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.


February 13, Raleigh, NC: Keynote at a conference on North Carolina and the Science of Reading, sponsored by the Belk Foundation.

February 20, 2020, Columbus, OH: Keynote on “Translating Cognitive Science into Classroom Practice” and leading learning sessions on “The Knowledge Gap: Why Our Approach to Boosting Reading Comprehension Isn’t Working — and How to Change It ” at the Ohio Literacy Academy.

February 26, 2020, Pasadena, CA: Keynote at a symposium sponsored by Curriculum Associates.

February 27, Riverside, CA: Speaking with administrators, guests, and district educators.

March 9, 2020, Nashville, TN: Speaking at an event on reading in Tennessee sponsored by SCORE.

March 10, 2020, Jackson TN: Speaking to educators and administrators at Liberty Technology Magnet School.

March 12, 2020, Milwaukee, WI: Speaking to educators and administrators Miller Park.

March 14, 2020, Los Angeles, CA: Book signing event at ASCD Conference.

March 19-20, 2020, Gulf Shores, AL: Keynote on “The Knowledge Gap: Why We Teach Reading Comprehension in a Way That Doesn’t Work” at the Literacy Reimagined conference.

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.

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.