AIM Announces Partnership with Yale University’s Haskins Laboratories for Research Innovation Collaborative

AIM Academy and the AIM Institute for Learning & Research in collaboration with Yale University’s Haskins Laboratories have announced that they will become the first educational partner of the Haskins Global L2 (Language & Literacy) Innovation Hub to improve language and literacy outcomes for children at risk of reading difficulties across languages and cultures.

This international and interdisciplinary collaborative, brings together researchers, practitioners, educators and education technology specialists to use new approaches to: 1) improve the sensitivity of early language assessment and intervention, 2) deliver on the promise of neuroscience-guided reading instruction and remediation 3) scale the solutions to global challenges using education technology, and 4) train a new generation of educators and clinicians.

The Haskins Global L2 Innovation Hub is committed to scaling the collaborative efforts by identifying leading educational providers with whom to partner for the purpose of developing future generations of educational researchers, providers and leaders who understand the science of reading and language and are trained to translate the growing research in early identification and best practice. Haskins has identified the AIM Institute for Learning & Research and AIM Academy, a grade 1-12 school for children with language-based learning disabilities as the group’s first education partner.

“AIM’s proven track record of delivering evidence-informed and evidence-based programming to students, the AIM Institute’s commitment to teacher training and its current replication of the AIM Integrated Literacy Model in Philadelphia area schools, makes it one of the top services providers in the county,” said Dr. Ken Pugh of Haskins Laboratories. “We are excited to have a environment where teachers and researchers can work together on these important issues.”

AIM will form the IGNITE Center as part of its partnership which will serve as a research hub for researchers and practitioners who study the neuroscience of language and the implications for acquiring improved literacy skills; serve as an incubator for research activities that require interaction with a school environment; train educators and coaches to implement evidence-based literacy programs and convene research fellows, their faculty advisors, teacher scholars and university partners to advance continued research in the field of learning and literacy.

“We are thrilled to partner with Haskins Laboratories on this global initiative that will take AIM’s commitment to research and evidence-based practices to the next level,” said Pat Roberts, co-founder of AIM Academy and the AIM Institute for Learning & Research. Nancy Blair, co-founder with Pat Roberts adds, “We know our students and faculty will benefit greatly from this partnership and we are excited collaborate with our university and school partners as part of this initiative.”

About Haskins Laboratories –Haskins has an 85-year history of being in the forefront of interdisciplinary neurocognitive research, theoretical development and technological advances that has led to important insights in understanding the brain bases of speech, language and reading problems and their treatment. It has formal affiliations with Yale University School of Medicine, the Yale Child Study Center, the University of Connecticut Institute for the Brain and Cognitive Sciences and extensive national and international research partnerships.

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