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.


January 29, 2020, Albuquerque, NM: Natalie will be giving a talk on “Building Knowledge” at a meeting of the Chief Academic and Talent Officers Collaborative of the Council of Chief State School Officers.

February 20, 2020, Columbus, OH: Natalie will be giving a 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: Natalie will be giving a keynote at a symposium sponsored by Curriculum Associates.

March 19-20, 2020, Gulf Shores, AL: Natalie will be giving a 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: Natalie will be a presenter 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.

November 25, 2020, Amsterdam: Natalie will be delivering a 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.