NBC’s “Education Nation” Summit Focuses on the Arts on Tuesday


The fourth annual Education Nation Summit is exploring “What It Takes” for the nation “to ensure students are successfully prepared for college, career and beyond.” Leading experts and stakeholders – from parents, teachers, and students to policymakers and employers – will delve into critical factors that impact students’ chances of success. The Summit takes place October 6-8 at the New York Public Library’s Stephen A. Schwarzman building.

Education Nation is NBC News’ year-round initiative to engage the country in a solutions-focused conversation about the state of education in America.

The three-day gathering brings together more than 300 of the country’s top education, government, business, philanthropy, and media experts  to discuss the relationship between education and opportunity – helping to engage the U.S. in a discussion about how to improve education and prepare our youth for the jobs of the future.

NBCUniversal News Group will its broadcast, cable, and digital platforms to provide coverage of the guests and discussions throughout the Summit.


On Tuesday  the focus will be on the arts

9:25am — 9:40am

Interview with Exploring the Arts Co-Founders Tony Bennett and Susan Benedetto
Research indicates arts education is linked with academic achievement, social and emotional development, and critical thinking skills. However, confronted by shrinking budgets and increases in mandated testing, schools struggle to integrate the arts.

  • Harry Smith, Correspondent, NBC News
  • Tony Bennett, Musician, Co-Founder and Board Member, Exploring the Arts
  • Susan Benedetto, Co-Founder and Board Member, Exploring the Arts


Education Nation Summit

In September 2010, NBC News hosted the first Education Nation Summit in New York City, where parents, educators, and students met with leaders in politics, business and technology to explore the challenges and opportunities in education today.

Since that time, Education Nation has visited local communities across the country on the annual Education Nation Tour; developed a thriving online community; launched the award-winning Learning Curve blog; and NBC News has committed to in-depth education reporting across the network.


Roz Fehr, NAfME Managing Editor for News, October 7, 2013. © National Association for Music Education