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From the Press Release from NBC:

The fourth annual Summit will tackle what it takes for a student to be successful in the classroom and beyond.

This year, the fourth annual Education Nation Summit will explore “What It Takes” to get a student through school and ready to succeed in college, career and beyond on Monday, October 7 and Tuesday, October 8. Through individual stories, we will form a collective snapshot of the challenges facing our public education system, as well as some of the real successes being achieved in meeting those challenges. We will examine the lives and aspirations of young people at critical junctures in their academic careers to better understand the resources and supports that students need in order to truly succeed.

We will hear perspectives on “What It Takes” from some of the biggest names in education, politics, business, and entertainment, as well as from those on the front lines of education: the teachers, students, administrators, and parents at our Summit. We’d also like to hear from YOU, and we invite you to submit your ideas for “What It Takes;" you can find instructions here. Some of the "What It Takes" topics that will be covered at the 2013 Summit are:

    A Great Start
    Active Parenting
    Well-Trained Teachers
    Safe Schools
    Healthy Living
    More Than High School: Disrupting Higher Ed

We will be live streaming the following events on EducationNation.com (exact times to be released in the coming weeks):

    Student Town Hall: Sunday, October 6, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. ET
    Teacher Town Hall: Sunday, October 6, 12 - 2 p.m. ET
    2013 Education Nation Summit: Monday, October 7 and Tuesday, October 8,
    approximately 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Below is a list of confirmed panelists, presenters and interviewees for the 2013 Education Nation Summit. We will be posting details about the Summit agenda and panel times, as well as the names of new panelists on an ongoing basis, so keep checking back here for updates.  

Anant Agarwal
President, edX

Timothy M. Armstrong
CEO and Chairman, AOL Inc.

Melody Barnes
Chair, Forum for Community Solutions & CEO, Melody Barnes Solutions, LLC

Susan Benedetto
Co-Founder and Board President, Exploring the Arts

Tony Bennett
Singer and Co-Founder and Board Member, Exploring the Arts

Steve Beshear
Governor, Kentucky

Lloyd Blankfein
CEO and Chairman, Goldman Sachs

Michael Bloomberg
Mayor, New York City

Michele Brooks
Assistant Superintendent, Family and Student Engagement, Boston Public Schools

Sean P. “Jack” Buckley
Commissioner, National Center for Education Statistics

Governor Jeb Bush
Former Governor of Florida

Dr. Pamela Cantor
Founder, President and CEO, Turnaround for Children, Inc.

Dr. Meria Joel Carstarphen
Superintendent, Austin Independent School District

David Coleman
President and Chief Executive Officer, The College Board

Ron Conway
Angel Investor

Mitchell E. Daniels, Jr.
President, Purdue University

Dr. John E. Deasy
Superintendent, Los Angeles Unified School District

Arne Duncan
U.S. Secretary of Education

Jonah Edelman
Co-Founder and CEO, Stand for Children

Marian Wright Edelman
Founder and President, The Children's Defense Fund

Debra Eschmeyer
Co-Founder and VP of External Affairs, FoodCorps

Allyson Felix
Olympic Gold Medalist

Dr. Phil Fisher
Psychologist and Professor, University of Oregon

Goldie Hawn
Actress and Founder and Board Chair, The Hawn Foundation

Anne T. Henderson
Author, Beyond the Bake Sale and Senior Consultant, Annenberg Institute for School Reform

Freeman A. Hrabowski, III
President, University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Caroline Hoxby
Scott and Donya Bommer Professor in Economics, Stanford University

Jay Jefferson
Parent, Coral Gables, FL

Bobby Jindal
Governor, Louisiana

Ben Kaufman
Founder and CEO, Quirky

David Kirp
Author, Improbable Scholars and Professor of Public Policy, UC-Berkeley

Joel Klein
CEO, Amplify

Paul J. LeBlanc
President, Southern New Hampshire University

Jack Markell
Governor, Delaware

Sara Martinez Tucker
CEO, National Math + Science Initiative

Dr. Anthony Marx
President and CEO, The New York Public Library

Svante Myrick
Mayor, Ithaca

Paul Pastorek
Former Louisiana State Superintendent of Education and Member Emeritus, Chiefs for Change

Mike Pence
Governor, Indiana

Dr. Andre Perry
Founding Dean of Urban Education at Davenport University

Daniel R. Porterfield
President, Franklin & Marshall College

Deborah Quazzo
Founder and Managing Partner, GSV Advisors

Dr. Irwin Redlener
President and Co-Founder, Children’s Health Fund

Amanda Ripley
Author, The Smartest Kids in the World and TIME Investigative Journalist

Joel Rose
Co-Founder and CEO, New Classrooms Innovation Partners

Evelyne Santiago
City Year Corps Member

Dr. William Schmidt
University Distinguished Professor, Michigan State University

Jon Schnur
Executive Chairman and Co-Founder, America Achieves

David Shapiro
President and CEO, National Mentoring Partnership

M. Night Shyamalan
Screenwriter, Director, Producer and Founder of the M. Night Shyamalan Foundation

Dr. Dana L. Suskind
Director, Pediatric Cochlear Implantation Program and Professor, Surgery and Pediatrics, University of Chicago

Brenda Van Gorder
Director of Preschool Services, Granite School District

Dennis Walcott
Chancellor, New York City Department of Education

Randi Weingarten
President, American Federation of Teachers

Robert Wrubel
Chief Innovation Officer and Executive Vice President, Apollo Group

See any actual classroom teachers?

Oh, you didn't, did you?

What pray tell does Lloyd Blankfein have to offer of value about how I should be teaching?

Mike Pence got less votes than did Glenda Ritz, Indiana's new State Superintendent of Public Instruction, and she is also a former teacher.

So why Pence and not Ritz?

Somehow I think the time I spend cleaning cat pans will be a more productive way of learning how to make my students succeed than watching Education Nation.

What do you think?

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