Anthony Petrosky, the Associate Dean of the School of Education at the University of Pittsburgh, co-directs the Institute for Learning with Lauren Resnick at the Learning Research & Development Center. He holds a joint appointment as a Professor in the School of Education and the English Department. He has worked with professional learning and curriculum development in English and literacy for school and district leaders in the public schools of Austin, Boston, Dallas, Denver, El Paso, New York City, Fort Worth, Prince George's County, and Pittsburgh. He headed up the design team to develop assessment prototypes in English language arts and literacy for the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Career (PARCC). He was the Principal Investigator and Co-Director of the Early Adolescence English Language Arts Assessment Development Lab for the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards that developed the first national board certification for English teachers. He has also served as Co-Director of the Western Pennsylvania Writing Project. He was a senior researcher for the MacArthur Foundation's Higher Literacies Studies, where he was responsible for conducting and writing case studies on literacy efforts in the Denver, Pittsburgh, Toronto, and Ruleville and Mound Bayou school districts in the Mississippi Delta. He is past Chair of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Committee on Research and a past elected member of the NCTE Research Foundation.
His first collection of poetry, Jurgis Petraskas received the Walt Whitman Award from the Academy of American Poets and a Notable Book Award from the American Library Association. Petrosky has published two other collections of poetry, Red and Yellow Boat and Crazy Love. Along with David Bartholomae, Petrosky is the co-author and co-editor of five books: Facts, Artifacts, and Counterfacts: Theory and Method for a Reading and Writing Course, The Teaching of Writing, Ways of Reading, Ways of Reading Words and Images, and History and Ethnography: Reading and Writing About Others. With Stephanie McConachie, he co-edited Content Matters: A Disciplinary Literacy Approach to Improving Student Learning. Petrosky is currently working with David Bartholomae, Stephanie McConachie, and Vivian Mihalakis on a textbook for high school students, Reading, Writing, Reasoning, which will be available in 2015 from the Institute for Learning.Follow @AnthonyPetrosky