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AIM Pathways coursework is designed for educators who are committed to learning about the connection between reading research, theoretical models such as the Simple View of Reading and Scarborough’s Reading Rope, and best practices for language and literacy instruction in the classroom. Participating educators and administrators will learn about the Science of Reading focusing on developing a literacy plan, curriculum selection, and assessment tools.

Mississippi Literacy Mission

The Mississippi Department of Education Office of Elementary Education and Reading is responsible for supporting and training K-3rd grade teachers, curriculum specialists, and other educators by providing research-based instructional strategies on literacy and guidance on the implementation of the Literacy-Based Promotion Act (LBPA). Passed during the 2013 legislative session, the Literacy-Based Promotion Act (LBPA) places an emphasis on grade-level reading skills, particularly as students progress through grades K-3.

AIM's Pathways to Proficient Reading and Pathways to Literacy Leadership courses provide next steps training for our Science of Reading Journey while supporting Mississippi's mission to prepare students to compete in the global community. These two hybrid courses are customized for the Mississippi Department of Education and include asynchronous learning as well as two in-person training sessions with experienced AIM facilitators.  

The Pathways to Proficient Reading for Teachers and Pathways to Proficient Reading: Secondary course will give educators access to resources for classroom application-based practices to support strong, proficient readers through the Science of Reading. Taking Pathways to Proficient Reading can also assist pre-service and first-year teachers who have yet to take and pass the state's Foundations for Reading Test. 

The Pathways for Literacy Leadership course will provide educational leaders the tools to create and implement a literacy plan in their schools.

This year, educators who have already completed the Pathways to Proficient Reading or Pathways to Literacy Leadership course can continue their learning with Pathways to Proficient Writing and AIM's course to support work with English learners in the classroom. Learn more about course details here.

Questions?

General Information: Brandi Bankston, Office of Elementary Education and Reading, bbankston@mdek12.org

Registration: Susan Scott, North MS Education Consortium, sscott@olemiss.edu

 

Look for registration information for 2024-2025 Professional Learning opportunities with AIM coming in August

Pathways to Proficient Reading for Teachers

 

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Pathways to Proficient Reading is an IDA-accredited foundational course in the science of reading, designed for educators committed to learning about the connection between reading research, theoretical models such as the Simple View of Reading and Scarborough’s Reading Rope, and best practices for language and literacy instruction in the classroom.

Commitment Includes:

  • Completion of asynchronous pre-knowledge inventory

  • Completion of 14 asynchronous learning sections (with 2 additional optional sections)

  • Attendance and Participation at two, daylong in-person training sessions 

  • Completion of post-knowledge inventory

  • 12-Month access to the AIM Pathways Platform - so materials can be reviewed, applied and accessed in the classroom when needed.

Pathways to Literacy Leadership for Educational Leaders

 

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Pathways to Literacy Leadership is a comprehensive training course to help school leaders advance literacy evidence-based instruction into all classrooms. This course is appropriate for Superintendents,  Assistant Superintendents, Principals, Directors of Special Education and Student Services, and Directors of Curriculum and Instruction.

Commitment includes:

  • Completion of asynchronous pre-knowledge inventory

  • Completion of 10 asynchronous learning sections

  • Attendance and Participation at two, daylong in-person training sessions where you will work on a Literacy Plan for your organization.

  • Completion of pre and post-knowledge inventories

  • 12-Month Access to the AIM Pathways Platform so materials can be reviewed, applied and accessed in the classroom when needed. Course Syllabus

Pathways to Proficient Reading: Secondary

AIM has developed a NEW version of its IDA-accredited Pathways to Proficient Reading comprehensive literacy learning course geared specifically for secondary teachers featuring articles, classroom resources, adolescent student profiles, and secondary classroom videos, to address the unique literacy needs of adolescent learners. Virtual Community of Practice online sessions with expert AIM facilitators focus on hands-on practice to support classroom implementation so secondary teachers are knowledgeable in their implementation of evidence-based practices in middle and high school classrooms. 

  • 55 Hours
  • Asynchronous Orientation and Pre-Course Knowledge Inventory Assessment
  • 16 Section Pathways to Proficient Reading Course (Click for Detailed Syllabus)
  • 6 synchronous Virtual Community of Practice Sessions (VCoPs)
  • Pacing Guide offering recommended schedule for coursework completion
  • 12-Month Access to the AIM Pathways platform to access, review, and apply materials in the classroom when needed

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Questions? 

For technical questions regarding AIM Pathways, contact the help desk at pathwaysupport@aimpa.org.

MS Department of Education

AIM Institute for Learning & Research is excited to announce a new partnership with the Mississippi Department of Education and the North Mississippi Education Consortium to provide 1,600 Mississippi teachers and education leaders with customized literacy training to help schools support a culture of literacy and provide teachers with tools, resources and support to implement new techniques into classroom practice.

Read More about Mississippi Partners with AIM Institute for Customized Literacy Training