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. Rev. Charles F. Johnson, executive director of Pastors for Texas Children, will deliver the keynote address. Rev. Johnson is a sought-after speaker who recently presented at a Diane Ravitch rally and was instrumental in defeating school voucher legislation in Texas. He has pledged to help Tennessee educators end high-stakes decisions tied to testing and increase school funding. 

This year’s workshop experience will be like no other organizing summit.  There will be three main workshops that all participants will participate in.  All three will be focused on how to build the momentum and power necessary to realize TEA’s goals to eliminate high stakes decisions based on standardized tests and reach the regional average in school funding by the year 2020.  The workshops will be customized according to three categories of locals based on their size.   The presenters of the workshops include those who have either successfully organized on similar issues or who are  potential partners from our state who can help us with our campaign.


  • Lessons learned from the Oklahoma Education Association’s “Red For Ed”  2018 Mass Action -  Hear directly from a local president and an OEA staff member on how they built  power and momentum by partnering with allies and targeting decision-makers during the 2017-2018 school year.  Their efforts brought tens of thousands to the Oklahoma state capitol and accomplished unprecedented results.
  • A Conversation with Critical  Education Stakeholders - This workshop will allow all participants to converse with legislators from both parties, a parent and a state school board member.  These stakeholders will explain what they can give and what they need from us in order to become partners in realizing our goals.
  • Organizing through Communication - This session will provide the strategies and tactics needed to effectively communicate with your target audiences and move them to action. The North Carolina Association of Educators president will share how his association used communications organizing to draw 30,000 people to a march for public schools.

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, November 9, 2018 - 03:00 to Saturday, November 10, 2018 - 02:00

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. Instructions for making hotel reservations follow the registration form at the link above.
Once you receive your hotel confirmation, please be sure to print a copy for your records. The deadline to receive the discounted TEA rate at the hotel is Friday, Oct. 19.