Courses & Seminars

Professional Learning from the Ayers Institute

The Ayers Institute for Teacher Learning and Innovation offers various courses and seminars to meet the professional learning needs of educators and college access professionals. While some are online and others are face-to-face, these professional learning opportunities are research-based and include best practices for application into the daily work of those participating.

We invite you to contact us if you would like to work with Ayers Institute to create additional professional learning offerings.

Online Courses & Seminars

Teacher Preparation MOOCs

The Teacher Preparation MOOCs are free online courses, open to all for their own professional knowledge or for inclusion in teacher preparation programs. These innovative courses are funded through a grant from the Governor’s Online Innovation Fund and in partnership with the Tennessee Higher Education Commission. MOOC courses provide "anytime, anywhere" professional learning.

College Access Project

College Access ProjectThe Ayers Institute has partnered with the Tennessee College Access and Success Network to produce an innovative professional learning tool for any college access professional, school counselor or school leader. Become a College Access Coach through our one year CAP program.

Preparing Adults for the Transition to Higher Education

The strand, Introduction to Working with Adult Learners, is intended to provide professionals with the resources needed to support adult learners, new and returning to post-secondary education. The course contains four modules including information on the demographics of adult learners as well as suggested methods to support adults as they navigate their way through various modes of post-secondary education.  

  • Register for PATH: Introduction to Working with Adult Learners
  • Access the PATH strand

Face-to-face Courses & Seminars

Fortify: Strengthening Teachers and Leaders

Fortify is the annual conference hosted by The Ayers Institute on the Lipscomb University campus. This unique learning experience brings together K-12 and Higher Education professionals to discuss the needs surrounding fortifying educator practices.

Ayers Institute Instructional Coaching Academy: Coaching Models and Practices

The Ayers Institute Instructional Coaching Academy: Coaching Models and Practices is structured to equip new coaches and build capacity in current coaches through interactive instruction and relevant practice focused on the skills necessary for coaching. This is offered at different points in the year.

  • For more information access the description and registration page.
  • Interested in bringing this seminar to your district? Contact the Ayers Institute - ayersinstitute@lipscomb.edu

Ayers Institute Instructional Coaching Academy: Skills Development

Prerequisite: Ayers Institute Instructional Coaching Academy: Coaching Models and Practices

This academy focuses on deepening the skills of listening, paraphrasing, presuming positivity, and providing reflective feedback by engaging in authentic practice of these foundational coaching tools. Participants also focus on essential self-awareness, explore ways to understand the language people use to communicate various levels of commitment, and take a deeper look at how to manage conflict within the coaching relationship. This is offered at different points in the year.

  • For more information access the description and registration page.
  • Interested in bringing this seminar to your district? Contact the Ayers Institute - ayersinstitute@lipscomb.edu

Ayers Institute Technology Coaching Academy: Models and Practices

The Ayers Institute Technology Coaching Academy: Models and Practices is structured to equip new coaches and build capacity in current coaches through interactive instruction and relevant practice focused on the skills necessary for coaching with a technology integration focus. This is offered at different points in the year.

  • For more information access the description and registration page.
  • Interested in bringing this seminar to your district? Contact the Ayers Institute - ayersinstitute@lipscomb.edu