The High Impact Leadership for School Renewal \HIL Project supports each participating school through four means:

  1. The Implementation Facilitator and on-site support 
  2. Leadership Summits for the Principal and Teacher Leaders 
  3. Monetary Support
  4. School Renewal Rounds

We offer resources that support family engagement, online learning, and professional learning for HIL School Leadership Teams.

HIL Project offers a set of Equity-Based School Renewal resources to support our commitment to transform PreK-12 schools into self-renewing, equity-based learning communities that become the heartbeat of equity-based  communities through the assets and outcomes of its students.

Our set of at-home activities support four evidence-based "pillars of literacy"— areas where parents can influence literacy development for their children without relying on teacher prepared lessons or activities. These pillars are 

As instruction at HIL Project schools transitioned to remote, online, and hybrid learning models in 2021, the HIL Team pulled together a set of Remote Learning Resources to support school leaders in implementing the High Impact Leadership Principles for School Renewal in remote learning environments.

The the HIL Professional Learning System offers a variety of resources for use with HIL teams, staff meetings, or professional learning communities (PLCs). It includes our most recent resource of Learning Maps created by HIL Implementation Facilitators that model HIL In Action in schools.


Funding supports our goals

The HIL Project has received renewed funding to continue our work with schools through 2022! 

Click the image to learn what's been accomplished in Cohort A schools and what's next for those in Cohort B! 


The Project’s goal is to develop high impact school leadership for school renewal with a focus on implementing the GELN Literacy Essentials and the RNN findings in schools.

We do this by:

  • Working with 75 elementary schools in Cohort A (2017-2020) and an additional 75 schools in Cohort B (2020-2022).
  • Developing a diverse and well-trained pool of teacher leaders who can help lead school renewal initiatives and, maybe, become future principals
  • Developing a diverse and well-trained pool of teacher leaders who can help lead school renewal initiatives and, maybe, become future principals
  • Fostering high-integrity and high-fidelity implementation and sustainability for research based school renewal initiatives
  • Applying key leadership practices to school renewal and implementation processes (e.g. instructional rounds, evidence-based decisions, contextually appropriate implementation, performance assessment and feedback, capacity building, and multiple sources of influence).

The HIL Project was originally funded by a three-year U.S. Department of Education grant award for $12.5, awarded to Western Michigan University (WMU), in collaboration with the Reading Now Network (RNN) and the MAISA General Education Leadership Network (GELN). We were proud to be one of only four projects in the U.S. to receive two-year renewal funding (with perfect scores from blind reviewers)!

Since 2018, we have successfully attracted over $300,000 in funding for school classroom libraries, primarily from the Guido A. and Elizabeth H. Binda Foundation, who awarded the Ottawa Area ISD a grant to support classroom libraries and reading areas in all HIL Project Cohort A schools in Calhoun County.

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