The fourth annual NBC News Education Nation Summit, held October 6-8 at The New York Public Library, explored "What It Takes" for us as a nation to ensure students are successfully prepared for college, career and beyond. Leading experts and stakeholders – from parents and teachers, to policymakers and employers – delved into critical factors that impact students’ chances of success.
Education Nation kicked off with an Opening Ceremony, followed by the second annual Student Town Hall, the fourth annual Teacher Town Hall, and the first-ever Common Core Teacher Institute, which featured a series of workshops for teachers. Then, the Summit featured a series of panels exploring the different elements necessary to support student success, such as a great start, well-trained teachers, and safe schools. We also shone a spotlight on cutting-edge research and thought leadership in education through a series of "Master Class" presentations. Other sessions included one-on-one interviews, remarks, and a four-part Innovation Challenge, a competition pitting four education technology startup companies against one another for a $75,000 prize.
You can read about all elements of the Summit and watch the videos below. We also encourage you to check out our "What It Takes" page to hear thoughts on achieving student success from NBC News journalists, MSNBC hosts, Summit panelists and others.
The 2013 Education Nation Summit events kicked off with an Opening Ceremony emceed by WNBC 4 New York Anchor Shiba Russell.
Speakers: Rehema Ellis, Chief Education Correspondent, NBC News, Erica Hill, Co-Anchor, NBC News' Weekend TODAY,
Tony Marx, President, New York Public Library, Dennis Walcott, Chancellor, New York City Department of Education
MSNBC's Melissa Harris-Perry moderates the second annual Student Town Hall in which students voice their ideas and concerns about their education. Topics include performance, the new Common Core State Standards, safety on campus, student mobilization, technology in the classroom, and more. Melissa was joined in the audience by NBC News' Mara Schiavocampo and MSNBC's Krystal Ball.
The fourth annual Teacher Town Hall focuses on what it takes for teachers to be successful in today's school system. Brian Williams, anchor and managing editor of "NBC Nightly News," was joined by NBC News' Chief Education Correspondent Rehema Ellis in leading this national conversation with America's teachers. MSNBC's Tamron Hall and NBC News' Jenna Bush Hager facilitated questions from the audience.
Education Nation hosted a series of workshops for Teacher Town Hall attendees that provided information and guidance on the newly-adopted Common Core State Standards. The workshops featured lesson presentations by model teachers, resources and tools, and opportunities for discussion and collaboration.
Setting the stage for the 2013 Education Nation Summit, American students from diverse backgrounds offer their perspectives on public schools in the U.S. and abroad. Education Nation examines the results of an Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) pilot project that for the first time enables high schools in America to see how they stack up against the global competition.
Student Panelists: Video Eboni Boykin, Columbia University, New York, NY; Eric Kvam, DePaul University, Chicago, IL; Kim Pate, Oklahoma Virtual High School, Sallisaw, OK; Ariana Rocha, Basis Tucson North, Tucson, AZ
Panelists: Video Syrena Burnam, Science Teacher, North Star Academy, Newark, NJ; Dr. William Hite, Superintendent, School District of Philadelphia, PA; Amanda Ripley, Author, The Smartest Kids in the World: And How They Got That Way and Investigative Journalist, TIME; Jon Schnur, Executive Chairman and Co-Founder America Achieves
States are moving forward with implementing new assessments, but the education community remains divided on the value and role of high-stakes, standardized testing in public schools.
Panelists: Paul Pastorek, Senior Advisor, The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC); Dr. Joshua P. Starr, Superintendent, Montgomery County Public Schools, MD; Dennis M. Walcott, Chancellor, New York City Department of Education; Randi Weingarten, President, American Federation of Teachers
Sponsored by:The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
By the age of three, children from low-income families have heard 30 million fewer words than their more affluent peers. This word gap is one of the key factors driving the achievement gap. Dr. Dana Suskind's groundbreaking research explores how new technology can track children's language development and provide meaningful feedback to parents.
Presenter: Dr. Dana Suskind, Director, Thirty Million Words Initiative, University of Chicago, IL
Professor Caroline Hoxby's research reveals that most high-achieving, low-income students do not apply to the nation's best colleges and are misinformed on the true cost and quality of education options. Her findings suggest that simple, low-cost steps can substantially increase the number of disadvantaged students who apply to and graduate from top colleges.
Presenter: Caroline Hoxby, Scott and Donya Bommer Professor in Economics, Stanford University, CA
A postsecondary degree or credential is increasingly a prerequisite for jobs of the future and pathways to the middle class. Education Nation explores strategies to make college more accessible, affordable, and attainable for all American students.
Panelists: David Coleman, President and CEO, The College Board; Caroline Hoxby, Scott and Donya Bommer Professor in Economics, Stanford University, CA; Tanisha Kwaaning, Teacher and OneGoal Program Director, Christian Fenger Academy High School, Chicago, IL; Dr. Daniel R. Porterfield, President, Franklin & Marshall College, PA
Moderated by: Andrew Ross Sorkin, Co-Anchor, CNBC's "Squawk Box"
Educators are using more technology and redesigning the classroom to offer individualized learning experiences for students. Education Nation explores what high-quality personalized learning can look like.
Panelists: Jose Ferreira, CEO, Knewton; Joel Klein, CEO, Amplify; Joel Rose, Co-Founder and CEO, New Classrooms Innovation Partners; Diane Tavenner, Founder and CEO, Summit Public Schools, CA
Moderated by: Andrew Ross Sorkin, Co-Anchor, CNBC's "Squawk Box"
The world has changed dramatically in recent decades, impacting how we communicate, travel, work, and share information. And yet, the U.S. public education model remains largely the same. Education Nation hears from some of today's leading innovators from diverse fields about the power of disruption and transformation to help reimagine our education system. Where are we heading?
One-on-One Interview: Video
Tim Armstrong, CEO, AOL, Inc
Panelists: Video Ben Kaufman, CEO, Quirky; Jennie Magiera, Digital Learning Coordinator, Academy for Urban School Leadership, Chicago, IL; Deborah Quazzo, Founder and Managing Partner, GSV Advisors; Jessie Woolley-Wilson, President, CEO, and Chairman of the Board, DreamBox Learning
Moderated by: Maria Bartiromo, Anchor, CNBC's "Closing Bell" and "On the Money with Maria Bartiromo"
New investments and innovative financing models are fueling the U.S. commitment to high-quality early childhood education. Education Nation explores these approaches and ways to ensure access for all.
Honorable Jack Markell (D), Governor, State of Delaware
Panelists: Harriet Dichter, Executive Director, Office of Early Learning, Delaware; Reka Keller, Team Leader, Jumpstart and Student, American University, Washington, D.C.; Andrea Phillips, Vice President, Urban Investment Group, Goldman Sachs; Brenda Van Gorder, Director of Preschool Services, Granite School District, Salt Lake City, UT
Moderated by: Rehema Ellis, Chief Education Correspondent, NBC News, with Jenna Bush Hager, Contributing Correspondent, NBC News' "TODAY"
Education Nation turns to the most important stakeholders in the conversation about "What It Takes:" students. In an interactive discussion with young people who hope to be members of the College Class of 2020 and others making their way through higher education now, we hear about their academic aspirations and concerns about achieving their goals.
Student Panelists: David Boone, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA; Chelesa Fearce, Spelman College, Atlanta, GA; Mario Marquez, Paradise Valley Community College, Phoenix, AZ
Moderated by: Craig Melvin, Anchor, MSNBC and Correspondent, NBC News
While some American students receive a world-class education, many minority students get left behind. President Obama has called education equality "the civil rights issue of our time." But can the idea drive education policy?
Panelists: Dr. John E. Deasy, Superintendent, Los Angeles Unified School District, CA; Marian Wright Edelman, Founder and President, The Children's Defense Fund; Tony Marx, President, The New York Public Library; Sara Martinez Tucker, CEO, National Math + Science Initiative
Moderated by: Andrea Mitchell, Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent, NBC News and Anchor, MSNBC's "Andrea Mitchell Reports"
Some of the most important education decisions – from funding to standards – are driven at the state level. Our bipartisan governors' roundtable explores what chief executives from across the country are doing, in their view, to improve schools.
Panelists: Honorable Steve Beshear (D), Governor, State of Kentucky; Honorable Deval Patrick (D), Governor, State of Massachusetts; Honorable Mike Pence (R), Governor, State of Indiana
Dr. William Schmidt's latest research sheds light on the extent to which prospective mathematics teachers graduate from schools of education with the content knowledge and skills needed to be successful in the classroom.
Panelists: Dr. William Schmidt, University Distinguished Professor, Michigan State University
Amid concerns that too many teachers are unprepared for the classroom, Education Nation takes a hard look at our traditional schools of education. What must be done to strengthen the pipeline into the teaching profession?
Panelists: Honorable Jack Markell (D), Governor, State of Delaware; Dr. Andre Perry, Founding Dean of Urban Education, Davenport University, MI; Dennis Van Roekel, President, National Education Association; Sarah Brown Wessling, Teacher, Johnston High School, Johnston, IA
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has spearheaded far-reaching initiatives including Race to the Top, ESEA waivers, and a national teacher recruitment campaign. In this interview, Telemundo's José Díaz-Balart explores Secretary Duncan's priorities for the remaining years of the Obama Administration.
Moderated by: Chelsea Clinton, Special Correspondent, NBC News
Education Nation examines how the new technology platforms, delivery models, and credit systems of online programs change the higher education landscape.
Panelists: Anant Agarwal, President, edX; Honorable Mitch Daniels, President, Purdue University, IN, Former Governor, State of Indiana; Dr. Paul J. LeBlanc, President, Southern New Hampshire University; Rob Wrubel, Chief Innovation Officer and Executive Vice President, Apollo Group, Inc.
NBC News Special Correspondent Tom Brokaw sits down with Rex Tillerson, ExxonMobil Chairman and CEO and Chair of the Business Roundtable's Education and Workforce Committee, for a discussion on the role of business in promoting education reform and excellence.
Research indicates arts education is linked with academic achievement, social and emotional development, and critical thinking skills. However, confronted by shrinking budgets and increases in mandated testing, schools struggle to integrate the arts. NBC News Correspondent Harry Smith discusses the role of arts in education with Musician Tony Bennett and his wife Susan Benedetto, co-founders and board members of Exploring the Arts.
Under Mayor Michael Bloomberg's leadership, the New York City school system has undergone fundamental changes. As he nears the end of his third and final term, Mayor Bloomberg addresses the Education Nation Summit on the initiatives he has championed over the last 12 years.
Moderated by: Matt Lauer, Co-Anchor, NBC News' "TODAY"
The Programme for International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) report, provides a groundbreaking snapshot of the skills and competencies of the adult workforce in 23 countries. In a global marketplace for jobs and talent, how do we grow the world's best-skilled and most innovative workforce?
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan
Panelists: Honorable John Engler, President, Business Roundtable and Former Governor, State of Michigan; Dr. Freeman A. Hrabowski, III, President, University of Maryland, Baltimore County; Mary Isbister, President, GenMet Corporation and Vice Chair, U.S. Manufacturing Council
Dr. Philip Fisher's cutting-edge research reveals the power of positive interactions between children and caregivers to improve brain development. By helping children overcome toxic stress and promoting healthy brain function, these interactions can lay the groundwork for a strong future.
Presenter: Dr. Philip Fisher, Professor of Psychology, University of Oregon and Senior Fellow, Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University
With the onset of fundamental changes to our education system, parents need help preparing to serve as their children's first teachers and primary advocates. While districts and schools largely support family engagement, many struggle with how best to execute engagement programs and sustain initiatives over time.
Panelists: Michele Brooks, Assistant Superintendent of Family and Student Engagement, Boston Public Schools, MA; Jonah Edelman, Co-Founder and CEO, Stand for Children; Anne T. Henderson, Author, Beyond the Bake Sale: The Essential Guide to Family-School Partnerships and Senior Consultant, Annenberg Institute for School Reform; Jay Jefferson, President, G.W. Carver Elementary PTA, Coral Gables, FL
Bullying, harassment, and violence can hinder students' academic success. Schools across the country are experimenting with innovative ways to teach social and emotional skills, inspire empathy, and support student safety.
Panelists: Dr. Pamela Cantor, Founder, President and CEO, Turnaround for Children, Inc.; Dr. Meria Joel Carstarphen, Superintendent, Austin Independent School District, TX; Dr. Peter DeWitt, Principal, Poestenkill Elementary School, Poestenkill, NY; Goldie Hawn, Academy Award-Winning Actress and Founder, The Hawn Foundation
Through his role as Chairman of the Foundation for Excellence in Education, Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush champions college and career readiness, digital learning, school choice and improving literacy. In this interview with "NBC Nightly News" Anchor and Managing Editor Brian Williams, Bush discusses "What It Takes" to develop a comprehensive, bipartisan agenda for improving education.
The Congressional Medal of Honor is this nation's highest award for acts of wartime valor. The Medal of Honor Foundation's character development program incorporates the ideals of the medal into middle and high school curricula, with the goal of promoting responsible citizenship. "NBC Nightly News" Anchor and Managing Editor Brian Williams talks with Medal of Honor Recipients Staff Sergeant Ty Michael Carter and Colonel Jack H. Jacobs.
Moderated by: Kate Snow, National Correspondent, NBC News
While some students find the support, guidance, and care they need within their immediate families, others must look elsewhere – to mentors, coaches, teachers, community leaders, and others. Caring adults and community programs can provide the consistency, encouragement, and accountability that students need to succeed.
Panelists: Melody Barnes, Chair, Aspen Institute's Forum for Community Solutions and CEO, Melody Barnes Solutions, LLC; Honorable Svante Myrick, Mayor, City of Ithaca, NY; Evelyne Santiago, City Year Team Leader, Belmont High School, Los Angeles, CA; David Shapiro, President and CEO, MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership
Moderated by: Harry Smith, Correspondent, NBC News
Across the country there are amazing stories of high-achieving schools in different communities. We talk to two authors whose recent work focuses on what makes schools great.
Panelists: M. Night Shyamalan, Screenwriter, Director, Producer, Founder, M. Night Shyamalan Foundation and Author, I Got Schooled: The Unlikely Story of How a Moonlighting Movie Maker Learned the Five Keys to Closing America's Education Gap; Alison Stewart, Journalist and Author, First Class: The Legacy of Dunbar, America's First Black Public High School
Moderated by: Chris Jansing, Anchor, MSNBC's "Jansing & Co." and Correspondent, NBC News
Debates have raged in recent years over the best way to improve school districts–with some arguing for competition and choice to drive improvement and others for more investment in traditional public schools. Two experts on school reform share their differing views on "What It Takes" to put urban schools on the path to success.
Panelists: David Kirp, James D. Marver Professor of Public Policy, University of California, Berkeley and Author, Improbable Scholars: The Rebirth of a Great American School System and a Strategy for America's Schools;Grover "Russ" Whitehurst, Director, The Brown Center on Education Policy, The Brookings Institution
Moderated by: Chelsea Clinton, Special Correspondent, NBC News
Over the 2013 Summit, Education Nation examined "What It Takes" for students to succeed. The fourth annual Summit closes with leading education journalists discussing their perspectives and experiences covering this critical story.
Panelists: Rehema Ellis, Chief Education Correspondent, NBC News; John Merrow, Education Correspondent, PBS NewsHour; Andrew Rotherham, Executive Editor, Real Clear Education and Author, Eduwonk.com; Jane Williams, Host and Executive Producer, Bloomberg EDU
Moderated by: Julia Boorstin, CNBC Media and Entertainment Reporter
The third annual Innovation Challenge spotlights early-stage Ed Tech entrepreneurs. Three teams are tested through a series of competitions with teachers, students, and business leaders, culminating in a pitch contest live on the Summit stage. This year's winner, Code HS, walked away with a $75,000 prize awarded by Robin Hood.
Eduardo Padron, President, Miami-Dade College; David Saltzman, Executive Director, Robin Hood; Crystal Sanchez, Student, Uncommon Charter High School, Brooklyn, NY; Eric Spiegel, President and CEO, Siemens Corporation
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