Partnership Overview

The Project Midstate Student Support for Teaching (MSS) Program, formerly known as Project Minority Student Support for Teaching, is a partnership designed to assist the Springfield and Decatur school systems in the recruitment of teachers by establishing an articulated teacher recruitment and preparation initiative beginning at the junior year of high school and continuing through certification at the University of Illinois at Springfield. Partners in this program represent three local educational institutions, the University of Illinois at Springfield, Lincoln Land Community College, Richland Community College and the two local school districts, Springfield School District 186 and Decatur School District 61.

Current Partnerships:

University of Illinois Springfield Representatives:

  • Dr. Ronda Mitchell, Director, Project Midstate Student Support (MSS) for Teaching Program
  • Dr. Hanfu Mi, Dean, College of Education and Human Services
  • Dr. Cindy Wilson, Chair, Department of Teacher Education



Springfield School District 186 Representatives:

  • Jennifer Gill,┬áSuperintendent
  • Gina McLaughlin-Schurman,┬áDirector of Human Resources