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.

LEAD 2015

The LEAD Conference will take place Oct. 26-28 at the Music City Center in Nashville. The theme of the LEAD conference this year is making sure students are "Promise Ready". This year we will share information that can help schools maximize student success with sessions themed around the five areas of our strategic plan: early foundations, support educators, bridge to postsecondary, empower districts, and all means all.

If you have any questions about the LEAD Conference, please email LEAD.Conference@tn.gov.

Attendee Registration

Online registration is now available. Prices for this year’s LEAD conference are listed below, and will be tiered based on the early, standard, and late registration windows:

  • Early Registration (July 15–Aug. 21)
  • Standard Registration (Aug. 22–Sept. 30)
  • Late & On-Site Registration (after Oct.1)

Full Conference (Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday)

  • $200.00 - Early Registration
  • $225.00 - Standard Registration
  • $250.00 - Late & On-site Registration

Monday only

  • $130.00 - Early Registration
  • $150.00 - Standard Registration
  • $175.00 - Late & On-site Registration

Tuesday only

  • $130.00 - Early Registration
  • $150.00 - Standard Registration
  • $175.00 - Late & On-site Registration

Wednesday only

  • $75.00 - Early Registration
  • $85.00 - Standard Registration
  • $100.00 - Late & On-site Registration

Co-presenters

Co-presenters will register at the applicable prevailing attendee rate.

Pre-Conference for School Leaders Registration

New at LEAD 2015, school leaders will have the opportunity to attend an additional, in-depth learning experience of their choice during a pre-conference session offered on Sunday, Oct. 25, from 1 p.m. until 6 p.m. School leaders who participate in the pre-conference will earn five hours of TASL credit. The following sessions will be offered:

  1. Foundations of TVAAS (delivered by SAS): This session will focus on providing school leaders with a solid foundational understanding of all the primary TVAAS reports and how to leverage these reports for instructional improvements.
  2. Advanced TVAAS Discussion Advanced (delivered by SAS): This session will increase participants’ understanding of TVAAS with more technical information and build upon their ability to effectively discuss TVAAS with other school leaders and teachers within their building.
  3. Emotional Intelligence: The Other Side of the Report Card: This session focuses on the core social and emotional competencies required to create a school environment that allows students to work purposefully to use their gifts and strengths.
  4. Growing Leaders by Growing Teachers: This session will help participants leverage teacher evaluation processes to identify and develop key leadership practices across the Administrator Evaluation Rubric.

Registration for the pre-conference is $50.00. Seating is limited and on-site registration will not be available for these pre-conference sessions, so please register now through our new registration portal.

Exhibitor & Sponsor Registration

This year’s LEAD Conference will offer exhibitors and sponsors new and exciting opportunities to interact with over 2,000 of Tennessee’s district and school level administrators. Breakfast and lunch will be served in the exhibit hall, as well as afternoon snacks during the dedicated exhibit hall time. In addition to an opportunity to have exhibition space in the state-of-the-art facility, we are encouraging exhibitors to offer “classroom time” to conference attendees to better engage with and experience products offered by your team.

Also, available this year are a variety of sponsorship packages, as well as a la carte sponsor opportunities. These sponsorship opportunities give unprecedented visibility via advertising in our conference program, during special events, and on signs throughout the conference space. Finally, we hope your company will participate in the annual LEAD exhibitor prize game and giveaway. This is a free option that encourages visitation to booths, as well as a guaranteed face time with participants in the giveaway.

Please see the conference prospectus for more detailed information.

Online registration for exhibit space and sponsorships is now available.

Presenters

The call for presenter proposals for LEAD 2015 has closed. If you have additional questions about presenting at the LEAD Conference, please email Lisa Coons.

Hotels

Hotel rooms are now available for LEAD 2015. To reserve conference rates offered by one of the downtown hotels listed below, please click the link or call them directly. Remember, to receive the conference rate offered by each hotel, please use the group name 2015 LEAD.

Aloft Nashville West End

1719 West End Avenue
Nashville, Tennessee 37203
Group Name: LEAD 2015

Rates

The nightly rate is 199.00 USD. Rates are available Oct. 25, 2015 to Oct. 28, 2015. Deadline to book rooms at this rate is Sept. 25, 2015.

For reservations, please visit the website or call

  • Tel:  (615) 329-4200
  • Hotel Reservations: (866) 716-8143
Amenities
  • Loft-style guestrooms
  • Complimentary WiFi in guest rooms & public areas
  • Free bottled water
  • Re-fuel grab-n-go gourmet eatery

Hilton Garden Inn Nashville Vanderbilt

1715 Broadway
Nashville, TN 37203
Group Name: 2015 LEAD

Rates

The nightly rate is 199.00 USD. Rates are available Oct. 25, 2015 to Oct. 28, 2015. Deadline to book rooms at this rate is Sept. 25, 2015.

Reservations

For reservations, please visit the website or call (615) 369-5900.

Amenities
  • Free WiFi and Business Center
  • Fitness Room and indoor pool and whirlpool
  • Complimentary local shuttle service

Holiday Inn Express

920 Broadway
Nashville, TN 37203
Group Name: 2015 LEAD

Rates

The nightly rate is 219.00 USD. Rates are available Oct. 25, 2015 to Oct. 28, 2015. Deadline to book rooms at this rate is Sept. 25, 2015.

Reservations

For reservations, please visit the website or call (615) 244-0150.

Amenities
  • Business Center
  • Health and Fitness Center
  • Standard Internet service is free for all guests
  • Wireless Internet available in Standard Rooms, Executive Rooms, Suites, Business Center, Public Areas
  • Outdoor Pool

Courtyard Nashville Downtown - Sold Out

170 4th Avenue North
Nashville, Tennessee 37219

Group Name: 2015 LEAD

Rates

The nightly rate is 229.00 USD. Rates are available October 25, 2015 to October 28, 2015. Deadline to book rooms at this rate is October 1, 2015.

For reservations, please visit the website or call

  • Tel: 800-321-2211
  • Tel: (615) 256-0900
  • Fax: (615) 701-2087
Amenities
  • Free High Speed Internet
  • Fitness Center
  • Restaurants on Site

Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Nashville Downtown- Sold Out

315 4th Avenue North
Nashville, Tennessee
37219-1693

Group Name: 2015 LEAD

Rates

Single - 229.00 per room, per night for single or double occupancy

Rates are available October 25, 2015 to October 28, 2015. Deadline to book rooms at this rate is September 10, 2015.

For reservations, please visit the website or call  (615) 747-4806

Amenities
  • Business Center
  • Fitness Center
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Pet Friendly

Hilton Nashville Downtown- Sold Out

121 Fourth Avenue South
Nashville, Tennessee 37201

Group Name: 2015 LEAD

Rates
  • Single - 239.00 per room, per night for single or double occupancy
  • Triple – 249.00 per room, per night for triple occupancy
  • Quad – 259.00 per room, per night for quadruple occupancy

Rates are available October 25, 2015 to October 28, 2015. Deadline to book rooms at this rate is September 25, 2015.

For reservations, please visit the website or call

  • Tel: (615) 620-1000
  • Fax: (615) 620-2050
Amenities
  • Business Center
  • Fitness Center
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Pet Friendly

Hyatt Place Nashville Downtown- Sold Out

301 3rd Avenue South
Nashville, Tennessee, USA, 37201

Group Name: 2015 LEAD

Rates
  • $209.00 per room, per night for single or double occupancy
  • $219.00 per room, per night for triple occupancy
  • $229.00 per room, per night for quadruple occupancy

Rates are available October 25, 2015 to October 28, 2015. Deadline to book rooms at this rate is September 25, 2015.

For reservations, please visit the website or call

  • Tel: (615) 687-9995
  • Fax: (615) 313-9968
Amenities
  • Free High Speed Internet
  • Fitness Center

Omni Nashville Hotel- Sold Out

250 Fifth Avenue South
Nashville, Tennessee 37203

Group Name: 2015 LEAD

Rates
  • $219.00 per room, per night for single occupancy
  • $239.00 per room, per night for double occupancy

Rates are available October 25, 2015 to October 28, 2015. Deadline to book rooms at this rate is September 25, 2015.

For reservations, please visit the website or call

  • Tel: 1 (615) 782-5300
  • Tel: 800-THE-OMNI
  • Tel: 888-444-OMNI
Amenities
  • Free Wi-fi
  • Fitness Center
  • Restaurants on Site