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Patty Vitale-Reilly’s career in education spans 30 years and varies from being a teacher, staff developer, author, founder, and director of a major literacy consulting group, to her current roles as an educational consultant, author, and speaker. Early on it became clear that her passion was to collaborate with leaders in education to develop and achieve engaging and relevant instructional practices.
Patty has taught in both public and independent schools, as well as at the graduate level, in New York and New Jersey. Patty has also worked as a staff developer at the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project. In that capacity, Patty helped school communities implement exemplary literacy instruction, and presented workshops and courses on the teaching of reading, writing, assessment, and literacy in the content areas. In 2003, she co-founded a literacy consulting group, and began working directly with school leaders, coaches, teachers, and students inside and outside of classrooms.
As an author, Patty wrote Time for Kids teacher training materials and was a contributor to Write Time for Kids (TCM, 2000). She co-authored The Complete Year in Reading and Writing Grade 2 (Scholastic, 2008). Through Heinemann Publishing, Patty has written Engaging Every Learner: Classroom Principles, Strategies, and Tools (2015), and Supporting Struggling Learners: 50 Instructional Moves for the Classroom Teacher (2017). In her current role as a national consultant, she is dedicated to guiding schools and districts to set and realize goals that matter most in their learning communities. Patty’s strongest belief, one that guides every project she undertakes, is that every student has the right and the capacity to learn.
When not working or writing, Patty spends her time with her family, or can be found reading, doing yoga, or taking long walks in her neighborhood.