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Patricia 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 toWrite Time for Kids(TCM, 2000). She co-authoredThe Complete Year in Reading and Writing Grade 2(Scholastic, 2008). Through Heinemann Publishing, Patty has writtenEngaging Every Learner: Classroom Principles, Strategies, and Tools(2015), andSupporting 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.
Lisa Eickholdt and Patricia Vitale-Reilly:::100245
Ask teachers about their biggest challenges in elementary and middle school, and many will say the teaching of writing. It is often difficult for students find the joy, discovery, and satisfaction writing can yield. What Lisa Eickholdt and Patricia Vitale-Reilly have found is that adherence to genre studies can get in the way of student collaboration. Believing writing instruction should be more authentic, they want students to have more choices, develop better collaboration, and sustain a sense of community, all through the implementation of writing clubs.
In their book Writing Clubs: Fostering Choice, Collaboration, and Community in the Writing Classroom, you'll discover ways to:
Collaborate throughout the process of writing
Choose what to write and how to write it
Examine mentor texts and study craft techniques across genres
Develop speaking and listening skills
Celebrate classmates’ accomplishments through publication
Collaboration is widely recognized as a vital life skill. Eickholdt and Vitale-Reilly present a plethora of ideas on how gratifying it can be right now, as well as in the future. There’s an old proverb that says, ‘If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go with others.’ In Writing Clubs, we discover that there is no limit to how far young writers can go when teachers show them what it means to collaborate.
Mathematizing Children’s Literature
Sparking Connections, Joy, and Wonder Through Read-Alouds and Discussion