Rotary Club of Willowdale

The Computer-Assisted Literacy Solution (CALS)

 

The Rotary Club of Willowdale, Canada proudly presents:

The Computer-Assisted Literacy Solution (CALS)

  • Are you looking for an additional way in which to assist with literacy improvement?
  • Do you have volunteers interested in helping individuals to improve their literacy in reading or math?
  • Do you have access to computers with high speed internet connections?

If yes, you will want to learn more about the Computer-Assisted Literacy Solution (CALS)

For US$80 (or $95 Canadian), any sponsored individual can have access to the Academy of READING and Academy of MATH for up to a year.

For more information about this new offering, go to:

www.autoskill.com/rotary

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About CALS

The Computer-Assisted Literacy Solution (CALS), based on AutoSkill's Academy of READINGÃ'® and Academy of MATHÃ'® programs, was presented at Rotary International's Centennial Convention in June 2005. Following the convention, discussions were held to determine how CALS could best be utilized by Rotary to help meet the challenge to improve world-wide literacy. It was believed that Rotary clubs, with access to computers and high speed internet connections, could help individuals using AutoSkill programs to improve their reading and math skills.

 

In April, 2006, Rotary International's 2007- 2008 President asked that a pilot project be undertaken in three Districts - two in Canada and one in Australia - to test the effectiveness of this approach.

71 students averaged 4.3 hours of focused training and achieved average gains of 0.9 grade levels on the reading test. In the math program, 44 students with pre and post test results averaged 3.9 hours of focused training and achieved average gains of 0.6 grade levels.

Survey Results from the pilot project also showed that facilitators and participants alike endorse this solution as a way in which to assist individuals needing to further build and reinforce core reading and math foundation skills.

For the Academy of READING, an impressive 100% of the participants indicated that they thought training had improved their reading skills! 94% of students indicated that they would recommend the program to their friends. Overall, 87% of students rated their experience with using the Academy of READING program as either good or excellent.

For the Academy of MATH, 90% of the participants indicated that they thought training had improved their math skills! 90% of students indicated that they would recommend the program to their friends. 100% of students rated their experience with using the Academy of MATH program as either good or excellent.

The facilitators that responded to the survey also rated CALS highly. 91% believe that CALS benefited participants reading and math skills and 95% would recommend CALS to a friend.