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2018 LEAD Conference

October 3-5, 2018 at the Music City Center in Nashville

The annual LEAD Conference gives school and district leaders a chance to share and discuss effective practices happening every day in Tennessee schools. With valuable first-person examples, educators from across the state share their best ideas for preparing Tennessee's students for college and careers. 

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7 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Check-in and on-site registration
7-8:30 a.m. Breakfast
8-9 a.m. Session Block A
9:15-10:15 a.m. Session Block B         
10:30-11:30 a.m. Session Block C
11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Lunch and Dedicated Exhibitor time
1:15-2:15 p.m. Session Block D
2:30 -3:30 p.m. Session Block E
3:45-4:15 p.m. Meet and Greet with Commissioner and the Senior Leadership Team
4:15-5:15 p.m. Commissioner Address of the State of Education in TN
7 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Check In and on-sight registration
7-8:30 a.m. Breakfast
8-9 a.m. Session Block F
9:15-10:15 a.m. Session Block G
10:30-11:30 a.m. Dedicated Hall time
11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Lunch and Keynote
1-2 p.m. Session Block H
2:15-3:15 p.m. Session Block I
3:30-3:45 p.m. Dedicated Exhibit hall time
4-5 p.m. Session Block J
5:30-8 p.m.        POY/SOY Reception and Banquet    
7 a.m.-12 p.m. Check-in and on-site registration
8:30-9:30 a.m. Session Block K
9:45 – 10:30 a.m. Brunch/Snacks
10:45-11:45 a.m. Session Block L
1-5 p.m. Ancillary Meetings    

We are seeking session proposals in conjunction with this year’s theme, Equity, Expectations, and Pathways LEAD to Success. We offer participants a diverse range of high-quality options for content sessions. Proposals should align with the one of the five areas of the Tennessee Succeeds Strategic Plan, and focus on one of the following areas:

  • Early Literacy
  • Middle School: the Bridge to Success
  • High School Pathways
  • Standards Professional Development
  • Educator Effectiveness
  • Multi-Tiered Systems of Support

Complete the Call for Proposals form here.

Important Dates:

  • April 9 — CFP closes
  • May 2 — Move to interview phase notification
  • June 7— Final presenter acceptance notification
  • June 13 — Final session title and description due to UTK-CLEE
  • Sept. 5— Session PowerPoints and resources due to UTK-CLEE

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The department is proud to announce the 17th Annual LEAD Conference.  An estimated 2,000 school- and district-level educational leaders participate in the conference annually. This conference will provide a great opportunity for exhibitors and sponsors to network directly with potential customers and clients. 

The full exhibitor prospectus for LEAD 2018 is available here. Registration to secure exhibit space or sponsorship opportunities will be available through mid-September. You may email for more information.

Cambria Downtown Nashville Hotel

118 8th Ave. S.,
Nashville, TN 37203

Reservations for LEAD 2018 Rates

Hyatt Place Nashville Downtown

301 3rd Avenue S. 
Nashville, TN 37201


Renaissance Nashville Hotel

611 Commerce Street
Nashville, TN 37203

Rates starting at $249.00 per night


Registration for LEAD 2018 will open in June 2018.  A rate schedule will be posted soon.