Digital Resources

Digital Resources IconInnovative offerings from the Ayers Institute

The Ayers Institute for Teacher Learning & Innovation creates and distributes innovative tools that help teachers and leaders implement best practices and that encourage collaboration within our community.

We invite you to contact us if you would like to work with Ayers Institute to create or distribute additional digital resources.

Online Webinars

The Ayers Institute produces monthly, web-based seminars ("webinars"). These online resources provide timely, topical professional-learning opportunities to educators.  Topics include information about digital resources, college access, coaching, instructional skills, and school leadership. Participants can interact with the presenters during the live webinar broadcast. The webinar sessions are also recorded to enable replay at a later time.

The Ayers Institute webinars are appropriate for K-12 educators, higher education professionals, teacher-preparation candidates, and community members with an interest in the field of education.

Sign-up to attend upcoming webinar sessions on the Event Registration page.
Access the list of webinar replays in the Ayers Institute Webinar archive.

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INVEST Project

INVEST: Building a College and Career Ready Tennessee

The INVEST project develops video and professional learning resources for teacher preparation faculty and K-12 professionals that are designed to improve student outcomes through standards-focused instructional strategies.

INVEST videos were produced with First to the Top grant funding from the Tennessee Higher Education Commission.

Access the videos in the INVEST Video Library.
Detailed instructions on how to access the INVEST videos.
Presentations and materials from INVEST conferences.

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Teacher Preparation MOOCs

The Teacher Preparation MOOCs are online courses, open to all for their own professional knowledge or for inclusion in teacher preparation programs.

These innovative courses are funded through a grant from the Governor’s Online Innovation Fund and in partnership with the Tennessee Higher Education Commission.

Teacher Preparation course descriptions.
Access the Teacher Preparation courses.

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College Access Project

College Access Project

Become a College Access Coach through our brand new one year CAP program.

Register for any strand of the CAP course.
Access the CAP strands.

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A wealth of educational resources supporting academic success can be found on the website.  This online, resource-sharing portal is designed and maintained by and for professional educators.  Here you will find hundreds of lessons, assessments, Web links, multimedia elements, and professional learning materials.

Watch an introductory webinar.
Visit the website.

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Metro Arts


The Ayers Institute partners with the Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission to produce a series of standards-aligned lesson plans that highlight Nashville-area art installations.

Lesson plans and teaching materials from Metro Arts projects.

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Other Resources

Alignment Charts for
Ayers Institute Resources

Resources Aligned to TEAM General Educator Rubric

Resources Aligned to TEAM Admin Rubric & TILS

Resources Aligned to the Professional Standards for Educational Leaders

Tennessee Academic Standards


Lesson Resources

Other Academic Standards Resources

Professional Learning

Instructional Coaching

Connected Learning

Teacher Evaluation

Principal Leadership