Kim Gibbons, Ph.D., currently is the  Associate Director of the Center for Applied Research and Educational Improvement at the University of Minnesota.  Prior to that, she was the Executive Director of the St. Croix River Education District (SCRED) located in Rush City, MN.  SCRED has received national recognition for its use of the Response to Intervention (RtI) framework.  In 2007, SCRED received a legislative appropriation to fund a statewide Minnesota RtI Center for two years.  Dr. Gibbons obtained her doctoral degree in school psychology from the University of Oregon where she received extensive training in the problem solving model, curriculum based measurement, and research-based instructional practices.  Prior to her role as the Executive Director, Dr. Gibbons has worked as a director of special education, staff development coordinator, and school psychologist. She is active in state leadership and is the past-president of the Minnesota Association of Special Educators.  Finally, she is the author or co-author of four books and has numerous other peer-reviewed publications. She is a sought-after consultant who has given numerous workshops throughout the nation.