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Momentum building for "Education Nation"

NBC News

In less than two weeks, hundreds of educators, elected officials, parents including CT Mom Congress delegate Gwen Samuel, and invited community members will gather in New York City to be a part of "Education Nation," a weeklong focus on education issues kicks-off on September 26.

The event begins with a two-hour nationally broadcast event that will be moderated by NBC’s Brian Williams. Hoping to provide a way for participants to voice their opinions on the most important challenges and opportunities facing teachers in America today,  Steve Capus, President of NBC News says, "This two-hour televised conversation will be the perfect way to kick off the week and set the tone for Education Nation.

The forum will air live beginning at 12 p.m. on September 26 on MSNBC and streamed online at,, and from across the country are invited to join the conversation virtually by registering to take part in the conversation.

During the meeting, teachers participating online and those at Rockefeller Center will together discuss their priorities, brainstorm new ideas, discuss key issues, and ask questions of each other to advance the conversation about teaching in the United States.

The Education Nation Summit will be held in the rink space at Rockefeller Plaza on September 27 and 28. During the Summit, policymakers, educators, members of the business community, and engaged citizens will come together for a series of panel sessions on the challenges of America's education system, the success stories, and the solutions.

Highlights of Education Nation:

  • 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 that will be held Sept. 27 and 28 in the rink space of Rockefeller Plaza.
  • 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.
  • Panel sessions: The Summit's 11 sessions include workforce readiness, developing great teachers, technology and innovation, parental involvement, early education, higher education, and the politics of education.
  • 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 at Rockefeller Center.
  • NBC focus news on education: During the entire week of September 26, NBC News will highlight education stories as well as broadcast live from the Plaza.

What will you do to build on this national momentum to ensure that all children have the best educational experience possible? Enter thoughts below.

Liza Weidle is the NC Mom Congress delegate and author of "Truth about Parenting: Navigating the Elementary Years."