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The Hill - East Durham Learning Collaborative 

Thanks to a $650,000 challenge grant from the William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust and generous contributions from other philanthropic leaders, Hill has launched the East Durham Learning Collaborative. 

The East Durham Learning Collaborative brings the research-based Hill Reading Achievement Program (HillRAP) to five public schools in East Durham that serve high-need populations of students. This partnership aims to close early literacy gaps through the HillRAP intervention, targeted teacher training and coaching, and collaboration.

The Learning Collaborative includes a network of partners that collectively support the project goals, including Durham Public Schools, the East Durham Children’s Initiative, and N.C. State University’s Friday Institute for Educational Innovation. By establishing East Durham as a pilot site for the Hill Learning System, providing intensive remediation for students and extensive training for teachers, and establishing forums for shared learning across all partners, the impact of this initiative will endure long after the project is complete.


Participating Schools

Eastway Elementary

Global Scholars Academy

KIPP: Durham

Maureen Joy Charter School

Y.E. Smith Elementary


Please click here to learn more about this project.


Thank you to our Funders

Durham Merchants Association Charitable Foundation 

Fox Family Foundation

Goodnight Family Foundation

William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust

NC GlaxoSmithKline Foundation 


Join the Challenge

The William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust has issued a $650,000 challenge grant for this initiative. $215,000 in matching funds have been committed to date. Make a gift today to help us meet the Kenan Challenge and improve literacy and learning in East Durham and beyond!


For more information contact Jeanne Tilley, Assistant Director of Advancement. 

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