The INVEST Project

Resources Page

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.

Partners Page

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 implementation of the Tennessee Academic Standards, 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 Institutes for Higher Education Advisory Board is a representation of Tennessee's colleges and universities, guiding the INVEST project.

2015-2016 Advisory Board:

Pam Browning, Lee University Hal Knight, ETSU
Sharen Cypress, Freed-Hardeman University Richard Potts, Christian Brothers University
Kim Finch, Cumberland University Alistair Windsor, University of Memphis

Prior Years:

Holly Anthony, Tennessee Tech Dovie KimminsMTSU
Pam Browning, Lee University Kimberly King-Jupiter, TSU
Christine Conn, Chattanooga State Hal Knight, ETSU
Sharen CypressFreed-Hardeman University Kim Paulsen, Vanderbilt University
Kim Finch, Cumberland University Richard Potts, Christian Brothers University
Susan Groenke, University of Tennessee Alistair Windsor, University of Memphis
Carlette HardinAPSU