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.


Webinar Sponsored by American Reading Company, May 13, 2020. Click here for video.

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.


June 4, 3 p.m., Knowledge Gap Facebook Group: Live appearance with members of this group. More information on this private group here.

June 16, 2020: Presentation at Arkansas Education Summit (now virtual), sponsored by the Arkansas Department of Education.

June 18, 2020: Virtual presentation to the Social Studies Collaborative of the Council of Chief State School Officers.

June 19, 2020: Presentation at Voyager Sopris Learning’s online Literacy Symposium. More information here.

July 14, 2020: Speaking at virtual HIVE conference, sponsored by Open Up Resources.

July 15, 2020: Webinar for Ohio State Support Team Region 6 on The Knowledge Gap.

October 3, 2020, Indianapolis, IN: Keynote at Indianapolis chapter of the International Dyslexia Association’s Solution Saturday.

October 23-23, 2020, Halifax, Nova Scotia: Speaking at ResearchED Halifax.

October 27-28, 2020, Albany, NY: Speaking at The Reading League 4th Annual Conference.

October 29, 2020, King of Prussia, PA: Speaking at ARC Fall Literacy Summit.

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.

February 10, 2021, New Orleans: Keynote and session at Plain Talk About Literacy and Learning, sponsored by the Center for Development and Learning.

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