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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 onsite registration open Level 4 KFD BR A Lobby
7-8:30 a.m. Breakfast Level 4 KFD BR BC Lobby
8-9 a.m. Session Block A Level 1
9:15-10:15 a.m. Session Block B          Level 1
10:30-11:30 a.m. Session Block C Level 1
11:30-11:45 a.m. Dedicated Exhibit Hall Time Level 4 KFD BR A
11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. Lunch Level 4 KFD BR ABC
1:15-2:15 p.m. Session Block D Level 1
2:30 -3:30 p.m. Session Block E Level 1
3:45-4:15 p.m. Meet and Greet with CM and SLT Level 4 KFD BR BC Lobby
4:15-5:15 p.m. Commissioner Address of the State of Education in TN Level 4 KFD BR BC
7 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Check-in and onsite registration open Level 4 KFD BR A Lobby
7-8:30 a.m. Breakfast Level 4 KFD BR A
8-9 a.m. Session Block F Level 1
9:15-10:15 a.m. Session Block G Level 1
10:30-11:30 a.m. Dedicated Exhibit Hall Time Level 4 KFD BR A
11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Lunch and Keynote Level 4 KFD BR BC
1-2 p.m. Session Block H Level 1
2:15-3:15 p.m. Session Block I Level 1
3:30-3:45 p.m. Dedicated Exhibit Hall Time with Snacks and Prize Drawing Level 4 KFD BR A
4-5 p.m. Session Block J Level 1
5:30-8 p.m.        POY/SOY Reception and Banquet Level 1 Room TBD
7 a.m.-12 p.m. Check-in and onsite registration open Level 1
8:30-9:30 a.m. Session Block K Level 1
9:45-10:30 a.m. Brunch/Snacks Level 1
10:45-11:45 a.m. Session Block L Level 1
12-1 p.m. Lunch On your own
1-5 p.m. Ancillary Meetings Level 1

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.

Holiday Inn Express

920 Broadway
Nashville, TN, 37203
Phone: 1-888-HOLIDAY
Distance to Music City Center: .4 mile


The room block code for Holiday Inn Express is TDE.

Hyatt Place Nashville Downtown 

301 3rd Avenue S. 
Nashville, TN 37201


Renaissance Nashville Hotel - Sold Out on Oct. 2-3, 2018

611 Commerce Street
Nashville, TN 37203

Rates starting at $249.00 per night


Registration for the 2018 LEAD Conference is now open.

Early registration rates are available through July 2. See the table below for more registration fee information.

Registration Type Full Conference Wednesday Only Thursday Only Friday Only
Early: June 18–July 2 $275 $130 $130 $75
Standard: July 3–Aug. 13 $300 $150 $150 $85
Late: Aug. 14–Oct. 1 $325 $175 $175 $100
Onsite: Oct. 3–Oct. 5 $325 $175 $175 $100