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Bryn Athyn College and AIM Academy Announce Partnership

Partnering For Literacy

Bryn Athyn College and AIM Academy announce an exciting partnership as part of the College’s new Master of Science in special education (MSSPED) with a literacy concentration. Utilizing AIM Academy’s cutting-edge, research-based teaching methods in the field of literacy and language-based learning differences, Bryn Athyn College positions its new master’s program on the forefront of pre-K-8 special education teacher preparation and training.

The AIM Institute for Learning & Research, which was launched in 2006 when AIM Academy first opened its doors to students, provides pioneering expertise in teacher training that connects literacy research, theoretical models, and classroom practices. Through this partnership, select Bryn Athyn College graduate students will have the opportunity to apply to be part of AIM’s teacher residency, where they will see these practices and methodologies in action while working in the classrooms at AIM Academy, a 1st-12th grade college-prep school for students with language-based learning differences located in Conshohocken.

In addition, Bryn Athyn College is licensing content from AIM to use within their literacy course curriculum. The licensed content is tied to the International Dyslexia Association’s Knowledge and Practice Standards for Teachers of Reading and will address fluency, writing, reading, and implementation science supporting literacy instruction across the curriculum. Bryn Athyn students will also have access to AIM’s signature digital training platform, AIM Pathways, that helps teachers work with student data in a diagnostic and prescriptive approach to supporting students’ literacy needs.

“This new partnership with Bryn Athyn impacts the teacher pipeline, getting preservice and in-service teachers better prepared for working in the classrooms and being able to implement best practice in literacy across the curriculum informed by AIM’s proven research-focused curriculum and training practices,” explained AIM Institute Director Pat Roberts. “Given the current literacy crisis in our country, we clearly see the importance of working with a school like Bryn Athyn College that understands the role the science of reading has in meeting the literacy needs of all readers, and we are glad to support the development of the literacy focus of this program.”

The research-supported teaching methods developed by AIM complement the strong spiritual context that guides the Bryn Athyn College program. At Bryn Athyn, students learn about and are trained to nurture the innocence of youth. They learn that the environment of their own mind–their thoughts, attitudes, and feelings–influences the children in their care, and they gain tools to create the best environment possible for children. This partnership brings together vital skill sets and knowledge bases in order to best meet the needs of young students with learning differences.

“I am excited to offer teachers the critical skills, knowledge, and experiences required to teach literacy and support struggling readers, while fostering skills to nurture the innocence of youth within the demanding academic environments of today’s classrooms,” stated Dr. Kelly Ballard, head of the Master of Special Education program at Bryn Athyn College.

The College is now eagerly moving forward with the next steps in launching the program and is beginning to actively recruit the first cohort of graduate students in this field to begin their course of study in the summer of 2019.

To learn more about the MSSPED program at Bryn Athyn College, contact Dr. Kelly Ballard, Head of MSSPED program: or 267-502-2416.