Anthony Petrosky

Anthony R. Petrosky, the Associate Dean of the School of Education at the University of Pittsburgh, holds a joint appointment as a Professor in the School of Education and the English Department. Along with Lauren Resnick, he Co-Directs the Institute for Learning (IFL) at the Learning Research and Development Center. As a part of this Institute project, he has worked with professional learning and curriculum development for school and district leaders in the public schools of Austin, Dallas, Denver, New YorkCity, Forth Worth, Prince George’s County, and Pittsburgh. Stephanie McConachie and Petrosky are the co-editors of Content Matters: A Disciplinary Literacy Approach to Improving Student Learning, a (2010) collection of reports on the IFL Disciplinary Literacy Project, as well as co-authors of chapters in the book. Petrosky served on the English/literacy Common Core State Standards (CCSS) Project to develop common core reading and English standards for the US. From 2011-12, he served as the Principal Investigator on the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) assessment prototyping project to use evidence centered design to produce task models for PARCC English/literacy performance assessments.

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 was a researcher for the MacArthur Foundation funded 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, published by Louisiana State University Press (LSU), received the Walt Whitman Award from the Academy of American Poets and a Notable Book Award from the American Library Association. Petrosky’s second collection of poetry, Red and Yellow Boat, was published by LSU in 1994, and Crazy Love, his third collection, was publishedby LSU in the fall of 2003. Along with David Bartholomae, Petrosky is the co-author and co-editor of four books: Facts, Artifacts, and Counterfacts: Theory and Method for a Reading and Writing Course, The Teaching of Writing, Ways of Reading: An Anthology for Writers, and History and Ethnography: Reading and Writing About Others.

School Affiliations

Recent Grants

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Network for School Improvement
Heinz Endowments  2017-2018  $50,000 - The University of Pittsburgh iLead Continuous Improvement Project. To participate in the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching iLead project in collaboration with Center for Urban Education, Institute for Learning, and Pittsburgh Public Schools.
Facilitating a Common Core Approach to Argumentation with Diagramming and Peer Review

Recent Publications

V. Mihalakis, A. Petrosky, S. McConachie, & D. Bartholomae. Voices of Scientists, Physicians, & Writers.
Mihalakis, V. & Petrosky, A. Collaborative professional development to create cognitively demanding tasks in English language arts. In Supovitz, J. & Spillane, J. (Eds.) Challenging standards: Navigating conflict and building capacity in the era of the common core. New York, NY & London: Rowman & Littlefield.
Mihalakis, V., Petrosky, A., & McConachie, S.M.. Sequencing academically productive talk in English language arts. In Resnick, L.B., Asterhan, C., Clarke, S.N. (Eds.) Socializing intelligence through talk and dialogue. Washington, DC: AERA
Anthony Petrosky


University of Pittsburgh
310 Learning Research and Development Center
3939 O'Hara Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15260