Tennessee Education Association

Great Public Schools for All Students


Organizing Summit

The Organizing Summit brings together TEA leaders, members and traditional public schools activists to share our collective wisdom, skills and talents. Members will discover how local associations can form community partnerships and engage educators around saving traditional public schools, fighting for students and educators, promoting social and racial justice, and preserving the association.

This year's theme is "NO FEAR HERE — Changing the Tides in Public Education." Featured tracks consist of online to offline organizing, member engagement, home visits, racial justice, organizing around the PECCA vote and political elections.

Sessions and descriptions are listed below. On your online registration, you will be required to rank your preference for each session (each participant will have the opportunity to attend at least 3 sessions). Each session will be limited to the first 25 participants. The preference will be awarded on a first come, first serve basis.

  • Organizing for Racial & Social Justice: Participants will discuss strategies to organize around racial and social justice issues that impact the lives of students, educators and the community they serve.
  • Organizing around PECCA, Education Policies and Legal Victories: In this session, participants will hear from TEA's legal team on education policies and victories won in the last couple of years. Local leaders will also be on hand to share successful PECCA tactics used to organize around working conditions.
  • Organizing 101: This hands-on session will provide proven tactics used in organizing campaigns. Participants will learn how to train, organize, and mobilize local leaders around educational issues for a successful campaign.
  • Organizing Community Partnerships: Participants will learn how schools improved student outcomes and strengthened communities through the community schools model. Participants will leave with steps to form a local Alliance to Reclaim Our Schools committee, organize community leaders to join the movement and steps to establish a community school in their district.
  • Organizing New Educators: This session will provide strategies to recruit and organize 0-5 year educators for membership. The session will also address issues relevant to early educators to become successful teachers.
  • Organizing for Local and State Elections: Participants will learn how to identify electable candidates, strategies to win a local or state election and methods to organize educators to vote for the recommended candidate.

All TEA members are invited to the Organizing Summit.


Embassy Suites — Cool Springs
820 Crescent Centre Drive
Franklin, TN 37067

Phone: 615.515.5151

Friday, December 8, 2017 - 03:00 to Saturday, December 9, 2017 - 04:00

Submit your online conference registration form by the registration deadline — Friday, November 17, 2017.
Hotel reservation information — please review carefully the information below.


There will be no registration fee for this conference.
However, if you are attending with a guest (non-participant), then you will need to pay $90 if they are joining you during the conference meals.

Hotel Reservation Information:
Each participant will be responsible for their own hotel reservations.
Once you receive your hotel confirmation, please be sure to print a copy for your records.
If you plan to have a roommate(s), please designate only one person to make the hotel reservations with all the names of the person(s) occupying the hotel room.
The deadline to reserve a hotel room at the Embassy Suites is Wednesday, November 8, 2017. 
After this date, all rooms within the TEA block will be released and will no longer be guaranteed to be available.