NBC’s Education Nation dog and pony show hits the road next week – why not join them?

From NBC’s publicist:

NBC News brings an education “power week” to Denver starting April 12th with a series of education-focused events and programming

NEW YORK, NY— April 5, 2012— In an effort to continue the national conversation sparked with its “Education Nation” initiative, NBC News is continuing “Education Nation On-The-Road” for the spring of 2012. Making its first stop in Denver beginning April 12th, the NBC News team will spend a week in the city, partnering with its affiliate station, 9NEWS, and its sister networks, MSNBC and Telemundo affiliate KDEN, to create a public dialogue around education issues faced by the region. During the week, NBC News and its partner stations will air education-focused programming and host a series of special events that bring Denver-area educators, elected officials, business leaders, parents and students together to share information, exchange ideas and inspire change. All events will be hosted at the History Colorado Center in Denver.

“Improving our schools and the student experience is critical for Colorado’s future success. ‘Education Nation’ is a great opportunity to bring the community together to discuss what’s best for our kids and how to prepare them to enter today’s modern workforce,” said Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper.

“We’re very pleased to have a chance to highlight and discuss the innovative, student-centered reforms and partnerships we’ve been forging here in Denver,” DPS Superintendent Tom Boasberg said. “There’s still a great deal of work and improvements ahead, and we’re very excited to host the launch of the Education Nation tour and talk with education leaders from across the country about the ways we can better serve our kids and families.”

To kick off “Education Nation Denver,” on Thursday, April 12 at 12:00pm/mst, Lt. Governor Joe Garcia, Senators Michael Bennet and Mark Udall, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock, and DPS Superintendent Tom Boasberg will join the NBC News and 9NEWS team at the official Opening Ceremony. Portions of the event will be broadcast live on 9NEWS.

On Sunday, April 15, at 3:30pm/mst, NBC News will host a special panel looking at 3rd grade literacy, the important role it plays in a child’s education and what Colorado schools are doing to make sure students are able to read at grade-level. This panel will be moderated by NBC News Chief Education Correspondent Rehema Ellis and will air on Channel 20 on Thursday, April 19th at 7:00pm/mst.

At 6:00pm/mst on Sunday, Rehema Ellis and 9NEWS’ Nelson Garcia and Nick McGurk will lead a live Teacher Town Hall forum from the History Colorado Center that brings together local teachers of all levels for a frank and open discussion about what works in the classroom and how to address the top challenges facing the region’s education system. Teachers will be invited to participate in-person or via webcast with the ability to provide comments and feedback through EducationNation.com and social media platforms. The full Teacher Town Hall will be broadcast live on Channel 20 and streamed live on EducationNation.com.

On Monday, April 16th, from 1:00-2:00pm/et (11:00-12:00pm/mst), MSNBC’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports” will air live from the History Colorado Center, and will feature a segment on education as part of the “Education Nation On-The-Road” tour.

Then at 12:30pm/mst on Monday, Denver-area leading business and civic leaders will gather at the History Colorado Center for Job One: Preparing America to Compete in the 21st Century, a moderated panel discussion led by NBC News’ Andrea Mitchell. Panelists and guests will share ideas and recommendations for ensuring the region’s students and workforce have a competitive edge in our global economy. Portions of the “Job One” event will be broadcast live on 9NEWS and streamed live on EducationNation.com.

NBC News and 9NEWS will celebrate Education Nation’s stop in Denver by partnering with the History Colorado Center, Denver Art Museum and Denver Museum of Nature & Science to unlock unique learning opportunities for families, students and other visitors. Meet the experts behind the region’s most preeminent cultural institutions and get a one-of-a-kind peek at the collections and innovation that make them great. These limited-access, backstage events will provide unique ways for the public to experience education in Denver. For details on these special opportunities, go to EducationNation.com.

In addition to these events, from April 11-20, the “Education Nation Express” bus will travel throughout the region as 9NEWS Education Reporter Nelson Garcia highlights examples of education innovation in action.

“The goal of ‘Education Nation On-The-Road’ is to ignite the Denver community around local and national education issues and bring solutions to the spotlight. We are very excited to partner with the 9NEWS team to create an education forum in this great city at the History Colorado Center,” said Soraya Gage, General Manager of “Education Nation” at NBC News.

“Improving education in America requires that we all come together and focus on finding solutions, and the ‘Education Nation’ initiative is designed to do just that. We are thrilled that NBC News is bringing this tour to Denver and we look forward to engaging our viewers and our community on this critical issue,” said Mark Cornetta, General Manager of 9NEWS Denver.

9NEWS and Telemundo’s affiliate station KDEN will provide education-related reports leading up to and during the Denver leg of the “Education Nation” tour, as well as coverage of the “Education Nation Denver” events.

For the tour, NBC News is enlisting the support of several of its “Education Nation” sponsors and partners, including the Daniels Fund, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and The Piton Foundation, and knowledge partners including Rose Community Foundation and NBC Learn.

If you are a reporter interested in covering any of these events, please send a request to Meghan Pianta at NBC News Communications meghan.pianta@nbcuni.com.

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