LEAD Conference

LEAD 2016

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. 23-26 at the Music City Center in Nashville with the theme LEADing for Readiness. This year, the breakout sessions will align with the five areas of our strategic plan: early foundations, support educators, bridge to postsecondary, empower districts, and all means all.

Call for Proposals

The Call for Proposals form is available here.

June 30 at 5 p.m. CDT—Proposal submission deadline
Aug. 1—Move to interview phase notification
Sept. 1—Final presenter acceptance notification
Sept. 14—Final session title and description due
Oct. 1—Session PowerPoints and resources due

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

Registration

Registration for the 2016 LEAD Conference is currently open. To register for the conference, click here. Early registration rates are available through July 31, 2016. Questions about registration should be emailed to LEAD.Conference@tn.gov.

Registration Rates and Date Ranges

  Full Conference Monday Only Tuesday Only Wednesday Only

Early: June 1 through July 31

$210 $130 $130 $75

Standard: August 1 through Sept. 30

$240 $150 $150 $85

Late: Oct. 1 through Conference

$260 $175 $175 $100
Conference Agenda

Please continue to check back for updates on the agenda throughout the summer and early fall.

  • Sunday, Oct. 23
  • Monday, Oct. 24
  • Tuesday, Oct. 25
  • Wednesday, Oct. 26
  • Sunday, Oct. 23: Optional Pre-Conference
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    12 p.m. Registration Opens
    1-5 p.m. Optional Pre-Conference Events
    5-6 p.m. Networking Opportunities

     

  • Monday, Oct. 24
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    7-8 a.m. Breakfast
    8-9:15 a.m. Opening General Session
    9:30-11:30 a.m. Breakout Session I (two hours)
    11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. Lunch and Networking
    1:15-2:30 p.m. Mini Breakout Session II (75 minutes)

    Block I Workshops

    (three hours)

    2:30-3 p.m. Break
    3-4:15 p.m. Mini Breakout Session III (75 minutes)
    4:30-5 p.m. Study Council Sessions/Networking

     

  • Tuesday, Oct. 25
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    7-8 a.m. Breakfast Networking: Topical District Table Talks
    8-9:15 a.m. Opening General Session
    9:30-11:30 a.m. Breakout Session IV (two hours)
    11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. Lunch and Networking - Round Table Talks
    1:15-2:30 p.m. Mini Breakout Session V (75 minutes)

    Block II Workshops

    (three hours)

    2:30-3 p.m. Break and Exhibit Prize
    3-4:15 p.m. Mini Breakout Session VI (75 minutes)
    4:30-5 p.m. Networking Options

     

  • Wednesday, Oct. 26: Optional Targeted Professional Learning Opportunities led by Department Staff
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    7-8 a.m. Breakfast
    8-10 a.m. Breakout Session VII (two hours)

    Morning Workshops

    (four hours)

    10:05 a.m.-12 p.m. Breakout Session VIII (two hours)

     

Hotels

Hotel rooms are available at the following hotels located in downtown Nashville. To book your hotel room for LEAD, please either use the reservation links below, or call the hotel and ask for the 2016 LEAD Conference rate.​

Omni Nashville Hotel

  • 250 5th Avenue South, Nashville, TN 37203
  • (615) 782-5300
  • Distance from Music City Center: Adjacent
  • Group Name: 2016 LEAD Conference
  • Room Rate: $258 single, $268 double
  • Cutoff Date: To receive the conference rate, book by September 23, 2016. Rate is subject to availability.
  • Parking Rate: $34 valet
  • Other Amenities: 3 MB of free internet
  • Reservation: Online

Hyatt Place Nashville Downtown

  • 301 3rd Avenue South, Nashville, TN 37201
  • (615) 687-9995
  • Distance from Music City Center: 3 blocks
  • Group Name: 2016 LEAD Conference
  • Room Rate: $219 single & double, $229 triple, $239 quad
  • Cutoff Date: To receive the conference rate, book by September 23, 2016. Rate is subject to availability.
  • Parking Rate: $27 self-park, $30 valet
  • Other Amenities: free breakfast, free wireless internet
  • Reservation: Online

Hampton Inn & Suites Nashville Downtown

  • 310 4th Avenue South, Nashville, TN 37201
  • (615) 425-4885
  • Distance from Music City Center: 1 block
  • Group Name: 2016 LEAD Conference
  • Room Rate: $229
  • Cutoff Date: To receive the conference rate, book by September 23, 2016. Rate is subject to availability.
  • Parking Rate: $20 self-park, $28 valet
  • Other Amenities: free breakfast, free wireless internet
  • Reservation: Online

Holiday Inn Express Nashville Downtown

  • 920 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37203
  • (615) 244-4585
  • Distance from Music City Center: 5 blocks
  • Group Name: 2016 LEAD Conference
  • Room Rate: $199
  • Cutoff Date: To receive the conference rate, book by September 23, 2016. Rate is subject to availability.
  • Parking Rate: $24
  • Other Amenities: free breakfast, bus parking, free wireless internet
  • Reservation: Online

Renaissance Nashville Hotel

  • 611 Commerce Street, Nashville, TN 37203
  • (615) 255-8400
  • Distance from Music City Center: 4 blocks
  • Group Name: 2016 LEAD Conference
  • Room Rate: $225
  • Cutoff Date: To receive the conference rate, book by September 26, 2016. Rate is subject to availability.
  • Parking Rate: $12 self-park, $20-$36 valet
  • Reservation: Online

Hilton Garden Inn Downtown Nashville

  • 305 Korean Veterans Boulevard, Nashville, TN 37201
  • (615) 251-3013
  • Distance from Music City Center: 2 Blocks
  • Group Name: 2016 LEAD Conference
  • Room Rate: $239
  • Cutoff Date: To receive the conference rate, book by September 23, 2016. Rate is subject to availability.
  • Parking Rate: $24 self-park, $28 valet
  • Other Amenities: free wireless internet
  • Reservation: Online
Student Talent Application

The application is open for musical groups to apply to perform at LEAD 2016 in the opening General Sessions. The application will close Sept. 16, and all applicants will be notified on Sept. 30.

Please click here to download the scope of the application and the sample application form. To complete the online application, please click here.  You may email LEAD.Conference@tn.gov with any questions regarding the application process.

Exhibitors and Sponsors 

The Tennessee Department of Education is proud to announce the 15th Annual LEAD Conference. LEAD will take place at the Music City Center in Nashville Oct. 24-26.  An estimated 2,000 school- and district-level educational leaders will participate in the conference. This conference will provide a great opportunity for exhibitors and sponsors to network directly with potential customers and clients.  The theme for LEAD 2016 is “LEADing for Readiness.” This year will feature educational leaders sharing best practices and professional learning experiences in more than 70 concurrent sessions to help equip Tennessee educators with the tools to lead our schools into the next generation.

For the full exhibitor prospectus, please click here.

Please email LEAD.Conference@tn.gov with any questions.