Sunday, September 26, 2010, will mark the beginning of
NBC’s week-long interactive summit “Education
Nation.” This week will feature a
“Learning Plaza” at Rockefeller Plaza, a policy summit with education leaders,
a live online discussion with teachers hosted by NBC’s Brian Williams, and a
full week of NBC broadcasting that will highlight successes, failures,
solutions, and what the future may hold for our school system.
For the entire week, a “Learning Plaza” will be open to the public which will host exhibits devoted to five distinct areas of educational policy: the Learner, the Educator, the School & Community, the Nation, and the Call to Action. A “Teaching Garden” will also be featured to highlight the important link between education and nutrition.
In order to directly involve educators, Brian Williams will host a live online “Teacher Town Hall” on September 26, at 12pm Eastern. Together, these educators will discuss the state of today’s classrooms, and brainstorm new ideas for future generations of teachers and students. To join, click here. CEC encourages you to share the unique role of special educators in schools across the nation!
On September 27-28, top education leaders including: U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Harlem Children Zone’s CEO Geoffrey Canada, and President of MIT Susan Hockfield will participate in a series of panel discussions during an education policy summit to identify the challenges that currently face our educational system, the solutions, and implementation.NBC’s focus on the future of education comes at a time when Congress has been debating the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, now known as No Child Left Behind. While NCLB was officially due to be reauthorized – rewritten – in 2007, several controversial issues including those impacting students with disabilities continue to be debated. Read CEC’s ESEA reauthorization recommendations and recent Policy Insider blog postings.