Posted by: ACFE Inc | April 26, 2011

NBC News Education Nation in Philadelphia

Last year, NBC News hosted its first Education Nation summit in NYC to start a conversation about the state of education in America. In September, the second summit will be held–but first, NBC News is taking Education Nation on the road and I am so excited that Philadelphia will be one of its stops! I am honored to be involved in the experience and I wanted to highlight some of the events that will be going on.

Firstly, there is the Learning Curve, the Education Nation blog, which just got up and running last week. Their goal is to discuss the challenges that have led to our numbers dropping, whether it’s our 4-year high school graduation rate or our percentage of students unable to read at grade level (2/3rds of 8th graders, for the record). But I’m looking forward to reading their blog because in addition to keeping an eye on the downward trends, they will also be looking at what’s working–how innovative organizations are addressing these issues and where their success lies, from both NBC reporters and regular people who will be guest blogging occasionally.

But, I am a hands-on person, so I am really looking forward to when the tour hits Philly. I like to be able to meet people and talk to them, ask questions, hear face-to-face what other people’s experiences in education are like and how they’ve differed from (or been similar to) mine. So, I am looking forward to the town hall and the panel, which will be considering education from two distinct, yet important perspectives–from the hands-on experience of teachers in the classroom each day to the executives and civic leaders who are looking at life after education.

On Sunday, June 5, NBC News will be holding a Teacher Town Hall for Philadelphia educators to brainstorm ideas, talk about what works in the classroom, and highlight the challenges of today’s education system. This will be airing live on NBC’s Philadelphia Nonstop channel from 1:00-2:00pm; it will also be on the web live at EducationNation.com at the same time. Teachers throughout the Philadelphia area can participate online during the event by registering for our LIVE online chat.

Then on Thursday June 9 will be the Job One panel, where business executives, legislators, and civic and education leaders from the Philadelphia area will participate in a moderated discussion on the current state of the labor market, the skills and knowledge required of the 21st Century workforce, and the importance of educating America’s students to compete in the global economy. This will be from 7:00-8:00 ET and can be viewed on either the website or NBC’s Nonstop Philadelphia channel.

MEANWHILE, the Education Nation Experience will be on the National Constitution Center lawn from June 6-11. This is a public exhibition designed to inform and engage visitors on the current state of education in America, including our global competitiveness in K-12 education, post-secondary education, and workforce readiness. There will be a ribbon-cutting ceremony on June 6 at 10 am, and best of all, admission is free.

I am excited about the week that Education Nation will be here in June, but I am even more excited to see what the results are!

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