AutoSkill Invests in Growth and Development of Latina / Latino School Leaders With Sponsorship of Mentoring Program

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Innovative California Program Designed to Increase Latina/Latino School Leaders, Support Retention Enters Sixth Year

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We are proud to continue our sponsorship of a program that supports California Latina and Latino school leaders in their commitment to excellence in education and mandate to close the achievement gap.

The California Association of Latino Superintendents and Administrators (CALSA) announced today that AutoSkill International is continuing its commitment to mentoring Latino and Latina school leaders by sponsoring the 2008-2010 Cohort of the CALSA Administrator Mentoring Program. This is the second year that the company has invested in the program designed to increase the number of new Latina and Latino school leaders, as well as support their retention in leadership roles.

"There is strong cultural identification in the Latino community, and our mentoring program builds on that trait to develop educational leaders who will serve as role models for children in California and around the country," said Kenneth R. Magdaleno, mentoring program director and developer and assistant professor, Kremen School of Education and Human Development, California State University, Fresno. "However, we could not be successful without the support of leaders in the education corporate community, such as AutoSkill, who understand the value of supporting the growth and development of Latina and Latino educational leaders."

In 2004, CALSA launched this innovative mentoring program in response to the deep disparity between the number of Latina and Latino students as compared with educational leaders in California schools. At that time, in the public school system, 47 percent of the student population was Latina or Latino, but less than 16 percent of the school leadership was Latina or Latino. Over the last five years, 72 current and future school leaders have participated in the program. Matching veteran leaders with new protégés allows program participants to share common experiences, a common language, and similar racial and equity concerns.

"CALSA's mentoring program is a model for states and school districts looking for ways to develop present and future educational leaders," said KC Lim, president and CEO, AutoSkill International. "We are proud to continue our sponsorship of a program that supports California Latina and Latino school leaders in their commitment to excellence in education and mandate to close the achievement gap."

About the California Association of Latino Superintendents and Administrators (CALSA)
CALSA is a community of educational leaders whose mission is working to increase the number of successful Latino/Latina administrators, committed to closing the Latino/Latina student achievement gap. CALSA achieves its mission by advocating on behalf of Latino children, providing opportunities for professional development and career enhancement, promoting the success of current and future leaders. For more information, visit http://www.calsa.org.

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 helps 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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