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Rorie Fitzpatrick

Rorie Fitzpatrick serves as Co-Director of the Center for Prevention & Early Intervention (CPEI) at WestEd. She also serves as Director of the National Center for Systemic Improvement (NCSI), which plays a major role in helping states achieve a national vision of Results-Driven Accountability (RDA) for special education and early intervention programs. Previously at WestEd, Fitzpatrick coordinated and led the agency's work to support implementation of the Common Core State Standards and related issues, including educator effectiveness, in states and districts throughout the nation. Fitzpatrick has worked in education for more than 20 years, with significant expertise and experience at the statewide level in improving results for students with disabilities. 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.