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Dual Language Education of New Mexico is a primary collaborator in the development of AIM4S³™, an instructional framework that deepens students’ mathematical learning.  Achievement Inspired Mathematics for Scaffolding Student Success provides a framework of instructional components that shelters mathematics content to make it comprehensible and accessible to all students, with a specific focus on English learners (ELs) and academic language learners (ALLs).  AIM4S³™ is a powerful framework that supports teachers in planning and implementing the Common Core State Standards and aligns with the four domains of The Framework for Teaching from the Danielson Group.  It can be utilized with any mathematics program and is applicable in kindergarten through middle school. This model provides strategies to allow students to own the language of mathematics, to access math knowledge, and to be fluent in demonstrating their understanding.  It also deepens teachers’ mathematical understanding and curricular knowledge.

Click here to receive information on upcoming AIM4S³™ trainings.

What People Are Saying

Joel Lavin Principal, River Road/El Camino del Río ElementaryEugene School District 4J

"AIM4S3 has transformed our classrooms during mathematics instruction. The framework has increased teacher confidence and in class communication of concepts while providing much needed scaffolding for diverse learners across our school."

Christy Sigmon Principal, Janet Kahn School of Integrated Arts Magnet Elementary School, Albuquerque Public Schools

"AIM4S3™ is a significant tool for teachers that scaffolds math concepts for all students, regardless of their proficiency level. If done well, this framework structure fits in the Highly Effective Level of Performance of Domain 3 on the New Mexico Teach Observation Rubric" (based on the Danielson Framework for Teaching).

Level 1 Training: 6-Day Training

The Level I training is a 6-day training delivered in three 2-day sessions. In each session teachers participate in classroom demonstrations plus planning and practice opportunities. The training targets a specific grade-level band of teachers (e.g., elementary, middle school, fourth-eighth, etc.)  It includes theory and research, strategies, classroom demonstrations, on-line publications and videos, and facilitated planning for teachers.

During the level 1 training, participants will:

  1. Receive training on the AIM4S3™ Components and Key Instructional Principles to strengthen teacher pedagogy around math instruction and strategies that support diverse learners.
  2. Preview, observe and debrief classroom demonstrations where teachers see the AIM4S3™ framework in action with students.
  3. Develop materials and practice strategies to support students’ mathematics achievement and support implementation of the CCSSM.
  4. Share artifacts from their classroom instruction as they go back and implement the Key Instructional Principles and Component Areas with their students.
  5. Use formative assessment data to guide instruction and to increase student achievement.


To find out more information about organizing an AIM4S³™ Level I training for your school or district, contact aim4s3@dlenm.org.


Level 1 Follow-up offerings

School/District Site Follow-Up:

Site based follow-up trainings are differentiated professional development designed to meet the needs of the individual teacher, school, and district implementing AIM4S³™.  This offering can include sessions to deepen and strengthen mathematical understandings, classroom demonstrations, teacher observations with supportive feedback, and work sessions to plan CCSSM units or develop Compendia.  DLeNM’s observational protocol, VISITAS, is often utilized to support teams in participating in peer observations and identifying instructional next steps to support deeper student learning.

Level 2 and 3 Capacity Building: Developing School/ District Trainers

DLeNM supports schools and districts in building capacity and sustainability of the AIM4S³™ Framework.  This exciting and intense process typically takes from 12 to 18 months as we support and certify trainers at the school and district levels.  To find out more information about the trainer certification process, contact Lisa Meyer at lisa@dlenm.org

AIM4S³™ Summer Institute

May 29-30, 2019
Janet Kahn School of Integrated Arts
Albuquerque, NM
8:30 am - 3:30 pm
Click here to register.

Join us for our annual Summer Institute. This year’s institute is open to all teachers interested in deepening their mathematical understanding!  Collaborate with fellow educators on how to best meet the needs of English learners (ELs) and students who struggle with mathematics. You’ll leave rejuvenated and ready to share new strategies with your students!

Every institute has a different focus. This year we will:

  1. Experience the powerful new AIM4S³™ Inside-out Strategy that takes a complex or multi-step problem and turns it inside out so students are asking the questions and seeing the real-life application of math.
  2. Explore Jo Boaler’s work around Mindset Mathematics and how to use engaging, open-ended visual math tasks to help students understand the powerful connections between math concepts, and
  3. Build a year-long plan or develop an AIM4S³™ unit based on the CCSSM and the specific materials you are using in your classroom or school.

To access the DLeNM Chant Bank, please click here.