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The goal of the I.G.N.I.T.E. Center at AIM (Implementing Global Neuroscience in Technology and Education) is to:

  • help accelerate learning through deeper understanding of what works for whom by engaging teachers and students in applied research
  • provide AIM Upper School students with the opportunity to be involved directly in this research as IGNITE Center Student Research Fellows work side-by-side with top researchers around the world.
EEG Training in IGNITE Center

As the first education partner with the Haskins Global Literacy Hub, AIM works with researchers to take on the challenge of accelerating learning for all children. Our first I.G.N.I.T.E. Center study with Haskins Laboratories researchers, titled Predicting Literacy Outcomes in Schools, was approved in late 2018 and got underway in January 2019 with study participants in all program levels of AIM Academy and Upper School students meeting researchers and exploring opportunities to become research fellows on this and future IGNITE Center projects.

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AIM Founders Pat Roberts and Nancy Blair

AIM Co-Founders and Co-CEOs, Nancy Blair and Pat Roberts received the International Dyslexia Association's 2022 Excellence in Leadership Award at the conference in San Antiono. This award is given in recognition of their fearless leadership that created AIM. It also recognizes Nancy and Pat's significant contribution in reshaping both education for those with learning differences and teacher training on literacy through AIM Pathways.

Nancy and Pat met when their daughters, both of whom have dyslexia, were in 1st grade. Sixteen years ago they opened AIM with a commitment to providing research-to-practice instruction and teacher training to support all struggling readers. We hope you enjoy watching their remarks sharing the important information they have learned and support they have received from literacy researchers on their journey. 

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AIM Founders Pat Roberts and Nancy Blair

On Friday, October 21, the International Dyslexia Association announced that AIM Co-Founders and Co-CEOs Pat Roberts and Nancy Blair are the recipients of the international organization’s 2022 Excellence in Leadership Award.

The Excellence in Leadership Award, which includes California Gov. Gavin Newsom and Sir Richard Branson as past recipients, was created by the IDA in 2013 to honor an individual who “through their profession, tirelessly aims to improve the lives of those with dyslexia” and is given in “recognition of excellence in service to individuals with dyslexia, their families, and the greater community.”

"We are beyond honored to receive this recognition from the IDA,” said Pat Roberts and Nancy Blair. “Our journey, which began as two mothers searching for the best learning opportunities for our daughters with dyslexia, has been transformed through our creation of AIM and our partnership with researchers and groups like IDA to empower and change lives through literacy."

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MS Department of Education

AIM Institute for Learning & Research is excited to announce a new partnership with the Mississippi Department of Education and the North Mississippi Education Consortium to provide 1,600 Mississippi teachers and education leaders with customized literacy training to help schools support a culture of literacy and provide teachers with tools, resources and support to implement new techniques into classroom practice.

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North Dakota Pathways Partnership

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 state's new NDSOR: Reaching All Learners course will include a custom collection of content from AIM Pathways literacy training courses.

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AIM Institute is excited to announce three additions to our rapidly growing team of individuals committed to transforming literacy training for educators and schools.

Stephanie Stephens recently joined AIM as Director of Client Professional Development and AIM will welcome Dr. Megan Gierka as Senior Content Developer and Facilitator and Ernesto Ortiz Jr. as Senior Literacy Engagement Specialist in the near future.

Learn more about these individuals who will help AIM meet the growing demand for evidence-based literacy training for both administrators and teachers.

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