As one of 19 federally funded centers, the Wisconsin-Minnesota Comprehensive Center - Region 10 (WMCC10) aims to improve the academic achievement of elementary and secondary school students in the two-state region by advancing the use of evidence-based practices. It is operated by three organizations: the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Wisconsin Evaluation Collaborative (WEC), the University of Minnesota’s Center for Applied Research and Educational Improvement (CAREI), and Education Analytics (EA). The WMCC10 team has extensive experience working with the Wisconsin Department of Instruction (DPI), Minnesota Department of Education (MDE), regional education support organizations, professional associations, and school districts to translate research into practical applications.
The U.S. Department of Education's Comprehensive Centers Program is designed to provide high quality and intensive capacity-building services to help state education agencies and their clients identify, implement and sustain evidence-based practices to support education outcomes pursuant to the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015.
WMCC10 is pleased to have the following group of diverse education stakeholders from Wisconsin and Minnesota on our Advisory Board.
WMCC10 comprises a diverse team of experts in areas such as professional learning, evaluation, school leadership, special education, and data analytics to help local, state, and regional educators adopt and refine practices to better serve students. Below is a listing of our leadership team members.
Dr. Steven Kimball is the Principal Investigator of the WMCC10 and a Co-Director of the Wisconsin Evaluation Collaborative (WEC) within the Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER) at UW-Madison. Steve has two decades of technical assistance, evaluation, and research experience. He has served as PI or Co-PI for more than ten large technical assistance or research contracts with federal, state, and foundation partners. He has published in academic journals, books, and practitioner outlets on the subjects of teacher and school leader performance evaluation, compensation, and coaching. Prior to his work at UW–Madison, Steve served in several policy roles in the U.S. Congress.
Dr. Kim Gibbons is the Co-Director of the WMCC10 and the Director of the Center for Applied Research and Educational Improvement (CAREI) at the University of Minnesota. In her role at CAREI, she is responsible for managing center operations including budgeting and personnel management; conducting statewide outreach; overseeing the development of professional learning, tools, and templates to assist with data-based decision-making; and managing and procuring external sales and sponsored projects. Dr. Gibbons has a portfolio of work focused on intensive capacity-building for both SEAs and LEAs and has served as Principal Investigator or Co-Principal Investigator on several large federal and state technical assistance contracts.
Dr. Alisia Moutry is the Co-Director of the WMCC10 working for the Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER) at UW-Madison. She is also the President/CEO of 4AM Consulting, LLC, established in September 2010. Blending the worlds of business and education, 4AM Consulting, LLC, provides facilitation and professional development services in the form of one on one, focus groups, and training sessions. Dr. Moutry’s strong interest and areas of expertise includes: facilitating, coaching, culturally responsive practices, cycle of inquiry process, implementation science, teaming structures, multi-tiered system of support, visioning, management leadership skills, school, district & business improvement action planning, in addition to customized needs.
Mr. Ernest Morgan is the Deputy Director of the WMCC10 and the Vice President of Communications & Development of Education Analytics (EA). As Deputy Director, Ernie contributes to the strategic direction for the WMCC10, coordinates EA-related staffing and deliverables, and directs the implementation of the communication system and comprehensive communication plan. Ernie has over 20 years of experience in providing intensive capacity-building services at the SEA, regional, and LEA levels. Additionally, Ernie has participated as a technical assistance provider for a number of Federal projects – from Comprehensive Centers and Teacher Incentive Funds grants to Regional Education Laboratories and Education Innovation and Research grants. Having served (2000-05) as the Assistant Director of a previous iteration of a Comprehensive Center serving Minnesota and Wisconsin (as well as Michigan, Iowa and North and South Dakota), Ernie is well-versed with the challenges facing educators and policymakers across Minnesota and Wisconsin.