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The AIM Institute for Learning & Research is excited to announce that it is partnering with the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction (NDDPI) and ND Regional Education Association (NDREA) to provide all North Dakota educators with access to professional development on the science of teaching reading to help all North Dakota students achieve proficiency in reading. 

The NDSOR: Reaching All Learners course will include a custom collection of content from AIM Pathways literacy training courses to meet the requirements of NDCC 15.1-21-12.1 which requires all K-3 educators and principals to have scientifically based professional development in the 5 Big Ideas of Reading as well as systematic direct instruction. Through this partnership, over 3,000 educators will have access to evidence-based content in the Science of Reading to help impact student learning.

“By providing this learning platform to all of our educators across North Dakota at no charge to them over multiple years, we hope that thousands of educators will complete the modules for a solid introduction to scientifically-based skills in reading instruction and then return to this resource as school teams refine their implementation of foundational reading instruction over time,” said Kirsten Baesler, North Dakota Superintendent of Public Instruction.

The customized course will include content found in AIM Institute’s AIM Pathways courses and facilitator support to train educators in reading instruction that is systematic and direct, scientifically based, and inclusive of phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension.

“Working with our partners in North Dakota is exciting and relevant,” said Dr. Cindy Hadicke, AIM’s Director of Client Success and Implementation. “Teachers and leaders will access evidence-based professional learning aligned to the International Dyslexia Association's Knowledge and Practice Standards for Teachers of Reading. Being on-site this summer to provide hands-on training will assist teachers and leaders with a jump-start of this critical work. We are thrilled to be part of North Dakota's growth in evidence-based literacy practices and professional learning journey.”

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