Join us May 14-15, 2019 at the Nashville Airport Marriott!

The Tennessee STEM Innovation Summit is intended to showcase innovative strategies to advance STEM integration in the classroom, providing direction on where to start planning and how to grow existing programs.  All learning sessions are meant to be interactive and/or hands-on and designed to stimulate thinking across a broad range of subject areas and grade levels.

The learning sessions are intended to provide attendees opportunities to interact with educational leaders and practitioners who are seeing success with integrating STEM practices in their classrooms and communities.  Learning sessions are to focus on timely, relevant topics centered on one of five focus areas:

  • School Culture – A school culture is intangible, but it is essential.  This track will explore strategies for creating a shared sense of purpose and value, instructional norms of continuous learning and improvement, innovative leadership frameworks, and collaborative relationships that drive a STEM school culture and infrastructure.
  • Community Partnerships – When schools and community organizations partner to strengthen learning outcomes, everyone benefits.  In this track, strategies for intentionally selecting and engaging community stakeholders will be shared.
  • Innovative Instructional Strategies – Classroom learning can be highly engaging when infused with innovative STEM instructional strategies.  In this track, participants explore effective and unique classroom techniques, engaging students in real-world problem solving and experiential learning, that enrich traditional curricula.
  • STEM Career Awareness – Mastering the skills necessary for the jobs of the future is essential in preparing students for the future.  This track explores the employability skills students must possess to be successful along with practices to promote post-secondary success.
  • Engaging Underrepresented Groups in STEM – Strengthening opportunities for underrepresented groups not only builds skills competence, but also maximizes the potential of ALL students.  In this track, STEM education programs and initiatives that increase the participation of underrepresented groups (girls, rural students, minorities) will be shared.

Guidelines for Sessions:

  1. Each session should be 45 minutes in length.
  2. All sessions are to have 1 to 2 presenters.  Please no panel sessions.
  3. All sessions are to be interactive and/or hands-on. Please no death by PowerPoint! At least two-thirds of the session should have participants engaged in interactive activities/discussions.
  4. All sessions should have a broad scope that could have multiple applications. For example, instead of sharing one lesson plan, share the strategies used to create that lesson plan.
  5. Participants should walk away from the session with the knowledge and/or tools to begin taking action in their local settings.
  6. This application is not intended for vendors who are interested in promoting their product or service. Submissions from vendors using this form will not be considered. Please see the vendor guidelines for sponsored sessions, which start with the “Gold” package.
  7. Submission deadline: November 30, 2018.


All proposals will be evaluated on the following criteria, which will be discussed during a brief phone call prior to selection:

  • Is the proposed session relevant to a conference area of focus? (School Culture, Community Partnerships, Innovative Instructional Strategies, STEM Career Awareness, and Engaging Underrepresented Groups in STEM)
  • Does the proposed session have applicability to the intended audience?
  • Does proposed session have an interactive focus and does the proposal outline the specifics of the participant engagement?
  • Does the proposed session demonstrate ideas or activities with proven effectiveness?
  • Does the proposal clearly describe the session?
  • Is the proposed session topic timely/appropriate?

Please complete the Session Outline using the form provided here and upload along with your submission.

Session Outline Form


Selected learning session presentations receive one free registration to both days of the conference (excludes vendors).

Presenters will have the opportunity to make a positive impact on educators from Tennessee and across the country by sharing their knowledge and expertise with conference attendees.

Please submit the form no later than midnight on  November 30, 2018.  Notifications will be made by the end of December. Submissions will be reviewed and accepted as they are received; we encourage you to apply early.

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