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Katherine Spivey

GSA | Washington D.C.

Katherine Spivey is the General Services Administration (GSA)’s Plain Language Launcher and co-chair of the Plain Language Action and Information Network (PLAIN).

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8 Ways Community of Practice (CoP) Managers Can Improve Member Engagement on Listservs

Are you a Community of Practice (CoP) lead? Find yourself participating in a CoP discussion and wondering what else you can do? We’ve got some suggestions.
May 21, 2021
Plain Language

Positioning Yourself as a Plain Language Editor

Learn how to brand yourself as a plain language expert and get the credit at work that you deserve!
May 19, 2021
User Experience

How Testing Your Documents Can Improve Plain Language Compliance

Come work with Dr. Ginny Redish and learn three techniques for quick, easy ways to test documents’ usability.
Apr 14, 2021

How to Present Like a Pro—When you are presenting on streaming video, you are essentially doing the same thing as a television news anchor. Try these common methods that television presenters use daily to improve your presentation skills in the “zoom” era. — via

Mar 25, 2021

Plain Language

Plain Language: Accessibility for Content

Learn what the plain language and accessibility communities share: opportunities to help people get and understand information. Find out what you can do to help.
Mar 10, 2021

Virtual Teaching: Plain Language

Come and learn how to keep students engaged and focused during an online class.
Feb 10, 2021
Plain Language Report Card

2020 Federal Report Card Briefing

David Lipscomb will review the results of the 2020 Federal Report Card
Jan 13, 2021
Plain Language

Plain Language Basics: Online Workshop

Take this three-hour online workshop to learn how to write and edit in plain language.
Sep 10, 2020
Plain Language

Plain Language Basics: Online Workshop

Take this three-hour online workshop to learn how to write and edit in plain language.
Aug 11, 2020
Plain Language

Federal Report Card Update

Learn how the Center for Plain Language is approaching the Federal Report Card and what agencies can do to get top grades.
Jul 15, 2020

The Intersection Between Plain Language and 508 Compliance

We’ll discuss how plain language intersects with 508 compliance requirements to make federal electronic documents and information technology accessible to people with disabilities.
Apr 15, 2020
Plain Language

Readability Audits of Government Websites with Katherine Spivey

In this meeting, we’ll talk about readability audits and formulas and how they work—and don’t work—to improve web content and the users’ experience.
Mar 11, 2020

SocialGov Winter Meeting

Join us for talks by colleagues from NIST, IRS, USPTO,, and DC HSEMA who will speak on the latest social media topics and an opportunity to do some in-person networking.
Jan 14, 2020