2017 LEAD Conference

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. 

The LEAD Conference will take place Oct. 15-17, 2017 at Music City Center in Nashville, TN. The theme of the LEAD 2017 this year is LEADing the New Normal. The focus of LEAD 2017 will be to prepare and support education leaders in the new normal mindset. Focus strands are Standards Professional Development, High School Pathways, Effective Literacy, Middle School: the Bridge to Success, Educator Effectiveness.

The goal for LEAD 2017 is to offer peer-led sessions that highlight districts and/or schools with an exemplary Kindergarten-to-job commitment. Featured schools and districts will embrace the strategic plan, support strong instructional practices aligned to standards and assessments, and move their students from kindergarten to post-secondary success.

View the LEAD 2017 session schedule

Questions should be directed to Lead.Conference@tn.gov.

Call for Proposals

Call for proposals is closed for LEAD 2017.


Registration for LEAD 2017 is now open.  Questions about registration should be emailed to LEAD.Conference@tn.gov.

Registration Rates and Date Ranges

  Full Conference Sunday Only Monday Only Tuesday Only

Early: June 28 through Aug. 11

$275 $75 $130 $130

Standard: Aug. 12 through Sept. 30

$300 $85 $150 $150

Late: Oct. 1 through Oct. 13

$325 $100 $175 $175
Onsite: Oct. 15 through Oct. 17 $325 $100 $175 $175
Conference Agenda

Please see below for the agenda of LEAD 2017

  • Sunday, Oct. 15
  • Monday, Oct. 16
  • Tuesday, Oct. 17
  • Time Event
    12 p.m. Early Bird Check in and On-Site Registration Open
    12:30-5 p.m. Session blocks, A, B, C, D, AB, and CD
    5-5:30 p.m. LEAD 2017 Commissioner and Senior Leadership Team (SLT) Meet and Greet
    5:30-6:30 p.m.

    Address on the State of Education in Tennessee by Commissioner McQueen

  • Time Event
    7-8:00 a.m. Breakfast – Level I
    7a.m-5 p.m. Registration and Check-in
    8 a.m.-9 a.m. Session Block E
    9:10-10:10 a.m. Session Block F
    10:20-11:20 a.m. Session Block G
    9:10-11:20 a.m. Session Block FG (two hours)
    11:20-11:40 a.m. Dedicated Exhibit hall time
    11:45 a.m.-1:45 p.m. Lunch and Keynote/General Session
    2-3 p.m. Session Block H
    3:15-3:30 p.m. Snack Break and Exhibitor Prize Give Away Day 1
    3:45-4:45 p.m. Session Block I
    2-4:45 p.m. Session Block HI (two hours with built in snack break in Exhibit Hall B)
    4:15-5 p.m. Supervisor Study Council Sessions/Networking
  • Time Event
    7-8 a.m. Breakfast Level 1
    7 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Registration and Check-in
    8-9 a.m. Session Block J
    9:10-10:10 a.m. Session Block K
    10:20-11:20 a.m. Session Block L
    11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Lunch
    12:45-1:45 p.m. Session Block M
    2-2:15 p.m. Snack Break and Exhibitor Prize Give Away Day 2
    2:30-3:30 p.m. Session Block N

Please complete a feedback survey at the end of each day using the LEAD 2017 conference app. Refer to the inside front cover of the program book for app download and login instructions. If you have difficulty downloading the app or accessing the surveys, seek assistance at a Conference Information Booth.

TASL credit can only be received if you complete the survey for each day that you attend. The maximum number of TASL credits for LEAD 2017 is 15 hours. TASL credit options for LEAD 2017:

  • Five hours Sunday, October 15
  • Five hours Monday, October 16
  • Five hours Tuesday, October 17

Hotels for LEAD 2017 offering a conference rate are:

Hilton Garden Inn Nashville Downtown - $239/night

Address: 305 Korean Veterans Blvd, Nashville, TN 37201

Phone: (615) 251-3013

Renaissance Nashville Hotel - $232/night

Address: 611 Commerce St, Nashville, TN 37203

Phone: (615) 255-8400

Sheraton Nashville Downtown Hotel - $289/night

Address: 623 Union St, Nashville, TN 37219

Phone: (615) 259-2000

Courtyard Nashville Downtown - $249/night - SOLD OUT

Address: 170 4th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37219

Phone: (615) 256-0900

Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Nashville Downtown - $239/night - SOLD OUT

Address: 310 4th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37201

Phone: (615) 277-5000

Hyatt Place Nashville - $239/night - SOLD OUT

Address: 301 3rd Ave S, Nashville, TN 37201

Phone: (615) 687-9995

Exhibitors and Sponsors

The Tennessee Department of Education is proud to announce the 16th 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 2017 is available here. To secure exhibit space or sponsorship opportunities please register online. The deadline to register for booth and/or sponsorship has been extended. You may email LEAD.Conference@tn.gov for more information.

Sponsorship Information

Corporate Sponsors:

  • Headline Platinum $12,000.00
  • Headline Gold $10,000.00
  • Headline Silver $8,000.00 – Tennessee Book Company and Thrivist

Exhibitor Sponsors:

  • Lunch Table Tent Sponsor $6,500.00 – 2 available (1 sponsor per lunch)
  • Breakfast Sponsor $6,500.00 – 2 available (1 sponsor per breakfast)
  • Registration Sponsor $6,000.00
  • Official App Sponsor $6,000.00
  • Keynote Area Sponsor $5,500.00
  • Lanyard Sponsor $5,500.00 - iStation
  • Conference Bag Sponsor $5,500.00
  • Name Badge Sponsor $5,000.00 - EPS - School Specialty Inc.
  • Snack Break Sponsor $5,000.00 (two available – one sponsor per day)
  • Recharge Lounge Sponsor $3,000.00 - Teaching Channel
  • Assessment Lab Sponsor $3,000.00 (two available)
  • New Testing Coordinators Luncheon Sponsor $2,500.00 - Lexia Learning
  • Coffee Bar Sponsor ($2,500 for one day, or $4,000 for both days)  - AAA - The Auto Club Group

The full exhibitor prospectus for LEAD 2017 is available hereTo secure exhibit space or sponsorship opportunities please register online. The deadline to register for booth and/or sponsorship has been extended.  You may email LEAD.Conference@tn.gov for more information.