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 information about upcoming speaking engagements and links to recordings of past events.

If you’re interested in having Natalie speak at an event, please contact her at [email protected]

Schools and school districts, please note: Natalie does NOT provide professional training in The Writing Revolution method (or anything else). She can deliver presentations on the key points of her books followed by Q&A, but she does not lead full-day or half-day workshops, etc.

For information on training in The Writing Revolution method, please consult The Writing Revolution website at https://www.thewritingrevolution.org/


“Reading Wars” Panel Discussion (with Emily Hanford, Micki Ray, and Kate Winn), TeachThought Podcast with Drew Perkins, January 2, 2023. Click here to watch.

Comprehension and Writing: Where Do They Fit Into the Science of Reading?, Western New York Literacy Alliance, Buffalo, November 5, 2022. Click here to watch.

Middle Schoolers and Writing for Engagement, May 6, 2021: Webinar sponsored by Amplify. Click here to watch.

Educational Disparities and COVID-19, March 4, 2021: Panel discussion sponsored by the Richmond Federal Reserve Bank on the long-term effects of Covid-related disruptions to education and possible solutions. Click here and watch from 14:50 to 36:56 to see the panel that includes Natalie.

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)