Partnering/Collaborating with the Ayers Institute

The Ayers Institute welcomes proposals from organizations that wish to partner/collaborate on initiatives that lead to educational innovation and improved student outcomes.  Ayers initiatives focus upon providing high-quality training and resources in both k-12 and higher education arenas related to college and career readiness, professional learning, educational leadership, and instructional design and delivery.  Organizations interested in exploring or proposing an initiative to the Ayers Institute should contact the Interim Managing Director
(Dr. Trace Hebert, tshebert@lipscomb.edu615-966-1031).  

Partner Organizations
The Ayers Foundation provides college counselors to rural school districts to improve the college-going culture for first generation students.  The Institute works with these counties on teacher professional development.Decatur County is part of the Ayers Foundation Scholars program, and the Ayers Institute is the provider of professional learning and leadership resources.The Expect More, Achieve More Coalition is a statewide alliance of business, community, and education organizations in Tennessee working for high academic standards in public education.The Tennessee GEAR UP counselors will be the first cohort to complete the College Access Program.  The partnership with Henderson County also stemmed from a GEAR Up grant.As a part of the Henderson County GEAR UP Grant, Lexington High School teachers are receiving Common Core training with Ayers instructional coaches.The Ayers Institute has worked with TN Core to include higher education faculty in summer Common Core training.  Also, the INVEST project has been used in state principal leadership programs.As a campus partner, the Ayers Institute is co-creating a teacher coach model for the elementary school.We are providing Common Core aligned lesson plans for Metro Arts' sponsored community art installations for teachers to integrate local art into their content areas.Perry County is part of the Ayers Foundation Scholars program, and the Ayers Institute is the provider of professional learning and leadership resources.The State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE) collaboratively supports Tennessee’s work to prepare students for college and the workforce.The Tennessee Turnaround School Leaders Network and TCSI recruited the Ayers Institute to be the training provider in Memphis and Nashville for cohorts of local principals to receive leadership training and resources.  Dick Best is the facilitator in Nashville, and Cheryl Green is the Memphis facilitator.The Ayers Institute was chosen as the professional learning support organization for Sumner County's LEAD grant award to create an instructional coaching program.The Ayers Institute works consistently with TACTE on the INVEST project development.TCASN has partnered with us to create the College Access Project: a certification program for College Access professionals completely online.  This five course year-long program trains K-12 counselors and community organizations on how to create a college-going culture in their schools.The Tennessee Turnaround School Leaders Network and TCSI recruited the Ayers Institute to be the training provider in Memphis and Nashville for cohorts of local principals to receive leadership training and resources.  Dick Best is the facilitator in Nashville, and Cheryl Green is the Memphis facilitator.THEC awarded the Ayers Institute with a First to the Top grant to provide Common Core training and resources to Tennessee's teacher preparation programs.  The INVEST project was created to provide Common Core lesson exemplars.Core to College is a multi-state grant initiative designed to promote strong collaboration between  higher education and the K-12 sectors in the implementation of the Common Core State Standards  (CCSS) and aligned assessments.Unicoi County is part of the Ayers Foundation Scholars program, and the Ayers Institute is the provider of professional learning and leadership resources.