Founders

Charles Haynes, EdD, CCC-SLP

Charles Haynes, EdD, CCC-SLP

HILL Faculty Advisor

Dr. Haynes earned his Ed.D. in Reading, Language, and Learning Disabilities from Harvard University, an M.S. in Communication Disorders from San Francisco State University, and an A.B. in English and American Literature from Harvard College. He is an Associate Professor at the MGH Institute of Health Professions. He served as a dyslexia tutor, a classroom teacher, and a Research Coordinator and Director of Speech-Language Services at the Landmark Schools from 1971-1991. In collaboration with Landmark School colleagues, Dr. Haynes designed and implemented one of the nation’s first language-based curricula for children with expressive language impairments and dyslexia. Dr. Haynes also serves on the Board of Directors of the International Dyslexia Association, and Chairs the organization’s panel on ESL. He lectures nationally and internationally on spoken-written language relationships, expressive language intervention, and cross-cultural aspects of dyslexia.

Sandra Jones, Ph.D.

Sandra Jones, Ph.D.

Founding Director

Sandra Jones, Ph.D., has been a school educator for almost 40 years, serving as a teacher, professional development coordinator, principal, and academic dean. She received a Ph.D. in Special Education and Administration from the University of Arizona, a M.S. in Education of the Deaf, and a B.S. in Communicative Disorders from the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point.  Dr. Jones served as the Executive Director of the HILL (2001-2010), during which time she and her colleagues assisted reading specialists, literacy coaches, principals, district administrators including assistant superintendents and superintendents to lead school-wide literacy initiatives throughout the nation. This work continues in her current role.  Recognized for her work in the area of leading literacy change, she most recently co-authored “Leading Literacy Change: Strategies and Tools for Administrators, Teachers and Coaches” which was published in 2010 by Cambium Learning Sopris West. Dr. Jones has been invited to present at numerous state and national conferences. Dr. Jones served as the Professional Development Coordinator for the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s Massachusetts Reading First Plan for six years. She was responsible for training the statewide regional Implementation Facilitators, consulted to the Office of Reading and provided statewide professional development to the 120 Reading First school leaders. Dr. Jones was also a member of the Massachusetts Reading Leadership Team and the Statewide Adolescent Task Force. Before co-founding the HILL, Dr. Jones was the Academic Dean at The Carroll School, a nationally recognized school for children with language-based learning disabilities. Dr. Jones received the Partners in Excellence Award for her work at the HILL and the MGH Institute of Health Professions where she was an associate professor in the Communication Sciences and Disorders graduate program.

Sharon Weiss-Kapp

Sharon Weiss-Kapp

HILL Faculty Advisor

Sharon Weiss-Kapp is an adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at the MGH- Institute of Health Professions at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston Massachusetts and a Senior Clinical Associate in the Autism Language Program at Children’s Hospital Boston. She is co-author of the book Visual Language in Autism.

Ms. Weiss-Kapp is the author of the Kapp Reading Instruction, a multisensory, structured phonics reading program that is used in grades 1-3 , and a lead designer of educational software for Lexia Learning Systems. She is a founding member of the Hanson Initiative for Language and Literacy (HILL). Ms. Weiss-Kapp consults to numerous public and private schools and presents nationally and internationally on the topics of autism and literacy.

Pam Hook, PhD

HILL Faculty Advisor

Pamela Hook received her Ph.D. in Communication Disorders/Learning Disabilities from Northwestern University, her M.A.T. in Reading from Harvard University, and her B.A in French from the University of Illinois. She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders graduate program and Coordinator of the Written Language Laboratory, where graduate students are trained to teach children and adults to read and write. Over the last 25 years, she has served as a consultant to public schools as well as schools for children with language/learning disabilities. Dr. Hook has been on the Executive Board of the New England Branch of the International Dyslexia Association and currently serves in the Eastern Massachusetts Region. She is presently a member of the Editorial Review Board for the Journal of Learning Disabilities. She serves on several Committees of the Massachusetts Department of Education.

Lesley Maxwell, MS, CCP-SLP

HILL Faculty Advisor

Lesley Maxwell received her M.S. Communication Disorders from Boston University and her B.A. in Speech and Hearing Science from the University of California at Santa Barbara. She is a Clinical Assistant Professor, the Coordinator of Clinical Education, and the Director of the Language Laboratory in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders graduate program. Ms. Maxwell joined the Institute in 1993, having served as a Speech-Language Pathologist for preschool students and multiple handicapped, visually impaired elementary students. Prior to joining the Institute, Ms. Maxwell trained teachers, provided in-service training to parents, and was a supervisor of an out-patient communications disorders clinic. She has had extensive experience as a consultant to schools and has served as a consultant to Good Start Early Intervention, Boston Public Schools, Speech and Hearing Associates, and Quality Care in Boston.

How Can I Help My Community?

We don’t take the challenge of teaching kids to read lightly: according the 2013 NAEP results, 66% of 4th graders fail to read at grade level each year and we know that we can help them. How? Working with leadership-oriented principals and superintendents, and supported by the highest-quality literacy professionals in the nation, HILL for Literacy helps schools transform into efficient, systemic platforms for literacy excellence. Contact us to find out how we can help your school or district today, or click below to learn more about how you can support our programs in your community!

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