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At the AIM Institute for Learning and Research we know that literacy is the foundation for success in school and life –– and that we as educators can do a far better job of helping our children build this foundation. Our focus is to identify evidence-based strategies in the field of literacy and language-based learning differences and to put those practices to work. It's a mission of vital importance and one that AIM is uniquely positioned to fulfill.

MAKING LITERACY A PRIORITY ACROSS OUR COMMUNITIES

TRANSLATING LITERACY RESEARCH INTO CLASSROOM PRACTICE

Connect with top researchers in the field who are developing powerful new learning approaches and making them part of teachers' best practices.

DELIVERING WORLD-CLASS PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT ON DEMAND

Access proven, personalized Professional Training programs that go beyond traditional training methods to improve teacher knowledge and practice of evidence-based instruction in the classroom.

FORMING STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIPS TO TRANSFORM SCHOOLS

Benefit from a thought partner working with school administrators and teachers to deliver evidence-based instruction using the diagnostic and prescriptive tools of the AIM Integrated Literacy Model.

AIM is the first education partner with the Haskins Global L2 (Language & Literacy) Innovation Hub, an international and interdisciplinary research collaborative, is an instructional strategies partner with the Read by 4th initiative in Philadelphia and provides access to Parent Resources including free community speakers series, workshops and resources to help support all students and families.


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NEWS

Book Donations to Cornerstone Christian

This week, Suruchi Keenheel, Director of Instructional Coaching and Training at the AIM Institute for Learning & Research, delivered hundreds of books collected by AIM Academy to students at Cornerstone Christian Academy in southwest Philadelphia.

Cornerstone Christian is one of AIM’s new education partners with ten K-5th grade teachers at the school working with AIM Institute to learn about and implement literacy instruction using AIM’s Integrated Literacy Model.

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Read More about Give a Book Collection: Donation to Cornerstone Christian Academy
Logos of Bryn Athyn College and AIM Institute for Learning & Research

Bryn Athyn College and AIM Academy announce an exciting partnership as part of the College’s new Master of Science in special education (MSSPED) with a literacy concentration. Utilizing AIM Academy’s cutting-edge, research-based teaching methods in the field of literacy and language-based learning differences, Bryn Athyn College positions its new master’s program on the forefront of pre-K-8 special education teacher preparation and training.

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Read More about AIM and Bryn Athyn College Announce Partnership Providing Literacy Content for New Special Education Master's Program
AIMing High - Suburban Life - September 2018

Suburban Life's cover article "AIMing High" focuses on the vital partnerships, cutting-edge research and immersive curriculum that help students with learning differences "bring their passions to life."

Students Cut the Ribbon

Conshohocken, PA - This year, AIM Academy’s 142 high school students were welcomed back to school into an entirely new space for learning, the Upper School Collaborative, a 10,000 square-foot dynamic space constructed this summer on the third floor of the Conshohocken school’s historic main building.

Elected officials, AIM trustees and representatives from architects Blackney Hayes Architects and contractor Wohlsen Construction, joined students, faculty, staff and guests at a ribbon cutting for the new space on September 4th. Construction of this transformed space began in June and was funded in part by a $500,000 state RACP grant.

During the ceremony, Nedia Ralston, Gov. Tom Wolf’s Philadelphia Representative, state Rep. Mary Jo Daley, and state Sen. Vincent Hughes’ chief of staff Marcella Daniels both shared their excitement at seeing the changes at AIM and of the strides AIM is making to improving outcomes for all children.

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Read More about AIM Academy Opens New 10,000 square-foot Upper School Collaborative Space
Graph of fluency improvement rates

As the Philadelphia area’s only reading research organization connected to a school for children with learning differences, we wanted to confirm what we’ve always believed: AIM Academy students were improving their reading through our Integrated Literacy Model of instruction. After close analysis, we were thrilled to know that the majority of our students are exceeding national fluency norms for average rate of improvement. Not just compared to their peers with learning differences, because there are no national fluency norms for children who learn differently, but for ALL children. 

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Read More about AIM Works - Literacy Data Shows Student Improvement
Saxbys CEO Nick Bayer to be Honored at AIM for the Stars Gala on April 19th

AIM Academy and the AIM Institute for Learning & Research are excited to honor Philadelphia entrepreneur Nick Bayer, founder and CEO of Saxbys, with the AIM Institute for Learning & Research Leadership Award to celebrate his support of education and entrepreneurship.

AIM Academy, a 344-student, evidence-based school for children with language-based learning differences, will hold its annual AIM for the Stars Gala on Thursday, April 19th, 2017 at VIE in Philadelphia beginning at 5:30 pm. The event will include 300 researchers, community leaders, educators, policy makers and families of children with learning differences.

Read More about Saxbys CEO Nick Bayer to be Honored at AIM for the Stars Gala on April 19th
Map of Haskins Global Hub Researchers

Haskins Laboratories, a Yale-affiliated research institute based in New Haven, Conn., has launched a new collaboration in its efforts to improve language and literacy outcomes for children at risk for reading difficulties worldwide. Haskins has identified AIM Academy, a grade 1-12 school for children with language-based learning disabilities, and the AIM Institute for Learning & Research, as its first education partner. Through the collaboration with AIM, Haskins will work with educational researchers, service providers, and academic leaders to translate the growing body of research in the science of reading and language into early identification of and best practices in treating language-based reading problems.

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