Through multi-year funding from the Robertson Foundation, The Hill Center has partnered with the University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW) and the Brunswick County Public Schools in Eastern North Carolina to implement and further evaluate the efficacy of The Hill Center’s innovative, research-based Reading Achievement Program (HillRAP) model for closing the achievement gap for at-risk, low-performing publicschool students.  The project involves intensive training and support of teachers, and targets and supports multiple levels within the district, including school leaders, general and special education teachers, and parents.  In addition, the Project addresses teacher preparation at the UNCW Watson School of Education by offering a university-level course for teacher candidates based on  HillRAP.

The Robertson Foundation is a private foundation established in 1996 by Tiger Management founder Julian H. Robertson, Jr., his wife Josie, and their family.  Among other program priorities, the Foundation funds public school reform initiatives that address the challenges that negatively impact student achievement. “It is the Foundation’s hope that the effective schools they support will serve as examples of what can and should be for America’s public schools.  They support activities that enhance existing system policies and practices, drive more effective use of resources, and conduct demonstration projects which can be adopted throughout public systems.” www.robertsonfoundation.org