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

The Project draws on the talents and energy of a committed group of professionals who support the principals and teacher leaders in 150 school buildings. They partner with nearly 20 intermediate school districts (ISDs) or educational service agencies (ESDs). We engage dozens of school district superintendents and collaborate with partners that include professional associations, the Michigan Department of Education, business and community groups, and nonprofits.

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WMU Management Team

The WMU management team, led by co-directors Dr. Patricia Reeves and Dr. Jianping Shen, oversees all elements of the Project’s budget, research, and activities. They establish and maintain relationships with the Project’s funders, partner organizations and  staff. They continually engage with all elements of the Project and monitor for grant compliance and continuous improvement in our activities.

Coordinator Team

HIL Project Coordinators work with the WMU Management Team to prepare and support HIL Implementation Facilitators for each school. They design, develop, and deliver training for the Implementation Facilitators and provide follow-up supervision. Coordinators also assist the WMU Management Team in planning and delivering the HIL Project principal and teacher leader Summits.

Implementation Facilitator Team

Our Implementation Facilitators play a significant role in achieving Project goals and outcomes. As the direct supporters for HIL Project School Leadership Teams (SLTs), Facilitators convey the HIL Project implementation strategies, tools, and resources to help schools achieve high integrity and fidelity implementation of a research-supported literacy program. They provide feedback to the WMU Management and Coordinating Teams to ensure that the Project responds to the needs of participating schools as they become evident. Finally, Facilitators are the ambassadors who help the HIL Project schools connect with HIL Project managers, coordinators, and partners (GELN Literacy Task Force, Reading Now Network, and the ISDs/ESAs that serve HIL Project schools).

Participating schools, ISDs, ESAs

The HIL Project supports 150 schools across West and Southwest Michigan. Schools are from high-poverty districts that have committed to the work of the Reading Now Network—a group of comprises a group of West Michigan school superintendents determined to improve student literacy by working together to build a school leadership model around the practices they observed in high-performing schools. The project started in 2017 with 75 schools (Cohort A) and brought on board 75 additional schools (Cohort B) in January 2020.


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