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AIM Steps to Literacy Modules

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AIM’s Steps to Literacy modules

AIM Steps to Literacy modules, which can be taken individually or in course bundles, are fully asynchronous online courses providing detailed introductions to understanding Structured Literacy.

Each module is ideal for PK-12 teachers, subject teachers, paraprofessionals or university education students or professors interested in professional development in small units, as well as parents interested in the acquisition of reading and the evidence-based literacy methods that support reading development.

Take your Steps to Literacy knowledge in:

  • Overview of the Science of Reading
  • Phonological Awareness
  • Decoding & Spelling
  • Vocabulary
  • Language Comprehension & Written Expression
  • Demystifying Dyslexia

Module Cost for Individuals:

$99 - $129 per module

$299 for Steps to Literacy I and Steps to Literacy II

Take Your Step To Literacy Today

Certificate of Completion Provided for Each Module. Steps to Literacy I and Steps to Literacy II bundles include Credentials Unlimited microcredential opportunity.

If you are interested in AIM Steps to Literacy Modules or bundles for a large group of participants (26 or more) or for a school or district, start a conversation with consulting@aimpa.org to learn about options to tailor programming to meet your needs.

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Overview of the Science of Reading

Module 1

The term “Science of Reading” refers to the research that cognitive scientists, literacy researchers, and expert practitioners have conducted on how individuals learn to read. This body of knowledge has been building for decades and has helped educators understand methods of reading instruction that are aligned to evidence-based practices.

Hours: 8.5

Cost: $99

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Phonological Awareness

Module 2

Phonological Awareness is a meta-cognitive skill defined as one’s ability to attend to, discriminate, remember, and manipulate the sound structures of language. Phonological awareness, most specifically phonemic awareness, is an essential skill that underlies a student’s ability to learn to read and spell.

Hours: 5

Cost: $99

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Decoding & Spelling

Module 3

Phonics and spelling instruction are essential components of any comprehensive literacy program. Teaching students to decode and encode requires not only a systematic scope and sequence but also explicit instructional practices that engage students and provide multiple opportunities to practice tasks until students can complete them at a high criterion level of performance.

Hours: 7

Cost: $99

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Steps to Literacy Foundational Skills I 

  • Overview of the Science of Reading
  • Phonological Awareness
  • Decoding & Spelling

Hours: 20.5

Cost: $299 includes Credentials Unlimited microcredential opportunity


 

Vocabulary

Module 4

Researchers generally agree that a four-part approach to vocabulary instruction is most effective in developing the depth, breadth, and fluency necessary for making meaning of the language in the text when reading and expressing precise meaning when writing. Uncover a variety of direct and indirect word learning experiences that can be applied to any curriculum or program to bolster word knowledge.

Hours: 4

Cost: $129

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Language Comprehension & Written Expression

Module 5

Language comprehension is complex, and a breakdown in the knowledge and skills for language comprehension will compromise a reader's ability to construct a mental model when reading or to express ideas when writing effectively. Prepare to integrate reading and writing instruction through evidence-based practices that can be applied to any curriculum or program.

Hours: 11

Cost: $129

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Demystifying Dyslexia

Module 6

In-depth learning about dyslexia, a common learning disability that affects 5-20% of the population. The curated content, includes a simulated dyslexia experience and printable classroom tools, explains the origin of dyslexia, the key characteristics of the disability, and the necessary elements to support these individuals through interactive and multi-media learning experiences.

Hours: 3

Cost: $129

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Steps to Literacy Foundational Skills II

  • Vocabulary
  • Language Comprehension & Written Expression

Hours: 15

Cost: $299 includes Credentials Unlimited microcredential opportunity


Take Your First Step Today

Courses are completed asynchronously online and take approximately 3-11 hours each to complete.

Certificate of Completion Provided for Each Module

Steps to Literacy Bundles include Credentials Unlimited microcredential opportunity

Who: Each module is ideal for PK-12 teachers or university education professors or students interested in professional development in small units without IDA accreditation or graduate credit. Also ideal for parents interested in the acquisition of reading and the research-based literacy methods that support reading development.

What: Each module (taken individually or as course bundles) are the first steps in understanding the Science of Reading, Phonological Awareness, Decoding & Spelling, Vocabulary, Language Comprehension & Written Expression, and Demystifying Dyslexia. Each course is taken entirely online and takes approximately 5-9 hours to complete. Access to course content is available for 1 year. Certificates for CEU credits are available upon completion.

Why: Each Steps to Literacy module provides teachers with engaging learning opportunities organized in a “learn, practice, apply” introductory cycle, and contains teaching techniques, videos and printable resources from our comprehensive AIM Pathways courses to develop participants’ knowledge and their transfer of new techniques into classroom practice.


 

Interested in IDA-Accredited Literacy Training with AIM Coaching?

AIM Pathways courses put diagnostic and prescriptive tools at your fingertips with on-demand, mobile-friendly access. It provides unique research-driven, IDA-accredited courses that can transform instructional practice with 45 CEU credits available and the opportunity to receive 3 graduate credits from Arcadia University.

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