Language and Literacy Research Center (LLRC)

AIM Coaching (IES)


Adaptive Intervention Model (AIM) Coaching is a coaching model for instructional leaders to use to provide differentiated ongoing professional development (PD) to content-area middle school teachers as they implement Tier 1 evidence-based literacy practices. The current study, funded by the Institute of Education Sciences, aims to address this by developing a comprehensive intervention package that includes two innovations: (1) AIM Coaching, a multistage, adaptive intervention coaching model for supporting content-area middle school teachers' implementation of evidence-based Tier 1 literacy practices to improve reading outcomes for students with disabilities, and (2) PD to train instructional leaders on how to implement AIM effectively. See the Adolescent Literacy & Professional Development Lab page for more information.

Time Frame: 2020-2024

Principal Investigator: Dr. Jade Wexler, Associate Professor of Special Education and Co-Director of the Language and Literacy Research Center

Co-Principal Investigator: Dr. Elizabeth Swanson, Research Associate Professor of Special Education at The University of Texas at Austin 

Co-Principal Investigator: Dr. Greg Roberts, Associate Director of The Meadows Center for Preventing Educational Risk

Project Director: Dr. Alexandra Shelton, Faculty Specialist of Special Education