NBC’s Education Nation Points to Solutions

NBC’s Education Nation Points to Solutions 

We were asked to participate in this year’s Education Nation sponsored by NBC and a number of other corporate sponsors and partners. This was the third year of the event. 

I was frankly a bit hesitant to attend as I had heard that the previous two editions were primarily into negative bashing of public education combined with little opportunity for educators to tell their story or engage in a dialogue about how education is changing to meet the diverse needs of our nation’s kids. 

But a breath of fresh air ran through New York City as the entire focus of the three-day conference primarily centered on solutions with case studies of new programs at the local level that are working for teachers and their students. You can actually learn more about many of the case studies presented by going to www.EducationNation.com. Many are worth an investment of time so you may be able to serve as a catalyst for some change for your own school community. 

We Are All in This Together

The pleasing trend I pulled from the entire conference was a culture that seemed to say, “We finally realize we are now in this together.” And we need to be if we are going to be successful for the future of all our children.” Sessions on “wrap-around” services where school officials, local schools, local government, local health and welfare leaders, as well as big and small businesses have seemingly decided that we need to work together if we are going to get the job done. 

Cradle to College Program

The best example of this movement is the Cincinnati “cradle to college” partnership between the schools and their greater communities. As mentioned earlier, it is a shining example of what can be done when political, corporate, and education silos are dismantled and new approaches focus on helping the poorest students achieve at high levels. Providing services to address a family’s physical, health and emotional needs builds a wonderful pathway to success for these students. 

So learn from these case studies and we tip our NSPRA hat to NBC and its partners for shifting its focus from creating a dialogue conducive to bashing to one of solutions for local educators. 

One final take-away from the event, is that it was a meaningful to have Tom Brokaw, Brian Williams, Savannah Guthrie, David Gregory, Andrea Mitchell, Rehema Ellis, Maria Bartiromo, and others reporting and leading discussions on positive solutions for education. NBC made a major commitment. 

Now it is our job to help spread the word about the solutions offered in this year’s Education Nation. 

Rich Bagin, APR

NSPRA Executive Director



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