Project Partners

The HIL Project is fueled by the collective ownership of generous and committed partners.

We partner with key funders, state education leaders, community partners, universities, and philanthropists. We also partner with approximately 20 intermediate school districts (ISDs) or educational service agencies (ESDs) and engage with dozens of school district superintendents and the Michigan Department of Education.

The HIL Project School Renewal model is built on the educational leadership work of two researchers from Western Michigan University—Dr. Patricia Reeves and Dr. Jianping Shen—who together have overseen seven successful leadership grants, including two from the Wallace Foundation. 

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Key Funders

A $29.5M Promise Neighborhood grant, funded by the US Department of Education, will help us turn research into practice by building and implementing a birth to career and college pipeline of student success initiatives through the Grand Rapids South East Promise Neighborhoods (GRSEPN) Project.


Leadership Partners

HIL for School Renewal is part of a Transformative Learning Collaborative (TLC) comprising key Michigan organizations that support educational leadership: Michigan Association of Intermediate School Administrators (MAISA); Michigan Elementary and Middle School Administrators (MEMSPA), Michigan Assessment Consortium. 

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University Partners 

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Community Partners

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Philanthropic Supporters

Since 2018, we have successfully attracted over $650,000 in funding for school classroom libraries, literacy resources, and other supports from local businesses and foundations. 

Thank you: Guido A. and Elizabeth H. Binda Foundation, BESCO Water Treatment, Metal Flow Corporation, Perrigo Charitable Foundation, Red Line Designs, Scholastic Corporation, United Way of Southwest Michigan, Pokagon Fund, and the Laura Bush Foundation for America's Libraries.

These donors recognize the good work happening and want to leverage their giving through partnerships poised for success. We acknowledge with appreciation their support and invite others to join them.


District & ISD/ESA Supporters

Participating ISDs and districts provide funding to support High Impact Leadership in schools. Thank you to: Allegan Area ESA, Berrien Regional ESA, Calhoun ISD, Grand Rapids Public Schools, Heritage Southwest ISD, Kalamazoo RESA, Kent ISD, Mecosta-Osceola ISD, Muskegon Public Schools, Muskegon Area ISD, Ottawa Area ISD, St. Joseph County ISD, Van Buren ISD.


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