10.4% of U.S. public school students are English Language learners and just 3% of teachers have the necessary qualifications to support EL instruction. NATIONAL CENTER FOR EDUCATION STATISTICS, 20

Develop expert-level knowledge to accelerate language and literacy proficiency for English Learners in any program model with immediate instructional applications with AIM Institute for Learning & Research's newest modules created in collaboration with literacy researcher Dr. Elsa Cárdenas-Hagan.

Each module in the Specialized Reading Knowledge Bundle: English Learners includes asynchronous course material featuring case studies, teacher self-assessment tools, culturally and linguistically responsive MTSS protocols, and exemplar lesson plans. Each module is paired with a 1-hour synchronous community of practice session (VCoP) with an expert AIM facilitator. Modules include:

  • Introduction to English Learners: Language & Literacy Development

  • Word Recognition Among English Learners

  • Language Comprehension Among English Learners

Read course syllabus here.

AIM is excited to provide these unique, comprehensive and evidence-based learning modules as a complement to AIM Pathways training to support education partners who are looking for training, tools and resources to support English learners as they implement evidence-based structured literacy instruction in the classroom. 

Who is the course recommended for? AIM creates Specialized Reading Knowledge courses for individuals who already possess a strong foundational knowledge in Science of Reading and Structured Literacy, and are interested in expanding their instructional skills and knowledge. Please note that comprehensive structured literacy training is strongly recommended before enrolling in this specialized learning opportunity. Please note that comprehensive structured literacy training is strongly recommended before enrolling in this specialized learning opportunity. If you are new to the science of reading and structured literacy, explore AIM Pathways courses to expand your foundational knowledge before diving into this next level of professional learning.

This is course is intended for classroom teachers teaching all subjects and all learners. It is appropriate for all grade levels.

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December 18, 2023 - March 12, 2024

Virtual Community of Practice sessions held on:

  • Tuesday, January 9, 2024: 4:30 - 5:30 PM ET
  • Tuesday, February, 6, 2024: 4:30 - 5:30 PM ET
  • Tuesday, March 5, 2024: 4:30 - 5:30 PM ET

Click here for our first course pacing guide.

Course Cost: $320 per person


Our AIM client engagement team is currently scheduling training for schools and districts providing Specialized Reading Knowledge Bundle: English Learners as part of their professional learning opportunities.

Connect with our AIM team to learn how you can integrate these modules into your Science of Reading PD.


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Megan Gierka and Nicole Kingsland

If you’ve taught an English learner in your class, you’re not alone. English learners (ELs) are a rapidly growing demographic in United States schools and teachers should expect to have ELs in their classrooms. In the last 20 years, 1.5 million English learners have been added to classrooms around the country, yet only 3% of teachers have the necessary qualification to teach these students (Rahman et al., 2017). Now more than ever, ALL teachers must possess the knowledge and skills to close the achievement gap and improve learning outcomes for all students in their classroom.

AIM is preparing to release a new online course to support teachers in their literacy work for all students. The Specialized Reading Knowledge Bundle: English Learners course is filled with practical teaching tips for unlocking reading proficiency among English learners. Learn more and pre-register today.

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