AutoSkill and "District Administration" Grants to Honor Creative Programs for Raising Student Achievement

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Applications for $50,000 Grand Prize Award in Cash, Software and Services Accepted Through October 15

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For the program's second year, we have increased our commitment by adding software and professional development to help the successful school or district implement its creative program as a model that can be replicated by others.

Every day educators at U.S. schools launch innovative programs designed to raise achievement for struggling students. Now one creative school or district can win up to $50,000 in cash and software to support its creative program, with the launch of the Second Annual "District Administration" X-Factor Student Achievement Grant. Sponsored by AutoSkill International, this grant program challenges educators to demonstrate their "X-Factor" by submitting creative ideas for using the Academy of READING® or the Academy of MATH® from AutoSkill to raise reading and math achievement for at-risk, English language learner, low-income, minority or special education students.

"Educators have great ideas for raising student achievement at their schools, but often need an infusion of resources to put their plans into action," said Daniel E. Kinnaman, publisher, "District Administration." "We are collaborating with AutoSkill for the second year on this grant program to provide creative educators with the resources they need to make their visions a reality and improve reading and math achievement for their struggling students."

To enter, schools or districts submit a description (500 words or fewer) of the kind of program they would develop to change the lives of struggling students. The deadline is Oct. 15, 2008.

In early November 2008, a panel of "District Administration" editors will evaluate the submissions based on practicality, measurable outcomes, speed of implementation and scalability (can the program be easily replicated at any size of school or district). Literacy advocate John Corcoran, author of "The Teacher Who Couldn't Read," will join the panel as a guest judge to pare down the top 50 submissions and choose the winner and runners-up. Schools can submit a pilot program concept for a single student group, class or school, as long as it can be easily applied across the school and/or district.

One grand prize winner will receive a $20,000 cash grant plus $30,000 in AutoSkill reading and math intervention software and professional development. Other grants will go to regional runners-up. All winners will be profiled in the January 2009 issue of "District Administration" magazine.

The winner of the first X-Factor Student Achievement Grant was Mohawk Elementary School in Bessemer, Pa. The school was recognized for its innovative action-based learning program that combined a cross-curricular approach with physical activity to reinforce learning at a very young age. In addition, 15 regional runners-up were profiled in "District Administration's" September 2007 issue.

"In the inaugural year of the X-Factor Student Achievement Grants, we were inspired by the depth of innovative programs that schools designed to help their struggling students," said Susan Koch, vice president of marketing, AutoSkill International. "For the program's second year, we have increased our commitment by adding software and professional development to help the successful school or district implement its creative program as a model that can be replicated by others."

For more information or to apply for the X-Factor Student Achievement Grants, visit http://www.AutoSKill.com/Xfactor.

About "District Administration"
"District Administration" (http://www.districtadministration.com) is produced by Professional Media Group, a magazine and online publisher and conference producer focused on education management. "District Administration" provides regular editorial coverage of presentation technology, IT and AV issues, including networking and facilities design and reaches more than 76,000 senior-level decision-makers in virtually every district in the United States. In addition, Professional Media Group electronically publishes a popular daily e-newsletter - "District Administration Daily."

About AutoSkill International
AutoSkill International delivers award-winning reading and math intervention solutions to close the achievement gap for K-12 students. Based on original neuroscience research and patented methodology, the company's flagship Academy of READING and Academy of MATH software help educators develop intervention strategies that enable at-risk students to build fluency in the foundation skills of reading and math. Using a brain-based approach that incorporates automaticity, extended practice and motivation, AutoSkill solutions provide a universal mechanism for the development of permanent reading and math foundation skills. Students of all ages in a wide range of learning environments demonstrate significant progress with just 30 minutes of training a day, three to five days per week. For more information, visit http://www.autoskill.com.

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