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NBC News Education Nation Phoenix Summit

May 3, 2013

Three mayors from the Arizona Mayors Education Roundtable—Mayor Georgia Lord, Goodyear; Mayor Scott Smith, Mesa; and Mayor Greg Stanton, Phoenix—will outline education priorities for the state and the role mayors can play, working together with their communities, address these challenges.

Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, left, greets WestEd’s Paul Koehler outside NBC’s Education Nation summit.

NBC’s Education Nation is the largest public solutions-focused conversation about improving education and preparing Americans for the jobs of the future. A summit in Phoenix caps off a week of live events and news coverage, focused on regional and statewide efforts to prepare students for success. The full agenda of NBC’s Education Nation Phoenix Summit is available here.


9:45am Summit Welcome

What Arizona Wants: Raising the Bar in Education
Panel: Maria Rico, Senior, Trevor G. Brown High School, Phoenix
Jeff Spellman, PTA President, Orangewood Elementary School, Phoenix

Early Literacy: Sowing the Seeds for Success
Panel: Rhian Evans Allvin, CEO, First Things First
Terri Clark, Arizona Literacy Director
Dr. Jaime Rivera, Superintendent, Riverside Elementary District
Joy Weiss, 3rd Grade Teacher, Balsz Elementary District

K-12: Improving the Outcome
Panel: John Huppenthal, State Superintendent of Education
Sen. Leah Landrum Taylor (D-16), Minority Leader, Arizona State Senate
Joe Thomas, Vice President, AEA; Teacher, Skyline High School, Mesa
Rep. Andy Tobin (R-1), Speaker, Arizona House of Representatives

Job One: Preparing Arizona to Compete in the 21 st Century Econony
Panel: Craig Barrett, Former CEO and Chairman of the Board, Intel Corporation
Harry “Red” Conger, President of the Americas, Freeport – McMoRan
Eileen Klein, President, Arizona Board of Regents
Mike Madsen, President of Defense and Space, Honeywell Aerospace

Closing: Mayors Roundtable
Panel: Mayor Georgia Lord, Goodyear, AZ
Mayor Scott Smith, Mesa, AZ
Mayor Greg Stanton, Phoenix, AZ