Speaking Engagements

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

If you’re interested in having Natalie speak at an event, please contact her at nataliewexler041@gmail.com.


Improving a Country’s Education, December 3, 2020, webinar with seven international experts in connection with the publication of a book by the same name, moderated by Natalie. Click here for video.

Why Knowledge Is Important to Reading Comprehension–And What Parents Can Do About It, November 12, 2020, sponsored by Connecticut Charter Schools Association and Charter Parent Council of New York State. Click here for video.

Charlotte Teaching Fellows Institute, recorded presentation on The Knowledge Gap, August 12, 2020. Click here for video.

The OC for the Social Studies, recorded ten-minute presentation on why teaching social studies is teaching reading, July 17, 2020. Click here for video.

Ohio Literacy Academy, 33-minute video presentation on The Knowledge Gap. Click here to watch.

Webinar Sponsored by American Reading Company, May 13, 2020. 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.

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

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

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.

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

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)



January 30, 2021: Presentation at the online #LiteracyMatters Conference, sponsored by the Aldine, TX, school district. Attendance is free.

February 10, 2021: Keynote panel discussion and breakout session (both virtual) at Plain Talk About Literacy and Learning, sponsored by the Center for Development and Learning.

August 31-September 2, 2021, Wichita: Kansas MTSS Symposium.