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At AIM, we are committed to helping educators and leaders unlock the power of the Science of Reading in their schools, districts and states with evidence-based structured literacy training and content.

In order to share useful information to support our universal goal of helping all struggling readers, we launched our Science of Reading Blog featuring weekly “Tuesday Teaching Tips” dedicated to translating the latest in the Science of Reading research into practical classroom application.

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Team Takeaways: Reflections on the IDA Conference

Earlier this month, AIM Institute team members joined educators and researchers from around the world at the International Dyslexia Association’s annual conference in San Antonio, Tex. This was the first time we have had the opportunity to gather in-person since 2019 and it was wonderful to see so many educators passionate and enthusiastic about literacy.

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During the conference we celebrated the work of Dr. Fumiko Hoeft as we sponsored the Orton Memorial Lecture, cheered on AIM co-founders Pat Roberts and Nancy Blair as they were presented the IDA’s Excellence in Leadership Award. (Click here to listen to Pat Roberts and Nancy Blair's Remarks upon receiving the award.) 

Five team members also had the privilege to present workshops or poster sessions during the conference and we had the opportunity to meet AIM Pathways partners at our exhibit booth and converse with educators from pre-K-12, higher education, and regional and state education agencies.

Below, you can find some takeaways that some of our AIM team members shared from their three days in San Antonio. Be sure to look for these new #TeamTakeaways posts in the weeks to come on our Science of Reading Blog.


"I enjoyed learning from researchers and educators. Learning from the two different perspectives allowed me to synthesize the knowledge gathered and put it into best practices that will better serve our clients and participants here at AIM."

Erin Marshman, M.Ed.

"The importance of following the research and relying on our research community to guide our future work will continue to be AIM's super power and primary differential in the marketplace."

Pat Roberts, AIM Co-Founder and Co-CEO

"Without following research and science, there is no foundation upon which to stand for literacy practices in the classroom. We know what works, the IDA Conference confirmed these ideas and reinforced them to the field."

Cindy Hadicke, Ed.D.

  • "We can produce kids that look dyslexic simply if we don’t teach them right. That’s a fact!” - Dr. Jack Fletcher
  • It is important that Tier 1 instruction is aligned with the Science of Reading.
  • Sometimes we wait until a student is in Tier 2 or Tier 3 before we refer to science.

Amy Waters M.Ed.

"Structured literacy is absolutely essential for English Language Learners! Additionally, we as educators need to understand and leverage ELs' native language and literacy knowledge to help support them with learning the English language." 

Ernesto Ortiz, Jr., Ed.D.

"Teachers in the secondary space need the knowledge and skills to identify struggling readers and make intentional adjustments to their curriculum that scaffold and support students' interactions with complex text. A deep awareness of students' needs and how to respond with evidence-based practices that foster reading comprehension is necessary to accelerate student growth and achievement across the curriculum."

Nicole Kingsland, M.Ed.


#TuesdayTeachingTips will be back next Tuesday following the Thanksgiving holiday.

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Past Tuesday Teaching Tips

Phonemic Awareness Skill Progression Chart

Early instruction activities to develop phonemic awareness can begin in preschool with formal instruction that typically spans through early first grade.

Emergent readers don’t need to sit down for long stretches of time to practice these skills, but rather, a few minutes of daily instruction is sufficient. Of the skills in the continuum, research directly supports three essential PA skills: Sounds isolation, Blending and Segmentation.

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Read More about Tuesday Teaching Tips: The 3 Most Essential Phonemic Awareness Skills that Directly Support Early Reading and Spelling
4 Steps to Developing Print Awareness Thumbnail

Young children, also known as pre-alphabetic readers according to Ehri’s Phases, are typically introduced to the world of literacy when stories are read at home or in their first school environment. To get the most out of these interactive reading experiences with young children, follow these four essential steps before, during, and after reading to develop early print awareness and some essential habits of good readers.

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Read More about Tuesday Teaching Tips: 4 Easy Steps to Developing Print Awareness and a Love of Reading
Dyslexia Books Collage

Achieving literacy for all students IS an attainable goal, and knowledge is the starting point! So, whether you are a parent, teacher, interventionist, or student with dyslexia, it is our job to seek out information to advocate for our students, children, or ourselves. Please don't delay, and jump in with us as we learn all about dyslexia through some of our top favorite books.

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Read More about Tuesday Teaching Tips: Top Favorite Books About Dyslexia
Special Education Cycle Image

Early identification of dyslexia and intervention are critical. AIM's Characteristics of Dyslexia Checklist was created to support educators as they identify characteristics of dyslexia. Although this checklist is not intended to make a diagnosis, it is a great tool to use for those concerned about a student's performance. Teachers and parents may use this checklist to consolidate multiple sources of information.  

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Read More about Tuesday Teaching Tips: Characteristics of Dyslexia
Wear Red Day 2022

October, a month dedicated to dyslexia and learning disabilities awareness, is the perfect time to launch AIM’s Science of Reading blog. Dyslexia Awareness Month was officially recognized by the US Congress in 2015 and is an important time focused on deepening the understanding of dyslexia, dispelling misconceptions, and advocating for improved teacher training opportunities for all educators.

Learn how everyone in your community can play a part in raising awareness of dyslexia.

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Read More about Tuesday Teaching Tips: October is Dyslexia Awareness Month!

Discover AIM Pathways

AIM Pathways professional learning opportunities provide comprehensive courses grounded in evidence-based practice in the science of reading. IDA-accredited courses and courses to support education leaders and administrators feature coaching sessions with expert AIM facilitators to support classroom implementation.

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