Innovative offerings from the Ayers Institute
The Ayers Institute for Teacher Learning & Innovation creates and distributes innovative tools that help teachers and leaders implement best practices and that encourage collaboration within our community.
We invite you to contact us if you would like to work with Ayers Institute to create or distribute additional digital resources.
The e3 Courses website provides an online platform for anytime, anywhere learning. The Ayers Institute produces relevant, high-quality courses that focus on topics important to pre-service and current-service education professionals. Current online course offerings include:
- College Access Project (5 strands within the course)
- PATH – Preparing Adults for the Transition to Higher Education
- Teacher Preparation MOOCS (8 courses)
A wealth of educational resources supporting academic success can be found on the eduTOOLBOX.org website. This online, resource-sharing portal is designed and maintained by and for professional educators. Here you will find hundreds of lessons, assessments, Web links, multimedia elements, and professional learning materials.
Order eduTOOLBOX Breakout Decks for use in your school or classroom.
The INVEST library provides video and professional learning resources for teacher preparation faculty and K-12 professionals that are designed to improve student outcomes through standards-focused instructional strategies.
INVEST videos were produced with First to the Top grant funding from the Tennessee Higher Education Commission.
Access the videos in the INVEST Video Library.
Detailed instructions on how to access the INVEST videos.
Presentations and materials from INVEST conferences.
The Ayers Institute partners with the Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission to produce a series of standards-aligned lesson plans that highlight Nashville-area art installations.
Lesson plans and teaching materials from Metro Arts projects.
Podcasts are a convenient way to expand your knowledge and extend your personal learning network.
The "Ayers Institute Lunch & Learn" podcast provides bite-sized portions of professional learning. Each episode is 10-15 minutes long, focuses on a topic that is relevant to professional educators and concludes with a prompt to generate discussion within your community of practice.
- Browse podcast episodes or subscribe to automatically receive the latest episodes
- View resources related to each episode
The Ayers Institute produces monthly, web-based seminars ("webinars"). These online resources provide timely, topical professional-learning opportunities to educators. Topics include information about digital resources, college access, coaching, instructional skills, and school leadership. Participants can interact with the presenters during the live webinar broadcast. The webinar sessions are also recorded to enable replay at a later time.
The Ayers Institute webinars are appropriate for K-12 educators, higher education professionals, teacher-preparation candidates, and community members with an interest in the field of education.
Alignment Charts for
Tennessee Academic Standards