AIM's Lower School Makerspace teacher Kate O'Brian recently published an article providing teachers with ideas and resources for planning meaningful activities for students during Computer Science Education Week from December 4th-10th and the Hour of Code. The article explains the importance of making time for students to code. "Introducing coding and computational thinking early broadens their repertoire of different ways to see the world. As a bonus, most students also find that the tools and platforms I teach coding with are novel, attention-grabbing, and fun," O'Brian emphasizes. Coding also opens up more opportunities for students to be creative, and allows students the agency to enact positive change.
AIM in the News
AIM Academy has been recognized as an "Outstanding Visual Arts Community" by The Pennsylvania Art Education Association (PAEA). This endorsement is awarded to schools with rigorous, inclusive, and accessible programs.
"Engagement in the arts at AIM Academy is a transformative experience,” said AIM Head of School Annette Fallon. “We are very proud of our faculty, staff, and students and honored to receive this award as we continue to support our future ready leaders."
As the nation enters Dyslexia Awareness Month, AIM Academy is excited to share that it is a founding school of a new education organization focused on collaborating and advocating for students with language-based learning differences.
The Association of LD Schools (ALDS) is a new non-profit, private school organization including over 50 founding schools across the country that serve students with learning differences such as dyslexia, dyscalculia, dysgraphia, and executive dysfunction. The organization is an opportunity for LD schools nationwide to have a formal opportunity to partner together, share resources and support one another to make a positive impact for all students with learning differences.
On September 15th, AIM held an official groundbreaking ceremony for its new Global Innovation Hub addition. The event featured speeches delivered by Senator Vincent Hughes, Trustee Brian Lobley, senior David Marien-Efron, and co-founder and co-CEO Nancy Blair. In attendance were AIM's Board of Trustees, student and staff representatives, and our AIM capital campaign supporters. Students and faculty enjoyed celebratory cake and received "Meet Me at The Hub" pins to celebrate the occasion.
The AIM Institute for Learning & Research is excited support the South Dakota Department of Education’s (SDDOE) newly announced statewide literacy initiative by providing critical structured literacy instruction to early childhood and K-12 educators and leaders statewide.
The SDDOE selected AIM to provide professional learning opportunities and resources as part of its new literacy initiative that supports and guides educators to implement evidence-based learning throughout the state. AIM Pathways training opportunities are being offered free to all South Dakota educators and leaders through American Rescue Plan funding and include learning opportunities for everyone from paraprofessionals to principals.
The AIM Institute for Learning & Research is excited to continue its partnership with the Mississippi Department of Education and the North Mississippi Education Consortium as the state’s selected provider of literacy professional learning for the 2023-2024 school year. AIM will provide Mississippi teachers and education leaders with customized literacy training to help schools support a culture of literacy and provide teachers with tools, resources and support to implement new techniques into classroom practice. Registration for training opened this week.
CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa. - The Board of Trustees of AIM Academy are pleased to announce that the 1st-12th grade school for students with language-based learning differences has been approved for accreditation by the Pennsylvania Association of Independent Schools (PAIS) for 10 years through the 2032-2033 school year.
"This re-accreditation process involved every member of AIM’s team as we undertook an extensive self-study of our instruction, community, policies and procedures,” said Pat Roberts, AIM co-CEO and co-founder. “AIM also used this evaluation process to develop focus on our strategic plans for continued innovation focusing on providing AIM students with research-based learning opportunities to solve real-world problems.”
AIM Summer Enrichment Director Erin DeVault shared her unique perspective as a first-time camp parent in a February 19th article in The Chestnut Hill Local. Read this heartwarming piece here.