Narrowing the Achievement Gap in Connecticut

For the last three years, HILL for Literacy has been a partner in Connecticut’s K-3 Literacy Initiative (CK3LI) funded through legislation developed by the General Assembly’s Black and Puerto Rican Caucus. The initiative was created to train teachers and...

When Do Teachers Get to Practice?

As developing a teacher evaluation system becomes a mandate at the state level, administrators who are also conscientious educators strive to comply. It is, however, proving to be quite a challenge for them. I’m a literacy consultant and, for the past three years, I have been working in a district that just became a recipient of its state’s Race to the Top funds. District administrators are getting ready for the next school year by reviewing the teacher evaluation system designed by their state, which provides both formative and summative information on teacher performance.

Lasting Literacy Learning: Lessons From a Sloth

It was on my honeymoon in Costa Rica almost two years ago that I understood how to describe the work we do at the HILL. Each of us Facilitators would describe what the HILL does a little differently, but this is what I might say: We help schools and districts create...

Read by Third Grade!

Thanks to years of research, advocacy and all of your hard work, it seems that everyone is getting the message that our children need to be reading by the end of third grade.