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Change is goal of 2012 NBC 'Education Nation' summit

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NEW YORK CITY -- For third straight year, top minds in education are meeting in New York City for the annual Education Nation summit.

WKYC's Erin Kennedy is there.

Once a year, hundreds of people -- teachers, students, community and government leaders, including the Secretary of Education -- come together for one reason -- to talk about what makes students successful.

In the words of a second grade teacher from Northeast Ohio, what happens when you get 360 teachers in the same room?

There's na shared energy that gets you psyched up.

More than just shared energy, Education Nation focuses on specific ideas and successful examples of innovation taking place in schools around the country.

NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams moderated a marquee event -- a Teacher 'Town Hall.'

"It was boisterous, frustrating, we had 2 hours and could have gone four without breaking a sweat," Willaims said.

Thirteen separate panel discussions aim to tackle a wide variety of issues, with each panel focusing on specific success stories.

Those stories ranged from teaching the "common core" curriculum and  video game-based learning, to a program called "Success for All," a program that has helped turn around Wells Academy in Steubenville, Ohio.

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said "You cannot have a world-class city without a world-class public school system. Those two things are inextricably linked."

"I think it has to be about our collective responsibility, making sure every single child has a chance at a great education."     


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