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AIM Pathways received a Reimagine Education Gold Award in the Science of Learning category at the December 2020 conference. We are honored that our evidence-based program has received this important recognition and look forward to sharing more results from our Pathways participants as they take the science of reading into classrooms and schools.


Reimagine Education Shortlist Recognition


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English Learners

10.4% of U.S. public school students are English Language learners and just 3% of teachers have the necessary qualifications to support EL instruction.

National Center For Education Statistics, 2022

Develop the specialized knowledge required to accelerate language and literacy proficiency for English Learners in any program model with immediate instructional applications with AIM's newest course created in collaboration with literacy researcher Dr. Elsa Cárdenas-Hagan.

Each module in the Specialized Reading Knowledge Bundle: English Learners includes asynchronous online course instruction with exclusive content recorded by Dr. Cárdenas-Hagan, and a wealth of assessment resources, implementation tools, and printables to support immediate use in the classroom. Each module is paired with a 1-hour synchronous community of practice session (VCoP) with an expert AIM facilitator.

Modules include:

  • Introduction to English Learners: Language & Literacy Development (2 Hours, 1 hour VCOP)

  • Word Recognition Among English Learners (4 hours, 1 hour VCOP)

  • Language Comprehension Among English Learners (4 hours, 1 hour VCOP)

AIM is excited to provide these unique, comprehensive and evidence-based learning modules as a complement to AIM Pathways training to support education partners who are looking for training, tools and resources to support English learners as they implement evidence-based structured literacy instruction in the classroom. This course can be completed in 6 weeks.

Read Course Syllabus Here

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Who is this course recommended for?

AIM creates Specialized Reading Knowledge courses for individuals who already possess a strong foundational knowledge in Science of Reading and Structured Literacy, and are interested in expanding their instructional skills and knowledge. Please note that comprehensive structured literacy training (such as Pathways to Proficient Reading) is strongly recommended before enrolling in this specialized learning opportunity. If you are new to the science of reading and structured literacy, explore AIM Pathways courses to expand your foundational knowledge before diving into this next level of professional learning.

This course is intended for classroom teachers teaching all subjects and all learners. It is appropriate for all grade levels.

Training for Your School or District

Our AIM client engagement team is currently scheduling training for schools and districts interested in Specialized Reading Knowledge Bundle: English Learners as part of their professional learning opportunities.

Connect with our AIM team to learn how you can integrate these modules into your Science of Reading PD.

Provide EL Training in Your School

Webinar - Language and Literacy Foundations for English Learners

Researcher Dr. Elsa Cárdenas-Hagan whose work and instruction is featured in AIM's new Specialized Reading Knowledge course for English Learners joined us for a webinar on November 16. Access the recording to learn more about supporting English learners in your classroom and school.

Language and Literacy Foundations for English Learners

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From the SOR Blog

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By: Nicole Kingsland

While research and literature continues to emerge on literacy instruction for English learners, there are lots of misconceptions out there that can result in harmful practices. Take a moment to check-in on your own understanding by reading the following statements. Two are false misconceptions, while only one contains the truth. Can you locate the false statements?

  1. Our culture has an influence on how we teach.

  2. “Just good teaching” is good enough for all, including ELs.

  3. Many English learners have learning disabilities. 

If you’ve identified #2 & #3 as misconceptions, you are correct! Read the full blog post to get tips to apply in the classroom.

Read More about Recognizing Fact from Fiction When Instructing English Learners
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Megan Gierka and Nicole Kingsland

If you’ve taught an English learner in your class, you’re not alone. English learners (ELs) are a rapidly growing demographic in United States schools and teachers should expect to have ELs in their classrooms. In the last 20 years, 1.5 million English learners have been added to classrooms around the country, yet only 3% of teachers have the necessary qualification to teach these students (Rahman et al., 2017). Now more than ever, ALL teachers must possess the knowledge and skills to close the achievement gap and improve learning outcomes for all students in their classroom.

AIM's Specialized Reading Knowledge Bundle: English Learners course supports teachers in their literacy work for all students and is filled with practical teaching tips for unlocking reading proficiency among English learners. Learn more and register today.

Read More about ELs are increasing, teacher preparedness must too!

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  • Click the Registration button under your selected course.
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  • If you registered multiple participants, once your purchase is approved, you will receive an email with an Enrollment Key. Please share that key with your participants.
  • For questions please reach out to Client Support.


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