to a variety of groups, including teachers, school administrators, and members of the general public. See below for links to recordings of some of her past presentations and information about upcoming speaking engagements.


MIT Science of Reading Symposium, Cambridge, MA, June 4, 2019 (“Why It’s So Hard to Translate Cognitive Science into Classroom Practice: A Few Theories and Suggestions”). (Video)

Public Square, Santa Barbara, October 20, 2019 (“Closing the Knowledge Gap”) (Audio)

The Commonwealth Club, San Francisco, November 14, 2019 (“The Hidden Causes of America’s Broken Education System and How We Can Fix It”). Click here for audio and here for video.

Webinar Sponsored by Amplify, November 19, 2019 (“America’s Knowledge Gap with Natalie Wexler”). Click here for video.

Webinar Sponsored by Newsela, Thursday, January 30, 2020 (“Diving Into The Knowledge Gap with Natalie Wexler”). Click here for video.

Presentation at Belk Foundation event on “North Carolina and the Science of Reading,” Raleigh, NC, February 13, 2020 (“The Knowledge Gap: What Cognitive Science Tells Us About Reading Comprehension and the Importance of Building Knowledge”). Click here for video.


April 22, 2020, Jackson, MS: Speaking at the Barksdale Reading Institute. CANCELED

April 23, 2020, Orlando, FL: Speaking at the Florida CLAS Conference. CANCELED

May 1-2, 2020, Toronto, Canada: Presentation at the researchED Toronto conference, part of an international series of conferences designed to acquaint educators with the latest and most accurate research on teaching and learning. More information is available here. CANCELED

May 12, 2020, Bethlehem, PA: Speaking at the Pennsylvania Literacy Symposium. CANCELED

May 13, 2020: Webinar for ARC Core Leadership Summit, 11 a.m.

May 28, 2020, Orlando, FL: Speaking on a panel on reading and curriculum at the Education Writers Association National Seminar.

June 16-17, Hot Springs, AK: Talk at Arkansas Education Summit, sponsored by the Arkansas Department of Education.

September 9-10, Wichita, KS: Presenting at Kansas Multi-Tier System of Supports Symposium.

November 25, 2020, Amsterdam: Keynote at the 10th anniversary convening of Making Shift Happen, an annual conference where leading national and international experts and researchers engage with an audience of over 600 educators and others. More information is available here.

If you’re interested in having Natalie speak at an event, please contact her at Natalie@nataliewexler.com.