An interactive, digital teacher professional development platform designed to deliver research and evidence-based courses in literacy to improve teacher instructional practice resulting in improved student outcomes.
A scalable, affordable solution for schools seeking to improve student literacy.
A unique tool that provides downloadable teacher resources and real-time intervention tools for use in the classroom.
Designed for sustainability by training internal coaches and school-based literacy leaders trained to maintain the fidelity of instructional practices.
An important program to onboard new teachers and to sustain the school’s investment in developing a cohesive, comprehensive literacy program through all grades.
Accessible to teachers via a variety of devices (iPads and mobile phones) to use as a tool when working with children.
AIM Pathways first course, Pathways to Proficient Reading, is accredited by the IDA and approved for 3 graduate credits.
Research shows that traditional stand and deliver workshops are ineffective at changing instructional practices. Teachers find it difficult to translate theoretical models into classroom practice. For that reason, AIM Pathways courses are designed to follow a Learn, Practice and Apply cycle.
Learn: Participants acquire knowledge in the 17-section Pathways to Proficient Reading course in a variety of ways: video lectures, articles, readings and animated videos.
Practice: Participants and then have the opportunity to practice that knowledge by completed specially designed activities such as card sorting exercises, quizzes and surveys that will help them begin that translation.
Apply: Participants demonstrate their understanding of the content by applying their knowledge to real life scenarios via classroom simulations and case studies. These in-depth, multi-step classroom simulations replicate real-life scenarios, giving teachers a chance to hone their diagnostic and prescriptive instructional skills.
Maximizes flexibility by providing 24/7 access to quality professional development grounded in the science of reading
Offers research and evidence-based teacher professional development that supports an integrated literacy model which will include multiple courses in all areas of STRUCTURED LITERACY: oral language, word recognition, comprehension, writing, and assessment
Allows for simultaneous training of faculty to establish a consistent literacy model across a school or cohort.
Eliminates need for specific professional development day, travel costs, and need for substitutes
Differentiates instruction relevant to all teachers regardless of experience
Access to a variety of downloadable classroom resources and real-time intervention tools.
Our Pathways to Proficient Reading course offers 45 PA ACT 48 credits and 45 NY CTLE credits as well as a certificate for those who successfully complete the course.
Arcadia University provides the option to register for 3 graduate credits for $150/credit for successful completion of the course. Registration through the university must be made one month prior to the course end date.
Certificate of Completion Requirements
Successful Completion of AIM Pathways: Pathways to Proficient Reading requires:
Completion of all 17 sections of the online course.
Participation in 7 of the 8 Virtual Community of Practice sessions (asynchronous or synchronous
AIM has partnered with Arcadia University to offer graduate credits for the AIM Pathways to Proficient Reading Course.
The Pathways to Proficient Reading grade is determined by participation in Pre and Post Knowledge Inventory, end-of-section quiz scores, and the 8 virtual community of practice sessions provided during the course.
It should take between 35 to 45 hours to complete the online, IDA-accredited Pathways to Proficient Reading course depending on the participant's background knowledge in the science of reading. The 17-section course includes a pre-knowledge inventory and a post-knowledge inventory to ascertain knowledge acquisition as well as 8 virtual coaching sessions to support classroom implementation. Access the course syllabus here.
Available for one full year, the AIM Pathways platform can act as an ongoing reference tool allowing all participants to revisit content and access downloadable materials, activities and instructional tools. The course is easily searchable on all digital devices including smart phones and can be used as a just-in-time tool during instructional classroom time.
It is well researched that a Community of Practice (CoP) is a powerful tool for extending the coaching function that helps educators actually apply the skills learned through professional training opportunities in their classrooms. When facilitated and designed well, a CoP serves as an effective coaching tool deepening evidence-based knowledge and practice through readings, real-time scenarios including case studies and discussions, problem solving, coaching and sharing experiences across membership.
The Pathways to Proficient Reading course includes 8, one-hour virtual community of practice sessions using online resources and an online meeting platform facilitated by AIM Institute staff. Read more about AIM Pathways Virtual Community of Practice here.
Our Pathways to Structured Literacy course will be available in Fall 2020. If you would like to be notified when registration and course information are available, please email Carol Purcell at email@example.com.
Additional courses are in development:
Pathways to Proficient Writing- SY 2020-2021
Pathways to Literacy Assessment- “So You Have Data, Now What?”- SY 2020-2021
Accessing AIM Institute PD Resources During School Closures
While AIM's campus remains closed, AIM Institute's online professional development opportunities including our AIM Pathways teacher training platform remain accessible for learning wherever you might be.
AIM Pathways - Pathways to Proficient Reading Course: Our IDA-accredited 17-section course in the science of reading is 100% online including virtual coaching with AIM facilitators.
NEW Research to Practice Symposium Videos: Learn from literacy experts who joined our 3/9 symposium including Dr. Mark Seidenberg, Dr. Fumiko Hoeft, Dr. Maureen Lovett and Dr. Stephanie Al Otaiba with our On Demand Videos.