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AIM Academy

AIM Academy's dual mission has not changed since the
school was founded in 2006 and is embodied by the
success of the growing school at 1200 River Road which
now serves 336 students in first through 12th grades in
Conshohocken and the AIM Institute for Learning &
Research, which has trained more than 5,000 educators
from throughout the area in just 12 years.

Interactive Humanities at AIM

Access to the Experts
In order to stay current and implement new research in
the classroom as quickly as possible, AIM has assembled a
Research Advisory Board that informs the school on research
trends and their findings. Exciting research is currently being
conducted at Harvard University by neurologist Dr. Nadine
Gaab, who is investigating whether dyslexia can be identified
in infancy. AIM is also honored to work with organizations
like the Florida Center for Reading Research (FCRR) at
Florida State University and Drexel University.
It is a field that is ever changing. The International Dyslexia
Association reports that brain imaging research has revealed
anatomical and functional changes in typically developing
readers as they learn to read (e.g., Turkeltaub et al., 2003),
and in children and adults with dyslexia following effective
reading instruction (Krafnick et al., 2011; Eden et al., 2004).
Studies also shed light on the brain-based differences between
children with dyslexia who benefit from reading instruction
compared to those who fail to make gains (Davis et al., 2011;
Odegard et al., 2008). And neuroimaging data has also been
used to predict long-term reading success for children with
and without dyslexia (Hoeft et al., 2011).

The mission of AIM Academy is to:
- Provide extraordinary educational opportunities to children with
language-based learning disabilities such as dyslexia, dysgraphia,
and dyscalculia, utilizing research-based intervention strategies
and an arts-based learning environment that is college preparatory
in scope and sequence.
- Develop a center for educational excellence and professional
development to disseminate best practices to educators by providing access to the latest research-based curriculum, technology,
and training.
Pat Roberts is the executive director of AIM, and Nancy Blair is the
associate director.

Highly experienced faculty are needed to implement the
evidenced-based programming so critical to supporting and
helping AIM students thrive. More than 85 percent of AIM's
faculty have attained advanced degrees, as well as specialized
certificates in cutting-edge programs. AIM faculty members
receive more than 1500 hours of training each year to ensure they remain current on the latest research and proven
techniques in the field of language-based learning differences.
It is the unique blend of combining the science of reading,
math, and writing with passionate educators that allows AIM
students to maximize their true potential.
Artist at AIM

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