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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.


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The Maine Department of Education is partnering with AIM Institute for Learning & Research to provide easy to access, asynchronous literacy instruction grounded in evidence-based instruction as detailed in Dr. Hollis Scarborough's Reading Rope to Maine educators.

AIM Pathways learning modules:

  • Are created by educators for educators in collaboration with top literacy instruction researchers
  • Build background knowledge with learning that is program and curriculum agnostic
  • Include resources and tools to implement instruction directly into classroom practice

This FREE training opportunity for Maine K-5 educators includes a stipend opportunity for educators completing courses by August 23, 2024.

Read course details and course syllabi below and visit the Maine DOE's modules page for registration information.

Overview of the Science of Reading - Module 1

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The Maine Department of Education recommends that all educators start their literacy learning path with this 9 hour course. The term “Science of Reading” refers to the research that cognitive scientists, literacy researchers, and expert practitioners have conducted on how individuals learn to read. This body of knowledge has been building for decades and has helped educators understand methods of reading instruction that are aligned to evidence-based practices.

The module investigates: the importance of teacher knowledge, oral language and the connection between oral and written language, models of proficient reading, reading systems in the brain and understanding literacy development including phases of typical reading development, reading difficulties and tips for effective, evidence-based reading instruction.

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Steps to Literacy Modules

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Supporting English Learners

Specialized Reading Knowledge Bundle: English Learners - Module 8

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 modules 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.

Modules include:

  • Introduction to English Learners: Language & Literacy Development

  • Word Recognition Among English Learners

  • Language Comprehension Among English Learners

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. 

Hours: 10

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Please Note

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. 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, please complete one of the available Steps to Literacy module bundles to expand your foundational knowledge before diving into this next level of professional learning.

Receive a Micro-Credential for Completion of 3 Modules

The AIM Institute for Learning & Research partners with Credentials Unlimited to provide educators taking AIM Pathways Steps to Literacy course bundles micro-credentials for successful completion of coursework. Credentials Unlimited is offering this same micro-credential opportunity to Maine educators who complete three learning modules that are included in AIM's approved bundles of courses.

If you have completed three modules with a post-knowledge inventory score of 80% or higher on each module, you are eligible to purchase a micro-credential for one of the following bundles:

Foundational Skills Bundle I

  • Overview of the Science of Reading
  • Phonological Awareness
  • Decoding & Spelling

Foundational Skills Bundles II

  • Overview of the Science of Reading
  • Vocabulary
  • Language Comprehension & Written Expression

Early Childhood Bundle

  • Overview of the Science of Reading
  • Growing Proficient Reading: Dr. Ehri's Phases of Development
  • Phonological Awareness

To submit your micro-credential request, have completion certificates for each module required ready to upload and email them to with Maine Module Bundle Micro in the subject line. The cost of a micro-credential is $29.99.

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