Darci Burns, Ph.D.
Darci Burns, HILL Senior Facilitator, - Ms. Burns received her Ed. M. in Language and Literacy from Simmons College and a BS in Elementary Education from Eastern Illinois University. Ms. Burns serves as a HILL facilitator and currently trains consultants and coaches and works with 4 school districts in long-term school change projects. She also provides national workshops on Leadership for Literacy and in DIBELS. Ms. Burns served as a Regional Professional Development Provider for the Massachusetts Reading First Program where she provided ongoing training and support for teachers, reading specialists and administrators in the implementation of scientifically based reading curriculum and assessments. She has developed and conducted training workshops in the key domains of reading for teachers, parents and administrators for Reading First, BayState Readers Initiative, Boston Public Schools and Massachusetts Summer Reads Program. Ms. Burns also served as a member of the State Leadership Team for Reading First and is the author of the Intergenerational Literacy Tutoring Program (ILTP) manual. She was a literacy specialist in an urban school system for 7 years and a classroom teacher for 7 years. As a classroom teacher she was awarded "Teacher of the Year".
Key to changing student outcomes are building and sustaining teachercapacity using assessment of the current state of schools literacy; strategic action planning;and data-based implementation of core, supplemental, and intervention programs thatare accompanied by effective leadership activities.