MSNBC to Air Education Nation Teacher Town Hall September 23

As part of 2012’s ‘Education Nation’ Week, MSNBC will air the third annual ‘Teacher Town Hall’ live on Sunday September 23. The week-long event runs from September 21 to 28 and includes the National Summit hosted at The New York Public Library. The Town Hall will be hosted at the NYPL’s Stephen A. Schwarzman building and NBC is collecting questions for participants leading up to the event via Facebook and Twitter.

From midday to 2pm teacher discussion will be moderated by Brian Williams, anchor of ‘NBC Nightly News’. Tamron Hall, from MSNBC and Jenna Bush Hager from NBC News will facilitate questions from the audience. NBC News’ Chief Education Correspondent Rehema Ellis will also take part by moderating and reporting on online conversation with teachers from around the country. The two hour live event will focus on the most critical challenges and opportunities facing America’s teachers and will celebrate examples of great teaching from classrooms across the country.

“The experience of teaching has seen many changes since our first town hall three years ago,” said Williams. “We hope that this year’s discussion will be an opportunity for teachers to engage and lead the education debate in this critical campaign year.”

Hundreds of teachers are expected to gather in Midtown Manhattan, New York City for the event, and NBC will be inviting those who can’t make it in person to take part in the conversation virtually at EducationNation.com.

The “Teacher Town Hall” will offer America’s educators on the frontlines an opportunity to voice their priorities, brainstorm new ideas, discuss key policy issues, and ask questions of each other to advance the conversation about teaching in the United States.

In addition to the broadcast on MSNBC, the “Teacher Town Hall” will stream live online at EducationNation.com, NBCNews.com, other NBCUniversal platforms, and Scholastic.com.

‘Education Nation’ was recently nominated for two News and Documentary Emmy awards, including its second nomination in the ‘New Approaches To News & Documentary Programming: Current News Coverage’ category.

More information on the summit agenda and programming will be available in coming days, and the latest details can be found at EducationNation.com.

The 2012 Teacher Town Hall event is supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, ExxonMobil and Knowledge Partners including Scholastic and NBC Learn. Sponsors of the 2012 “Education Nation” Summit include University of Phoenix, ExxonMobil, the AFT, the Bezos Family Foundation, Target, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, National Education Association, State Farm, and America’s Promise Alliance.