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Take a look at some upcoming events, webinars and conferences offered by the Ayers Institute.

Webinar | Student Storytellers: Using Dialogic Reading in the Early Childhood Classroom

Wednesday, March 25, 2020
2:00-3:00 pm (CDT)
Series: Ayers Institute Webinar

How can you read a book without reading any words? This webinar will introduce teachers to the evidence-based practice of dialogic reading: a technique for sharing books with students that relies on discussing illustrations.  By reversing roles and letting the student be the storyteller, teachers can take advantage of multiple teaching moments to build early literacy skills.  This strategy also provides opportunities for valuable social-emotional learning in the early childhood classroom.

Join Liz Atack, manager of Nashville Public Library’s Bringing Books to Life program, as she shares the basics of dialogic reading and highlights great books for using this technique with students.

DHS Approved for Credit Hours with certificate


Ayers Institute Instructional Coaching Academy: Models & Practices

June 10 & 11, 2020
8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (both days)
Lipscomb University

The Ayers Institute Instructional Coaching Academy: Coaching 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.

TASL Approved: 12 hours professional learning credit.


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 & 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.


Archived Events

Online Webinars

The Ayers Institute produces monthly, web-based seminars ("webinars"). These online resources provide timely, topical professional learning opportunities to educators. 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.

Topic Areas

Topics covered by Ayers Institute webinars include:

  • Ayers Institute Resources
  • Coaching
  • College Access & Success
  • Instructional Skills Development
  • School Leadership
  • Teacher Preparation

Archived Webinars