Katie Garner, M.Ed. (author of the best-selling book, SECRET STORIES®—Cracking the Reading Code with the Brain in Mind!) is an internationally known educational speaker, author, and literacy consultant with twenty five years of experience in elementary grade classrooms, and a passion for infusing neuroscience into literacy and learning. Her “backdoor-to-the-brain” approach to phonics skill acquisition via the affective (social emotional/feeling) domain shifts the paradigms associated with traditional literacy skill instruction, and has gained national recognition with the No Child Left Behind, Reading First, and RTI Initiatives. As a featured and keynote speaker at educational conferences across the United States and abroad— including an ongoing keynote series at the Vulnerable Readers Summits with North American literacy leaders, Dr. Richard Allington (What Really Matters for Struggling Readers) and Dr. Anne Cunningham (National Early Literacy Panel “NELP” Report)— Katie shares “brain-changing” strategies for boosting existing reading curriculum and phonics instruction with the latest neural research showing how our brains learn best. Her practical and proven methods for bringing neuroscience into the forefront of literacy learning have been shared in both lecture and panel discussions at Harvard University and MIT as part of the Learning and the Brain Conference and Research Consortium and are the subject of an upcoming professional development book series.