Ayers Institute for Teacher Learning & Innovation

The institute exists to support both pre-service and current-service educators through individualized educational opportunities, embedded professional learning and innovative resources that result in positive student outcomes.

Digital Resources section


Innovative tools that help teachers and leaders implement best practices and that encourage collaboration within our community.    

Courses and Seminars section

Courses &

Engaging and instructionally sound learning opportunities that promote professional growth and positive student outcomes.

Coaching and Custom Programs section

Coaching &
Custom Programs

Equipping educators to achieve their highest potential and to facilitate organizational and student success.

About Ayers Institute

The Ayers Institute for Teacher Learning & Innovation was established as a partnership between the Ayers Foundation and Lipscomb University’s College of Education.  We serve as a bridge between policy and practice, as well as between educators in K-12 and higher education.

Our mission is to support teachers and leaders in improving student outcomes through proven professional learning and to incubate innovative instructional ideas and resources.

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Making an Impact

Resources and services from the Ayers Institute are being used every day throughout Tennessee and across the nation.


eduTOOLBOX  |  e3 Courses  |  INVEST library  |  Podcasts  |  Webinars

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Engage or Partner with Ayers Institute

Looking for professional learning, high-quality resources, or custom programs to drive success within your organization’s goals?  The Ayers Institute has proven experience with the implementation of customized programs at the school, district and state-level.  We work with clients in both K-12 and higher education programs.

Please take a moment to tell us about your goals.  We can help you consider how Ayers Institute services and resources could bridge gaps and produce positive outcomes. 

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INVEST. Building a College and Career Ready Tennessee.

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

Access the videos in the INVEST Video Library or view the presentations and materials from INVEST conferences.

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MOOCs Teacher Preparation Courses.

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

Access the teacher preparation courses, view the course descriptions, or request a facilitator’s guide.

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College Access Project.

Increase your college access knowledge by taking CAP Course strands, or complete all 5 strands and become a College Access Coach.

Register for any strand and access the online course.

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eduTOOLBOX academic resource-sharing portal

A wealth of educational resources supporting academic success.  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.

Visit the eduTOOLBOX.org website.
Watch an introductory webinar.
Order eduTOOLBOX Breakout Decks.

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