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NBC's "Education Nation" Summit

Betty Ray Director of Programming and Innovation @Edutopia
Anyone else notice a dearth of classroom teachers and students in this summit?

NBC NEWS ANNOUNCES SERIES OF PANEL SESSIONS AND CONFIRMED PARTICIPANTS FOR SEPTEMBER "EDUCATION NATION" SUMMIT

Panelists include Reed Hastings, Founder & CEO of Netflix; Michelle Rhee, Chancellor, District of Columbia Public School System of Washington, D.C.; Musician John Legend; Former US Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings; and Randi Weingarten, President of American Federation of Teachers

New York, NY - September 13 - NBC News' "Education Nation" Summit, the Sept. 27-28 centerpiece of the weeklong "Education Nation" initiative that begins Sept. 26 at Rockefeller Plaza, will convene the foremost policymakers, elected officials, thought leaders, educators, members of the business community and engaged citizens in a national discussion about the challenges, potential solutions and innovations spanning today's education landscape. NBC News today announced the agenda of panel topics for the Summit, along with a number of confirmed panelists.

The Summit's 11 panel sessions will present discussions on important topics in education such as: workforce readiness; developing great teachers; technology and innovation; parental involvement; early education; higher education; and the politics of education. The "Education Nation" sessions will be covered on MSNBC and streamed on msnbc.com live and for delayed viewing.

"The state of education in America is facing a number of complex challenges. Many students are falling behind, dropping out and leaving school unprepared for today's jobs in alarming numbers - yet a sense of urgency seems to be lacking," said Steve Capus, President NBC News. "In order to spark and elevate a national dialogue we have convened an impressive 'Education Nation' lineup representing a great diversity of interests and ideas."

"The response we've received from leaders in education has been overwhelmingly positive," said Lisa Gersh, President of Strategic Initiatives at NBC News. "The experts we have convened at 'Education Nation' will highlight some of the biggest challenges and opportunities in education in this country, jumpstarting a national conversation about one of the most pressing issues of our time."

To date, confirmed participating speakers include:

Maria Bartiromo: Anchor of CNBC's "Closing Bell with Maria Bartiromo" and Anchor and Managing Editor of "Wall Street Journal Report with Maria Bartiromo"
Michael Bloomberg: Mayor, City of New York
Cory Booker: Mayor, City of Newark, New Jersey
Phil Bredesen: Governor, State of Tennessee
Steven Brill: Co-founder of Journalism Online
Tom Brokaw: NBC News Special Correspondent
Geoffrey Canada: CEO & President of Harlem Children's Zone Project
David Coleman: Founder & CEO, Student Achievement Partners; Contributing Author of the Common Core Standards
Ann Curry: News Anchor, "Today" and Anchor, "Dateline NBC"
Arne Duncan: US Secretary of Education
Byron Garrett: CEO of the National Parent Teacher Association (PTA)
Allan Golston, President, US Program, The Gates Foundation
Jennifer M. Granholm: Governor, State of Michigan
David Gregory: Moderator, "Meet the Press"
Reed Hastings: Founder & CEO of Netflix
Lester Holt: Anchor, "NBC Nightly News," Weekend Edition and Co-Host, "Today" Weekend Edition
Walter Isaacson: President & CEO of the Aspen Institute
Joel Klein: Chancellor of New York City Schools
Wendy Kopp: CEO and Founder of Teach for America
John Legend: Musician; Founder of the Show Me Campaign
Jack Markell: Governor, State of Delaware
Gregory McGinity: Managing Director of Policy, The Broad Education Foundation
Andrea Mitchell: NBC News Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent and Host, "Andrea Mitchell Reports"
Janet Murguia: President & CEO of the National Council of La Raza (NCLR)
Michael Nutter: Mayor, City of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Bill Pepicello, Ph.D.: President of University of Phoenix
Sally Ride: First Female Astronaut; Vice-chair of Change the Equation
Michelle Rhee: Chancellor, District of Columbia Public School System of Washington, D.C.
Edward Rust: Chairman & CEO of State Farm Insurance Companies
Gwen Samuel, CT delegate to Mom Congress
Barry Schuler: Former CEO of AOL
Sterling Speirn: CEO, Kellogg Foundation
Margaret Spellings: Former US Secretary of Education
Antonio Villaraigosa: Mayor, City of Los Angeles, California
Randi Weingarten: President of American Federation of Teachers (AFT-CLO)
Brian Williams: Anchor and Managing Editor "NBC Nightly News"
Confirmed sessions at "Education Nation" include:

Job One: Preparing America's students to compete in the global economy
The Innovation Gap: Bringing the technology revolution to the schoolhouse
Change Agents: How do we reinvent the status quo at all levels?
The Path to the American Dream: A survey on post-secondary education
Kids Can't Vote: How can the politics of education put students first?
Educating the Digital Generation: What are the roles and responsibilities of media in learning?
Good Apples: How do we keep good teachers, throw out bad ones, and put a new shine on the profession?
A Fresh Start: Leveling the playing field before school begins
Shrinking the Achievement Gap: Is education the civil rights issue of our time?
Study Abroad: What can we learn from the global leaders in education?
The Parent and the Village: Fostering a learning culture in our communities

NBC News' "Education Nation" will launch Sunday, Sept. 26 on "Meet the Press." Additional news coverage and programming airing across all NBC News programs and platforms will extend beyond the two-day Summit. For the entire week of September 27, "Nightly News," "Today," "Your Business," MSNBC, CNBC, Telemundo, msnbc.com and nbclearn.com will highlight educational success stories, uncover staggering truths and myths about education, and demonstrate how poor education cripples our economy and society.

In addition to the Summit, NBC News will turn Rockefeller Plaza into a "Learning Plaza," which will include a series of galleries open to the public to explore the latest technologies and techniques used in award-winning classrooms nationwide. Interactive elements of "Learning Plaza" include learning style quizzes, video teacher tributes, interactive learning stations, and a "Call to Action" center where visitors can discover ways to take part in improving education. Also open to the public will be an interactive "Teaching Garden," which teaches children about the importance of good nutrition and physical fitness through hands-on participation.

For more information visit EducationNation.com, or follow on twitter @EducationNation or find "Education Nation" on Facebook at Facebook.com/EducationNation

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Lifelong teacher and ed tech person. Creativity is my passion.

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All "students" of education welcome to try this authentic task to design a better summit: http://blog.teachersfirst.com/thinkteach/2010/09/21/design-a-summit/

French/English Instructor

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I am happy to know that Milton Chen will be attending the summit and participating in a panel discussion. His name should have been first on the list since he is the author of "Education Nation":) His interview on Classroom 2.0 should have received more attention but teachers are overwhelmed right now since we are "at a moment of huge shifts around learning". We are collectively in charge and this summit will provide a great opportunity for all interested in the future of education to listen and collaborate.

Director of Social Media Strategy and Marketing @Edutopia, edcamp organizer

I agree Denise! -- it would

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I agree Denise! -- it would be fitting to have Milton at least on the list, given his recent book "Education Nation" but I'm sure his name wasn't highlighted because he wasn't a "big name." We also did a webinar with Milton Chen that you can view here. He talks in detail about his book and how you apply some of the innovations he highlights in your school.

All the best,
Elana

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I am happy to know that Milton Chen will be attending the summit and participating in a panel discussion. His name should have been first on the list since he is the author of "Education Nation":) His interview on Classroom 2.0 should have received more attention but teachers are overwhelmed right now since we are "at a moment of huge shifts around learning". We are collectively in charge and this summit will provide a great opportunity for all interested in the future of education to listen and collaborate.

Charter school humanities teacher for non-traditional middle grade learners

Scarcities real and false

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There is not one answer; some charter programs have sold themselves well to the communities they serve; some are truly innovative schools that challenge traditional notions of schooling and structure; some are niche schools offering students a different type of community than a traditional school does, sometimes along with a heightened sense of purpose.

The answers these schools are looking for could be found in traditional schools willing to let go of traditions.

There is no real scarcity of answers. That there could be one answer is a supposition championed by those who profit from scarcity.

The real scarcity in education is one of collective will to change - of unity in pursuit of a rationale analysis of what we're doing and whether or not it will lead our kids and our country into any kind of future we want for them.

Plenty of corporate reformers have ideas. Plenty of public educators do, too. I'm willing to posit that union leaders also have a vision of education friendlier to kids, more meaningful to learning, and more protective of democracy than our nation's current system. However, we face an abundance of business as usual: compete for scare resources, protect your stake, play with the numbers, don't ask the kids, don't look in any dark mirrors.

There are any number of tensions that need to be resolved in actually creating an educational system that capitalizes on our students' inherent curiosity, creativity, and love of freedom. There are any number of excuses in the way of realizing such an educational system.

How do we create a profession willing to take itself to task? A profession that trusts itself internally to stand boldly for the right things? A profession that lets go of what doesn't work and refuses to subject kids to managerial practices that stifle democracy and learning?

It takes a group effort - it takes innovative products and practices that unleash learning from desks; it takes federal and state codes that push standards of excellence, rather than standardization of mediocrity; it takes honesty inside schools and between schools and communities about what teaching and learning are and could be.

The real scarcities of trust, communication, and collective political will keep the real abundances of answers, dollars, and innovation tied up in competition, protectionism, and illusion.

How do we find ways to be non-compliant and still have the opportunity to positively impact our schools, chartered or not?

Director of Programming and Innovation @Edutopia

Arne Duncan to make major anouncement @ Education Nation Summit

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Anyone have any ideas about what it can be?

U.S. Department of Education
Office of Communications & Outreach, Press Office
400 Maryland Ave., S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20202

MEDIA ADVISORY

EVENT DATE: 2 p.m. EDT Monday, Sept. 27, 2010
Contact: Sandra Abrevaya
(202) 401-1576 or press@ed.gov

MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT SET FOR NBC'S EDUCATION NATION SUMMIT

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will make a major announcement at NBC's Education Nation Summit in New York City on Monday, Sept. 27, at 2 p.m. EDT. The one-hour event will feature a conversation with college students and will be moderated by Tom Brokaw. It will be carried live on MSNBC and streamed online at http://www.educationnation.com.

WHO:
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan

WHAT:
A major announcement at NBC's Education Nation Summit in New York City

WHERE:
Carried live on MSNBC and streamed online at http://www.educationnation.com

WHEN:
2 p.m. EDT Monday, Sept. 27, 2010
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Retired teacher and administrator

Even if NBC didn't want to

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Even if NBC didn't want to stoop to getting any "little people" for their show, they could have invited some big names who actually know something about education. For example: Linda Darling Hammond, Monty Neil (of Fairtest), Doug Christenson (former Nebraska state superintendent, Valerie Strauss (from the Washington Post), Yong Zhao.

Retired teacher and administrator

Even if NBC didn't want to

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Even if NBC didn't want to stoop to getting any "little people" for their show, they could have invited some big names who actually know something about education. For example: Linda Darling Hammond, Monty Neil (of Fairtest), Doug Christenson (former Nebraska state superintendent, Valerie Strauss (from the Washington Post), Yong Zhao.

Regional Consultant - Career Development - NCRC

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I have worked for intermediate school districts for the last 15 years. I have been working to partner business and education to talk, plan, and connect schools and business to create career development systems. These systems assist students learn the skills needed for post-secondary education (not just college)and for the workplace.(ie, "Middle skills" are on the rise while study after study is showing college level jobs are not increasing at the same level. One of the initiatives that is already partnering workforce development agencies, schools and business in Michigan is the ACT- National Career Readiness Certificate. It is a credential that businesses requested as a common measure for work readiness (to mirror ACT's earlier work for college readiness). I would hope consideration would be given to this common credential for business, schools, and workforce agencies to have a common target to shoot at! For more see http://act.org and search for WorkKeys or the National Career Readiness and also for http://keytrain.com to teach these skills via an online tool called KeyTrain. (Each of these were rated highly in the US Dept of Labor survey recently as some of the best skill building/ career readiness tools).
I hope at some point in the "do" level, that these tools will be mentioned as a way to reach this business requested common target. We are all over the place in these discussion and schools are confused as to what "is" the common target and how do they get there at the "shoe leather" level. In Michigan we have chosen an national target that business has said they wanted as skills for the workplace. Confused and overloaded schools need a laser focus to accomplish what is needed in the midst of many politics.
Cathy McCafferty-Smith

5th grade teacher in Tallahassee, FL

Might be this

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He may be announcing his new teacher recruitment site: http://www.teach.gov/

Director of Social Media Strategy and Marketing @Edutopia, edcamp organizer

What makes you think that

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What makes you think that Jason? Would you consider that a "major announcement"? Just sayin' :)

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He may be announcing his new teacher recruitment site: http://www.teach.gov/

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