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

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).

Funding

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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