Making Schools Work Conference Optional Special Events


Optional Special Events

Special events at the 2021 Making Schools Work Conference are great opportunities to network and relax with other attendees. Families and friends are invited, too!

* not sponsored by SREB

Pacesetter Award Winners Reception, Poster Session and Prize Giveaway

In-person attendees, join us in the Education Marketplace in the Ryman Exhibit Hall on Tuesday, July 6, from 4 to 5 p.m. for a reception and poster session honoring recipients of 2020 Pacesetter School Awards and State and District Leadership Awards. Winners will share posters featuring the practices for which their schools or centers earned their awards.

Grab a snack, congratulate our Pacesetters and network with fellow attendees! Opening keynote speaker Kim Bearden will be on hand to sell and sign books, too. Don’t forget to pick up a ticket and enter to win an array of cool prizes, including gift certificates, edtech and free conference registrations and hotel nights for the 2022 Making Schools Work Conference in Grapevine, Texas.

Virtual Reception and Prize Giveaway

Virtual attendees, we’ve got after-hours fun planned for you, too. Join us on Wednesday, July 7, at 4 p.m. for our evening reception. Network with friends and conference partners while competing for prizes!

Book Signings

Stop by the Education Marketplace during scheduled times to buy books and meet popular authors like Kim Bearden, Baruti Kafele, Rodney Flowers, Joe and Dardi Hendershott, Mary Hemphill-Joseph and more.

Escape Rooms

Everyone can enjoy our escape rooms! Assemble a team and bring your A-game to SREB’s second annual escape room experience, “Escape from Old School — Career Edition.” Your team of four to six people will have one hour to complete your mission and “escape” the room. A successful escape will require you to find hidden clues and solve challenging puzzles related to next-generation jobs in high-demand CTE career clusters. Everywhere you look is a potential clue or riddle to be solved. The clock starts ticking the moment you enter! To win requires teamwork, speed, creativity and patience.

In-Person Escape Room

Our escape room experience will run in two locations in our Education Marketplace on Tuesday, July 6, Wednesday, July 7, and Thursday, July 8.

Sign-ups are first-come, first-served starting at 6 a.m. each day of the conference using our web-based form. We encourage school teams to sign up in groups of four to six people per time slot. Please arrive at your escape room location at least five minutes before your appointed time. The escape room event will begin promptly at the start of each session. In the event of a no-show, walk-up participants will be admitted.

Tuesday, July 6 Wednesday, July 7 Thursday, July 8
10 – 11 a.m. 8 – 9 a.m. 8 – 9 a.m.
11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. 9:15 – 10:15 a.m. 9:15 – 10:15 a.m.
12:45 – 1:45 p.m. 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
  12:30 – 1:30 p.m. 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
  1:45 – 2:45 p.m. 1:45 – 2:45 p.m.
  3 – 4 p.m.  
Virtual Escape Room

Watch this space for updates on our escape room experience for virtual attendees.

Conference Games

In-person and virtual attendees who successfully complete SREB’s conference app- or virtual event-based games (details TBD) by 10 a.m. on Thursday, July 8, will be entered to win great prizes, including gift certificates, the latest edtech, free conference registrations and hotel nights at the 2022 Making Schools Work Conference in Grapevine, Texas, and more. Bookmark this page for the latest updates on game prizes.

Winners do not have to be present to win.

Industry Tours

Industry tours remain TBD at this time.

Optional After-Hours Tours*

Watch this space for information on optional tours for Nashville attendees.

Local Discounts*

Watch this space for updates on local businesses that would like to offer you a special discount during your time in Nashville.

* not sponsored by SREB