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Mollie (Mollie) Welsh Kruger

Supervised Fieldwork Advisor; Course Instructor

Academic Interests

Children's literature, Funds of knowledge (students’ resources), Integrated learning/the arts in education, Multiple literacies, Professional development, Teacher education and teacher research, Urban Education, Working with families

Some of the Values that Shape My Work

Throughout the learning process, I value the importance of teachers’ education and teachers’ expectations. My respect for teaching and curriculum, as well as my passion for literacy, continually drive my professional studies, which have blossomed with growing understandings of integrated learning. I have not tired of the many paths my learning has taken regarding the multiple facets of literacy and look forward to working more closely with teachers who find the possibilities of time and space in creating welcoming classrooms, especially with extensions beyond the classroom walls. My research has focused on students’ socio-cultural resources and the spaces that can be opened in classrooms to impact learning.  I respect and strive for reflective practice and celebrate teachers as researchers, examining phenomenon within their teaching environments. Within these explorations, I value and support teachers’ efforts to watch for ways to help students grow, recognizing and reaching to the whole child.

Work with Families, Children, Schools, and Communities

Provided professional development on literacy and literature to school communities, NYC librarians, and educators of the very young.

Collaborated with Council of Students (COS) in events to share out current work in the field.

Conducted professional development sessions for NYC public schools, private schools in the tri-state area, and charter schools in the NYC area around reading, writing, social studies, and assessment practices.

Recent Professional Contributions

Participating, as co-chair, in the Bank Street College of Education Children’s Book Committee—a community committed to celebrating the best of each year’s literature for children.

Working with current students regarding their fieldwork placements, coursework, and Integrative Master's Projects (IMPs).

Representing the graduate school on Staff Council and as co-chair of the Diversity Committee.

Collaborating across the College community as Staff Associate Trustee.

Developing professionals through IRA and NCTE membership, as well as Children’s Literature Assembly member.

Leading a book discussion group at Bank Street’s BOOKFEST on beginning readers.

Presenting a paper with colleague, Helen Freidus at The Castle Conference, Sussex, England.

Educational Background

  • Ed.D., Curriculum & Teaching, Teachers College, Columbia University
  • M.A., Curriculum & Teaching, Fordham University
  • B.A., Mathematics, Fordham University

Contact me:

(212) 875-4549
610 West 112Th Street,
New York, NY 10025