LEAD Conference

LEAD 2017

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.  Information about LEAD 2017, including dates and the Call for Proposals, will be available in the coming months.


Call for Proposals

The call for proposals will be released in Spring 2017.  Until then, questions should be directed to LEAD.Conference@tn.gov.


Registration for LEAD 2017 will be open in Summer 2017.  The rates below are for LEAD 2016 and are provided for planning purposes only. 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 see below for the agenda of LEAD 2016.  The agenda for LEAD 2017 will be set in Spring 2017.

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


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

    Session BC

    (three hours)

    2:30-3 p.m. Break
    3-4:15 p.m. Mini Breakout Session C (75 minutes)
    4:15-5 p.m.

    Senior Leadership Team (SLT) Meet-and-Greet

    Level 1 Pre-Function Area
    5:30-8 p.m. Principal of the Year/Supervisor of the Year (POY/SOY) Reception and Banquet (Invitation Only)


  • Tuesday, Oct. 25
    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 D (two hours)
    11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. Lunch and Networking - Round Table Talks
    1:15-2:30 p.m. Mini Breakout Session E (75 minutes)

    Session EF

    (three hours)

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


  • Wednesday, Oct. 26: Optional Targeted Professional Learning Opportunities led by Department Staff
    7-8 a.m. Breakfast - Level 1 Pre-Function Area
    8-10 a.m. Breakout Session G (two hours)

    Session GH

    (four hours)

    10:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Breakout Session H (two hours)



Information on hotels will be available in early 2017.

Student Talent Application

There will be an application for musical groups to apply to perform at LEAD 2017 in the opening General Sessions. More information on applications will be available in Summer 2017.

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 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. 

For the full exhibitor prospectus from 2016, please click here.  The LEAD 2017 prospectus will be available in the coming months.  You may email LEAD.Conference@tn.gov for more information.


LEAD 2016

The LEAD Conference took place Oct. 23-26 at the Music City Center in Nashville with the theme LEADing for Readiness. Thanks to everyone who attended LEAD 2016. This year’s conference was one of our strongest ever, in large part thanks to the presentations and leadership of our district partners. We are working to secure dates for LEAD 2017 and will communicate that information as soon as it is available. If you have feedback about the conference that was not captured in the daily surveys, please feel free to email LEAD.Conference@tn.gov. We look forward to seeing you again next year!

The full conference program is available here.