“HIL has become the umbrella of our school improvement efforts, with every component fitting into strengthening literacy and instruction in general.”

–HIL Project school leader

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Welcome to the HIL Project

The WMU-HIL Literacy Leadership Project brings resources, training, coaching, and workshops to schools throughout Michigan with one goal in mind: to support teachers and principals in implementing research-supported “Literacy Essentials” that will improve literacy skills of all students. The HIL Project goal is to develop a diverse and well-trained pool of teacher leaders who can help lead school renewal initiatives.

The HIL Project provides:

  • stipends to support school literacy work
  • networking and professional learning events, and
  • on-site facilitation coaching by educators skilled and experienced in literacy and leadership. 

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HIL Project featured in the Spring 2019 W Magazine!

The HIL Project received some welcome recognition through a 4-page feature article in Western Michigan University's W Magazine. The story introduces HIL Project leaders and their professional passion for literacy and leadership. It provides a concise look at the HIL Project goals and model, and features the voices of Project facilitators and school leaders.

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