Education Nation: Day 1

Itai Dinour and Sean Edwin at Education Nation. Photo Credit

Today’s Guest Blogger is Itai Dinour, Executive Director, City Year New York who is representing us at Education Nation, an interactive summit on education hosted by NBC.

One of the amazing things I get to do in my role is attend great conferences such as the Education Nation. Along with City Year alum and national staff member Sean Edwin, our goal is to bring service into the national conversation on how our country can work together to support the academic needs of students.

A few quick reflections:

  • Changing the School Day: Most panelists agree that we need to rethink the length/duration of the school year. This is an exciting area where City Year can help ensure more struggling students get the attention they need.  From 730 AM to 6 PM, our corps is already working to make school a welcoming, productive place to learn. This year City Year is partnering with the Childrens Aid Society on an pilot program  to extend the school day at PS/IS 50.
  • Student Voice: There is a need for more students to have a voice in this conversation. It would be interesting to talk to some of our Starfish (elementary school students) and AfterSchool Heroes (middle school students) and hear how they would improve education.
  • The Future of Teaching: Secretary Duncan launched a new effort to get college graduates to enter the teaching career.  Over the next five years, our country needs to recruit 1 million teachers to replace the Baby Boom Generation.
  • Get Involved: I hope for those students who are not sure teaching is the right career for them, they will answer Secretary Duncan’s call to service by doing a gap year with City Year and discover if working in a school is for them. 
  • Stay Involved: City Year alumni, check out for more information on how you can continue to channel your passion for education.

We are in an exciting moment in education; thanks to Waiting for Superman and Education Nation, the nation is talking about education with greater intensity.

And we are excited that City Year is a part of this conversation.

The first day was inspiring, informative, and entertaining and I encourage you to visit to watch videos of the sessions.

Check in tomorrow for my thoughts on today’s sessions.