This work represents ongoing efforts to improve literacy outcomes for middle school students by infusing content area instruction with a set of feasible, effective instructional practices critical for the success of all students, including students with disabilities.
If you are a middle school instructional coach or teacher and would like to join our team to help design AIM Coaching, contact Alexandra Shelton, project director at the University of Maryland, or contact Elizabeth Swanson, co-principal investigator at The University of Texas at Austin.
Instructional coaches, middle school teachers, and researchers will collaborate to design and empirically evaluate a coaching model that is adaptive to teachers’ individual needs. The AIM Coaching model will be used to support middle school teachers as they learn PACT instructional practices proven effective for a range of learners. The goal of AIM Coaching is to (a) support teachers as they implement PACT and (b) improve outcomes for students with disabilities included in middle school general education content area classes.
Approximately 144 middle school science, social studies, and English language arts teachers and more than 3,600 students from two different geographical regions will participate. AIM Coaching and PACT are designed to meet the literacy needs of a wide range of learners with a specific focus on improving outcomes for students with disabilities included in the general education classroom setting.
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