When I first started teaching at the college level, I got thrown into the deep end without any training. I did what I had been schooled to do: I lectured. I cringe just thinking about it. Active learning–practicing and applying a new skill–is the best way to make learning stick. Now, after years of teaching and interviewing hundreds of educators, I deliver talks and workshops for faculty and administrators so they are ready for today’s students and can help them take on a rapidly changing world. 

Every talk is interactive and tailored to your specific audience. Below are some suggested topics, not an exhaustive list.

  • The 5 Things Students Need to Be Engaged & Ready to Learn
    • We want students to be excited to learn–and we need to set them up for success. A handful of student-centered principles and tools can prepare them to be citizens of the world.
  • Transformative Assessments that Focus Students on the Joy of Learning
    • Instead of relying on external motivators (like grades) to spur students on, what we really need to do is help them connect with their internal motivators. This workshop covers a variety of ways to light that spark and incorporate students into the assessment process. 
  • Group Work Without the Groans
    • Teamwork is essential to our careers and lives, yet students often groan when we say, “Get into your groups.” This workshop equips educators with project management strategies to structure equity, accountability, and joy into student collaborations.


Active Learning in the Classroom,” Johns Hopkins University

October 12, 2023

Virtual Forum: Meaningful Classroom Engagement,” Webinar Panel with The Chronicle‘s Beckie Supiano

October 19, 2023

Past Speaking Events & Podcasts

“The New College Classroom with Dr. Christina Katopodis” Interview with PJ Wehry

Click here to listen to the full interview.

“Group Work without the Groans” Keynote and Workshop at St. John Fisher College

August 28, 2023

Critical Pedagogy and Social Justice” with Transformative Learning in the Humanities at Pratt Institute

June 8-10, 2023

“The New College Classroom” at Misericordia University

May 25, 2023

The Transformative Power of Ungrading to Focus Students on the Joy of Learning” at Saint Anselm College, Manchester, NH

May 24, 2023

“The Role of Higher Education in Democracy and Sustainability” at Uppsala University in Sweden, Keynote and Workshop

May 16, 2023

The Transformative Power of Ungrading to Focus Students on the Joy of Learning” at CUNY START All Staff Day Workshop, New York, NY

April 20, 2023

“Practicing Equity Through Active Learning: An Interactive Symposium on Transforming the Higher Education Classroom” at AERA in Chicago, IL, with Transformative Learning in the Humanities

April 15, 2023

The New College Classroom” at Drake University, Keynote and Workshops

April 3-5, 2023

Practicing Equity Through Active Learning” with Transformative Learning in the Humanities at The Graduate Center, CUNY

March 30, 2023

“The New College Classroom” at Indiana University, Keynote and Reading Group Discussion

March 21 and 23, 2023

The New College Classroom in Life-Transformative Education” at University of Connecticut, Keynote Address and Workshop

March 2, 2023

“The Role of Radical Optimism in Transforming Higher Education” at Millersville University, Keynote Address

February 24, 2023

“The New College Classroom” at Montclair State University, Dual-Delivery Keynote with Cathy N. Davidson

February 1, 2023