Patty Vitale-Reilly

Education Consultant  |  Author  |  Speaker

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Supporting Struggling Learners: 50 Instructional Moves for the Classroom Teacher

Heinemann, 2017


Supporting Struggling Learners offers teachers guidance for implementing effective instructional moves geared to what a student needs most in a given moment. It contains 50 tried and true solutions that can be applied across subjects and grade levels. Supporting Struggling Learners will provide you with strategies and structures to help you:


  • Create a clutter-free classroom environment that welcomes and supports each and every student
  • Harness the power of collaborative learning and small-group instruction
  • Scaffolding writing across the day
  • Utilize visuals in instruction and practice
  • Develop students' learning, communication, and study skills
  • Establish home-school connections that help support students


With the tools in Supporting Struggling Learners, making small changes in your classroom will empower you to implement effective instructional moves that make big differences in your student's learning and in their lives.


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Engaging Every Learner: Classroom Principles, Strategies, and Tools

Heinemann, 2015


Engaging learners regardless of age, grade level, geographic location, type of school, discipline or curriculum is what drives me. The book Engaging Every Learner is the culmination of years of research and strategy development compiled in a precise way aimed to teach others to do just that.


The book applies engagement strategies and tools to cultivate and sustain student engagement across the school year. It includes a sequence for implementing the principles of teaching that lead to engaged classrooms, including:


  • Creating physical, emotional, and cognitive classroom environments for optimal learning
  • Building meaningful class structures through whole class, small group, and independent instruction
  • Applying the principles of choice to content, process, and product
  • Connecting students to the world around them through popular culture, technology, and the community


Engaging Every Learner also includes a wealth of classroom anecdotes, examples, and practical tips woven throughout the chapters to help illustrate the strategies contained within.


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The Complete Year in Reading and Writing, Grade 2

Scholastic, with Pam Allyn, 2008


At the beginning of every school year, do you ask yourself what do you want your students to know, and do, as readers and writers by the end of this year? If you do, then this book for Grade 2 makes that question easy to answer by taking all the guesswork out of teaching reading and writing. It provides a detailed curricular calendar tied to a developmental continuum and the standards so you’ll know not only what you should be teaching, but what your students are ready to embrace and what you can reasonably expect of them as successful readers and writers. Additionally, you’ll find monthly units of study that integrate reading and writing so both work together to provide maximum support for your students. The units are organized around four essential components, process, genre, strategy, and conventions, so you’re reassured you’re addressing everything your students need to know about reading and writing. What’s more you’ll find ready-to-use lessons that offer exemplary teaching and continuous assessment, and a flexible framework that shows you how to frame a year of teaching, a unit, and a lesson and you can easily adapt all to fit the unique needs and interests of your own students. For use with Grade 2.


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Back to School! Setting the Course for a Successful Year

by Patty Vitale-Reilly

Heinemann Professional Development


As a child, I loved the "do-over". Remember those? Just as you were about to kick the ball a car came down the road and it messed you up—you got a "do-over!" As an educator, I love the start of the new school year because as educators we get our very own professional "do-overs".  That's right, every September we get to bring our best selves back to school and, with our latest thinking, join a new crop of students for another year of learning. There are several components I feel are essential for establishing a successful school year and those ideas are a featured article in the Heinemann Digital Library.


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Education Week: TEACHER

Patty Vitale-Reilly, Guest Blogger in

Response: Seeing Families as 'Co-Creators' of our Schools
by Larry Ferlazzo on January 23, 2016


The question is: How can we best engage families?


Response: The simplest way to engage families is to understand that true family engagement is more than just parent involvement. Family and community engagement is key to student engagement and to student success as learners. For me, we best engage families when we operate under the belief that families are (and should be) true partners in educating students. Families want what we want for students - for them to have engaging learning opportunities, joyful experiences, and success as students. Therefore, we need to create structures that will cultivate not just parent and caregiver involvement, but true family engagement.


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Education Week: TEACHER

Patty Vitale-Reilly, Guest Blogger in

Response: Student Engagement is 'The Act of Being Invested in Learning'
by Larry Ferlazzo on December 13, 2014


The question is: How would you define student engagement, and what are good strategies to promote it?


Response: It is an interesting task to define student engagement.  For me, I see student engagement as the key to student success.  Engaged learners are there for the learning, not the prize and not the bonus or extrinsic motivator offered.  They are there without, or even when, the proverbial carrot is taken away.


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4 O'Clock Faculty

Patty Vitale-Reilly, Guest Blogger in

"5 Questions with…"

Featuring Trevor Bryan and Rich Czyz


Dedicated to helping educators improve learning for themselves and their students, the 4 O'Clock Faculty regularly ask prominent educators 5 important questions about their take on various issues in education. In May of 2015, they asked me the following five very important questions:


  1. What do you most want your students to take with them from your classroom, school or district?
  2. What are the most rewarding and/or frustrating aspects of education?
  3. What advice would you give to young teachers?
  4. What has influenced your career the most?
  5. As an educator, what are you currently focused on?


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