Annual Convention

This year’s Annual Convention will provide thought provoking general session speakers, informative breakout sessions on best school practices, award recognition for excellence in education and the opportunity to interact with a variety exhibitors that provide products and services for your schools. All of the below functions can be registered for by selecting the “Attendee Online Registration” button below. Registration for the Annual Convention is not required in order to register for the Leadership Conference or Pre-Convention Workshops.

Friday, November 2 – Sunday, November 4
Annual Convention Registration Fee: $300
Your registration for this year’s Annual Convention includes admission to all general sessions, clinics, and the exhibit hall, as well as the following meals: Exhibit Hall Reception, Saturday Exhibit Hall Breakfast, the Awards Ceremony and Reception, and Sunday Convention Breakfast Buffet.  Guests of convention attendees are invited to attend but must pre-purchase meal events.

Full Convention Schedule
Convention Speaker Bios

  • Board Chairman Roundtable Discussion

    Thursday, November 1
    Registration Fee: $0
    This is an informal gathering of current and potential board chairmen to discuss the roles and responsibilities of a board chairman.  There is no registration fee associated with this session.

    Facilitator: Keys Fillauer, Oak Ridge Chairman

  • Leadership Conference

    Thursday, November 1 – Friday, November 2
    Registration Fee: $175
    Come learn how to exercise board leadership through an effective governance team, proper visioning process, and communication through difficult times with TSBA Executive Director, Dr. Tammy Grissom, and TSBA Deputy Executive Director and General Counsel, Randall Bennett.  Guest speakers will include HK Derryerry, Jim Bradford, and Jan McInnis.

    This conference will fulfill the annual training requirement for Board Members who are eligible for Optional Credit.

    Superintendents will receive one (1) day of CEO credit for this conference.

    Speaker Bios

  • Pre-Convention Workshops

    Friday, November 2
    Registration Fee: $75
    The Pre-Convention Legal and Legislative Advocacy Workshops will be held on Friday of this year’s convention.  You may only register for one of these workshops since they occur simultaneously.

    Pre-Convention Legal Workshop Agenda
    Pre-Convention Legislative Advocacy Workshop Agenda

  • Delegate Assembly

    Saturday, November 3
    Registration Fee: $0
    The Delegate Assembly is the official business meeting of TSBA and it will take place on Saturday, November 3.  School Board Members must register as delegates prior to the convention.

    Delegate Assembly Packet
    Delegate Assembly Information
    Submit a Change to a Position Statement
    Propose a Resolution
    Submit a Change to the Constitution & Bylaws

  • Other Events

    Board Secretaries’ Meeting ($0)
    The Board Secretaries’ Meeting will be held on Saturday, November 3 from 2:45 p.m. – 4:15 p.m .


    Exhibit Hall 
    Friday, November 2 & Saturday, November 3

  • Hotel Accommodations

    TSBA has a room block at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center.  You must register for the convention before you will receive the reservation information.  Once you register for the convention, the “Contact Email” address entered in the online form will receive an email with the group code for the hotel.  The room rate at the Gaylord Opryland is $205 per night, plus tax for a Standard Room and $255 per night, plus tax for an Atrium Room.  The deadline to make reservations is October 2, 2018.

  • Attire

    Casual dress is appropriate for all events except for the Awards Reception & Ceremony, in which case Sunday dress is appropriate.  We are setting aside Friday, November 2 as a day for boards to show their school system pride.  If your board has matching shirts, please wear them on Friday.

  • Exhibitor Tradeshow Registration

    Friday, November 2 – Saturday, November 3

    The tradeshow is an integral part of the Tennessee School Boards Association’s convention, and exhibiting companies are publicized prior to and during the convention.  There will be a reception during the tradeshow hours on Friday, November 2 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and a convention breakfast during the tradeshow hours on Saturday, November 3 from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m., both of which take place in the exhibit hall.

    Tradeshow Dates/Hours:
    Friday, November 2 from 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
    Saturday, November 3 from 7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

    Tradeshow Details:
    Tradeshow Brochure and Rules and Regulations

    Sponsorship Opportunities

    Sponsored Clinic Online Registration

    For more information about this year’s tradeshow, please contact Jenna Zwan, TSBA Finance & Human Resources Manager, at (615) 815-3905 or

    Tradeshow Exhibitor Online Registration