Reach Associates has proved itself to be an
    invaluable partner in the growth of our school system.

Cathy Feldman and Lee Kappes founded Reach Associates in 1999. Cathy is currently the managing partner. Jody Pittock joined Reach Associates as a directing lead trainer in 2012 and Meredith Pannia as a lead trainer and curriculum specialist in 2015. A team of school principals, education coaches and expert practitioners work alongside Cathy, Jody and Meredith facilitating professional learning opportunities for teachers, coaches, district level administration and state departments. In addition, Reach Associates provides instructional leadership guidance, virtual coaching (R-Coaching), conducts reviews of curricular and assessment materials and has created Standards-Based Writing Units for grades K-5. Reach has as its core mission the improvement of student achievement outcomes as predictors of success in college or career in the 21st century, bringing attention to high-leverage instructional practices, including LDC, that empower teachers with effective practices, and a focus on a set of core habits (student engagement, academic learning behaviors, differentiation, intentionality, data analysis and language and thinking development).

 
Cathy Feldman

Cathy Feldman's 30 + years in education spans the private and public school sectors as a teacher, teacher leader, curriculum developer, program specialist, school improvement coach, national consultant and external partner.  Cathy’s passion to ensure every child has equitable opportunities to reach his/her potential drives all of her professional endeavors.

In 2000, Cathy and Lee Kappes co-founded REACH Associates, a practice consultancy firm providing professional development and leadership guidance to schools, districts and states.  At all levels, Reach Associates works to integrate instructional theory, research, and technical practice to increase PreK-12 student achievement.

Cathy began her career as a classroom teacher, district coach and program developer.  In addition, Cathy taught as an adjunct professor at Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck, N.J. and at William Paterson University in Wayne, N.J.  Cathy worked with the Pennsylvania Department of Education and Pennsylvania Department of Welfare. As an external partner to both agencies, Cathy co-chaired the Early Learning Standards committee and spearheaded the joint departments' focused effort to improve P-3 learning for children across the state.

Cathy’s most recent work involves implementing the instructional shifts and demands of the new standards in primary and secondary literacy classrooms across the country.  Cathy works with teachers, coaches, district and state leadership implementing best practices and intentionally aligned CCSS instruction.  She is a practice consultant on the Literacy Design Collaborative (LDC) team and a co-developer of Literacy Design Collaborative – Acceleration (LDC-A).   Cathy provides technical assistance to participating state organizations, districts, and practitioners implementing LDC and LDC-A.

Cathy is a national workshop presenter, facilitator and speaker.  Cathy holds an M.A. in early childhood and elementary education from Teachers College at Columbia University and a B.A. in psychology from University of Pennsylvania. She also holds a post-graduate degree and certification in learning disabilities and special education from Fairleigh Dickenson University. Cathy has co-authored several books and created curriculum materials and training tools in effective literacy instruction.

 
Lee Kappes (inactive)

Lee’s career in public education began as a K-6 classroom teacher and concluded as a Director of Curriculum and Instruction in an urban school district.  During those 30+ years, Lee’s experiences included general and special education teacher, teacher leader, program coordinator, district administrator, and national consultant.  Lee has worked with schools, districts state agencies and private organizations providing professional development and leadership guidance to support continuous improvement and increased student achievement.

In 2000, Cathy and Lee Kappes co-founded REACH Associates, a practice consultancy firm providing professional development, technical assistance and leadership guidance to schools, districts and states.  Reach Associates work to integrate instructional theory, research, and technical practice to increase PreK-12 student achievement and support systemic reform and instructional improvement in PreK-12 school settings.

Lee’s most recent work involves implementing the instructional shifts and demands of the new standards in districts and charter schools across the country.  Lee works with teachers, coaches, district and state leadership implementing best practices and intentionally aligned standards-based instruction.  Dr. Kappes is one of the lead authors and developers of the Literacy Design Collaborative (LDC) Framework.  The LDC Framework is an instructional strategy for classroom implementation of the CCSS across grades and content areas.

Lee is currently the Assistant Director of Practice for the Aspen Institute’s Education and Society Program.  Her involvement with the Aspen Institute began in July 2011 as a Literacy Design Collaborative consultant.  In her current role, Lee works closely with network districts supporting implementation of the new standards.

Lee holds her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership, Management and Policy from Seton Hall University, a M.S. in Educational Leadership from Long Island University and a B.S. in Elementary and Special Education from College Misericordia.

 
Jody Pittock

Jody Pittock is a lead trainer with Reach Associates, facilitating professional development opportunities for teachers, coaches, district level administration and state departments.  Jody has over 30 years of experience working with students of varying ages.  She spent the majority of her career as a classroom teacher and Literacy/Instructional Coach in an urban district.  Jody is passionate and committed to supporting teaching and rigorous learning opportunities for ALL students.

Jody’s current work is focused on supporting effective implementation of the new standards.  As a Reach Associates’ lead trainer, she works with teachers, coaches, curriculum developers and leadership in aligning instructional practices to the expectations and demands of the new standards.  

Jody holds a B.A. in Elementary and Special Education and a M.A. in Special Education.  She has had extensive training with Student Achievement Partners, Achieve, and Learning Forward (formally known as National Staff Development Council).  Jody currently serves on the EQuIP (Educators Evaluating Quality Instructional Products) National Literacy Peer Review Panel for Achieve.  Jody provides technical assistance to state organizations, districts and schools currently implementing the Literacy Design Collaborative (LDC) framework.

 
Meredith Pannia

Meredith Pannia is a lead trainer and curriculum specialist with Reach Associates, facilitating professional development opportunities for teachers and collaborating with districts across the country to create standards-based curriculum and instructional resources. Meredith has worked 10+ years as a teacher, coach and instructional lead in Boston and Newark schools. She is passionate about the right of every student to have access to a rigorous, high quality education and is committed to supporting teachers, coaches and school leaders in making that possible through high expectations and effective instructional practices.

Meredith’s current work is focused on designing, developing and creating a K-5 writing curriculum which includes lessons targeting grade level writing and language standards and provides tiered levels of support through suggested instructional language, practices and resources needed to support teachers of varied experience levels implement the curriculum in their classrooms.

Meredith holds a B.A. in Communications and Education and a M.Ed. in Elementary Education and Literacy.


A team of school principals, education coaches and expert practitioners work alongside Cathy, Jody and Merry to support schools' implementation methods and strategies to implement the new standards and improve overall school and student performance.
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