Education Nation kicks off: How you can join the discussion

By WKTV News

The 4th annual Education Nation  Summit kicked off Friday with a ribbon cutting ceremony. It's a chance to shine a spotlight on critical issues related to education across the country. You can watch it live and also join in the conversation.

This year's summit is taking place at the New York Public Library from October 6-8th.

The question, "What it takes" to create student success in the classroom and beyond will be addressed this year.

Leaders in education, government, business and philanthropy will join top journalists and correspondents from NBC, MSNBC, Telemundo, and CNBC for a discussion that addressed both ideas and solutions for improving the state of education. 

This year's summit will stream live at and the NBC News YouTube channel.

You can join the conversation by using #EducationNation.

You can say what you think it will take to get students educated by using #What It Takes … for student success at

2013 Education Nation Summit: October 6-8 at the New York Public Library

Find a complete schedule below: 

Sunday, October 6
8am - 10am: Student Town Hall (Moderated by Melissa Harris-Perry)
MSNBC special edition of Melissa Harris-Perry (broadcast from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.)
12pm - 2pm: Teacher Town Hall (Moderated by Brian Williams)
LIVE MSNBC special broadcast event
2:05pm - 6:00pm : Common Core Teacher Institute
Workshop series for teachers attending Teacher Town Hall

Monday, October 7

8:15am-8:20am: Welcome remarks: Rehema Ellis
Introduction by Summit Emcee Erica Hill
8:20am-9:05am: What It Takes: Keeping Up with the Competition, Part 1 - K12
Moderated by Tamron Hall
Panelists: Syrena Burnam (Teacher, North Star Academy, Newark, NJ); William R. Hite, Jr. (Superintendent, School District of Philadelphia); Amanda Ripley (TIME journalist & Author, The Smartest Kids in the World: And How They Got That Way); Jon Schnur (Executive Chairman, America Achieves)
Student Panelists: Ariana (Tucson, AZ); Eboni (New York, NY); Eric (Chicago, IL); Kim (Sallisaw, OK)
9:05am-9:40am: What It Takes: Feedback - A Reality Check on Testing
Moderated by Rehema Ellis
Panelists: Paul Pastorek (Senior Advisor, PARCC); Joshua Starr (Superintendent, Montgomery County Public Schools); Dennis M. Walcott (Chancellor, New York City Department of Education); Randi Weingarten (President, American Federation of Teachers)
9:40am-9:50am: Master Class: 30 Million Words Program, presented by Dr. Dana Suskind (Director and Founder, Thirty Million Words Program)
10:10am-10:30am: Master Class: Opportunity, Meritocracy, and Access to Higher Education,
presented by Caroline Hoxby (Scott and Donya Bommer Professor in Economics, Stanford University)
10:30am-11:00am:  What It Takes: A Path to Higher Ed
Moderated by Tamron Hall
Panelists: David Coleman (President and CEO, The College Board); Caroline Hoxby (Scott and Donya Bommer Professor in Economics, Stanford University); Tanisha Kwaaning (Teacher and OneGoal Program Director, Christian Fenger Academy High School, Chicago, IL); Dan Porterfield (President, Franklin & Marshall College)
11:00am-11:10am: Third Annual Innovation Challenge
Moderated by Julia Boorstin
Judges: Dr. Lillian M. Lowery (Maryland State Superintendent of Schools); David Saltzman (Executive Director, Robin Hood); Eric Spiegel (President and CEO, Siemens Corporation)
11:10am-11:40am: What It Takes: Personalized Learning
Moderated by Andrew Ross Sorkin
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)
11:40am-12:15pm: What It Takes: Innovation - Lessons From Tech
Moderated by Andrew Ross Sorkin
Panelists: Tim Armstrong (CEO and Chairman, AOL); Ben Kaufman (CEO, Quirky); Jennifer Magiera (Digital Learning Coordinator, Academy for Urban School Leadership); Deborah Quazzo (Founder and Managing Partner, GSV Advisors)
1:45pm - 2:30pm:  Value Your Education: A Conversation With The Class of 2020 On "What It Takes"
Moderated by Savannah Guthrie
Panelists: Arne Duncan (U.S. Secretary of Education); TBD Celebrity; TBD College Student
Audience facilitator: Jenna Bush Hager

3:00pm-3:35pm: What It Takes: Leadership - A Conversation with Governors
Moderated by Andrea Mitchell
Panelists: Governor Steve Beshear (D-KY); Governor Deval Patrick (D-MA); Governor Mike Pence (R-IN)
3:35pm-3:50pm: Master Class: An Examination of Future Teachers, presented by Bill Schmidt (University Distinguished Professor, Michigan State University)
3:50pm-4:25pm: What It Takes: Well-Trained Teachers
Moderated by Rehema Ellis
Panelists: Deborah Loewenberg Ball (Dean, School of Education, University of Michigan); Governor Jack Markell (D-DE); Andre Perry (Founding Dean of Urban Education, Davenport University); Dennis Van Roekel (President, National Education Association)
4:25pm-4:30pm: Innovation Challenge Check-In
Moderated by Julia Boorstin
4:30pm-5:05pm: What It Takes: A Level Playing Field
Moderated by Craig Melvin
Panelists: John Deasy (Superintendent, Los Angeles Unified School District); Marian Wright Edelman (Founder and President, The Children's Defense Fund); Tony Marx (President of The New York Public Library); Sara Martinez Tucker (CEO, National Math + Science Initiative)
5:05pm-5:20pm: One-on-One with Arne Duncan, U.S. Secretary of Education

Tuesday, October 8

8:05am-8:35am: What It Takes: More than High School - Disrupting Higher Ed
Moderated by Chelsea Clinton
Panelists: Anant Agrawal (President, Edx); Mitch Daniels (President, Purdue University); Paul LeBlanc (President, Southern New Hampshire University); Rob Wrubel (Chief Innovation Officer and Executive Vice President, Apollo Group)  
8:34am-9:10am:  What It Takes: Healthy Living
Moderated by Erica Hill
Panelists: Deb Eschmeyer (Co-Founder and VP of External Affairs, FoodCorps); Allyson Felix (Olympic Gold Medalist); Sam Kass (Executive Director of Let's Move! and Senior Policy Advisor on Nutrition, The White House); Dr. Irwin Redlener (President and Co-Founder, Children's Health Fund)
9:10am-9:25am: Conversation with Rex Tillerson, Chairman and CEO of ExxonMobil
Moderated by Tom Brokaw
9:25am-9:35am: Two-on-One with Tony Bennett and Susan Benedetto, Co-Founders of Exploring the Arts
Moderated by: Harry Smith
9:50am-10:15am: Third Annual Innovation Challenge Pitch
Moderated by Julia Boorstin
10:15am-10:30am:  Master Class: Programme for International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) Results, presented by Sean P. "Jack" Buckley (Commissioner, National Center for Education Statistics)
10:30am-11:05am: What It Takes: Keeping Up with the Competition, Part 2 - Our Workforce
Panelists: Eric Cantor (Majority Leader, United States House of Representatives); Secretary Arne Duncan (U.S. Secretary of Education); Freeman Hrabowski (President, University of Maryland, Baltimore County); Mary Isbister (President, GenMet Corporation and Vice Chair, U.S. Manufacturing Council)
11:05am-11:15am: Master Class: Parenting for Brain Development and Prosperity, presented by Dr. Phil Fisher (Professor of Psychology, University of Oregon)
11:15am-11:50am:  What It Takes: Active Parenting
Moderated by Natalie Morales
Panelists: Michele Brooks (Assistant Superintendent, Family and Student Engagement, Boston Public Schools); Jonah Edelman (Co-Founder and CEO, Stand for Children); Anne Henderson (Author, Beyond the Bake Sale and Senior Consultant, Annenberg Institute for School Reform); Jay Jefferson (President, G.W. Carver Elementary PTA)
*Above panel to segue to Parent Toolkit Announcement
11:50am - 12:00pm        NBC News Parent Toolkit Announcement
Launch of Parent Tool Kit produced by NBC News & sponsored by Pearson
Sit-down with: Natalie Morales, Deborah Turness (President - NBC News) Will Etheridge (Chief Executive - North American Education, Pearson), & Jay Jefferson (Parent)
12:00pm-12:30pm         What It Takes: Safe Schools
Moderated by Hoda Kotb
Panelists: Pamela Cantor (Founder, President and CEO; Turnaround for Children); Meria Joel Carstarphen (Superintendent, Austin Independent School District); Peter DeWitt (Principal, Poestenkill Elementary School); Goldie Hawn (Actress and Founder, The Hawn Foundation)
2pm-2:15pm                   Third Annual Innovation Challenge Finale
Moderated by Julia Boorstin
2:15pm-2:35pm              One-on-One with Former Governor Jeb Bush
Moderated by Brian Williams           
2:35pm-2:50pm              Two-on-One with Medal of Honor recipients Staff Sergeant Ty Carter and Colonel Jack Jacobs
                                Moderated by Brian Williams
2:50pm-3:20pm              What It Takes: All of Us
Moderated by Kate Snow
Panelists: Melody Barnes (Chair, Aspen Institute Forum for Community Solutions); Svante Myrick (Mayor of Ithaca, NY); Evelyne Santiago (City Year Corps Member, Los Angeles); David Shapiro (CEO, National Mentoring Association)
3:55pm-4:15pm              What It Takes: Great Districts
Moderated by Chris Jansing
Panelists: David Kirp (James D. Marver Professor of Public Policy, University of California-Berkley, and Author, Improbable Scholars: The Rebirth of a Great American School System and a Strategy for America's Schools); Grover "Russ" Whitehurst (Director of The Brown Center on Education Policy, Brookings Institution)                             
4:15pm-4:40pm              What It Takes: Great Schools
Moderated by Harry Smith
Panelists: M. Night Shyamalan (Director, Screenwriter, Producer and Author, I Got Schooled); Alison Stewart (Journalist and Author, First Class: The Legacy of Dunbar, America's First Black Public High School)


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