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Mission

The Wisconsin Educator Effectiveness Research Partnership (WEERP) conducts research that informs the efforts of the Wisconsin Educators to improve educator effectiveness and achievement for all students.

WEERP’s timely studies and related reports examine organizational conditions, teaching and leadership challenges, and opportunities that have implications for policy and practice.

Reports

Conducting educator effectiveness research with policy-makers, practitioners, and education stakeholders.

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WEERP strives to leverage statewide data and practitioner expertise to inform Wisconsin’s teachers, administrators, professional associations, and community members about ways to promote equitable education outcomes.

Co-Directors

Katie Rainey

Katie Rainey (DPI)

Katharine began her career as a Kindergarten teacher in Texas before returning to her own education. After receiving a Master’s in Public Policy, with a focus on educational policy, at Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College, she served as a research analyst at the Texas Center for Educational Research. Katharine’s research focused on the impact of implementation on statewide grant programs outcomes. In 2011, Katharine joined the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction and, in 2013, she joined the agency’s efforts to design, pilot, and implement an Educator Effectiveness System. As director of the agency’s Educator Development and Support Team, Katharine continues to lead these efforts. In partnership with the Office of Socially Responsible Evaluation in Education (SREed) and the Wisconsin Evaluation Collaborative (WEC), Katharine co-leads the Wisconsin Educator Effectiveness Research Partnership (WEERP).

Curtis Jones

Curtis Jones (SREed)

Dr. Curtis Jones is the founding director of the Office of Socially Responsible Evaluation in Education (SREed). Before creating SREed in 2013, Dr. Jones was the principal evaluator of extended learning programs for the Chicago Public Schools, the director of research, evaluation, and assessment for Perspective Charter Schools in Chicago, and the director of evaluation for the Value-Added Research Center (VARC) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. Jones created SREed to provide educators with authentic, rigorous and useful data that informs efforts to promote fairness and access to educational opportunities for students from all backgrounds. Dr. Jones holds a PhD in community and prevention research from the University of Illinois Chicago.

Steve Kimball

Steve Kimball (WEC/WCER)

Steven M. Kimball, Ph.D., is co-Director of the Wisconsin Evaluation Collaborative at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is Principal Investigator (PI) for the Wisconsin-Minnesota Comprehensive Center for Region 10. Steve also serves as PI for the WCER team supporting the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction in the development and implementation of the state teacher and principal Educator Effectiveness System. He has published numerous articles, book chapters, and policy briefs on teacher and principal evaluation, compensation, and other human resource management issues. Before completing his graduate studies, Steve held legislative analyst positions in the U.S. House of Representatives, the U.S. Senate and the Texas State Office in Washington, D.C. He completed his Ph.D. from the U.W.-Madison Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis.

Partners

WEERP is a research-practice partnership between the Office of Socially Responsible Evaluation in Education at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, The Wisconsin Center for Education Research at the University of Wisconsin Madison, and the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.

WEERP is a member of NNERPP (National Network of Education Research-Practice Partnerships)