Straight to the Top!

Straight to the Top! Conference

September 28, 2012 - Kingsport, TN



We are delighted that you will be attending the 3rd Annual Straight to the Top! Conference. This email is a reminder that the conference will be held this Friday, September 28th at the Marriott MeadowView Conference Resort and Convention Center in Kingsport, TN. For driving directions visit the following web link:


Please note: Parking is extremely limited. If you are carpooling, your school administration will have provided you with a yellow parking permit. Please be sure to display this permit. Kingsport City police will be directing traffic during the conference. If you do not have a parking permit, do not attempt to park at the Marriott. For those who would like to ride the shuttle, please meet at the Eastman Recreation Center (1st lot) at 401 South Wilcox Drive, Kingsport, TN. The first bus will depart promptly at 7:00 a.m. and will run continuously until 7:45 a.m. There will be no bus service to the Marriott after 7:45 a.m. Shuttle buses will return you to the parking lot after the conference concludes.


PowerPoint Presentations:

If you plan to bring a laptop, iPad or other device, please go to the link below and download a copy of the PowerPoint presentation(s). There will NOT be handouts at the conference.


Guest Speakers

  • Nika Maples, Texas Teacher of the Year, Author

  • Dennis Bega, Acting National Director of Regional Operation (US Dept. of Education)

  • Jamie Woodson, President, State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE)

  • Warren Nichols, Vice Chancellor (Tennesee Board of Regents)

  • Phil Roe, Congressman (State of Tennessee)

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