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In 2018, AIM Academy became the first education partner in the Haskins Global Literacy Hub which seeks to improve literacy outcomes for at-risk children of all cultures and languages. This unique partnership featured the creation of an in-school EEG lab to support literacy research endeavors with AIM student volunteers. Last week, the Journal of Research in Reading published an article by Haskins Laboratories researchers and members of AIM’s team and Windward School about the promise of in-school partnerships for furthering neuroscience literacy research.

AIM students have been volunteering to participate in the Predicting Learning Outcomes study with Haskins since 2019. The Journal of Research in Reading article finds that these in-school partnerships, which allow students to be evaluated during the school day in a more familiar setting, allows for “frequent and more ecologically valid assessments”  and furthers the Haskins Global Literacy Hub’s goal of creating more direct communication and collaboration between scientists and educators.

“We are excited to share the success the Haskins Global Literacy Hub partnership is having bringing scientists and educators together to further learning and literacy,” said AIM Executive Director and article co-author Pat Roberts. “Translating research into practice is a challenge for many and opportunities like this not only help educators learn from researchers but provide scientists the opportunity to learn more about classroom practice and student interactions outside of the lab.”

Haskins researchers are on campus at AIM this month conducting spring evaluations of study participants in the research lab and last month Haskins researcher Dr. Dan Kleinman spent time with AIM 1st-5th graders talking to them about the brain and EEG testing and showing them the lab which is used to monitor activity while students perform a variety of tasks including watching videos, reading and playing games. A new group of students will join the ongoing study this fall.

An abstract of the Journal article can be found here.

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