About Us

About Region 9

The Region 9 Comprehensive Center, operated by the American Institutes for Research (AIR) through a U.S. Department of Education grant since October 2019, provides intensive capacity-building services to state education agencies and other education stakeholders in Illinois and Iowa. We help state, district, and school leaders in our region successfully identify, implement, and sustain evidence-based programs and practices, with the goal of improving outcomes for educators and students alike. This work supports states in the implementation of their Every Student Succeeds Act and strategic plans.

Our project plans are tailored to address high-leverage challenges articulated by education leaders in the region. Some of our work builds from projects started by the previous Midwest Comprehensive Center, operated by AIR in the 2012–2019 grant cycle. In addition, we work closely with the Regional Educational Laboratory Midwest, which partners with regional education stakeholders to use data and research to improve student outcomes and also serves Illinois and Iowa.

About the Comprehensive Network

The Region 9 Comprehensive Center is part of the Comprehensive Center Network, which is made up of 19 regional centers and a national center tasked with providing capacity-building services to states, districts, and schools to improve educational outcomes and instructional quality for all students. In October 2019, the U.S. Department of Education awarded five-year grants to the current cohort of centers, which offer services to all 50 states, the District of Columbia, the Bureau of Indian Education, and U.S. territories and outlying areas. For more information and resources from across the network, visit the Comprehensive Center Network Portal.

Advisory Board

Advisory board members are critical to the success of our work, and their voices guarantee that our work meets the region's needs. The board—which represents a broad range of Illinois and Iowa stakeholders—advises Region 9 staff on strategies for addressing the region's education needs, maintaining high quality standards, and promoting improved student academic achievement.

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Our Team

Aaron Butler
Aaron Butler
Director
Rebecca Bates
Rebecca Bates
Deputy Director
Veronica Tate
Veronica Tate
Senior Advisor
Meredith Lukow
Meredith Lukow
Communications Lead
Corrin Pitluck
Corrin Pitluck
Evaluation Lead
Jill Shively
Jill Shively
Project Management Coordinator
James Colyott
James Colyott
Project Lead
Alicia Espinoza
Alicia Espinoza
Project Lead
Catherine Jacques
Catherine Jacques
Project Lead
Mara Schanfield
Mara Schanfield
Project Lead