Tennessee Alternative Education Association (TAEA)

2018 Conference (June 25-27, 2018)

When:  June 25, 26, and 27, 2018

Where:  Embassy Suites Hotel, Murfreesboro, Tennessee


The Tennessee Alternative Education Association is proud to announce our 2018 Summer Institute on Alternative and Nontraditional Education, as well as the Annual Meeting of the Membership.  The 2018 Institute will be held June 25-28, 2018 in Murfreesboro, Tennessee at the Embassy Suites Hotel and Conference Center.  

Our annual conference will promote proactive solutions and alternatives to suspension and expulsion by examining exemplary practices in the field. Breakout sessions will bring to life the NAEA’s guiding practices titled Exemplary Practices in Alternative Education: Indicators of Quality Programming, as well as Tennessee’s Standards for Alternative Learning. Session topics will relate to the following broad programming areas: Mission and Purpose, Leadership, Climate and Culture, Staffing and Professional Development, Curriculum and Instruction, Student Assessment, Transitional Planning and Support, Parent and Guardian Involvement, and Collaboration.There will also be updates relative to changes at the state-level and the new teacher evaluation system.

The conference will bring together experts from a wide variety of fields and disciplines. Seasoned professionals in alternative education, nontraditional education, as well as dropout prevention will provide an assortment of breakout sessions.  Special Note:  TAEA will also be applying for TASL credit for conference attendees. 

2018 TAEA Conference Information

Conference Schedule at a Glance

(updated 4/17/18)

Conference Flier

Keynote Speakers



  • Regular Attendee Registration                      $150
  • Presenter Registration                                   Free for primary presenter

Hotel Information: Embassy Suites 1200 Conference Center Boulevard, Murfreesboro, TN 37129


Call for Proposals/Presenters:

If you wish to be considered for a breakout session please click HERE and complete the online “Call for Proposals form.  All presenters receive a complimentary registration fee for presenting.  


By exhibiting, your company will have the opportunity to showcase your product or services to 150-200 attendees at this year’s conference. The cost of an exhibitor table is $250.00 or $450.00 to include a commercial presentation. Any questions regarding exhibiting may be directed to Mr. Lee Farris, TAEA President, via email to farrisl@rcschools.net

Exhibitors register HERE.


The TAEA is currently seeking sponsors for Tuesday’s lunch, and morning and afternoon breaks on Tuesday and Wednesday. Sponsors will recieve an ad in the conference program and be recognized at all general sessions. Depending on the level of sonsorship, a exhibitor table, and an opportunity to speak with the conference attendees could also be included. If your company is interested in being a sponsor, please contact Lee Farris via email at farrisl@rcschools.net

2017 Conference Agenda Highlights

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