Upper Darby, PA - The Upper Darby School District has been gifted $10,000 from Wells Fargo to support the work the District is doing with the AIM Institute for Learning & Research’s AIM Pathways program. This gift, directly awarded to AIM and earmarked for the professional development opportunities in the District, will help fund the AIM Pathways to Proficient Reading course and accompanying coaching sessions for a cohort of early literacy teachers and leaders at the Kindergarten Center.
AIM in the News
The AIM Institute for Learning & Research is pleased to announce an agreement with Arcadia University’s School of Education to offer three graduate credits to educators completing the AIM Pathways IDA-accredited Pathways to Proficient Reading course. The course offers comprehensive tools and support to teachers learning about the research-based methods needed to successfully teach children to read.
AIM's partnership with the Haskins Global Literacy Hub was the first education partnership for the organization of neuroscience researchers. AIM established its IGNITE Center EEG lab in its lab school in early 2019 and began working with Haskins Laboratories researchers on an in-school study examining Predicting Literacy Outcomes in Schools. Haskins researchers will share early results of the study at the IDA Conference in Portland.
In late October, the International Dyslexia Association's Examiner published an article written by Haskins Laboratories researchers and AIM educators describing the potential of research partnerships in greater detail. Read more here.
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."
Recent AIM graduate Isabelle Jolinger was recently named a National Liberty Museum Young Hero for 2019. Jolinger, who will attend Syracuse University this fall, is among 13 young people recognized by the organization with the TD Bank Young Heroes Awards given to young people who have taken action to make positive social change in their schools and communities.
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.