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Katie Egan Cunningham
Katie Egan Cunningham is passionate about supporting students to find joy in learning through small shifts in teachers’ practices that can make a big difference. She is an avid reader of children’s literature and believes in the power of stories to build connections and change lives. Katie has twenty years of experience as an educator in many different roles to support students and teachers including classroom teacher, literacy specialist, literacy consultant, and teacher educator.
Katie is the author of Start with Joy: Designing Literacy Instruction for Student Happiness (Stenhouse, 2019) and Story: Still the Heart of Literacy Learning (Stenhouse, 2015). She is also a co-author of Literacy Leadership in Changing Schools (Teachers College Press, 2016) as well as the weekly children’s literature blog, The Classroom Bookshelf, part of the School Library Journal blog network. Katie has degrees from Princeton University and New York University and holds a doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction from Teachers College, Columbia University where her research focused on read-alouds.
Katie is an Associate Professor of Literacy and English Education at Manhattanville College and her research and teaching focus on student and teacher happiness, literacy methods, new technologies, critical literacies, and children’s literature. Katie is a frequent speaker at the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) and International Literacy Association (ILA) national conventions and she has been a frequent contributor to the children’s literature column of NCTE’s journal Language Arts. As an educator and parent, she is also an active supporter of free play movements in her local community. Katie can often be found reading or playing with her two sons in the woods outside her home in Connecticut or on beaches up and down the East Coast.