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Cultivating Genius
Virtual Book Study

Founded on the principles of 19th century Black literacy societies, Dr. Gholdy Muhammad’s HILL model focuses on four interrelated and equally important areas of educational development: identity, skills, knowledge, and Criticality, “the capacity and ability to read, write, think, and speak in ways to understand power and equity in order to understand and promote anti-oppression.” (Muhammad, quoted in Ferlazzo) In Cultivating Genius: An Equity Framework for Cultural and Historical Literacy, Dr. Muhammad outlines the background for, details of, and implementation of her framework.


Join us for an in-depth discussion of this ground-breaking book that will be an opportunity not only to learn about the HILL model but also to reflect on and share our own practice and grow in our own teaching and equity work. The discussion will be led by Bill Ivey, Middle School Dean at Stoneleigh-Burnham School where they have successfully adopted this model as a school-wide framework.


Please note that this event is free to NELMS members. If you are unsure if your school is a current member of NELMS, please contact us at The book is not included in with your registration so we encourage you to purchase a copy of the book thru Amazon:


Sessions Schedule/Topic (all sessions will take place from 7:00 to 8:00 pm)

Wednesday, October 12, 2022 – Introduction, Chapters 1 & 2
Wednesday, November 9, 2022 – Chapter 3
Wednesday, December 14, 2022 – Chapters 4 & 5
Wednesday, January 11, 2023 – Chapter 6
Wednesday, February 8, 2023 – Chapters 7 & 8

Facilitator Bio

Bill Ivey (he/any) is Middle School Dean and teaches Humanities 7, Rock Band, and Academic Skills at Stoneleigh-Burnham School, a gender-inclusive girls school for grades 7-12 in Western Massachusetts. He also serves on the NELMS Board of Directors as an advisor for equity, inclusion, and social justice, and on the AMLE Equity in Middle Grades Education Committee

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