The INVEST Project
Through a partnership with the Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC), The Ayers Institute for Teacher Learning and Innovation is creating resources for university faculty to use when preparing new teachers to employ the national and Tennessee-Specific Academic Standards. With the guidance of The IHE Advisory Board, pre-service teacher education resources will be developed as well as standards-aligned implications for change in teacher preparation. Funded as part of Tennessee’s Race to the Top program the project goals are:
- Guide the development of resources for IHEs in the implementation of the Tennessee Academic Standards.
- Represent the diverse interests of the teacher preparation community in integrating the Tennessee Academic Standards into training programs.
- To facilitate communication between Arts and Sciences and College of Education faculty on standards-aligned instruction implementation with an ultimate outcome of ensuring the teacher pipeline is adequately prepared to teach to the new, more rigorous Tennessee Academic Standards.
Over the next three years, the Ayers Institute will produce up to 20 lesson-length videos that can be used in teacher preparation classrooms across the state. Some are full length Math and ELA lessons, identifying standards-aligned shifts. Others are shorter clips highlighting the Common Core implementation, including Professional Learning Communities and Teacher Evaluation. The accompanying Facilitator's Guide provides additional resources and activities for faculty to use with their students.
- Video library can be accessed here.
- Conference materials can be accessed here.
- Critical Conversations can be accessed here.
The Institutes for Higher Education Advisory Board is a representation of Tennessee's colleges and universities, guiding the INVEST project.
Holly Anthony, Tennessee Tech
|Carlette Hardin, APSU|
Pam Browning, Lee University
|Kimberly King-Jupiter, TSU|
|Christine Couch, Chattanooga State||Hal Knight, ETSU|
|Kim Finch, Cumberland University||Kim Paulsen, Vanderbilt University|
|Susan Groenke, UT-Knoxville||Richard Potts, Christian Brothers University|
|Dovie Kimmons, MTSU||Alistair Windsor, University of Memphis|