“The path to raising student achievement is not a direct line from funding to outcome. High levels of student achievement will result only when core instructional practices are defined and educator and system supports are in place to contribute to literacy success for every student.”A Leader’s Guide to a Theory of Action for Raising Michigan’s Early Literacy Achievement”

The HIL 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.

These “Literacy Essentials” include:

  • the instructional practices ( PreK , K-3 ) recommended for use in every classroom every day
  • school-wide and center-wide essentials in every school and center, and
  • coaching essentials in use by every coach.

HIL Project early literacy work is grounded in the Essential School-Wide and Center-Wide Practices in Literacy identified by Michigan’s Early Literacy Task Force--a sub-committee of the Michigan Association of School Administrators (MAISA) General Education Leadership Network (GELN) representing Michigan’s 56 intermediate school districts. Membership includes representatives from GELN, Michigan Department of Education, Michigan State University, University of Michigan, Michigan Elementary and Middle School Principals Association, Michigan Association of Computer Users in Learning, and more.