P-3934

Remediating Reading by Kindle

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Financing

Documents

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History Logs

Project Description

Country: USA

Location: Fort Collins

Total Budget: $3,150

Area of Focus: Basic education and literacy

Activity Type: Education: Literacy

Summary: Raising literacy with supervised progressive reading on Kindle


The ability to read is essential to success in modern life. Yet, children with reading difficulties often are 'left behind' in school without adequate remedial assessments and interventions to help them read at grade level. In round-robin reading assignments poor readers are stigmatized as stupid, a challenge to self-esteem that stays with them throughout their life. The US Department of Justice states that "The link between academic failure and delinquency, violence, and crime is welded to reading failure." Over 70% of inmates in America's prisons cannot read above a fourth-grade level. 85 percent of all juveniles who interface with the juvenile court system are functionally illiterate and two thirds of students who cannot read proficiently by the fourth grade will end up in jail or on welfare. This project will use Kindle readers and appropriate books to help ensure that all selected children read at grade level.

The anonymity of Kindle reading allows students to read at a comfortable level aided by the Kindle text-to-speech capability, word highlighting, dictionary definitions, etc.. Students will also appreciate the compact size and low weight of the Kindle. We expect to expand the program to schools throughout Larimer County in subsequent years as funding permits. In future years we expect to expand the program progressively as a no cost aid to teachers.

The project will be managed by RAW President-Elect Nomineee Ursula Harrison who has more than 40 years' experience in education (including in language arts) in three countries. In 2011 she successfully introduced the use of Kindle readers to remediate reading abilities in an alternative high school in Wyoming. Initial tracking of effectiveness over a two-year period showed that appropriately managed the Kindle reading program increased reading levels by at least two grade levels within one semester. She will adapt the program used at high school level to elementary children and coordinate selection, testing and evaluation of kids with the professionals at Children's Speech & Reading Center in Fort Collins ("CSRC" whose Executive Director, Dave Boon, also is a member of the club). Based on initial assessments of reading levels Ursula Harrison will select reading materials and books (available free from several sources on the Internet) and load them onto each kid's Kindle.

The project consists of these steps:

• Up to 50 children will be selected from a range of educational institutions including private schools, charter schools, and social organizations for underserved populations (e.g. La Familia). If kids already have an appropriate digital device, we shall help them load appropriate books.

• Parents and children will be advised in the use of the selected reading materials.

• Each Kindle will be loaded with a selection of books to guide the child to their appropriate reading level and set 'parental controls' to permit observation of their progress.

• Children will be tested by CSRC to assess their reading ability before entering the program.

• Because of limitations in CSRC reading therapy assistance, reading therapy may not be provided to all children in the program.

• The child's reading ability will be tested again after several months and the result evaluated for evidence that the Kindle reading program significantly advances reading ability.

Budget: Purchase of 30 Kindle for Kids $3,150

Project Contact Person

District: 5440

Rotary Club of: Fort Collins After Work

Primary Contact: Neil Harrison

Email: neil_e_harrison@yahoo.com

Project Status

Paid
This project is "Paid". This means that the funds from the district have been issued. This project is now being ready for implementation. When this is done, a report needs to be uploaded on the project page and the "Reported" button needs to be clicked, then the status of the project will be changed to "Reported".

Project listed for the 2021-22 Rotary Year.

Proposed Financing

Existing Contributions Towards This Project

Date

Cash

DDF

Total

Fort Collins After Work (5440)

7-Jun-21

$1,150

$2,000

$3,150

Total

$1,150

$2,000

$3,150

Project Supporting Documents

Project Photos

History Log Entries

7-Jun-21

System Entry

System Entry: Creation of project page.

7-Jun-21

by Neil Harrison

System Entry: Project sent for club signatures.

7-Jun-21

by Neil Harrison

System Entry: Project signed by Neil Harrison.

7-Jun-21

System Entry

System Entry: Project signed by Ursula Harrison.

7-Jun-21

System Entry

System Entry: Project signed by Tracey Emslie.

7-Jun-21

by Dave Boon

System Entry: Project signed by Dave Boon.

7-Jun-21

System Entry

System Entry: Project signed by Bryan Thompson.

9-Jun-21

by Randall Looper

Neil,

I know the cost is listed in the description but please upload a detailed budget of income and expenses to the documents area.

16-Aug-21

by Neil Harrison

In response automatic email on project status:

This project awaits District matching funding in order to advance. We have been making connections with possible test locations.

Neil Harrison

20-Sep-21

by Randall Looper

System Entry: Project approved by the District Approval Committee.

27-Sep-21

by Randall Looper

Neil,

The check for the grant has been mailed. Please let me know when you have received it.

Randy

27-Sep-21

by Bill Kehl

System Entry: Check for DDF payment issued by Foundation Treasurer.

3-Apr-22

by Neil Harrison

Through 2021 Covid-19 restricted our access to Larimer County schools and teachers were unwilling to consider new programs. However, we are now in negotiations with the principal of the Poudre School District school that has the highest number of disadvantaged students. He is working with his literacy specialists to potentially enable Kindle for Kids for about 20 children as a summer reading recovery program.

3-Apr-22

by Randall Looper

System Entry: Project has been implemented and final report uploaded.

8-Apr-22

by Randall Looper

Neil,

Please provide a quarterly history log update as to the status of this project.

Randy

15-Apr-22

by Neil Harrison

Because of Covid restrictions in schools, implementation of this project has been delayed and an extension may be necessary. We are now working with one elementary school and are in contact with a middle school. We also have exchanged ideas with a PSD teacher interested in using Kindles with dyslexic students. Children's Speech and Reading Center also is interested in developing the program but is presently short of qualified staff.

19-Apr-22

by Randall Looper

System Entry: Project reverted to "Paid".

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