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Education Nation


The 2nd Annual Education Nation Summit kicked off in Rockefeller Center in New York City this Sunday with a teacher town hall moderated by Brian Williams.  Educators, parents, administrators, union leaders, advocates, and members of the media from around the country have gathered to talk about the struggles we’re facing in education in America.

They want to know what is happening in our schools and what we can do to improve them.  Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has pointed out that we have some pockets of excellence in our education system but we need to work harder to get kids ready for college and careers.

A recent survey found that 75% of American parents would give US public schools a grade of C or lower.  That is not acceptable.

Several of our Mom Congress delegates will be attending the summit this week.  Brenda Drummer Martin will be speaking on a panel on parental engagement on Monday and several of our partners and advisory board members will also be speaking.  Keep an eye out for Dr. Elanna Yalow of Knowledge Universe and representatives from Save the Children who will be on an early learning panel on Monday.

Mom Congress delegates Rebecca Levey, Gwen Samuel, Meghan Lynch, Jerri Ann Reason and Lyssa Sahadevan will all also be attending.  Melissa Bilash is blogging her experiences.

Keep your computers tuned to the Education Nation website and your TVs tuned to NBC for all the coverage.  If you’re attending, let us know your thoughts.  A lot of planning and financial resources go into putting on this event.  Will it have the impact it’s reaching for?

Kathryn Thompson is a mom to two school-aged kids, a toddler and a deceased betta fish. She can also be found at The Parenting Post, and occasionally the gym.