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HPLA: Who we Are. What we Do.
This site was created and is maintained by High Progress Literacy Associates, LLC. We are an educational consulting firm dedicated to helping all students become “high progress” learners. We know that not only is this possible, it is an opportunity that is passionately embraced by students who are lucky enough to be in classrooms that adopt the tenets of high progress literacy.
Our work is to help teachers and students create these classrooms. We do this through:
- Working one-on-one with teachers and instructional leaders
- Providing professional development with small or large groups
- Creating instructional videos
- Developing assessment tools
- Compiling content materials that promote high progress classrooms
It is typically a combination of these methods that bring the best results. (By “results” we mean student learning that results in higher achievement, which in our experience, is almost always reflected in student test scores.)
Districts and schools have different needs. To find out what might work best for you, contact us!
High Progress Literacy Associates is headquartered in Columbia, South Carolina. We are available to work with schools and districts throughout the U.S. and Canada. Use the form below to contact us for further information or to request a proposal for creating high progress classrooms in your school or district.
What is a High Progress Literacy Associate?
We consider anyone who embraces the tenets of high progress literacy and who demonstrates an understanding of these tenets as evidenced through practice, a High Progress Literacy Associate. Currently this is an informal recognition, but we have plans to develop a more formal process in the future. We believe that teachers and instructional leaders who transform classrooms and schools into vibrant high progress learning communities should be recognized—and we want to do that!
Our “lead associates” are our company employees who support the work of our school-based associates. These are the folk who develop and promote this website and other materials.
HPL is…magic! I just don’t know how else to describe what has happened in my classroom this year… I cannot believe how fast they [the students] are learning. Parents come up to me constantly saying, ‘I don’t know what you’re doing this year, but my child is loving it!’ My lowest readers were reading at a higher level at the end of November than my highest readers were at the end of the year last year. And the writing? You just wouldn’t believe it. It’s magic!HPL Teacher
HPLA Lead Associates
Our lead associates are dedicated to assisting you to transform your classrooms into high progress literacy classrooms.
Jennifer Young is the founding associate of High Progress Literacy Associates. Her life-long interest in how people learn to make sense of the world through experience and language eventually led her to form a company to support teachers, students, and school leaders to make our classrooms reflect the real life ways people make sense of concepts, content, texts, and life.
Jennifer’s experiences include classroom teaching, curriculum and instruction at the school and district levels, and coaching in the South Carolina Reading Initiative, South Carolina Reading First,and for the SCDE’s Office of Literacy and Early Learning. She has expertise in designing and implementing interventions through years of experience as a Reading Recovery teacher and teacher leader, SC Reading First Intervention Trainer, RTI Intervention Specialist for the SCDE, and Literacy Specialist for the SCDE.
Beginning in 2011, Jennifer headed up the research team charged with exploring how to make practical the descriptions of high progress literacy classrooms in the research. She has been a high progress literacy educator ever since.
Michael Seaman is lead associate for research and IT. With expertise and experience in research, he advises associates regarding the latest research in high progress literacy and how to apply these research findings in classrooms. Michael consults with districts on application of research, evaluation of educational programs, and educational assessment. Additionally, he heads up web development and helps to fully integrate the use of technology in our work.
Michael holds a PhD. in Quantitative Methods in Educational Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He currently teaches research methods and statistics for graduate students at the University of South Carolina. He also worked in college administration at the UofSC for 15 years as a department chair, associate dean for administration and research, executive associate dean, and special assistant to the dean of education.