“Education leaders throughout West Michigan understand the importance of developing talent that is career ready and college capable. While there are a variety of metrics that help gauge success, no milestone may be more indicative of students’ future achievement than their early reading proficiency.” – Reading Now Network

The HIL Project 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 five successful leadership grants, including two from the Wallace Foundation.
“This project will continue to develop and validate the renewal model, as opposed to reform model, for school improvement,” Shen said.

HIL Project school leadership work has its roots in an initiative of the Reading Now Network. The RNN comprises a group of West Michigan school superintendents determined to improve student reading levels by working together to build a school leadership model around the practices they observed in high-performing schools.

Working with a pool of elementary schools in 20 West Michigan counties, the project will support teams of school principals and teacher leaders by:

  • Providing intense professional development and support, and money for renewal projects for teams of leaders in 75 schools that are implementing a set of new literacy essentials.
  • Placing a trained team of school renewal coaches in each project school.
  • Providing a lower level of professional development support and funding for leaders in an additional 75 schools.
  • Applying a set of proven school leadership practices for school renewal and sustainable implementation.