Fortify Conference 2017

Strengthening Teachers and Leaders

The Fortify conference is a unique opportunity for collaboration among K-12 and higher education professionals in Tennessee and beyond. This annual event combines expertise, experience, and knowledge from both arenas of education; strengthening the practices of both. At Fortify, we seek to build bridges between K-12 and higher education in order to benefit both entities.

2018 Conference: "What if..."

Fortify is a modern, fast-paced conference featuring micro-sessions and impactful participant conversation. Presenters will share in a narrative format and conference participants will have time to discuss the big ideas they hear. Each narrative presented will highlight a passion topic.  Take advantage of this rare opportunity for collaboration among PK-12 and Higher Education professionals.

The call for presenter proposals is open through June 24, 2018. 

Online registration for the 2018 Fortify Conference will open soon!

Make Plans to Attend!

Topics relevant to current-service, pre-service, and higher education teachers and leaders.

When:  September 18, 2018
Where:  Lipscomb University's Downtown Spark Idea Center; Nashville, TN
Theme:  "What if..."


The vision for Fortify is to be a highly anticipated event that brings together K-12 and higher education faculty for authentic collaboration focused on topics relevant to both groups, including state or federal policy changes. We are student-focused, practical in nature, and innovative in our offerings. The conference is driven by choice of participants and provides not only networking opportunities, but also reflection time, and research sharing.

Fortify: Strengthening Teachers and Leaders, Fall 2017

Conference Theme: Learning in the 21st Century

This conference focused on learning in the modern era and provided a focus on critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity.

View Fortify 2017 schedule and session materials

Fortify: Strengthening Teachers and Leaders, Spring 2016

Conference Theme: Ensuring Rigorous Instruction for All

This conference focused on the need for increased rigor at all levels of instruction, and included an instruction-focused strand and a leadership-focused strand. Peggy Greene, Tennessee’s Principal of the Year, 2016, delivered the keynote address, and various speakers presented in breakout sessions throughout the day.

View Fortify 2016 schedule and session materials

Fortify: Strengthening Teachers and Leaders, Spring 2015

This conference centered on the use of Ayers Institute's free, online resources at the K-12 and Higher Education levels. Participants engaged in discovery of INVEST and MOOC resources and collaborated on the effective use of those resources.

View Fortify 2015 schedule and session materials