NEW YORK, NY—April 8, 2011—NBC News President Steve Capus announced today that the 2011 "Education Nation” will be held the week of September 25th, 2011 in New York City. This year's national education event will convene policymakers, elected officials, teachers, parents, 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. The week is modeled after the 2010 “Education Nation,” and will include a Summit in New York City and education programming across NBC News, MSNBC, msnbc.com, TheGrio.com, CNBC and Telemundo. Since last year’s event, NBC News has continued its dedication to education reporting and programming across all of its shows and platforms under the banner of “Education Nation.”
"NBC News looks forward to building on the success of the 2010 ‘Education Nation’ and discussing new ideas on a national stage," said Capus. "We remain committed to putting a spotlight on the state of education in America and sparking a dialogue that represents a diversity of interests and experiences."
“There isn’t a problem that faces our country that couldn’t be made better or solved entirely by fixing our education system,” said New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. “The first ‘Education Nation’ Summit helped to create a national moment for education reform, and I hope the second Summit creates another moment, bringing us closer to the solutions we need. I’m glad the event takes place in New York, where so many innovative approaches have been pioneered.”
In addition to the dates of the Fall 2011 event, NBC News is announcing the launch of “Education Nation On-The-Road.” Making stops in Chicago (beginning May 1), Los Angeles (beginning May 13) and Philadelphia (beginning June 5), the NBC News team will spend a week in each city, hosting an “Education Nation Experience” and a series of panels and events involving NBC News anchors and correspondents, local leaders, officials, educators, parents, and students. NBC News is partnering with its owned and operated stations—WMAQ in Chicago, KNBC in Los Angeles and WCAU in Philadelphia—its sister networks, CNBC and Telemundo, to create a forum in each city for sharing information, exchanging ideas and inspiring change. “Education Nation On-The-Road” is an extension of the network’s first annual “Education Nation” Summit in September 2010, and NBC News’ continued education programming throughout the year.
“NBC News is committed to helping improve education in America, ‘Education Nation On-The-Road’ will help get the conversation started and enable us to bring forward the best ideas and innovations from across the country,” said Michael Chen, President of the Strategic Initiatives Group and Education Nation at NBC News.
"’Education Nation’ not only sheds a needed light on the state of our education system, but it also involves our local communities in helping to explore the issues and inspire change," said John Wallace, President of NBC Local Media. "This is an important effort that truly underscores our commitment to provide relevant local news and information to our markets."
The centerpiece of “Education Nation On-The-Road” will be the “Education Nation Experience”—a public exhibition intended to inform and engage students and the broader public on the state of education in America now and in the future. The experience will incorporate news, information and interactive activities that demonstrate important trends and issues in education, highlight various individualized learning styles and shed light on the skills and careers that are growing in demand.
In addition to the “Education Nation Experience,” “Education Nation On-The-Road” will feature a Teacher Town Hall meeting in each city, which will be moderated by NBC News and the owned and operated stations, and bring local teachers together in a unique educator-only forum to discuss what works in the classroom and highlight the challenges of today’s education system. The week will also include a panel discussion moderated by NBC News or CNBC, that will convene high-profile regional business leaders, CEOs and thought leaders to focus on how to prepare America’s students to compete in today’s global economy.
University of Phoenix is the title sponsor of “Education Nation On-The-Road." NBC News is also enlisting the support of several of its “Education Nation” partners, including The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Scholastic, and America’s Promise Alliance, in the development of the “Education Nation On-The-Road” tour.
“When it comes to education, we are truly at a crossroads,” said Dr. Bill Pepicello, President of the University of Phoenix. “President Obama has set an ambitious – yet achievable – goal for all Americans: that we should once again produce more college graduates than any other nation in the world. The ‘Education Nation On-The-Road’ tour will help Americans understand what we can do today to ensure that today’s students are tomorrow’s college graduates.”
During each week of “Education Nation On-The-Road,” NBC News’ owned and operated stations will air local education stories and provide coverage of the “Education Nation Experience” exhibit. In addition, NBC News will air education reports during the week on “Today,” “NBC Nightly News,” MSNBC and CNBC. Online, educationnation.com will host information on all local events and live stream the Teacher Town Halls and panel discussions.
Telemundo will kick off the 8th edition of its national multiplatform educational campaign "El Poder de Saber" (The Power of Knowing) at the start of the “Education Nation On-the-Road" tour in Chicago. The US Hispanic network will present all “Education Nation” news coverage under the banner of this annual long-standing initiative focused on promoting the educational advancement of young Latinos. With a focus on secondary education, “El Poder de Saber” also provides research information, scholarships and interactive tools to help students, parents and teachers counter the increasing high school dropout rate among Latinos.
"Education Nation" seeks to create a thoughtful dialogue with policymakers, thought-leaders, educators and the public, in pursuit of the shared goal of providing every American with an opportunity to pursue the best education in the world. These informed discussions will cover the challenges, potential solutions and innovations spanning the education landscape. By providing quality information to the public, NBC News hopes to help Americans make decisions about how best to improve our education system both in the near and long terms, with the goal of making America, once again, the "Education Nation" of the world.