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2009 National Forum On Education Policy
July 8-10, 2009
Nashville, Tennessee
Sheraton Nashville Downtown Hotel

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Transportation Information

Nashville International Airport (BNA)

Nashville International Airport is served by 16 airlines; operating 400 average daily flights to 89 markets and 49 non-stop markets (as of August 2006). The terminal complex includes 820,000-square-foot passenger terminal with 61 air carrier gates and up to 78 commuter aircraft parking positions.


American Airlines

Delta Connection
United Express Airlines
American Eagle

Frontier Airlines
US Airways
American Connection

Northwest Airlines
US Airways Express
Continental Express

Skyway/Midwest Express
AirCanada (Jazz)
Delta Airlines
Southwest Airlines

Car Rentals

Car Rental information is located on Level 1-Ground Transportation. This is one level below Baggage Claim.

615-361-7467 or

615-367-050 or
615-361-746 or
615-361-1212 or

615-275-0011 or
615-361-6050 or
615-366-0822 or
615-361-3131 or


From the airport, the meter starts at $7.00 and the rate is $2.00 per mile. There is a flat rate of $25.00 plus tip to the Sheraton Nashville Downtown Hotel. Taxis cabs are located on Level 1-Ground Transportation. This is one level below Baggage Claim.

Allied Cab

Yellow Cab
Diamond Cab
United Cab
American Music City Cab
Checker Cab
Nashville Cab

Handicapped services are offered by most taxi companies during airport hours. However, to ensure that an accessible taxi will be available for your use, please call the service of your choice for schedules, reservations, fees or other information.

Shuttle Service

SuperShuttle is available at the airport and the fare to the hotel is $12 (one way, making multiple stops) or $20 round-trip, exclusive of gratuity. You can make advanced reservations for SuperShuttle by calling (615) 275-4310 or toll free at 800-258-3826 or on the web at http://www.supershuttle.com. Taxi Cabs and SuperShuttle are located on Level 1 of the airport. After picking up your luggage on level two (luggage pickup level), please proceed down to the Ground Transportation level.

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Hotel Information

Sheraton Nashville Downtown Hotel



The meeting headquarters
hotel is:

Sheraton Nashville Downtown Hotel
623 Union Street,
Nashville, TN 37219

800.447.9825 (toll free)
615.259.2000 (phone)
615-742-6057 (fax)


Map to hotel

Hotel Reservation Procedures:

  1. You are responsible for arranging all hotel accommodations and cancellations. Rooms at the National Forum rate are limited, so book as early as possible.
  2. You will need to make your own hotel reservations directly with the Sheraton Nashville Downtown Hotel. The toll-free room reservations phone number is 800.447.9825. Ask for the “Education Commission of the States” room block to ensure you receive the group rate of $139 + 15.25% tax and a $2.50 per room/per night city tax. All reservations must be made no later than Friday, June 26 , 2009 in order to obtain the ECS group rate. Check-in time is 3:00 p.m. and check-out time is 12:00 p.m.
  3. If you would like a confirmation number for your reservation, please ask the hotel reservations department for one when you make your reservation.
  4. Reservations will not be accepted without a credit card number or deposit. The Sheraton Nashville Downtown Hotel requires a one-night deposit by credit card. Your reservation will be guaranteed for late arrival.
  5. In order to get the ECS group room rate, you MUST reserve your room by Friday, May 29, 2009. After this date, room reservations are on a space available basis and not necessarily at the ECS group room rate.
  6. In the event the ECS room block at the hotel fills up before Friday, May 29, 2009, please send an email to nationalforum@ecs.org.
Hotel Room Cancellation Procedures:
  • To cancel your reservation, please call the hotel main number at least 72 hours prior to your arrival date.
  • If you fail to cancel your reservation within 72 hours of arrival date, you will be charged for one night's room and tax.
Guest Room Amenities Hotel Amenities
  • The Sheraton Sweet Sleeper Bed
  • Club Level Room
  • 100% Non-Smoking Guestrooms
  • Coffee Maker
  • Room Service
  • Air-Conditioned Room
  • Turndown Service
  • Wake-up Service
  • Bathrobes
  • Suites Available
  • Alarm Clock
  • Rollaway Beds
  • Maid Service
  • Radio
  • Hairdryer
  • Refrigerator Available (Charge)
  • Dual-Line Speaker Telephone
  • Cribs
  • Cable Channels
  • Sofa Bed
  • In-Room Movies
  • Handicap Accessible Room
  • Data Port
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • High Speed Internet Access in All Guest Rooms (Charge)
  • Voicemail
  • Massage Treatments (for a charge)
  • 24 Hour Front Desk
  • Concierge Service
  • Fitness Facility
  • Laundry Service (for a charge)
  • 100% Non-Smoking Rooms and Facilities
  • Golf Course Nearby
  • Safe Deposit Boxes
  • Wheelchair Access
  • Dry Cleaning Service (for a charge)
  • Luggage Storage
  • Indoor Heated Pool
  • Business Center
  • Valet Service and Self Parking Facilities (for a charge)

Restaurants & Lounges

Speakers Bistro

  • American Cuisine
  • Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner from 6:30 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Sessions Lounge

  • Cocktails and Appetizers
  • Open from 2:00-11:00 p.m.

Driving Directions to the Sheraton Nashville Downtown Hotel

From Nashville Metropolitan Airport
Take Interstate 40 West toward Nashville
Continue to the Church Street exit (exit 209)
Turn right onto Church Street and continue to 7th Avenue
Turn left on 7th Avenue and proceed to the parking garage located 1/2 block down on the right.

From Southeast
Take Interstate 24 West toward Nashville
Merge onto Interstate 40 West and continue to Church Street (Exit 209)
Turn right onto Church Street and continue to 7th Avenue
Turn left onto 7th Avenue and proceed to the parking garage located 1/2 block down on the right.

From North
Take Interstate 65 South to the Church Street Exit (Exit 209)
Turn left onto Church Street and continue to 7th Avenue
Turn left on 7th Avenue and proceed to the parking garage located 1/2 block down on the right.

From Northwest
Take Interstate 24 East toward Nashville
Merge onto Interstate 65 South and continue to Church Street (Exit 209)
Turn left onto Church Street and proceed to 7th Avenue
Turn left on 7th Avenue and proceed to the parking garage located 1/2 block down on the right.

From West
Take Interstate 40 East towards Nashville
Take the Church Street Exit (Exit 209) and turn left onto Church Street
Continue to 7th Avenue and turn left. The parking garage is 1/2 block down on the right.

From South
Take Interstate 65 North toward Nashville
Continue to the Church Street Exit (Exit 209)
Turn right onto Church Street. Continue to 7th Avenue and turn left. The parking garage is 1/2 block down on the right.

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Things to do in Nashville

Find the Heart of Country Music:

Music Row
Prior to the 1950s, Nashville built a reputation as an entertainment center through the success of WSM’s Grand Ole Opry program. This radio show regularly drew thousands of listeners and dominated the barn-dance radio format. By 1939, NBC picked up the Opry for national distribution, helping to establish Nashville’s image as a leader in country music. The city played a crucial role in the career of the Elvis, the Everly Brothers and many other revolutionary artists. Today, major labels, publishing firms, booking agencies and recording studios all call this area home. Music Row forms a rectangle between Sixteenth and Seventeenth Avenues South, and Division and Grand Streets.

Ryman Theater
The Ryman Auditorium first opened its doors in 1892 as a vision of Captain Thomas G. Ryman. With the coming of the Grand Ole Opry show in 1943, the Ryman found its identity as the Mother Church of Country Music. In 1974, the Opry moved to its current home by the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center and left the Ryman vacant. It was not until twenty years later in 1994 that the Ryman was restored to be the national showplace that it is today. Musicians ranging from Roy Acuff to James Brown and Patsy Cline to Sheryl Crow have performed on the Ryman stage, making it a historical as well as a current-day icon for people everywhere.

The Grand Ole Opry
Early Opry performers such as Roy Acuff, Minnie Pearl, Ernest Tubb, and Bill Monroe became musical foundations for the Opry during its years in residence at the historic Ryman Auditorium, later welcoming to the stage artists who would become entertainment icons in their own right including Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton, and Bill Anderson. Today Trace Adkins, Dierks Bentley, Vince Gill, Martina McBride, Brad Paisley, Ricky Skaggs, Marty Stuart, Mel Tillis, and Carrie Underwood are among the stars that are part of the Opry family.

Unravel History:

Country Music Hall of Fame
The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum unravels history through lively exhibitions that include interactions with songwriters, musicians, and artists. Sing Me Back Home, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s permanent exhibit, is an exciting, multi-layered journey through the life of country music. Through artifacts, photographs, original recordings, archival video, newly produced films, touchscreen interactive media and beautifully rendered text panels, Sing Me Back Home immerses visitors in the history and sounds of country music, its meanings and the lives and voices of many of its honored personalities. A self-guided tour covering two floors of the Museum, Sing Me Back Home tells the story of country music from its pre-commercial roots in the nineteenth century through its vibrant life in the twenty-first century.

The Hermitage Home of Andrew Jackson
The Hermitage mansion has been meticulously restored to its 1837 appearance and today looks much as it did when Andrew Jackson returned to it after finishing his second term as President. After the home was damaged by fire in 1834, Jackson had it remodeled in the Greek Revival style. Today, six wallpapers installed after the fire still hang on the walls and the majority of the furniture in the home was purchased by the Jackson family to replace pieces damaged in the fire. The Hermitage is open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. from April 1 - October 15, and 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p. m. from October 16 - March 31; with the exception of January and February.

General Jackson Showboat
This 300 foot paddlewheel riverboat is one of the largest showboats in the country. It boasts four massive decks with a beautiful two-story Victorian Theater located in the center of the boat where live music shows are performed. Both midday and evening cruises offer a variety of entertainment options throughout the year.

Revisit Nature:

The Parthenon
The Parthenon stands proudly as the centerpiece of Centennial Park, Nashville's premier urban park. The re-creation of the 42-foot statue Athena is the focus of the Parthenon just as it was in ancient Greece. The building and the Athena statue are both full-scale replicas of the Athenian originals. The Parthenon also serves as the city of Nashville's art museum. The focus of the Parthenon's permanent collection is a group of 63 paintings by 19th and 20th century American artists donated by James M. Cowan. Additional gallery spaces provide a venue for a variety of temporary shows and exhibits.

Cheekwood Botanical Gardens
Cheekwood is a 55-acre botanical garden and art museum located on the historic Cheek estate. Cheekwood exists to celebrate and preserve its landscape, buildings, art and botanical collections and, through these unique means, provide an inspiring place for visitors to explore their connections with art, nature and the environment. The site includes the original Cheek gardens, designed by Bryant Fleming, with pools, fountains, statuary, extensive boxwood plantings and breathtaking views of the rolling Tennessee hills. Visitors will discover a Japanese garden, an herb garden, two perennial gardens, a color garden, water garden, seasons garden and an award-winning wildflower garden. Cheekwood is located at 1200 Forrest Park Drive, approximately 8 1/2 miles southwest of downtown Nashville and is adjacent to the Percy Warner Park and Golf Course. For more information, call 615.356.8000

Percy and Edwin Werner Park
Hidden from Nashville's urban expanse, Percy and Edwin Warner Parks lie tucked between busy highways and sprawling neighborhoods. Virtually unchanged since their establishment in 1927, the parks' thick, hardwood forests provide an urban escape, attracting those seeking a piece of nature. The parks are composed of two different tracts of land separated by the thin corridor of Old Hickory Boulevard and include two golf courses, a nature center, a model-airplane flying field and hiking trails. The Warner Parks are the largest municipally administered parks in Tennessee and together span 2684 acres of forest and field, 9 miles from downtown Nashville. The parks are located at 2500 Old Hickory Blvd.

Learn the Two-Step:

Wildhorse Saloon

The Wildhorse Saloon was a three-level historic warehouse now turned into a 66,000 square foot live music and dance destination. Simultaneously a restaurant, bar, concert site, dance venue and TV studio, the saloon draws more 1.5 million music fans to have a great meal, catch the hottest concerts and learn the newest dance steps.
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Robert’s Western World
As the “Home of Traditional Country Music” you will not find another like Robert’s Western World. Merle Haggard, Tom Petty, Tracy Byrd, Kid Rock, Allison Kraus and Rascal Flatts have all bellied up to the bar at Robert’s Western World. Robert’s was voted one of the “Best bars in America” by Esquire Magazine and the “Best Honky Tonk” Club by the Nashville Scene. Robert’s is located in the heart of Music City at 416 Broadway adjacent to the Nashville Convention Center, Gaylord Entertainment Center and the Ryman Auditorium.

Hillsboro Village
Adjacent to Vanderbilt Univeristy, Hillsboro village is a charming neighborhood featuring several one-of-a-kind shops and eateries. You’ll find anything from fine cutlery, used books and French pastries, to loft apartments and Nashville's best pancakes at this trendy place to shop.

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What to wear

Nashville is hot and humid in the summer so wear appropriate clothes for any outdoor events or travel days. The air conditioning in the summer can keep most buildings quite cool so business-casual attire with a light jacket or sweater is recommended for all events in the hotel

For questions or assistance, please contact:

Karen Kepler Associate National Forum and Event Manager
or 303.299.3621

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