Changsha WES Academy not only brings together experienced expat teachers, but also attracts internationally renowned education experts. In order to develop a closer and better home-school partnership and to share excellent educational resources, we have launched the WESALL (WES Academy of Lifelong Learning) and will continue to introduce a series of international education sharing sessions.
This week, WESALL was honored to welcome our first guest speaker – Dr. Katherine McKnight. Dr. McKnight is a writer, educator and educational consultant with a worldwide reputation as an internationally recognized expert on Literacy. Her sharing has inspired the parents on helping children build literacy skills at home and teachers on developing students’ literacy skills in classroom.
Many parents signed up for this session and the room was packed with audience. Parents were listening attentively and enjoyed the talk of Dr. McKnight. According to Dr. McKnight, adults should guide the children to read through a variety of ways, rather than force them to read, for example, helping younger children to choose a proper book list, organizing reading clubs and reading picture books to develop and keep children’s passion and confidence in reading.
Literacy is a foundation of learning and builds sustainable development. Reading is important for many reasons. It provides access to stronger education and stimulates creativity and imagination, essentials in the healthy development of children.
We expect our children to enjoy reading, to love reading. We look forward to the next session of WESALL. Mission for parents at WES – to become internationally minded lifelong learners.
Guest Profile 嘉宾简介
Dr. McKnight’s 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 ofIllinois 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.
McKnight博士在 25 年前成为了芝加哥公立学校系统内的一名高中英语教师，自此开启了她的教育生涯。她先后在乔治华盛顿大学与东北伊利诺伊大学获得文学学士学位与教育学硕士学位，随后在伊利诺伊大学芝加哥分校取得了博士学位。目前她在美国路易斯大学担任特聘研究教授。作为一名职业发展顾问和广受欢迎的演讲者，她的足迹遍布世界各地。