Annual Report

School Year 2018-19

Quick Stats For SY 2018-19

Schools Served

Teachers Trained

Children Reached

cents of every $ spent went toward direct delivery in schools

Director’s Message


Dear Colleagues,

School year 2018-19 has been a year of exciting forward momentum for HILL for Literacy. One of our most innovative projects is the development of an online tool called Continuum. This database-supported application will bring the HILL’s proprietary data meeting process online into an easy-to-use format, making determining students’ instructional focus and gauging their progress simpler, even more accurate, and more cost-effective. We’ve made fantastic progress this year and plan to pilot the application with select schools in Fall 2019, with a wider roll-out scheduled for Fall 2020. We’re also continuing to build our eLearning library to support our schools more efficiently, and, looking forward, we intend to bring more components of the HILL Solution online, such as our needs assessment process. Our goals with these new applications are to ensure the sustainability of the HILL solution at our partner schools, to supply them with real-time data, and to enable us to provide the targeted support they need when they need it.

During SY18-19, we expanded our work with the Connecticut K-3 Literacy Initiative (CK3LI), a statewide project, adding district-wide initiatives in Middletown, Hartford, and New Haven. In Massachusetts, we’re partnering with several other literacy organizations and school districts to present the Northshore Leadership Series which kicked off in June and will continue through the next school year. And we’re also partnering with RMC to develop fidelity of implementation tools to ensure the HILL solution stays on track once deployed in schools.

On the business side of the HILL, we’ve devoted efforts to building our board and will be welcoming four new members with an array of expertise in the next fiscal year. Looking ahead to SY19-20, our plans include:

  • Piloting our online data meeting process application, Continuum
  • Completing our library of eLearning modules to support our schools
  • Developing other components of the HILL solution into online applications

Our organization’s ability to continue operations is due in part to the generous donations of community members and foundations. We don’t take the challenge of teaching kids to read lightly: according the latest NAEP results, 64% of 4th graders fail to read at grade level each year and we know that we can help them. Your support can have a tangible, meaningful impact on the lives of children in HILL schools. Donations can be made via our website or by contacting the HILL office at 1-888-860-0190.

Best Wishes,

Darci Burns, Ph.D.

Executive Director

Our Impact 

Click the link below for client snapshots and testimonials of our work.

Key Partners

A.D. Makepeace Company
Center on Teaching and Learning, University of Oregon
Center for Behavioral Education & Research, University of Connecticut
Commonwealth Learning Online Institute
Connecticut State Department of Education
Crafting Minds
Educational Performance Systems, Inc.
The Grimes Reading Institute
Keys to Literacy
Literacy How
Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education
Professional Training Institute
Public Consulting Group
RMC Research Corporation
The Reading Institute


Our Supporters

For a complete list of HILL Supporters, please click the link below.


Our Schools

For a complete list of HILL Schools, please click the link below.

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from FY2017-18 financial audit



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