"Pete Reilly is a gifted educator who has devoted his entire professional life to empowering students, teachers, and educational leaders to fully utilize their unique gifts and talents."
Pete is the former Director of the Lower Hudson Regional Information Center, a non-profit technology consortium of 62 school districts encompassing Westchester, Rockland and Putnam counties; just north of NYC. The LHRIC is recognized as one of the premiere educational service agencies in New York State. More than a decade ago, Pete founded the widely acclaimed, Technology Leadership Institute, whose purpose is to allow educators at all levels to work together to frame the key issues of the day, share best practices, and participate in discussions with national educational leaders in a local setting.
Pete writes extensively on the topic of educational leadership. His book, “A Path with Heart: The Inner Journey to Teaching Mastery” was published in April 2015. His latest book "In the Garden of Hearts: Meditations, Consolations, and Blessings for Teachers" was released in 2016.
Pete's blog received the 2006 Edublog Award for Best Newcomer. Pete also is a guest blogger for District Administrator Magazine’s site, “The Pulse”, and Education Week's nationally known blog, “LeaderTalk”. Pete’s article, “Walking the Talk”, which outlines a new approach to educational leadership was published as the cover article by Technology and Learning magazine.
Pete also served as President of the New York Association of Computers and Technology for Education (NYSCATE), the non-profit, professional organization for more than 12,000 computer using educators throughout New York State. NYSCATE hosts the largest annual educational technology conference in the state, as well as many customized regional conferences that allow educators to come to together to celebrate their successes and to share and learn from each other.
Pete has received many educational honors, including being inducted into the NYSCATE Hall of Fame, and being recognized as “Outstanding Administrator”, by the Lower Hudson Council of School Administrators.
Pete, is a certified Master Somatic Coach, and has designed and delivered many programs that support teachers, administrators and directors of technology in developing the skills they need to be more effective in their work and to have their technology vision embraced by those they serve.
Pete is well known for his interactive workshops on “Leadership” at NECC; the National Charter Schools Conference; National School Boards; IBM Palisades, Tech Forum conferences in NYC; Chicago; and Austin, Texas, as well as the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE.
Pete’s essay, “When the Classroom Door Swings Inward”, was chosen to be part of the anthology, “Being Human at Work”; edited by Dr. Richard Strozzi-Heckler and published by North Atlantic Press.
Over the course of his thirty year career as an educator Pete has facilitated more than (40) Long Range Plans for school districts in NY, CT, NJ, VA, PA, and CA. Pete was a visiting expert to China in 1996 as part of an effort by the United Nations to improve education in that country. As a result of that visit and several reciprocal visits, the China Educational Technology Experiment was implemented in 1,000 schools in that country.
Pete is the former Chair of the Directors’ Statewide Committee on Instruction and he is presently serving as President of the Board of the Tomkins Cove Public Library.
He holds a black belt in Aikido.