High AIMS was established in 1998 by a group of six public school districts in the Cincinnati metropolitan area that were committed to leveraging their resources to impact student achievement across the boundaries of community. Over the years, the consortium has grown to include a diverse group of 26 southwestern Ohio public school districts located in Butler, Hamilton, Warren, and Montgomery counties. Each has embraced the High AIMS Vision of “creating a network of leaders who inspire students and one another to be engaged, high performing learners.”
Initially, High AIMS focused its efforts in the areas of math and science instruction as a result of the 1995 TIMSS finding (Third International Math and Science Study) which cited a crisis in US Math and Science education. From 2003-2008, High AIMS was a partner in a Math/Science Partnership through a National Science Foundation grant with Michigan State University as the lead institution.
In 2009, High AIMS expanded its focus to include 21st century skill development in all core academic subjects, with emphasis on problem-based and blended learning experiences. In 2013, the consortium responded again to its forward thinking membership by incorporating leadership development for both teachers and administrators as an essential component of providing a 21st century education.
Today, High AIMS is a highly regarded provider of professional learning opportunities focused on:
• Cultivating leadership
• Engaging students and adult learners in authentic learning experiences
• Systemically supporting district efforts to create and sustain Innovation
Established programs include:
• The annual High AIMS Summer Institute, a 2-day event typically attended by 500+ southwest Ohio educators, with national keynote presenters and 100+ breakout sessions led by regional, state, and local educators
• Teacher Leadership Cohorts
• Practical Issues Forums
• Principal Networks
• Executive Leadership Series
• ARC Learning and Problem-Based Learning Seminars/Coaching