Patricia Smith

Director, Evaluation & Continuous Improvement

I was great at acting in high school and received a scholarship to attend Va. Commonwealth University.  I felt drawn to education and received an MS ED in early childhood education from City College of New York (CUNY). After teaching and leading in private schools for ten years, I turned my attention to urban education. I spent four years as a research associate in CUNY’s Institute for Research in the African Diaspora in the Americas and the Caribbean conducting national research to address human rights and equity issues in rural and urban education. I completed doctoral studies at Nova Southeastern University in Curriculum Development and Systemic Change. My research activities continued at Brown University where I worked to roll out federal legislation in New England and develop a high school reform model.  NAF partnered with several of our high schools in Providence. Fortunately, I was invited to join NAF where I am currently serve on the research team.