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Piscatello Law shared details about Sam's Place and our October 16 Community Opening in a recent blog post. Sam's Place will provide AIM Academy students with the opportunity to learn bicycle repair skills/certification while also being exposed to innovative technology and entrepreneurship concepts. In the future, AIM Academy plans to open their program to surrounding community members.

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Over the past year, AIM has had the privilege of working closely with Dr. Julie Washington as AIM examined its work with an equity lens both in the curriculum we use with students in school at AIM Academy and in the content and coursework of AIM Pathways teacher training.

Listen to Dr. Washington speak about her work with AIM Institute and on AIM Pathways in this video.

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Last fall, AIM began working with educators in 10 Louisiana schools as part of the state's K-2 Literacy Coaching Pilot. More than 161 educators participated in Pathways to Proficient Reading as part of the program allowing teachers across the state how to dig deeper, says Jane Anne Watson, the pilot’s Northern Louisiana Literacy Coordinator. “Now they know that you have to dig deeper and how to do it.”

AIM Pathways is one of four literacy training providers approved by Louisiana for the statewide roll out of it's Literacy Foundations Training program which as part of Act 108  requires early literacy training based on the Science of Reading for K-3 teachers of reading, math, science, and/or social studies as well as principals and assistant principals of schools that include the K-3 grade levels.

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Summer Enrichment Campers Joining in Literacy Research

AIM Summer campers entering 2nd grade are joining in literacy research this summer as they improve their decoding, encoding and fluency skills. As a Wilson® Accredited Partner, AIM will share data results from its implementation of Wilson's new Fundations Ready to Rise™ Program with Wilson as they assess this new course an look for opportunities for improvement.

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Four Diamonds, the organization that supports fundraising for pediatric cancer research has selected AIM senior Ellie Chiaradonna as a member of the 2021-2022 Mini-THON Student Leadership Council. The Mini-THON Student Leadership Council provides feedback and shares ideas with the Four Diamonds staff throughout the school year to help improve the Mini-THON program. This role is given to students that excel in their local Mini-THON through leadership, fundraising and their commitment to community service.

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The AIM Institute for Learning & Research is pleased to announce an important addition to the organization’s administrative team who will help advance literacy instruction and the Science of Reading among educators and administrators nationwide. Cindy Hadicke, a former teacher and principal, most recently served as an elementary education consultant to the Kansas State Department of Education. She assumes her role as AIM’s Director of Client Success and Implementation on July 12.

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AIM Academy is excited to welcome Jason McGhee as our Director of Athletics and Student Life. McGhee brings more than 25 years of athletic and educational administrative experience to the Wolf Pack. McGhee’s primary focus will be continuing to strengthen and expand opportunities in athletics, the arts, and extracurricular activities and events for AIM students, families, faculty and staff that compliment the vision and mission of the school.

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Researchers from Middle Tennessee State University's Center for Dyslexia examined and researched educator knowledge in both in-person and online training using AIM's Pathways to Proficient Reading course. The recently published article,Testing the impact of online training in areas of reading instruction on educator knowledge, showed that online PD training elevated educators’ knowledge.

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