George Lucas Educational Foundation

Patricia Hilliard

Education Consultant and Coach

Patricia Hilliard has a PhD in curriculum and instruction with a concentration in urban education. Her rich and varied experiences in education include being a high school teacher, college career counselor, and university instructor. Her success with students stems from creating learning environments that encouraged intellectual curiosity, cultural competence, social responsibility and complex problem solving. Patricia has designed and delivered presentations at statewide conferences on topics ranging from integrating global perspectives into CTE curriculum to project-based learning. Currently, she is an education consultant and coach for RTI International.


  • Literacy

    Literacy Skills in Career and Technical Education Classes

    CTE classes are a great place for literacy lessons as students are presented with authentic texts like technical manuals, computer programs, and blueprints.
  • Performance Assessment

    Performance-Based Assessment: Reviewing the Basics

    Performance-based assessments share the key characteristic of accurately measuring one or more specific course standards. They are also complex, authentic, process/product-oriented, open-ended, and time-bound.
  • Literacy

    Teaching Students the Skills of Expert Readers

    The seven strategies of highly skilled readers include activating, summarizing, monitoring and clarifying, visualizing and organizing, searching and selecting, questioning, and inferring.

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