Each year, Hill provides direct services to approximately 1,000 students in the Triangle region of North Carolina, and trains around 800-1,000 educators from the Southeast, and beyond. Hill impacts the greatest number of students by training educators to implement HillRAP. In 2017-18, 300 teachers provided instruction to 3,000 students across 4 states using HillRAP Digital and the Hill Learning System. In 2018, we established new HLS partnerships in Arkansas and Georgia, and we continue to pursue partnerships to extend our reach, strengthen our program, and deepen our impact.
Ways We Reach
In spring 2018, NC DPI released state Read To Achieve funds to train Master Literacy Trainers (MLTs) from every district in the state, and several charter schools, in HillRAP and research-based resources and strategies for identifying dyslexia and supporting struggling readers. MLTs are participating in 10 hours of online training in phonics and phonological awareness, followed by 2-days of in-person training. The training is intended to increase understanding of a high-quality Tier 3 reading intervention and provide participants with skills and strategies for developing foundational reading skills.
Hill partners with public school districts, and individual K-12 district and charter schools statewide to train local educators to implement the Hill Reading Achievement Program (HillRAP), a Tier 3, individualized, research-based intervention for struggling readers. Teachers in more than 30 districts are delivering HillRAP in 2018-19. Hill works with each district or school to develop a training and implementation plan that meets their needs and budget.
Several independent schools in the Southeast have adopted HillRAP as a core element of their student support services for struggling readers and students with diagnosed learning disabilities. This model often allows schools to retain and support students who were not thriving, and most schools are charging additional fees for HillRAP and experiencing waiting lists for enrollment. Click here to view a list of Independent Schools currently implementing HillRAP.
Hill Learning Center has four affiliate partners who have replicated the Hill School half-day model for students with diagnosed learning differences – Greenville Learning Center (Greenville, NC), Hill School of Wilmington (Wilmington, NC), HillSprings (Colorado Springs, CO), and Oak Hill (Geneva, Switzerland). Each of these affiliates implements HillRAP, HillWrite, and HillMath with fidelity, accessing Hill professional development, certification, and the Hill Learning System to support the highest quality instruction and learning. Hill no longer supports new sites in replicating the half-day school model, but educators are welcome to tour our school and observe classes anytime, and any educator can enroll in Hill professional development to learn Hill methodology. Teachers, tutors, and program staff in nonprofits supporting students’ academic and literacy development outside of school can also be trained in HillRAP, or other Hill methodology. Educators implementing HillRAP consistently can also pursue HillRAP Certification.