Tennessee Education Association

Great Public Schools for All Students


TEA Spring Symposium

TEA's Spring Symposium is an annual two day instruction and professional development event and is designed to provide a challenging and invigorating experience for educators who want to strengthen their teaching performance through the creation and maintenance of professional learning. This Symposium attracts 300 educators each year and is an excellent opportunity to attend quality professional development sessions, enjoy keynote speakers, and spend time with fellow educators from across the state. It is an unparalleled opportunity to hone skills that impact today's educators and students.

Keynote Speaker: Nate Bowling
Mr. Bowling’s keynote address will be Embed, Disrupt, and Advocate: The Role of Teacher Leaders in Transforming Our Schools and Our Profession
How can we as teacher leaders become more effective and intentional advocates for our profession, students, and the communities where our students live? 
Using historical data about housing patterns, the book The Teacher Wars, and his own writing as his lens, Nate will discuss the tension teacher leaders face as advocates within and beyond the profession. Nate will present concrete action steps that allow teachers to be impactful advocates for students and schools.

On Saturday, Nate will also be leading the breakout session Join Me in the Family Business: The Importance of Effective Teacher Voice in Education Policymaking. This is a session about the importance and power of teacher-voice in education policymaking. Teachers are the real experts, and far too often our voices are excluded from the education policy conversation. 

In his 12th year of teaching, Nate Bowling is a veteran of the United States Air Force Reserves and a graduate of the Evergreen State College. He was a 2014 recipient of the Milken Family Foundation’s National Educator Award, the 2016 Washington State Teacher of the Year, and was one of four finalists for the 2016 National Teacher of the Year. Nate was also a recipient of the 2016 Joseph Albert Dear Distinguished Alumni Award from Evergreen. He blogs about teaching, matters of justice, and educational equity at natebowling.com. His writing has been published in the Washington Post, New York Observer, Huffington Post, and the Seattle Times. Nathan is a co-founder of Teachers United, a teacher-led education policy advocacy group, and the host of the Nerd Farmer Podcast. He currently teaches AP Human Geography and AP Government & Politics at Lincoln High School in his hometown of Tacoma, WA.

At this year’s Symposium the sessions are:

  • Breakout EDU-- It's Time for Something Different in Today's Classroom
  • Dealing with "That" Kid
  • The Importance of Effective Teacher Voice in Education Policymaking
  • Explore Tennessee on a Giant Map!
  • I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream for STEAM (Science Technology Engineering Art Math)
  • I'm All 5's!  Portfolios in Education Today
  • Three Ways to Boost Reading Comprehension in the Content Area Classroom
  • Physical Activity in Tennessee -- Movement in the Brain
  • Restorative Practices in Schools: Creating Safe and Supportive Teaching and Learning Environments

This year’s TEA Administrators conference is being held in conjunction with the Spring Symposium for Teaching and Learning. The sessions for the Administrators conference are:

  •  Shaping Principal Leadership in Shifting Sand: Leadership Dispositions to Increase Academic Readiness
  •  Understanding the Requirements, Procedures, and Services Provided under the McKinney Vento Act to Impact Student Learning

All Tennessee Educators and Administrators 
(Administrators will earn Tennessee Academy of School Leadership [TASL] credit approved for this conference.)


The Park Vista Doubletree by Hilton
705 Cherokee Orchard Road
Gatlinburg, TN 37738

Phone: 800.421.7275

Ask for the TN Education Assn. rate of $105.00.
For hotel reservations, go to Park Vista and use Group Code: TEA.

You must make your hotel reservations before March 19, 2018 to receive this rate.

Friday, April 13, 2018 - 04:30 to Saturday, April 14, 2018 - 03:30

Please use our online registration form to register for the conference.
Registration MUST be received by March 19, 2018.


Non-Refundable Registration Fees:
$60 for TEA members 
$50 for TEA members with 1-3 years experience and STEA members 
$120 for non-members