Posted by: ACFE Inc | November 3, 2011

Academy in Manayunk: AIM for the Stars!

Academy in Manayunk, “Where the journey becomes a destination!”

Being an advocate, one of my jobs is to be familiar with schools, both public and private, in the area and as a result, I have seen many different programs. The Academy in Manayunk is an outstanding example of one that I have visited recently.   AIM is a school for students with learning disabilities that is known for its competitive academics as well as the incorporation of visual and performing arts into the curriculum to meet the needs of their students.  The school is based on an academic program created by Sally Smith of the Lab School of Washington®, which is hailed as a pioneer of innovative and successful programs for educating students with learning disabilities and ADHD.

The Academy in Manayunk also provides professional development for educators in the Delaware Valley.  Currently, AIM is offering training and certification for the Wilson Reading System, LETRS – Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling training, Early Literacy Teacher Training, and the RAVE-O Program (Retrieval, Automaticity, Vocabulary, Elaboration Orthography: a Comprehensive, Fluency-Based Reading Intervention Program) by Stephanie Gottwald, a research coordinator at the Center for Reading and Language Research at Tufts University.

The Rave-O workshops are scheduled for 2012 and will take place in the new Academy in Manayunk location in Conshohocken.  Students of Academy in Manayunk will be attending school in their new building on January 3, 2012.

The 4th Annual AIM for the Stars Gala Fundraiser will be taking place tonight, and I am very excited to be able to attend this education-star studded event.  Dr. Jill Biden, second lady of the United States will be speaking at the event.  Tonight’s events will be raising funds for AIM to help promote literacy, as well as honoring Tracy Johnson, Pulitzer Prize winning poet as well as author of My Dyslexia and Tracy Johnson.

If you are not able to attend the event tonight but wish to donate to the fundraiser and help support Academy in Manayunk, they make it possible with the 2011: Fund the Dream Wish List.

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