OVERVIEW

The Region 11 Comprehensive Center serves Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming

The Region 11 Comprehensive Center (R11CC), serving Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming, is one of 19 regional centers across the nation that help state education agencies (SEAs) to implement, scale, and sustain evidence-based programs, practices, and interventions that support improved educator and student outcomes. Operated by McREL International, R11CC collaborates with these SEAs to provide high quality technical assistance, build collaborative relationships, support local educational agencies to make systemic changes, and disseminate research-based practices.

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Advisory Board

The board advises R11CC staff on strategies for monitoring and addressing the educational needs of the region, maintaining a high standard of quality, and carrying out activities in a manner that promotes improved student achievement.

Kirsten Baesler
State Superintendent, North Dakota Department of Public Instruction
Dr. Greg Carlson
Institutional Researcher, North Dakota University System
Trent Carroll
Chief Operations Officer, Wyoming Department of Education
Amber Celley
Principal, Cannon Ball Elementary School
Dr. Cory Epler
Academic Officer, Nebraska Department of Education
Dr. Joanne Flanagan
Superintendent of Schools, Fremont County School District #25
Shelley Hamel
Chief Academic Officer, Wyoming Department of Education
Troy Heinert
Senator, South Dakota
Dr. Ben Jones
Secretary of Education, South Dakota Department of Education
Julie Magee
Dr. Julie Magee
Director of Member Services, Wyoming School Boards Association
Laurie Matzke, Assistant Superintendent, North Dakota Department of Public Instruction
Laurie Matzke
Assistant Superintendent, North Dakota Department of Public Instruction
Kevin Mitchell
Kevin Mitchell
Executive Director, Wyoming Association of School Administrators
Deb Paulman
Deb Paulman
Administrator, ESU 16
Shirley Vargas
Shirley Vargas
Administrator for Coordinated School & District Support, Nebraska Department of Education
Juliana Whitebull-Taken Alive
Juliana White Bull-Taken Alive
Director of Education Equity, Office of Indian Education, South Dakota Department of Tribal Relations

Team Members

Region 11 Comprehensive Center staff members are knowledgeable educators and researchers whose experience and expertise combines to meet the unique challenges faced by schools and districts in Region 11.

Joe Simpson

Director and State Lead, Wyoming

Susan Shebby

Deputy Director and Evaluation Lead

Jane Hill

State Co-Lead, Nebraska

Tameka Porter

State Co-Lead, Nebraska

Ben Cronkright

State Lead, North Dakota

Deb Thorstenson

State Lead, South Dakota

Betsy Callaway
Administrative Specialist
Tracie Corner
Evaluation
Judy Counley
Website Developer
Lisa Maxfield
Social Media
Kirsten Miller
Communications Lead