Dyslexia Awareness Month
October is National Dyslexia Awareness Month and LD Awareness Month!
For 15 years, AIM Academy's mission has been to "provide extraordinary educational opportunities to children with language-based learning disabilities such as dyslexia, dysgraphia, and dyscalculia utilizing research-based intervention strategies and an arts-based learning environment that is college preparatory in scope and sequence."
Every October as the nation celebrates Dyslexia Awareness Month and LD Awareness Month we take pride in recognizing our fearless learners and innovative teachers and to help educate others about learning differences.
31 Days of Literacy Learning on Twitter
As a research-based organization committed to improving literacy skills for all learners, AIM is looking forward to sharing information and research in the science of reading from a variety of voices throughout LD Awareness Month and Dyslexia Awareness Month. Our 31 Days of Literacy Learning tweets will feature quotes from literacy experts and researchers supporting literacy. Follow along on Twitter @aimtolearn for quotes from our research partners, AIM faculty and others in the literacy community.
PBIDA Virtual Fall Conference - Saturday, October 3
AIM is pleased to be a sponsor of the annual PBIDA conference which will be held live online on Saturday, October 3 and with record sessions available for the rest of October beginning on October 5. Literacy expert Dr. Margie Gillis is the events keynote speaker. Conference topics are designed to engage a variety of attendees including educators, related school personnel, higher education faculty, parents, students, and adults with dyslexia.
Dyslexia Research Opportunity for Parents
Our Haskins Global Literacy Hub partners have asked for the help of AIM in an upcoming study examining the beliefs parents and educators have about dyslexia and how some biases might impact diagnosis and intervention.
This study, which is still in the planning stages, would survey AIM parents with dyslexic children and AIM teachers about their thoughts about dyslexia and intervention effectiveness. The survey would be online, so no in-person participation is required.
We are currently gathering names of interested people to participate in this study when it is approved. The researchers are seeking 40 parents (from different families) and 40 AIM teachers.
If you are interested in participation, please complete this form to let us know and we will keep you updated as plans for the study progress.
Spirit Week and Wear Red for Dyslexia Day
A week when our fearless learners and innovative teachers get to show off their silly side while celebrating the AIM Wolf Pack
Monday, October 12 - Sports Day
Tuesday, October 13 - Blue Day - Celebrate our Blue Group Hybrid Learners and Don Your AIM Blue
Wednesday, October 14 - Pajama Day
Thursday, October 15 - Wear RED for Dyslexia Day
Friday, October 16 - Gold Day - Celebrate our Gold Group Hybrid Learners and Don Your AIM Gold
Read Aloud Tips from Julia Salamone
Last year during Dyslexia Awareness Month we created a video with former AIM Teacher (and now AIM Institute Instructional Developer) Julia Salamone featuring great tips for reading aloud to children.
This reading of seasonally appropriate Creepy Carrots can be a great tool for parents wondering how best to read to their children. We hope you enjoy it.