AIM Institute for Learning & Research

Access to the Experts Series

AIM Institute is committed to building the knowledge base of both professionals and parents in the most recent advances in cognitive science, teaching methodologies, and best practices in literacy for students with learning challenges.

Our annual Access to the Experts Professional Development and Community Speaker Series ensure that parents, teachers, administrators of educational institutions, and faculty at colleges and universities who educate future teachers have full access to the most recent advances in cognitive science and teaching methodologies.

We believe that our focus in areas of continuing translational research and access to top researchers, as well as, our work with educators to convert this research to practice will make a true difference in educational outcomes for students.

2018-2019 Professional Development Series

Recent Advances in Understanding Word-Level Reading Problems:
Assessment and Highly Effective Intervention

David Kilpatrick
Monday, August 27, 2018
Event Closed

From Words to Works: Developing Writing Skills in Students of All Ages
William Van Cleave
Friday, November 2, 2018
8:30 am - 3:30 pm ET

Multisensory Math: Using Science to Inform Instruction from Numeracy to Algebra
Marilyn Zecher, M.A., CALT
Monday, April 22, 2019
8:30 am - 3:30 pm EDT

COST: $125 per session
($300 for 3 Part Series)

Van Cleave - Access to the Experts

2018-2019 community speaker SERIES


Cognitive Overload! Multiple Demands of the Student Writer
William Van Cleave
Thursday, November 1, 2018
6:30 - 8 pm ET

The Multifaceted Nature of Reading Acquisition: Unraveling the Reading Rope
Nancy Hennessy, M.Ed.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019
6:30 - 8 pm ET

COST: FREE - These community and parent-focused events are open to the public at no charge. CEUs and ACT 48 Hours are not provided.

All sessions are available online when possible and held in-person at AIM Academy, located at 1200 River Road, Conshohocken, PA 19428. Click here for driving directions to the school. Discounted hotel rooms are available for attendees of AIM Institute programming along with shuttle service. Click here for details.

For more information on our Access to the Experts Speakers Series, please contact us at 215-483-2461 or

Past Access to the Experts Speakers have included:

Dr. Gary Troia - Supporting Struggling Students in Disciplinary Writing

Dr. Jeffrey Black - Orthographic Processing: A Subcomponent or Subtype of Dyslexia

Dr. Louise Spear-Swerling - Differences That Matter: Common Profiles of Reading Difficulty
and their Value for Educators

Many of our Access to the Experts Speakers spent time during their visits to AIM being interviewed for a Teachable Moments video conversing with faculty and student interviewers.

Watch Teachable Moments