NBC News to Present “Education Nation” Summit

photoNBC News will launch Education Nation next week, a nationally broadcast in-depth conversation which will examine the state of education in America.

The event will kick off on “Today” next Monday, Sept. 27 with a live interview with President Barack Obama. The summit will gather education leaders including U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Mayor Michael Bloomberg, as well as school administrators, teachers, parents and students from across the country.

“This is an opportunity to celebrate great teachers and leaders, highlight successful models of reform and share the best ideas to ensure that America will have the highest proportion of students graduating from college in the world by 2020” says Secretary Duncan.

The goal of “Education Nation” is to provide clear information on how schools are performing, reimagine what education in America can be, build on national momentum within the policy and reform communities, and inspire changes that enable our nation to prepare a skilled workforce to meet the demands of the future.

Highlights of the event will include

SUMMIT WITH TOP LEADERS IN EDUCATION: U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Harlem Children Zone’s CEO Geoffrey Canada, and President of MIT Susan Hockfield will be among those in attendance at the Education Nation Summit.

SPECIAL APPEARANCES: The Summit will feature several presentations from guests, including a speech on improving the lives of children from U.S. General Colin Powell, Founding Chairman of America’s Promise Alliance, and Alma Powell, Chair of America’s Promise Alliance.

MULTI-MEDIA COVERAGE: During the entire week of Education Nation, “Nightly News,” “Today,” “Meet the Press,” MSNBC, CNBC, Telemundo, msnbc.com, iVillage.com, and EducationNation.com will highlight stories in education.

TEACHER TOWN HALL: On Sept. 26th, NBC’s Brian Williams will talk with thousands of teachers on-air and online about critical issues facing educators.

THE STUDENT VIEW: The Scholastic Kids Press Corp will cover the Summit from the student perspective.

INTERACTIVE EXHIBITS: The latest tools and technologies used in award-winning classrooms across the country will be on display in Learning Plaza.

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