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Kathleen Provinzano - Drexel University Assistant Professor for MS in Educational Administration
Assistant Professor

Kathleen Provinzano, PhD

Education

PhD, Marywood University
MS, University of Scranton
BA, Kings College
Graduate, Education Policy and Fellowship Program (The Education Policy and Leadership Center, Harrisburg, PA)

Program Affiliation

BS, Education
MS, Educational Administration
EdD, Educational Leadership & Management

*Graduate Student

Book Chapters (Peer-Reviewed)

  • Provinzano, K. (accepted). The time is now: Advocating for contextually-responsive policy to support full-service community schools. In T.S. Ransaw & B. Boggs (Eds.), Emerging trends in education policy: Unapologetic progressive conversations. Information Age Publishing.
  • Provinzano, K., & Sondergeld, T. A. (2021). A comprehensive and human-centric approach to school reform. In J. Fischer & G. Mazurkiewicz (Eds.), The personal, place, and context in pedagogy: An activist stance for our uncertain educational future. Chp. 5, 103-132. Springer International.

  • Provinzano, K., Koskey, K., & Sondergeld, T.A. (2021). Examining how partnerships in a full-service community school influence the educational experiences of immigrant and refugee youth (IRY). In M. Reardon and J. Leonard (Eds.), Current perspectives on school/university/community research, vol. VI: A place called home: School-university-community collaboration and the immigrant educational experience. Chp 4. Information Age Publishing.

Published Book Reviews

Manuscripts (Peer-Reviewed)

  • Provinzano, K., Koskey, K., Sondergeld, T., & Flowers, A. (accepted). It’s just the Wilson way: Investigating the extended impact of an elementary full-service community school initiative on middle school STEM-related outcomes. Urban Education.
  • *Ammar, A. A., Sondergeld, T. A., Provinzano, K., & *Delaney, B. (2021). Exploring the impact of a community school reform initiative on the literacy achievement of middle level English Language Learners. Research in Middle Level Education (RMLE Online), 44(4), 1-16. https://www.doi.org/10.1080/19404476.2021.1893909
  • *Meloche, A., Provinzano, K., Sondergeld, T., & *Moy, M. (2020). Examining academic, non-academic, and college readiness outcomes of urban Immigrant and Refugee Youth (IRY) in full-service community schools. Children and Youth Services Review, 109(December), 1-11.
  • Provinzano, K., Sondergeld, T.A., *Ammar, A.A., *Meloche, A. (2020). A community school reform initiative for middle grades urban and newcomer students: Using mixed methods to examine student academic and non-academic outcomes over time and compared to a matched sample. Journal of Education for Students Placed at Risk (JESPAR), 25(4), 293-318. https://doi.org/10.1080/10824669.2020.1744441
  • Sondergeld, T. A., Provinzano, K., & Johnson, C. C. (2020). Investigating the impact of an urban community school effort on middle school STEM-related student outcomes over time through propensity score matched methods. School Science and Mathematics Journal, 120(2), 90-103. https://doi.org/10.1111/ssm.12387
  • Provinzano, K., Sondergeld, T. A., Knaggs, C. M. (2020). Community schools as a sustainable comprehensive school reform strategy: A transformative mixed methods perspective. Mid-Western Educational Researcher, 32(1), 3-30.
  • Mayger, L., & Provinzano, K. (2020). Community school leadership: Identifying qualities necessary for developing and supporting equity-centered principals. Leadership and Policy in Schools, ahead-of-print, 1-22. https://doi.org/10.1080/15700763.2020.1759652
  • Provinzano, K., Riley, R., Levine, B., & Grant, A. (2018). Community schools and the role of university-school-community collaboration. Metropolitan Universities Journal, 29(2), 91-104.
  • McHenry-Sorber, E., & Provinzano, K. (2017). Confronting rapid change: Exploring the practices of educational leaders in a rural boomtown. Leadership and Policy in Schools, 16(4), 602-628. https://doi.org/10.1080/15700763.2016.1232833
  • Knaggs, C. M., Sondergeld, T. A., Provinzano, K., Fischer, J. M., & Griffith, J. (forthcoming-2021, November). Measuring college-going cultural capital of urban high school seniors in a voluntary college preparatory program. The High School Journal.

    Manuscripts

    • Mayger, L., & Provinzano, K. (2022). Searching for equity-centered change agents: An investigation of family and community engagement in teacher evaluation frameworks. Education Policy Analysis Archives, 30(1), 1-27. https://doi.org/10.14507/epaa.30.6983
    • Mayger, L., & Provinzano, K. (Revision submitted). Leadership for family and community engagement: A qualitative policy analysis of state principal evaluation processes. Education Administration Quarterly, ahead of print, 1-37. https://doi.org/10.1177/0013161X211052501
    • Provinzano, K., & Mayger, L. (2022). Betwixt and between justice and inaction: Full-service community school principals and Community Equity Literacy. Urban Education, ahead of print, 1-32. https://www.doi.org/10.1177/00420859211073899

      Funded Grants and Evaluation Contracts

      • Genovesi, J. (PI), Sondergeld, T. (CoPI), & Provinzano, K. (Senior Researcher- Evaluation). (2021-2026). Seeds to STEM. National Institutes of Health. ($142,191.).
      • Sondergeld, T. A. (PI), & Provinzano, K. (Senior Researcher- Evaluation). (2019-2021). Science and Literacy for Success. Academy of Natural Sciences IMLS Grant. ($36,000).
      • Lynch, W. (PI), Provinzano, K. (Co-PI), Haslip, M. (Co-PI), Grant, A. (Co-PI). (August 2018-January 2019). Pennsylvania Principal Preparation PreK-4 Leadership Consortium NO-COST EXTENSION. Pennsylvania Department of Education Eligible Partnerships Postsecondary Grant. (No Cost Extension)
      • Provinzano, K., (PI) Levine, B., & Grant, A. (2018, September). Virtual Network for Research and Action in Community Schools. Drexel University School of Education Strategic Initiative. ($7,000).
      • Provinzano, K. (PI), Levine, B., Grant, A. (2017, April). The Community School in Context. Drexel University School of Education Competitive Research Grant. ($2800).
      • Lynch, W. (PI), Provinzano, K. (Co-PI), Haslip, M. (Co-PI), Grant, A. (Co-PI). (October 2016-August 2018). Pennsylvania Principal Preparation PreK-4 Leadership Consortium. Pennsylvania Department of Education Eligible Partnerships Postsecondary Grant. ($600,000)
      • Provinzano, K. (PI), Levine, B., & Grant, A. (2016, May). Exploring the community-school phenomenon in Pennsylvania. Drexel University School of Education Competitive Research Grant. ($3100).

        Peer-reviewed Research Presentations

        • Mayger, L., & Provinzano, K. (2021, November). Systematizing equitable collaborations. University Council for Educational Administration [UCEA] Annual Convention. Columbus, OH.
        • Provinzano, K., Koskey, K.L., Sondergeld, T. (2021, April). Community school partnerships and their influence on Immigrant and Refugee Youth (IRY) educational experiences [Accepted Roundtable Session]. American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting (Virtual), School/University Collaborative Research SIG.
        • Koskey, K.L., Provinzano, K., Sondergeld, T., Flowers, A. (2021, April). Sustained impact evaluation of an elementary community school on Middle school STEM outcomes [Accepted Paper Session]. American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting (Virtual), Division H, Research, Evaluation, and Assessment in Schools.
        • Mayger, L., & Provinzano, K. (2021, April). Using Green’s Community Equity Literacy Framework to deconstruct principals’ leadership practices in full-service community schools [Accepted Paper Session]. American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting (Virtual), Family, School, Community Partnerships SIG.
        • *Ammar, A.A., Sondergeld, T., Provinzano, K., *Delaney, B. (2021, April). Comparing middle grades literacy outcomes from English Language Learner and English Language Proficient students in a community school to a matched comparison [Accepted Roundtable Session]. American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting (Virtual), Writing and Literacies SIG.
        • Provinzano, K., & Mayger, L. (2020, November). Examining changing state principal evaluation regulations in response to the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) [Paper Session]. University Council for Educational Administration [UCEA] Annual Convention. San Juan, Puerto Rico (conference moved to online).
        • Provinzano, K., & Sondergeld, T. (2020, Under Review). Examining impacts of an urban middle-grades community school for Immigrant and Refugee Youth (IRY). Proposal submitted for the 2020 International Conference on Urban Education. **Conference cancelled until November 2021.
        • Provinzano, K. & Sondergeld, T. A. (2020, Apr 17 - 21) Cross-Sector School Reform: Evaluating Implementation Efforts of a Full-Service Community School and Refugee Center [Paper Session]. AERA Annual Meeting San Francisco, CA http://tinyurl.com/rskcwn8 (Conference Canceled)
        • Mayger, L. K. & Provinzano, K. (2020, Apr 17 - 21) Developing and Supporting Community School Principals [Roundtable Session]. AERA Annual Meeting San Francisco, CA http://tinyurl.com/ut93hm8 (Conference Canceled)
        • Sondergeld, T. A. & Provinzano, K. (2020, Apr 17 - 21) Evaluating a Refugee Community School's Impact on Student Outcomes to a Matched Sample Over Time [Poster Session]. AERA Annual Meeting San Francisco, CA http://tinyurl.com/ss9zhuk (Conference Canceled)
        • Provinzano, K., Sondergeld, T.A., Impellizeri, W. (2019, April). Community schools: A promising new comprehensive reform strategy? Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, Division H: Research, Evaluation, and Assessment in Schools, Toronto, Canada.
        • Provinzano, K., Levine, B., Grant, A., & *Reinsburrow, A. (2019, April). Implementing community schools: A district-wide initiative. Roundtable presentation presented at the American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, Educational Change SIG, Toronto, Canada.
        • Geller, K., Phillips, J., Lewis-Grant, K., & Provinzano, K. (2019, January). When qualitative research is taught virtually: Drawing on experiential design to build deeper knowledge of qualitative approaches. The Qualitative Report’s 10th Annual Conference (TQR2019) (workshop presentation). Fort Lauderdale, FL.
        • Provinzano, K. (2018, November). Alliances at work: Shared leadership and community school implementation across one Pennsylvania district. University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA) Annual Convention (paper session). Houston, TX.
        • Provinzano, K., & Grant, A. (2018, November). Community school implementation: Lessons from the field. International Conference on Urban Education (ICUE) (paper session). Nassau, Bahamas.
        • Provinzano, K., Wiercinski, K., & Perez, A. (2018, May). An equity alliance: The shared leadership of school principals and community school directors. Community Schools National Forum (roundtable session). Baltimore, MD.
        • Provinzano, K., & Riley, R. (2017, October). Launching a community school model and the role of community collaboration. Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities (CUMU) Annual Conference (paper session). Denver, CO.
        • Levine, B., Provinzano, K., & Grant, A. (2016, November). Rethinking antiquated models of schooling: An exploration of an urban community school in Pennsylvania. International Conference on Urban Education (ICUE) (roundtable session). San Juan, Puerto Rico.
        • Provinzano, K., & McHenry-Sorber, E. (2016, April). A critical examination of the silencing of educational stakeholders in Pennsylvania’s quest for energy dominance. American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, Politics of Education SIG, Washington, D.C.
        • McHenry-Sorber, E., & Provinzano, K. (2015, November). Exploring the practices of rural school leaders in boomtown communities. National Rural Education Association (NREA) Annual Research Symposium, St. Louis, MO.
        • Provinzano, K., & McHenry-Sorber, E. (2015, April). The human costs of fueling urban America: Youth homelessness in rural communities. American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Meeting, Rural SIG, Chicago, IL.
        • Provinzano, K., & McHenry-Sorber, E. (2014, November). Residential hypermobility patterns and local displacement in rural boomtowns. National Rural Education Association (NREA) Annual Research Symposium. San Antonio, TX.
        • Arscott, K.E., Provinzano, K., & Foote, E. (2014, June). A required inter-professional clerkship for fourth year medical students at TCMC. International Conference on Interprofessional Practice and Education, Pittsburgh, PA.
        • McHenry-Sorber, E., & Provinzano, K. (2014, April). Millionaires, couch hoppers, and gas babies: Institutional and community change in Marcellus communities. American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Conference, Rural SIG, Philadelphia.
        • Kropiewnicki, M., Cisek, G., Provinzano, K., Surdovel, G. (2013, November). Founding partnerships to develop online middle level graduate teacher education programs. Association for Middle Level Education (AMLE) Annual Conference, Minneapolis, MN.
        • McHenry-Sorber, E., & Provinzano, K. (2013, October). The influence of Marcellus Shale on rural school-community relationships and youth. National Rural Education Association (NREA) Annual Research Symposium. Branson, MO.

        Invited Presentations

        • Provinzano, K. (2021, May). Leading full-service community school initiatives: What do we know? Presentation given to Institute for Educational Leadership Community Schools Research Practice Network. Washington, D.C.
        • Provinzano, K., & Mayger, L. (2020, October). Principal leadership in full-service community schools. Presentation given to Drexel School Leadership Council. Philadelphia, PA
        • Provinzano, K. (2018, June). Understanding Community School Implementation in Pennsylvania. Presentation given to Netter Center for Community Partnerships Network for University Assisted Community Schools. Philadelphia, PA.
        • Provinzano, K., & Lyttle, C. (2018, May). Individualized Education Programs (IEP) 101. Presentation given to Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Luzerne County. Wilkes-Barre, PA.
        • Provinzano, K. (2018, April). Understanding School Funding in Pennsylvania. Presentation given to students at the Quaker Friends School. Philadelphia, PA.
        • Provinzano, K., Pittman, J., & Betts, K. (2017, November). Publishing panel: What you need to know about publishing. Panel Presentation for Drexel University School of Education EdD cohorts. Philadelphia, PA.
        • Provinzano, K. (2017, April). Pennsylvania Educational Leadership: Bridging research with practice. Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators (PASA) Education Congress and Research Symposium. Harrisburg, PA.
        • Provinzano, K. (2016, October). TAGG, an update. Drexel University Online Learning Council Town Hall Meeting. Philadelphia, PA.
        • Provinzano, K., & Grant, A. (2016, April). Policy as a vehicle for school-community connectedness and outcomes. Partners for Connections in Education National Conference. Cape May, NJ.
        • Provinzano, K., Ball, J., Green, S., Lapinsky, D., & Reilly, K. (2012, May). PA teacher preparation programs: Redesigning standards to reinforce 21st century skills. Presentation given to the School Leadership Team; Pennsylvania Department of Education, Harrisburg, PA.
        • Provinzano, K. (2012, March). Public schools and the Fourth Amendment. Presentation given to undergraduate Politics of the U.S. Supreme Court class. Wilkes University, Wilkes-Barre, PA.
        • Provinzano, K., McHenry-Sorber, E. (2012, April). Lessons learned: Successfully navigating your college experience. Wilkes University VIP Day, Wilkes-Barre, PA.
        • Provinzano, K. (2011, November). RtII: What is it and how can schools successfully implement it? Presentation given to undergraduate Special Education Methods class. Wilkes University, Wilkes-Barre, PA


        • Full-service community schools (FSCS)
        • Anti-racist school leadership
        • Community-engaged school leadership
        • Contextually-responsive school leadership
        • Comprehensive, systemic education reform
        • Assistant Professor (September 2017-Present)
          Drexel University School of Education
        • Assistant Clinical Professor (January 2014-August 2017)
          Drexel University, School of Education
        • Program Director for Educational Administration Program and Education Improvement and Transformation Program (July 2015-July 2017)
          Drexel University, School of Education
        • Assistant Professor (August 2011-December 2013)
          Wilkes University, School of Education
        • Academic Coordinator for MS in Educational Leadership (August 2010-December 201 3)
          Wilkes University, School of Education
        • Assistant Principal (2007-2010)
          Clear Run Elementary Center, Pocono Mountain School District, Swiftwater, PA
        • School Counselor (2004-2007)
          West High School, Pocono Mountain School District, Swiftwater, PA
          Wyoming Area Secondary Center, Wyoming Area School District, Wyoming, PA
        • Middle/Secondary Social Studies Teacher (1999-2004)
          Pocono Mountain High School, Pocono Mountain School District, Swiftwater, PA
          Wyoming Area Secondary Center, Wyoming Area School District, Wyoming, PA
          Pennsylvania Certifications:
        • Letter of Eligibility for Superintendent of Schools
        • Principal (K-12) 
        • School Counselor (7-12) 
        • Social Studies Teacher (7-12)
        Kathleen Provinzano is an Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership at Drexel University (Philadelphia, PA). She is Co-founder and Co-director of the Community Schools HUB and a Faculty Affiliate with the Drexel Methods Lab. Dr. Provinzano teaches education leadership and policy courses, along with research design and methods courses to graduate students in the School of Education. She studies leadership dynamics in full-service community schools, the influence of integrated student supports on select academic and non-academic indicators, and the reciprocal influence of community school programming on local neighborhoods. In addition to multiple book chapters, her research has been published in leading peer-reviewed journals including, Journal of Education for Students Placed at Risk (JESPAR), Children and Youth Services Review, Leadership and Policy in Schools, School Science and Math Journal, High School Journal, and the Mid-Western Educational Researcher. Dr. Provinzano is a former K-12 building administrator, school counselor, and history teacher. In Pennsylvania she is a certified Superintendent of Schools, K-12 Principal, 7-12 School Counselor, and 7-12 Social Studies teacher. Personally, she loves travel, practices yoga daily, and reads as many historical fiction novels, especially historical mysteries, as time will allow. She lives in northeastern Pennsylvania with her husband Jay, daughter Sophia, and Shih Tzu-Yorkie mix, Benji.