Kim Gibbons

CAREI Director

1954 Buford Avenue, Suite 425
St. Paul, MN 55108-1062

[email protected]

Kim Gibbons


Kim Gibbons, Ph.D., currently is the 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.  In addition, she has been on the faculty at the University of Minnesota as an instructor in the School Psychology Program. She is active in state leadership and is the past-president of the Minnesota Association of Special Educators.  Finally, she is the 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.  

Selected Publications

  1. Gibbons, K., Brown, S., & Niebling, B. (2018). Effective Universal Instruction: An Action-Oriented Approach to Improving Tier 1. New York, NY: Guilford.

  2. Gibbons, K.. & Coulter, W.A. (2016).  Making RtI Stick: Sustaining Implementation Past Your Retirement.  In S. Jimerson, M. Burns, & A. Vanderhayden (Eds.), Handbook of Response to Intervention: The Science and Practice of Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (2nd Edition).  New York, NY: Springer.

  3. Gibbons, K. & Brown, S. (2015). Best Practices in Evaluating Psychoeducational Services.  In J. Grimes and A. Thomas (Eds.), Best Practices in School Psychology VI.  Bethesda: National Association of School Psychologists.

  4. Riley-Tillman, T.C., Burns, M., & Gibbons, K. (2013).  Advanced RtI Applications: Assessment, Design, Analysis, and Decision-Making. New York, NY: Guilford.

  5. Burns, M.K, & Gibbons, K. (2012). Implementing response-to-intervention in elementary and secondary schools: Procedures to assure scientific-based practices (2nd ed.). New York, NY: Routledge.

  6. Bollman, K. A., Silberglitt, B., & Gibbons, K. A. (2007). The SCRED Model: Incorporating Systems-Level Organization and a Multi-Tiered Problem-Solving Process for Intervention Delivery. In M. Burns, S. Jimerson, & A. VanDerHayden (Eds.), The Handbook of Response to Intervention: The Science and Practice of Assessment and Intervention (pp.321-332). New York, NY: Springer.

Selected Presentations

  1. Gibbons, K. & Silberglitt, B. (June, 2021).  MTSS Summer Institute.  Planned and implemented a summer institute for 500 participants from around the nation.  Crowne Plaza: Bloomington, MN.

  2. Gibbons,  K. (October 2020).  MTSS:  A framework for improving instruction. Keynote presentation to the International MTSS Summit. Singapore.

  3. Gibbons, K., & Pekel, K (September 2020).  Research to Practice: Bridging the Gap. Keynote presentation of the Minnesota Association of School Administors.

  4. Gibbons, K., & Coulter, W.A. (May, 2018).  MTSS Implementation Strand: Getting started, sustaining implementation, and fidelity of an MTSS framework. Invited presentation Invited presentation at the Advanced Institute Integrating Behavior Support, Research-Based Literacy Practices, and Law K-12. Naperville, IL.

  5. Gibbons, K. (June, 2018) Move the Needle on Achievement for All Students: Systems to Gain Momentum & Ensure Sustainability of OTIS. Oklahoma City: OK.

  6. Gibbons K. (November, 2018). Fidelity of Implementation within an MTSS Framework: Keynote address to Ohio School Psychology Association. Columbus: OH.

  7. Gibbons, K., & Pasternack, R. (February, 2015).  Eligibility Decisions within an RtI Framework.  Presentation given at the National Association of School Psychologist (NASP) conference.  Orlando, FL.

  8. Shinn, M.R., Coulter, A., Gibbons, K., Shinn, M., & Pasternack, R. (February, 2015).  The Crash of the Common Core State Standards: Implications for School Psychologists. Invited session by the NASP President at the National Association of School Psychologist (NASP) conference.  Orlando, FL.

  9. Gibbons, K. (February, 2014).  Leadership to Implement and Sustain Multi-Tier Systems of Supports.  Keynote presentation for the Association of Wisconsin School Administrators.  WI Dells, WI.

  10. Gibbons, K. (June, 2014). Essential Elements of Core Instruction: Improving Outcomes for All Students.  Keynote session for the Mankato Area Professional Leadership Conference.  Mankato, MN.

  11. Gibbons, K. (October, 2013). Making Learning Visible: A Review of High Impact Instructional Strategies. Keynote presentation for the Association of Wisconsin School Administrators.  Elkhart Lake, WI.

  12. Coulter, A., Gibbons, K., Pasternack, R., Shinn, M.R., & Shinn, M. (February, 2012).  Infrastructures that Promote Implementation of an RtI Framework Symposium given at the National Association of School Psychologist (NASP) conference.  Philadelphia, PA.

  13. Gibbons, K. (April, 2012). Necessary Components of a Response to Intervention (RtI) Framework.  Invited session for College of Education Faculty and Students at North Dakota State University.  Fargo, ND.

  14. Gibbons, K (October 2011).  Implementation of an RtI Framework: A Focus on Progress Monitoring and Treatment Integrity.  Invited workshop at the Indiana School Psychology Association. Indianapolis, IN.

  15. Gibbons, K. & Miller, D. (Oct. 11-12, 2010).   Implementation of RtI at the District Level.  Invited Strand at the Innovations Conference.  Salt Lake City, UT.