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Events - Ayers Institute

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

Registration for Ayers Institute events and courses occurs
through our online store on Lipscomb Marketplace.

Webinar: Layering Text to Support Understanding and Discourse

September 28, 2022
11:00 a.m. - Noon (Central Time)
Series: Ayers Institute Webinars

This session will explore the value of planning intentional read alouds to engage learners in inquiry and discourse around content (history, math, science, art, music) topics. We will share a model of a read aloud with layered text that will engage readers with content, deepen comprehension and promote discourse in written and spoken conversation.

Join Dr. Suze Gilbert, Lead Faculty for Reading Specialty and Literacy at Lipscomb University’s College of Education for this presentation.

This online webinar is appropriate for teachers, literacy coaches, school leaders, and education system leaders. We will send you instructions for joining the live session and the video replay in the days prior to the online webinar.


Coaching Academy: Models & Practices

January 24-25, 2023
8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. (Central Time) each day
Lipscomb University - Ezell Center

The Ayers Institute 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 between coaching and evaluation, what virtual coaching looks and sounds like, 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.


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 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