AIM Institute for Learning & Research

How It Works

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 PATHWAYScourses are designed to follow a Learn, Practice and Apply cycle.

Participants acquire knowledge and then have the opportunity to practice that knowledge by completed specially designed activities that will help them begin that translation. Once they have learned and practiced their new skills, participants demonstrate their understanding of the content by applying their knowledge to real life scenarios via student case studies.

The Pathways to Proficient Reading courses uses a variety of learning objects in its 17 learning modules to support the Learn, Practice and Apply cycle.


The Pathways to Proficient reading course uses hundreds of learning objects to support learning new concepts including: expert videos, classroom demonstrations, articles, information hot spots and printable materials.

An Animation of Dr. Hollis Scarborough's Reading Rope

Using Context to Infer Word Meaning Classroom Video

Listen to the Expert: Dr. Louisa Moats


Practicing new concepts is key to developing understanding and interactive learning objects such as card-sorting exercises, quizzes and surveys allow participants to work collaboratively with a team or individually to complete tasks and assessments to be sure concepts are understood with immediate feedback on areas that still need work. Data is collected during the practice and apply activities to evaluate the participants understanding of the concepts and to remediate any weak areas. If a participant answers questions correctly, they will move ahead to the next question or section. If the answer incorrectly, the platform will give them some additional information to consider and/or present them with related content to review that will build their knowledge and remediate the learning gap.

Word Origin Card Sort Exercise

Measurement Terminology Quick Check


Applying the information learned and practicing how it might be used in an actual classroom setting is a critical part of the training process. AIM Pathways provides opportunities to apply their knowledge to content including Student Snapshots, brief situations showcasing students with specific learning challenges. These simulations replicate real-life scenarios, giving teachers a chance to hone their instructional skills. The course culminates with 7 in-depth multi-step classroom simulations designed to measure the participants understanding across all content areas. Participants will be asked questions encouraging them to think about how they would apply what they have learned when confronted with students struggling with a variety of challenges. 

Student Snapshot - Meet Malcom, Alicia and Sarah


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With 64% of all students in the United States not reading at grade level and many students sitting in classrooms with an undiagnosed learning difference, it is more critical than ever that we make literacy a priority across our communities (NAEP, 2017).