People to People Ambassador
Programs is proud to be a sponsor of NBC News Education Nation, a nationally broadcast, in-depth conversation about improving education in America. We join partners like Scholastic and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to explore how American schools can best prepare students to compete in a globalized world.
This event is bringing together leaders in the educational world—including U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and President of MIT Susan Hockfield—to share solutions and strategies. NBC News will provide coverage throughout the week of September 26 to empower Americans in all fields to work toward a quality education for the coming generations.
Why we’re involved
If we want to provide students with a competitive edge in a global economy, we must first give them some insights into that wider world. Because international education and awareness are at the heart of People to People Ambassador Programs, this summit “offers a great opportunity for us to contribute our own expertise as a global educator,” says President Peg Thomas.
Thomas believes that past Ambassadors provide some of the best arguments for the value of education. “Our students gain firsthand insights into what life is like for the students they meet in China, in Germany—all over the world. I think they come home inspired to challenge themselves academically.”
2010’s National Teacher of the Year, Sarah Brown Wessling, agrees: “I can expose students through literature to new cultures, religions, and many different things, but there’s something unique about the actual experience. It provides a new blueprint for thinking and opens [students’] eyes to the world.”
About the summit
The Education Nation event kicks off with a Teacher Town Hall*, hosted by NBC News anchor Brian Williams, airing live on MSNBC this Sunday, September 26, at 12 p.m. EDT. The summit continues through the week, featuring:
- An address by Gen. Colin Powell, founding chairman of America’s Promise Alliance.
- A series of exhibits at Rockefeller Plaza introducing the public to the lifelong effects of education and the innovations available to future generations.
- Twelve specialized summits on important issues such as technology, teacher training, and workforce readiness. Dr. David Livermore, a cultural intelligence expert who has been working closely with People to People Ambassadors, has been invited to participate in the Study Abroad summit.
What you can do
Please join us in this vital effort. First, tune in to NBC broadcasts throughout the coming week to inform yourself about developments in education for the 21st century. Then, determine where you can make a difference, whether it’s volunteering in your local public school or championing changes to policies and standards.
However you choose to take part, your contribution will have lasting effects. For Thomas, “working together in this arena not only enhances the future for your child and mine, but for our world.”
*Educators, take note: You have the opportunity to lend your own influence to this important conversation. Whether you are a delegation leader or a friend of People to People, we encourage you to log in to the Teacher Town Hall on Sunday by registering here.