Helios Education Foundation Partners with NBC News and Others To Bring Education Nation "On-The-Road" To Miami, Florida May 18-25

Posted on: May 14, 2012

(TAMPA, FL) - Helios Education Foundation is working with NBC News and other organizations to bring an education "power week" to Miami, Florida. Beginning Friday, May 18 and running through Friday, May 25, Education Nation Miami will include a series of education-focused events and programming across NBC 6, Telemundo network and Telemundo 51. 

Foundation Chairman Vince Roig will provide welcoming remarks at the Teacher Town Hall Forum on Sunday, May 20 at 1pm EST. Helios will host a live video stream of the Teacher Town Hall on its website at beginning at 1pm on Sunday, May 20.

"Helios Education Foundation believes in the transformational power of education because education changes lives and it changes communities," said Foundation Chairman Vince Roig. "We are at a critical juncture in education where the very future of our nation depends on the postsecondary education success of students in America's classrooms today. Helios is thrilled to be partnering with NBC News and others who recognize the importance of elevating the dialogue around education success, and working to create a college-going culture where all students are academically prepared and equipped to succeed in today's globally competitive economy."

During the week, NBC News and its partners will air education-focused programming and host a series of special events that bring together South Florida-area educators, elected officials, business leaders, parents and students to share information, exchange ideas and inspire change. All events will be hosted at the New World Center in Miami Beach.

"The goal of ‘Education Nation On-The-Road' is to ignite the Miami community around local and national education issues and bring solutions to the spotlight. We are very excited to partner with the NBC 6 and Telemundo teams to create an education forum in this great city at the New World Center," said Soraya Gage, General Manager of "Education Nation" at NBC News.

"Improving education in America requires that we all come together and focus on finding solutions, and the ‘Education Nation' initiative is designed to do just that. We are thrilled that NBC News is bringing this tour to South Florida and we look forward to engaging our viewers and our community on this critical issue," said Manuel Martinez, President & General Manager of NBC 6.

"Education is one of the defining issues of our time - a critical ingredient in the success of the next Hispanic generation and our country," said Alina Falcon, EVP of News and Alternative Programming for Telemundo Media. "We are extremely proud to join forces with the rest of the NBCUniversal family and to leverage our educational initiative ‘El Poder de Saber' to continue to serve our community."

"It's really a pleasure for all of us at Telemundo 51 to be part of this very important, solutions-driven dialogue about education, where we will all have the opportunity to learn from the experts and where we will have the ability to hear about the successes of some of our best and most innovative local programs and educational institutions," said Jorge Carballo, Telemundo 51 President and General Manager.

NBC News, NBC 6, Telemundo network and Telemundo 51 will provide education-related reports leading up to and during the Miami leg of the "Education Nation" tour, as well as coverage of the "Education Nation Miami" events.

For the tour, NBC News is enlisting the support of several of its "Education Nation" sponsors and partners, including University of Phoenix, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Helios Education Foundation and knowledge partners including NBC Learn and Miami Dade College.

For more information on "Education Nation Miami" visit, check us out on Facebook: or follow us on Twitter @EducationNation.

Schedule of Events

Opening Ceremony

To kick off "Education Nation Miami," on Friday, May 18 at 11:30am/et, Florida Education Commissioner Gerard Robinson, Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez, Miami-Dade Public Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho and other leaders will join Miami-area students and the NBC News, NBC 6 and Telemundo teams at the official Opening Ceremony. NBC 6 Anchor Jackie Nespral will lead the event, portions of which will be covered by NBC 6 and Telemundo 51.

Teacher Town Hall Forum - Sunday, May 20
From 1:00-3:00pm/et, NBC News Chief Education Correspondent Rehema Ellis and NBC 6 Anchor Pam Giganti will lead a live Teacher Town Hall forum from the New World Center that brings together local teachers of all levels for a frank and open discussion about what works in the classroom and how to address the top challenges facing the region's education system. Teachers will be invited to participate in-person or via webcast with the ability to provide comments and feedback through and social media platforms. The full Teacher Town Hall will be broadcast live on NBC 6 and streamed live on Telemundo 51 will broadcast the program from 1:00-2:00pm/et.

Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute: Keeping the Promise; Partnerships for Latino Education Success - Monday, May 21
From 3:30-5:50pm/et, "Education Nation" will jointly host a special event at the New World Center with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute entitled, "Keeping the Promise: Partnerships for Latino Education Success," that will focus on the important role Hispanics will play in meeting future US workforce needs and feature celebrities Tony Plana, Wilmer Valderrama, Rep. Pedro Pierluisi and Latino education policy experts. Next, from 6:30-7:00pm/et, Telemundo's Jose Diaz-Balart will host "Noticiero Telemundo" live from the New World Center, featuring a segment on education as part of the "Education Nation" tour.

Job One: Preparing America to Compete in the 21st Century - Monday, May 21
Then, from 7:30-8:45pm/et, Florida's leading business and civic leaders will gather at the New World Center for Job One: Preparing America to Compete in the 21st Century, a panel discussion moderated by NBC News Natalie Morales and Telemundo's José Díaz-Balart and NBC 6's Diana Gonzalez. Panelists and guests will share ideas and recommendations for ensuring the region's workforce has a competitive edge in our global economy. The "Job One" event will air on NBC 6 on Saturday, May 26th from 1:00-2:00pm/et.

Education Nation Express - May 21-25
In addition to the above listed events, from May 21-25th, the "Education Nation Express" bus will travel throughout the region as NBC 6 and Telemundo 51 reporters highlight examples of education innovation in action.

About Helios Education Foundation
Helios Education Foundation is focused on creating a high-expectations, college-going culture in Arizona and Florida by investing in initiatives that create opportunities for postsecondary education success. The Foundation focuses its investments across the education continuum in three key impact areas: Early Childhood Education, the Transition Years (Grades 5-12) and Postsecondary Scholarships.

As an engaged foundation, embedded in communities across both states, the Foundation is contributing its leadership, expertise and financial resources to better prepare students to succeed academically and to compete in a globally competitive economy. Since 2006, Helios has invested over $100 million in education-related programs and initiatives in Arizona and Florida. For more information about the Foundation, visit

About "Education Nation"
"Education Nation" seeks to create a thoughtful, well-informed dialogue with policymakers, thought-leaders, educators, parents and the public, in pursuit of the shared goal of providing every American with an opportunity to achieve the best education in the world. These discussions cover the challenges, potential solutions and innovations spanning the education landscape. By providing quality information to the public, NBC News hopes to help educate Americans so they can make decisions about how best to improve our education system both in the near and long terms, prepare students for the workforce of the future, and to shine a spotlight on one of the most urgent national issues of our time.

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