Shaping Tomorrow

Tutoring across six regional hubs

The Illinois Tutoring Initiative is one of four state pillars designed in conjunction with the Illinois P-20 Council’s development of a Learning Renewal Resource Guide to support the learning and social/emotional well-being of students in the wake of the pandemic. It features:

  • Collaboration between institutions of higher education and school districts of need in six regions across the state;

  • High-impact tutoring practices with focused 1:1 and small-group tutoring;

  • Great tutors for K-12 students from among teacher education candidates, higher education students, and other community partners;

  • A combination of in-person and online tutoring regionally; and

  • Training, support, and supervision of tutors.

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Our Team

Our Regional Partners

Region 1

Jeanetta Edwards

Region 2

Amanda Baum

Region 3

Chatea Green

Region 4

Kim Champion

Region 5

Amy Wilkinson

Region 5/6

Jessica Madden

Region 6

Melissa Comstock

High School Math

Zach Miner

Central Office Leadership Team


Christy Borders

Executive Director


Chandler Kaiden

IT Director

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Jill Messamore

Director of Communications

Central Office Staff

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Roshan Polasa

Data Analyst

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Pranavi Konda

Data Analyst

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Dalton Byers

Program Support


Maxine Sexton

Program Assistant


Nick Bolin

Data Entry

Funding & Support

Collaboration for change

This project is a collaboration between Illinois State Board of Education and Illinois Board of Higher Education funded by federal COVID-19 relief funds. Additionally, the Illinois Community College Board and Office of the Governor are on the statewide planning team to support this project in its design and implementation.


Statewide Coordination

Unifying role of Illinois State University in tutoring success

Illinois State University is the coordinating institution administering the initiative across the six regions and seven institutional partners. Illinois State's Central Office for ITI supports the initiative through centralized systems development for initiative processes as well as project management statewide. Systems established include tutor training, tutor and student matching, data collection, background checks, and marketing and communication.