Katie Garner, M.Ed. (author of best-selling book, Secret Stories® Cracking the Reading Code with the Brain in Mind) is an internationally known keynote speaker, author and literacy consultant with twenty-five years of experience working in elementary grade classrooms across the country, and a passion for infusing neuroscience into literacy and learning! Her “backdoor-to-the-brain” approach to fast-tracking phonics skills for reading and writing, via social-emotional learning channels, shifts the paradigms associated with traditional reading instruction and has gained national recognition with the No Child Left Behind, Reading First and RTI Initiatives. Katie is an annually featured and keynote speaker at education conferences across the United States and abroad, including an ongoing keynote series with North American literacy leaders, Richard Allington (What Really Matters for Struggling Readers) and Anne Cunningham (The National Early Literacy Panel “NELP” Report) at the Vulnerable Learners Summits. Her dynamic presentations spotlight brain-changing strategies for accelerating early learner-access to the code by boosting existing reading curriculum and phonics instruction with the latest neural research showing how our brains actually learn best! Katie’s practical and proven methods for bringing neuroscience into the forefront of literacy and learning have been shared in both lecture and panel discussions at Harvard University and MIT, and are the subject of an upcoming professional development book series.