Events

Upcoming Events

Ayers Institute Instructional Coaching Academy: Coaching Models and Practices

July 25 & 26, 2017 OR October 9 & 10, 2017
9:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m. (both days)
Lipscomb University

The Ayers Institute Instructional Coaching AcademyCoaching Models and Practices is structured to equip new coaches and build capacity in current coaches through interactive instruction and relevant practice focused on the skills necessary for coaching. Participants will engage in explicit instruction to explore the skills of committed listening, paraphrasing, presuming positivity, and providing reflective feedback, and then practice these skills throughout the sessions. Participants also explore the differences in coaching and evaluation and how to approach each leadership role with a coach mindset. This academy is useful for new coaches to learn how to engage in coaching, current coaches who want to develop their coaching skills further, and principals wanting to start coaching programs or build capacity in current programs.

Register Here- July Session

Register Here- October Session

Fortify: Strengthening Teachers & Leaders

September 13, 2017
8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. (CDT)
Conference

Communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity: these are critical skills for teaching and learning in the modern educational environment.  Join us at Fortify: Strengthening Teachers & Leaders conference for new ideas and healthy discussion centered on the topic "Learning in the 21st Century."

Fortify is the annual conference hosted by The Ayers Institute for Teacher Learning & Innovation. This unique learning experience brings together K-12 and Higher Education professionals to combine the expertise, experience, and knowledge from both arenas and to fortify educator practice.  This full-day learning session will be hosted on the Lipscomb University campus in Nashville, TN. Space is limited, so reserve your spot soon!  

Cost per person is only $125 for professional educators. Education students can attend at a discounted rate of $25 per person.

REGISTER TO ATTEND

The Ayers Institute Instructional Coaching Academy: Skills Development

November 14, 2017
9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. 
Lipscomb University

The Ayers Institute Instructional Coaching Academy: Skills Development will build on the knowledge gained during the Coaching Models and Practices session. This academy will focus on deepening the skills of listening, paraphrasing, presuming positivity, and providing reflective feedback by engaging in authentic practice of these foundational coaching tools. Participants will also focus on essential self-awareness, explore ways to understand the language people use to communicate various levels of commitment, and take a deeper look at how to manage conflict within the coaching relationship. This academy would be useful for coaches, principals, or district leaders who have engaged in the Coaching Models and Practices session, and will be facilitated by Karen Marklein, Rachael Milligan, and Julia Osteen. In this academy, these Ayers Institute directors will challenge and encourage you in your journey to effective coaching. 

Prerequisite-  2-day Ayers Institute Instructional Coaching Academy: Coaching Models and Practices session.

Register Here

PATH-Intro to Working with Adult Learners

Ongoing Course Registration
Preparing Adults for the Transition to Higher Education (PATH)
Introduction to Working with Adult Learners

The Tennessee College Access and Success Network and Ayers Institute for Teacher Learning and Innovation at Lipscomb University have partnered to create PATH: Preparing Adults for the Transition to Higher Education. Our introductory strand of the course was created with the intent to provide support and resources to professionals around Tennessee who may work with adults who are enrolling in institutions of higher education for the first time or those who are re-enrolling in order to complete their degree.

The cost is $69 per person.

REGISTER NOW!

Archived Webinars

The Ayers Institute web-based seminars ("webinars") are recorded to enable replay and sharing among colleagues. A full listing of available webinar titles and descriptions can be accessed on the Webinar Archive page.

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Archived Events

The Ayers Institute Instructional Coaching Academy: Skills Development

February 28, 2017
9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. 
Lipscomb University

The Ayers Institute Instructional Coaching Academy: Skills Development will build on the knowledge gained during the Coaching Models and Practices session. This academy will focus on deepening the skills of listening, paraphrasing, presuming positivity, and providing reflective feedback by engaging in authentic practice of these foundational coaching tools. Participants will also focus on essential self-awareness, explore ways to understand the language people use to communicate various levels of commitment, and take a deeper look at how to manage conflict within the coaching relationship. This academy would be useful for coaches, principals, or district leaders who have engaged in the Coaching Models and Practices session, and will be facilitated by Karen Marklein, Rachael Milligan, and Julia Osteen. In this academy, these Ayers Institute directors will challenge and encourage you in your journey to effective coaching. 

Prerequisite-  2-day Ayers Institute Instructional Coaching Academy: Coaching Models and Practices session.

Ayers Institute Instructional Coaching Academy: Coaching Models and Practices

January 24 and 25, 2017
9:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m. (both days)
Lipscomb University

The Ayers Institute Instructional Coaching AcademyCoaching Models and Practices is structured to equip new coaches and build capacity in current coaches through interactive instruction and relevant practice focused on the skills necessary for coaching. Participants will engage in explicit instruction to explore the skills of committed listening, paraphrasing, presuming positivity, and providing reflective feedback, and then practice these skills throughout the sessions. Participants also explore the differences in coaching and evaluation and how to approach each leadership role with a coach mindset. This academy is useful for new coaches to learn how to engage in coaching, current coaches who want to develop their coaching skills further, and principals wanting to start coaching programs or build capacity in current programs.

LEAD Conference, Pre-Conference Session
Working with Adult Learners

Sunday, October 23, 2016
2:00-5:00 pm
Music City Center, Nashville, TN
Open to conference attendees and other guests

Engaging with adult learners is part of every school leader’s role.  But how does a school leader approach adults in a way that will lead to transformational growth?  This session, Working with Adult Learners, brought to you by the Ayers Institute for Teacher Learning and Innovation, blends the principles of adult learning theory with the idea of approaching all learners with a coaching mindset. In this way, school leaders can begin to build a school culture that is grounded in trust and professional inquiry.  This session will explore conversational strategies of listening to understand; presuming positive intent; the value of norms; and the importance of collaboration.  Additionally, participants will consider the connection between these important principles to the TEAM Administrator Evaluation tool.

Session facilitators are Rachael Milligan, Karen Marklein, and Julia Osteen—each of whom is an experienced coach, a faculty member in Lipscomb’s College of Education, and a former K-12 educator.  Come and learn practical strategies for building capacity in all educators in your building.

The Ayers Institute Instructional Coaching Academy: Skills Development

September 29, 2016
9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. 
Lipscomb University

The Ayers Institute Instructional Coaching Academy: Skills Development will build on the knowledge gained during the Coaching Models and Practices session. This academy will focus on deepening the skills of listening, paraphrasing, presuming positivity, and providing reflective feedback by engaging in authentic practice of these foundational coaching tools. Participants will also focus on essential self-awareness, explore ways to understand the language people use to communicate various levels of commitment, and take a deeper look at how to manage conflict within the coaching relationship. This academy would be useful for coaches, principals, or district leaders who have engaged in the Coaching Models and Practices session, and will be facilitated by Karen Marklein, Rachael Milligan, and Julia Osteen. In this academy, these Ayers Institute directors will challenge and encourage you in your journey to effective coaching. 

Prerequisite-  2-day Ayers Institute Instructional Coaching Academy: Coaching Models and Practices session.

Ayers Institute Instructional Coaching Academy: Coaching Models and Practices

September 13th and 14th, 2016
9:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m. (both days)
Lipscomb University

The Ayers Institute Instructional Coaching AcademyCoaching Models and Practices is structured to equip new coaches and build capacity in current coaches through interactive instruction and relevant practice focused on the skills necessary for coaching. Participants will engage in explicit instruction to explore the skills of committed listening, paraphrasing, presuming positivity, and providing reflective feedback, and then practice these skills throughout the sessions. Participants also explore the differences in coaching and evaluation and how to approach each leadership role with a coach mindset. This academy is useful for new coaches to learn how to engage in coaching, current coaches who want to develop their coaching skills further, and principals wanting to start coaching programs or build capacity in current programs

Preparing Adults for the Transition to Higher Education (PATH)

The Tennessee College Access and Success Network and Ayers Institute for Teacher Learning and Innovation at Lipscomb University have partnered to create PATH: Preparing Adults for the Transition to Higher Education. Our introductory strand of the course will be piloted this summer and was created with the intent to provide support and resources to professionals around Tennessee who may work with adults who are enrolling in institutions of higher education for the first time or those who are re-enrolling in order to complete their degree.

Ignite: Get Switched On to Technology

April 23, 2016
8:00 a.m.- 12 p.m. (CST)
Lipscomb University

Ignite: Get Switched On to Technology is an “unconference” that puts the learner at the heart. Individuals attending Ignite let their feet do the talking, attending sessions based on their own interests and needs. Sessions are fast-paced and showcase some of the newest classroom-ready technology tools. You’ll learn practical and current technologies taught by local College of Education technology experts as well as current-service K-12 teachers. 

Featured at Ignite:

  • 20-minute break-out sessions, collaborative work session, sharing “smackdown”
  • Door prizes
  • Light breakfast
  • BYOD
  • Networking with other educators

Join us! Saturday, April 23rd
8:30 a.m.- 9 a.m. Registration and breakfast,
9:00 a.m.- 12 p.m. Sessions
Ignite is brought to you by the College of Education at Lipscomb University.

Fortify: Strengthening Teachers and Leaders
Ensuring Rigorous Instruction for All

April 12, 2016
8:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. (CST)
Lipscomb University

Register now for this unique learning experience that brings together K-12 and Higher Education professionals to discuss the need to fortify educator practices around this year’s theme: Ensuring Rigorous Instruction for All. Learn from experienced practitioners and prominent educational leaders who are experts on rigorous instruction, data analysis and use, effective collaboration, and leadership practices, such as coaching, and leading learning. This full-day learning session will be hosted at Lipscomb’s Ezell Center in Nashville, TN. Space is limited, so reserve your spot soon!

The Ayers Institute Instructional Coaching Academy: Skills Development

January 26, 2016
9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. 
Lipscomb University

The Ayers Institute Instructional Coaching Academy: Skills Development will build on the knowledge gained during the Coaching Models and Practices session. This academy will focus on deepening the skills of listening, paraphrasing, presuming positivity, and providing reflective feedback by engaging in authentic practice of these foundational coaching tools. Participants will also focus on essential self-awareness, explore ways to understand the language people use to communicate various levels of commitment, and take a deeper look at how to manage conflict within the coaching relationship. This academy would be useful for coaches, principals, or district leaders who have engaged in the Coaching Models and Practices session, and will be facilitated by Karen Marklein, Rachael Milligan, and Julia Osteen. In this academy, these Ayers Institute directors will challenge and encourage you in your journey to effective coaching. 

This session is for those who have already attended the 2-day Ayers Institute Instructional Coaching Academy: Coaching Models and Practices session.

Ayers Institute Instructional Coaching Academy: Coaching Models and Practices

January 11 and 12, 2016
9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. (CDT) -- both days
at Lipscomb University

The Ayers Institute Instructional Coaching Academy: Coaching Models and Practices will equip new coaches and build capacity in current coaches through interactive instruction and relevant practice focused on the skills necessary for coaching. Participants will engage in explicit instruction to explore the skills of committed listening, paraphrasing, presuming positivity, and providing reflective feedback, and then practice these skills in authentic coaching sessions.  This academy would be useful for new coaches to learn how to engage in coaching, current coaches who want to develop their coaching skills further, and principals wanting to start coaching programs or build capacity in current programs.  Karen Marklein, Rachael Milligan, and Julia Osteen, will be leading the learning in this academy. Together, these Ayers Institute directors have over 10 years of coaching experience.
The Ayers Institute Coaching Academy is worth 12 TASL credits

Ayers Institute Instructional Coaching Academy

October 21 and 22, 2015
9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. (CDT) -- both days
at Lipscomb University

The Ayers Institute Instructional Coaching Academy will equip new coaches and build capacity in current coaches through interactive instruction and relevant practice focused on the skills necessary for coaching. Participants will engage in explicit instruction to explore the skills of committed listening, paraphrasing, presuming positivity, and providing reflective feedback, and then practice these skills in authentic coaching sessions.  This academy would be useful for new coaches to learn how to engage in coaching, current coaches who want to develop their coaching skills further, and principals wanting to start coaching programs or build capacity in current programs.  Karen Marklein, Rachael Milligan, and Julia Osteen, will be leading the learning in this academy.  Together, these Ayers Institute directors have over 10 years of coaching experience.

The registration fee for this two-day professional learning event is $195 per participant.
The Ayers Institute Coaching Academy is worth 12 TASL credits.

Fortify: Strengthening teachers and leaders

April 14, 2015, 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
WHERE: The Ezell Center at Lipscomb University (Nashville, TN)

This in-depth workshop will focus on how to incorporate Ayers Institute resources into your programs.  Learn about brand new INVEST Leadership resources and MOOC courses, collaborate with colleagues, and walk away with practical ideas for your courses or professional learning programs.

This free workshop is appropriate for higher education professionals, K-12 administrators, and professional learning coordinators.  Workshop participants can earn 7 hours of TASL credit.