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Educators know learning is a lifelong pursuit. The Ayers Institute Lunch & Learn podcast provides bite-sized portions of professional learning. You will hear from experienced educators and experts in the field about innovative ideas, proven best practices, and valuable academic resources.

Each episode is 10-15 minutes long and concludes with a prompting question to spark discussion within your professional learning community.

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Look for new episodes of professional learning content in the current Ayers All Access podcast program.  Legacy episodes produced between 2017 and 2020 can be accessed here.

Program Episodes

15: Mindset Shifts within Special Education - Part 2

An important goal of Special Education: providing high quality education to all students.

Special Education can be confusing at times, but our goal is always the same: providing high quality education to all students.

Listen to part two of a conversation between Dr. Misty Parsley and Dr. Robbie Hampton of the College of Education at Lipscomb University about the importance of special education.

Duration: 
12:44
Publication Date: 
4 years 4 months ago

14: Mindset Shifts within Special Education - Part 1

An important goal of Special Education: providing high quality education to all students.

Special Education can be confusing at times, but our goal is always the same: providing high quality education to all students.

Listen to a conversation between Dr. Misty Parsley and Dr. Robbie Hampton of the College of Education at Lipscomb University about the importance of special education.

Duration: 
12:49
Publication Date: 
4 years 5 months ago

13: Increasing College Access: One Kid at a Time

Hear the approach one rural school district is using to changing the expectations for college-going within their schools.

While increasing college access and success is a national priority, the barriers must be addressed at a local level. Today’s episode highlights one rural school district’s approach to changing the expectations for college-going within their schools and the community.

This episode features a conversation between Jerre Maynor, Director of Student Readiness in the Office of Research and Strategy at the Tennessee Department of Education, and Jill Denton, a School Counselor at Grainger High School in East Tennessee.

Duration: 
18:41
Publication Date: 
4 years 8 months ago

12: Pathways to Postsecondary - Part 2

Explore recent recommendations for how to bridge the gap between K-12 and postsecondary.

In Tennessee, we want postsecondary education to become the new normal for all students. The success of Tennessee Promise along with recent improvements in graduation rates and ACT scores are opening more doors for students after high school. Still, too few students are directly enrolling in postsecondary education. This conversation will explore recent recommendations for how to bridge the gap between K-12 and postsecondary.

Duration: 
19:47
Publication Date: 
4 years 9 months ago

11: Pathways to Postsecondary - Part 1

Explore recent recommendations for how to bridge the gap between K-12 and postsecondary.

In Tennessee, we want postsecondary education to become the new normal for all students. The success of Tennessee Promise along with recent improvements in graduation rates and ACT scores are opening more doors for students after high school. Still, too few students are directly enrolling in postsecondary education. This conversation will explore recent recommendations for how to bridge the gap between K-12 and postsecondary.

Duration: 
15:52
Publication Date: 
4 years 10 months ago

10: Lessons Learned from Leadership - Part 2

Great school leaders have strong human relations and gather feedback and support from students and teachers.

Engaging the school community, building a positive school culture, and being responsive to the needs of all stakeholders are foundational elements of great schools. Listen to part two of a conversation between Dr. Robbie Hampton and Dr. Lance Foreman of Lipscomb’s College of Education as they discuss lessons they have learned from their years as public school leaders.

Duration: 
19:19
Publication Date: 
4 years 11 months ago

9: Lessons Learned from Leadership - Part 1

Great schools engage the community, build a positive culture, and are responsive to the needs of all stakeholders.

Engaging the school community, building a positive school culture, and being responsive to the needs of all stakeholders are foundational elements of great schools. Listen to a conversation between Dr. Robbie Hampton and Dr. Lance Foreman of Lipscomb’s College of Education as they discuss lessons they have learned from their years as public school leaders.

Duration: 
16:54
Publication Date: 
5 years 1 week ago

8: What Can Tech Coaching Do for You? - Part 2

Learn about the role and benefits of coaching with a focus on technology integration and student learning.

Julia Osteen, the Technology Integration Specialist at the Ayers Institute, highlights the roles of the teacher and the coach when technology coaches support the work of educators. Gain a helpful definition of coaching and learn how the skills of coaching can build capacity in yourself and others.

Duration: 
12:36
Publication Date: 
5 years 1 month ago

7: What Can Tech Coaching Do for You? - Part 1

Learn about the role and benefits of coaching with a focus on technology integration and student learning.

Julia Osteen, the Technology Integration Specialist at the Ayers Institute, highlights the new ISTE Standards for educators and how the ISTE standards for coaches support the work of educators. Gain a helpful definition of coaching and learn how coaching can build capacity in yourself and others.

Duration: 
09:54
Publication Date: 
5 years 2 months ago

6: Approaching Leadership with a Coaching Mindset - Part 3

How one approaches leadership is key to influencing others.

Building capacity in your team is essential to achieving the greatest results. Listen to part 3 of a conversation between Dr. Hank Staggs of the Tennessee Department of Education and Dr. Rachael Milligan of the Ayers Institute for Teacher Learning and Innovation at Lipscomb University as they discuss how to approach leadership with a coaching mindset.

Duration: 
09:52
Publication Date: 
5 years 3 months ago

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