Rorie Fitzpatrick

Co-Director, Center for Prevention & Early Intervention

Rorie Fitzpatrick serves as Co-Director of the Center for Prevention & Early Intervention (CPEI) at WestEd. CPEI provides training and technical assistance in support of children and youth (birth through age 22) with, or at risk for, disabilities and their families. CPEI partners with state education and human service agencies — including the California Departments of Developmental Services, Public Health, and Social Services — to build local capacity to improve developmental, academic, and behavioral outcomes for children and youth. Fitzpatrick also serves as Co-Director of the National Center for Systemic Improvement, designed to help states transform their systems to improve outcomes for children with disabilities. Previously, Fitzpatrick coordinated and led WestEd’s work to support implementation of the Common Core State Standards and related issues, including educator effectiveness, in states and districts throughout the nation. Prior to joining WestEd, Fitzpatrick served as Interim Superintendent of Public Instruction for the state of Nevada, having worked with the Nevada Department of Education since 1998. Other roles with the department included Director for special education and federal and state school improvement efforts, where she led the state’s successful ESEA waiver application. She also led the state’s Teachers and Leaders Council in developing a comprehensive educator accountability and support system. Before joining the Nevada Department of Education, Fitzpatrick served as a faculty member at the University of Nevada, Reno, in the College of Education, where she focused on increasing positive outcomes for people with disabilities. She received an MEd in early childhood special education from the University of Nevada, Reno.