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MultiLit and MiniLit

The development of the MultiLit (Making Up Lost Time In Literacy) Program began in 1995 at Macquarie University Special Education Centre under the direction of Professor Kevin Wheldall.

In 1996 Bill Crews formed a partnership with Professor Wheldall to implement a group version of the one-to-one MultiLit Program. It was seen as a preventative intervention to help ensure struggling students had the literacy skills to successfully access all curriculum areas in high school. An inability to read is considered to be one of the greatest risk factors for unemployment and homelessness.

In 2009 the Exodus Foundation began setting up literacy centres in Darwin with the aim of up-skilling primary aged Aboriginal students who had fallen well behind their peers in reading and related literacy skills. 

The Bill Crews Literacy program offers an intensive, systematic and explicitly designed method of content delivery to consistently close the literacy gap between students and their peers in a short space of time. The program is data based which enables us to give appropriately levelled work in order to ensure children’s full potential is reached.