Helios Education Foundation Welcomes Education Nation to Phoenix May 2 - 10

Author: Helios Education Foundation

April 19, 2013

Helios Education Foundation is the lead sponsor of NBC News' Education Nation "On-the-Road" Tour scheduled for Phoenix, Arizona, May 2-10. The Phoenix tour includes a series of panels and events hosted by NBC News correspondents, local Arizona leaders, educators, parents and students on Arizona's most pressing education issues. In addition to education-focused events, programming will highlight the challenges and opportunities in Arizona education today.

NBC News is partnering with NBC's affiliate station KPNX in Phoenix to create a local forum for sharing information, exchanging ideas and inspiring change.

"Education has the power to transform lives and strengthen communities," said Helios Education Foundation's Founding Chairman Vince Roig. "Helios' interest in bringing Education Nation to Arizona is really to focus the conversation on education and engage more Arizonans in a forum that celebrates excellence and encourages collaboration around solutions."

Education Nation Phoenix will begin Thursday, May 2 with an Opening Ceremony at the Arizona Science Center at 12 p.m. On May 3 and 4, Education Nation will host three locally-televised events at the Herberger Theater Center:

  • Friday, May 3 will consist of a Phoenix Summit that will cover topics including early childhood education and other K-12 issues. A special panel discussion on College and Career Readiness will also be featured. 
  • Saturday, May 4 will include NBC News' Teacher Town Hall that brings local teachers together in a unique educator-only forum to discuss what works in the classroom and highlight the challenges of today's education system. A Student Town Hall that same day will create a space for students to convene and share their experiences, ideas and concerns about Arizona's schools.

"In order for Arizona to develop a globally competitive workforce and a viable economy, we must work collaboratively to improve our education system and create a college-going culture where every student is academically prepared to succeed in college and career," said Helios Education Foundation's President and CEO Paul Luna.

Since launching Education Nation in September 2010, NBC has hosted the "On-The-Road" tour in Chicago, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Denver, Atlanta, Miami, Detroit and New Orleans.

All of the events will be live-streamed on our website, and we encourage everyone to join the Education Nation conversation with us on Facebook and Twitter, where we will be live posting during the events.


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