Dr. McKnight is an author, educator and consultant. Her career in education began as a high school English teacher in the Chicago Public School system more than 25 years ago. She received her B.A. degree from George Washington University, her M.Ed. from Northeastern Illinois University, and her Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She currently serves as a Distinguished Professor of Research at National Louis University. She travels worldwide as a professional development consultant and a sought after speaker in the fields of adolescent literacy, inclusive classrooms, Common Core State Standards, Interdisciplinary literacy, and integrating technology in the 21st century classroom.
She is passionate about creating curricula that engage all students in the regular education classroom. And she is completely committed to the development, sharing, and promotion of ideas and strategies that develop literacy skills in all students so that they can grow to be active, creative adults.
Dr. McKnight regularly publishes in professional journals and is the author of many books including Common Core Literacy for ELA, History/Social Studies, and the Humanities: Strategies to Deepen Content Knowledge, Grades 6-12, The Common Sense Guide to the Common Core, The Elementary Teacher's Big Book of Graphic Organizers, Grades K-5, andThe Teacher’s Big Book of Graphic Organizers, Grades 5-12 (recipient of the 2013 Teachers’ Choice Award). She co-authored The Second City Guide to Improv in the Classroom, The English Teacher's Survival Guide, Methods of Teaching English in the Middle and Secondary Schools, and Teaching the Classics in the Inclusive Classroom, among others.
She is affiliated with the following:
National Council of Teachers of English
Staff Development for Educators
2015, Recipient, Learning Magazine 2016 Teachers' Choice Award for Professional Development
for "ed2go course: Common Core Standards for English Language Arts K-5"
2013, Recipient, The Teacher’s Big Book of Graphic Organizers, Grades 5-12, Teachers' Choice Award
2006, Recipient, Girl Scouts of Chicago, Novice Leader of the Year Award
2004, Recipient, Northeastern Illinois University, Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award
2000, Nominee, Northeastern Illinois University, Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award
1998, Who’s Who in American High School Teaching
1998, American Scholastic Press Association, First Place Award for Yearbook
1996, Who’s Who in American High School Teaching