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Dr. Matthew Burns is a Professor of Special Education at the University of Missouri, and Director of the Center for Collaborative Solutions for Kids, Practice, and Policy. He has published over 200 articles and book chapters in national publications, has co-authored or co-edited 15 books and has procured $15.5 million in external funding for his research. He is also a Past Editor of School Psychology Review and Assessment for Effective Intervention. Dr. Burns is one of the leading researchers regarding the use of assessment data to determine individual or small-group interventions, and has published extensively on response to intervention, academic interventions, and facilitating problem-solving teams. In addition, Dr. Burns was also a practicing school psychologist and special education administrator before becoming an academic and served on the faculty of the University of Minnesota for 10 years and Central Michigan University for 5 years. He received the 2020 Senior Scientist Award from Division 16 (School Psychology) of the American Psychological Association.
Ms. Kimberley Nuetzmann is the Director of Field Experiences in the College of Education & Human Development. In this role, she collaborates with partner districts across the state to place teacher candidates with strong mentor teachers. She hires key stakeholders to oversee the progress of teacher candidates and trains them in mentoring techniques and systems of support. Ms. Nuetzmann visits schools regularly and monitors the progress of hundreds of teacher candidates annually. Prior to joining the College, Ms. Nuetzmann served twenty-seven years in Columbia Public Schools as a teacher, Teaching Fellowship Program mentor, professional development specialist, and facilitator of the district-wide new teacher induction program. In addition, Ms. Nuetzmann was a consultant at the Heart of Missouri RPDC and facilitated the regional DESE Leadership Academy and Teacher Academy for eight years. She has facilitated hundreds of professional development sessions throughout the state with an emphasis in leadership development, professional learning communities, Cognitive Coaching, effective mentoring techniques, and high leverage teaching practices. Ms. Nuetzmann collaborates with DESE on multiple initiatives to support educators. She has been a member of MPER as a P-12 practitioner and College representative for over ten years.