Katie Egan Cunningham

Katie Egan Cunningham is currently an Assistant Professor in the Literacy Department at Manhattanville College, where she teaches courses in children’s and young adult literature, new technologies and critical literacies, literacy research, and methods.

She is also a literacy consultant with LitLife, a national staff development organization. As a consultant, she supports teachers to design curriculum from a workshop-based framework. She also routinely conducts demonstration lessons and supports teachers through various studies of practice. Most recently, her work has focused on what is meant by close reading, building text sets, and supporting students through small group instruction.

Katie is also coauthor of the blog The Classroom Bookshelf. Each week one author of the site writes a book review and a series of teaching invitations for a new children’s or young adult book published in the current year. The site is based on the power of text sets to deepen literacy learning. Authors of the blog think about literacy as a site of possibility and highlight stories, nonfiction books, narrative nonfiction, and poetry that they believe will strengthen learning, engagement, and wonder in any classroom.