Hopping on a bike to find clarity in the classroom, that’s the philosophy behind the Riding for Focus program offered to Middle School students at AIM Academy. It’s helping students not only increase their grade point averages, but their confidence. PBS 39 Health Reporter Brittany Sweeney caught up with 14-year-old Zander Boward on the bike path to talk about why he rides 15 miles each way to school.
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Head of School Chris Herman's latest blog for Future Ready Schools looks at the many ways AIM offers immersive learning experiences to students to help build background knowledge. Read more here.
Head of School Chris Herman's blog "Making Education Special" was featured on Future Ready Schools on August 28. Read more about how AIM unlike prototypical special education doesn't "start with what a child cannot do. We start with what a child loves to do. We know that we will fill their day with interventions and they will have to learn to read, write, and do math. We know that as a result of their learning difference, they will have to work twice as hard as their age-related peer. But, we don’t make them give up what they love to make room for what they need. In fact, we see doing what they love as an integral piece of how they acquire they need. And we have the results to show that doubling down on a passion will equal double the success for our students."
AIM's robotics and engineering program was highlighted in EdTech Digest's recap of the ISTE conference held in Philadelphia in June. Author Mike Gura writes: "AIM Academy aimpa.org – so great to see a school this is “All In” with robotics. I chatted with Doug Markgraf, a full time robotics teacher there and with Robert Ervin, Director of Robotics and Engineering for the school. I had to be mindful of the very powerful, full-size robot prowling the floor, built by the school’s FIRST team and got a close look at their android phone powered robot built by their FIRST Tech Challenge team."
The latest blog post, Does Your Hiring Strategy Include People with Learning Differences?, by SEI's Al Chiaradonna shares his experience at our AIM IGNITE Center Summer Institute in June.
AIM Institute for Learning & Research's Director of Partnerships and Engagement Deborah Lynam just returned from three days in Washington DC with dyslexia advocates from 17 states as part of the 5th annual Dyslexia Hill Day organized by Decoding Dyslexia parents. This three day gathering of families, professionals and policy-makers on Capitol Hill focused on discussing current trends and upcoming federal legislative efforts impacting individuals with dyslexia.
May is Better Hearing and Speech Month so it's fitting that we congratulate Erin DeVault, our Director of Speech and Language, on her recent award from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).