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The HILL solution is expertly tailored teacher education implemented to fit a particular school’s literacy needs, not a program or a curriculum.

District & School Partnerships

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When we partner with a school, we organize and enrich the existing literacy elements. We provide customized training, building on the strengths and experience of the teachers and integrating the literacy efforts classroom by classroom. To make lasting change, the whole system needs to participate in designing goals, and remain involved in the improvement efforts. We systematically facilitate this effort.

Data-Driven Instruction

Having an informed, efficient system for collecting, organizing, and managing the use of student assessment data is crucial in sustaining effective practices. Data collection and analysis should permeate all aspects of school-wide literacy reform. We install routines that foster data-driven instruction to accelerate student literacy learning.

Leadership Building

The odds of improving student literacy increase dramatically when engaged and informed leaders drive and support the high-fidelity implementation of evidence-based literacy programs. We help front-line literacy leaders put research into practice within their own fast-moving and complex organizations.  

Evidence-Based Practices

Our methods are based on years of scientific research and experience in the area of whole school literacy transformation. In order to stay on the cutting edge, we partner with two of the premier education research centers in the country: the University of Oregon’s Center on Teaching and Learning (CTL) and the University of Connecticut’s Center for Behavioral Education & Research (CBER). 

Teacher Training & Support

We meet you where you are, working with your data, teachers, and materials. We fill-in content or literacy gaps by providing training and follow-up support to ensure educators have the necessary skills and tools to teach every child to read to their highest potential. We have also developed a library of online elearnings to make knowledge transfer more accessible and ensure sustainability. 

Stand-Alone Workshops

We offer a variety of workshops to meet your literacy needs. All our workshops can be used for PDPs, and some can be used toward graduate credit for an extra fee and additional work.


Our virtual Introductory Science of Reading Series teaches critical components of literacy instruction for Grades K-2, 3-5, or Administrators, integrating current research into each module and translating it into classroom application.

Now offering a summer open enrollment series! For more information on dates, topics, and to preview a session, see below.

SELF-regulated strategy development FOR writing

About the Workshop

This 2-day workshop overviews the evidence-based writing model: Self-Regulated Strategy Development (SRSD) developed by Dr. Karen Harris at Arizona State University. Participants will learn to use methods that have been extensively validated as effective in teaching struggling writers, such as formative assessment, rubrics, modeling, goal setting and graphic organizers. They will also learn to cultivate the necessary self-regulation in students that expert writers possess. The methods learned in this course will strengthen your existing writing instruction. Additionally, these methods can be taught via stand-alone units you’ll receive that address one of the Common Core’s major writing genres (opinion). SRSD has been validated for grades 2–12.

Research & Articles

Self-Regulated Strategy Development (SRSD) was developed by Drs. Karen R. Harris and Steve Graham. They are both Warner Professors in the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at Arizona State University. Dr. Harris developed the Self-Regulated Strategy Development (SRSD) model of strategy instruction which has been most extensively researched in the area of writing. Her research focuses on theoretically based interventions for the development of academic and self-regulation abilities among students who are at-risk and those with disabilities, as well as effective models of in-service teacher preparation for writing instruction for all students.
SRSD is endorsed by the National Institute of Health (NIH), RTI4Success, Institute of Education Sciences (IES).

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Online Training

We also offer this workshop as an online course. Click here to learn more.


About the Workshop

This workshop is an opportunity to learn strategies for helping students gather evidence, knowledge, and insight from what they read and discuss methods for gradually releasing them towards independence. During the workshop, participants will:

  • Participate in an adult-level close reading experience.
  • Learn to write text-dependent questions for both narrative and expository genres, and how to provide entry-points for all children through discourse, visual media, and annotation.
  • Understand the disciplinary overlaps in CCSS and how elements of critical thinking are integrated throughout.
  • Engage in multiple opportunities to think critically using video, social media and primary source texts.
  • Explore scaffolds for integrating critical thinking into multiple classroom contexts.
  • Plan to apply critical thinking models into reading and writing within your common core classroom.

Participants are encouraged to bring a text in order to develop close reading lesson strategies that they can use with their own students.

Online Training

We also offer this workshop as an online course. Click here to learn more.

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