The Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation recognizes Kami Patrizio, an assistant professor in the educational leadership program in the School of Education in Falls Church, for her research into school safety, collaborative partnerships, and globally aware educational leadership development.
Patrizio's current research agenda focuses on two areas. Her first area, the school-to-prison pipeline, draws on qualitative and mixed methods to examine the intersection of policy, practice, and the partnerships between schools and law enforcement. The second area, globally aware leadership development, utilizes qualitative and arts-based methodologies to explore the relationship between globalization and university-based leadership preparation.
Her educational policy research initiatives seek to inform policy and educational practice in Virginia and across the country.
In her more than 20 years as a qualitative researcher and leader educator, Patrizio has worked with schools, non-profits, and universities. She has conducted evaluations and professional development for federal, state, and district-level school reform initiatives. She also consults with superintendents, principals, and teachers about data-based decision-making, school reform, and classroom assessment.
She is currently co-PI on a project funded by the National Institute of Justice: “A Multiple Perspectives Analysis on the School-to-Prison Pipeline in Virginia.” Patrizio and her fellow researchers are looking at school climate, safety, threat assessment, and crime data from Virginia to determine factors influencing juvenile involvement in the criminal justice system. This project is in response to a 2015 report by the Center for Public Integrity, which found that Virginia has more school-based law enforcement referrals than any state in the country.
Patrizio received her bachelor’s from Cornell University, her M.Ed. in educational leadership from Bank Street College of Education, and her Ed.D. in educational leadership and policy studies from the University of Vermont.