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Vol. 45, No. 82

Sept. 23, 2011

Missouri Commissioner to Attend Education Nation Summit

Commissioner of Education Chris L. Nicastro will join educators, policymakers, elected officials and other engaged citizens at the second annual Education Nation Summit, Sept. 25-27, at Rockefeller Center in New York City. Hosted by NBC News, Education Nation is an ‘initiative to engage the country in a solutions-focused conversation about the state of education in America.’

The summit provides a forum for educators to brainstorm ideas and discuss challenges and solutions for the education system. A variety of events will be held including a teacher town hall, panel discussions and the world premier of a documentary titled “American Teacher,” which illustrates the day-to-day lives of teachers working in urban and rural settings across the nation.

“This national gathering will certainly generate a comprehensive and enthusiastic conversation about education in America,” Nicastro said. “I will be participating on behalf of public education in Missouri and the nearly 1 million students we serve.”

NBC News will feature education topics and events throughout the week. On Sunday, a Teacher Town Hall will be televised live nationally at 11:00 a.m. (Central Time). Thousands of teachers are expected to participate online, along with hundreds of teachers on-site in New York. In addition, President Obama will deliver his third annual Back-to-School Speech to students across the country on Wednesday afternoon.

A number of speakers and panelists on the summit agenda include: Secretary Arne Duncan, U.S. Department of Education; Dennis Van Roekel, National Education Association; Wendy Kopp, Teach for America; and former President Bill Clinton.

Individuals can ‘like’ Education Nation on Facebook and follow @EducationNation on Twitter.
Commissioner Nicastro can now be followed on Twitter @MoCommissioner.