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

Webinar: Advice I Would Give Myself as a New Coach

Tuesday, August 27, 2019
9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. (CDT)
Online Webinar

The freshness of the new school year allows educators to reset or begin new into instructional practices. By learning from the experience of others in the field you can maximize success and avoid pitfalls on the path to effective instructional coaching.

Join Dr. Karen Marklein of the Ayers Institute as she lays out some tips and advice she would give herself if she were a new coach. This webinar will benefit those new to instructional coaching as well as the veteran who desires to refine his/her practice.

This FREE online webinar is appropriate for both higher education and K-12 professionals.


Ayers Institute Instructional Coaching Academy: Coaching Models and Practices

September 11 & 12, 2019
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.


Fortify Conference 2019: "What if..."

Thursday, October 3, 2019
One-day event
Lipscomb University's Spark Idea Center;
Downtown – Nashville, Tennessee

Fortify is a modern, fast-paced conference featuring micro-sessions and impactful participant conversation. Presenters will share in a narrative format and conference participants will have time to discuss the big ideas they hear. Each narrative presented will highlight a passion topic. Take advantage of this rare opportunity for collaboration among PK-12 and Higher Education professionals.

View full event details on the Fortify web page.

Space is limited. Lunch and parking are included in your registration. 


Ignite Unconference! — "Get Switched On to Technology"

Saturday, October 19, 2019
8:00 a.m. - Noon (CDT)
Ezell Center at Lipscomb University; Nashville, TN

Join us for the annual “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.

This is a free education-technology conference sponsored by the Lipscomb University College of Education.


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