Professional Development

Hill Reading Achievement Program (HillRAP) Certification

The Hill Reading Achievement Program (HillRAP) is an adaptation of The Hill Center’s research-based multisensory structured language approach to teaching reading. HillRAP instruction includes the five essential components of a successful reading program as put forth by the National Reading Panel. Phonological awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension are the core of the daily instructional program that is implemented in 45-60 minute sessions with a 4:1 student teacher ratio. HillRAP is grounded in the Orton-Gillingham and precision teaching methods and utilizes assessment to determine appropriate levels of instruction. Instruction is individualized to meet the needs of the students. Daily progress monitoring is aligned with the principles of the Common Core State Standards.


HillRAP has been implemented in the public schools and has demonstrated effectiveness in significantly improving the skills of struggling readers. Certification in HillRAP is available to qualified participants. HillRAP training is certified by the International Multisensory Language Education Council (IMSLEC). To achieve HillRAP Certification, a teacher must complete 45 hours of professional development, including HillRAP and HillWrite workshops and the online course Breaking the Code. In addition, teachers must implement the program for a minimum of 90 hours, submit a case study detailing a student’s progress in the program, and receive five coaching sessions with an experienced Hill Center mentor. Training and certification is geared toward Exceptional Children’s teachers, reading specialists, speech pathologists, and tutors.

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