NBC's third annual "Education Nation" -- a three-day summit aimed at improving education in the U.S. -- kicked off Friday on the steps of the New York Public Library.
Hundreds of experts in education, government and philanthropy will participate in the Education Nation summit, which will run from Monday through Wednesday. Events will include talks moderated by NBC journalists, as well as case studies from communities across the country that will be aired on NBC.
"We're focusing on solutions," said Steve Capus, president of NBC News. "Not just want the problems that exist, and there are many, but let's look at the people who are having success with solutions."
Both President Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney will be among those participating.
"No matter what challenges our students face, or what neighborhoods they come from, we expect every student to excel despite the odds," said New York City Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott, who was on hand at Friday's event along with NBC 4 New York Anchor Chuck Scarborough.