The INVEST Project

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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 state-adopted Common Core Standards.  With the guidance of The IHE Common Core Advisory Board, pre-service teacher education resources will be developed as well as Common Core’s 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 Common Core State Standards
  • Represent the diverse interests of the teacher preparation community in integrating the Common Core State Standards into training programs
  • To facilitate communication between Arts and Sciences and College of Education faculty on Common Core implementation with an ultimate outcome of ensuring the teacher pipeline is adequately prepared to teach to the new, more rigorous Common Core State Standards

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Over the next three years, the Ayers Institute will produce up to 20 Common Core videos that can be used in teacher preparation classrooms across the state.  Some are full length Math and ELA lessons, identifying Common Core shifts and standards.  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.  The entire module is available online, under the INVEST Videos tab.

Additionally, the institute will host regional trainings for College of Education and Arts & Sciences faculty as an introduction to Common Core State Standards and their implication on teacher preparation programs.  The Ayers Institute will host regional faculty in five locations across the state of Tennessee.  Spring Training allows faculty to have in depth discussions with their university team to identify the necessary program changes for Common Core implementation.  The information will also be made available as webinars.

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 Jupiter-King, 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