ATLANTA -- NBC's Education Nation kicks-off this weekend with a digital component that allows participants to join the conversation from anywhere.
The summit will use social media to create an engaging, solutions-focused conversation with teachers, parents, students and communities across the country.
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Over the last two years, Education Nation has reported on the challenges facing students and teachers and this year, the goal of Education Nation is to highlight innovations and solutions taking place in public schools around the country.
This year's summit will also include voices from the campaign trail. FormerGovernor Mitt Romney will join NBC News live on Tuesday, September 25th and President Barack Obama will appear in a taped interview with Savannah Guthrie.
The summit will also host the world premiere event of Won't Back Down, one of the most talked about films on education, featuring Maggie Gyllenhaal and Viola Davis.
Education Nation runs fromSunday, September 23rd through Tuesday, September 25th at the New York Public Library.
Sessions will include a discussion on education as a national security risk with Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, a session on gaming as a learning method, an in-depth look at the skills gap between available jobs and the unemployed, a roundtable with CEOs from top U.S. companies on how business visionaries are addressing our education challenges, a session on teachers' unions in the 21st century, a convening of the nation's current and former U.S. Secretaries of Education, and more.
10 a.m. - noon Student Town Hall (Moderated by Melissa Harris-Perry)
The first Education Nation Student Town Hall will air as part of a Melissa Harris-Perry special on MSNBC at 10 a.m. E/T on Sunday, September 23. Harris-Perry will discuss with student panelists and student audience members the challenges facing students today as well as their solutions to these problems. Students are asked to tell Harris-Perry how they would fix education in America by uploading YouTube videos at Education Nation.
Noon- 2 p.m. Teacher Town Hall (Moderated by Brian Williams)
The third annual Education Nation Teacher Town Hall will convene teachers both physically in New York and digitally throughout the country to have a solutions-focused conversation about the state of education in the country. Topics covered will include teacher evaluations, poverty in the classroom, implementation of the Common Core, and results-driven solutions.
6 p.m. - 7 p.m. Won't Back Down (Live from the red carpet with Alex Wagner)
MSNBC is airing a one hour special live from the red carpet in conjunction with the release of the film Won't Back Down starring Viola Davis, Maggie Gyllenhaal, and Rosie Pérez. Coverage from the red carpet premiere will be interspersed with pre-taped sections from a parent engagement/parent advocacy panel discussion.