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National stage for Sac State education leader


Carlos Nevarez is a busy man. The associate professor and director of Sacramento State’s first doctoral program in Educational Leadership oversees scores of faculty, staff and students. Later this month, he’s headed for NBC in New York to take part in the 2011 Education Nation Summit.

That’s altogether fitting because Nevarez, the first in his family to get a college degree, has an abiding passion for learning and teaching that should be shared with a national audience.

NBC’s second annual Education Nation Summit, Sept. 25-27, is billed as “the biggest, most far-reaching media platform supporting education in the country.” It follows the network’s first-of-its-kind initiative to begin a national conversation about the state of this country’s educational system.

Nevarez’s invitation flows from his status as a respected educator who can provide a needed perspective about schooling. He is finalizing a report on “Latino Parents Guiding Student Success” that he is writing for Telemundo. It specifies 22 mentoring steps that can make the crucial difference in children making the most of their potential. Both ventures provide Nevarez an opportunity to showcase some of his work.

His 2007 College Board report, “Latinos in Education,” brought him to the attention of NBC because it was cited several times during last year’s initial summit. He is also the co-author of “Community College Leadership & Administration: Theory, Practice and Change,” and  his next joint venture due in 2012 will focus on case studies of community college leaders in the trenches whose transformative leadership practices show how it’s done.

NBC expects the nationally televised summit to reach an audience of millions across the country to hear the views of leaders in education, business and government, plus teachers, parents and students.

MSNBC will carry a live “Teacher Town Hall” Sept. 25-27, moderated by NBC News anchor and managing editor Brian Williams and former anchor Tom Brokaw. The forum, which includes Education Secretary Arne Duncan, will offer America’s educators on the front lines an opportunity to cite their priorities, brainstorm new ideas, discuss key policy issues and ask questions of on another to advance the conversation about teaching.

Nevarez will be interviewed by Telemundo on Sunday, Sept. 25, at 11:30 a.m. On Monday, Sept. 26, he will join a panel of experts to discuss the need to fuse theory and practice to improve public schools.

Former President Bill Clinton will close the Education Nation Summit on Tuesday, Sept. 27, with Brian Williams. They will look back at the major themes discussed during the summit, and Clinton will offer a global perspective on the nation’s education challenges and solutions. 

In addition to the broadcast on MSNBC, the “Teacher Town Hall” will stream live online at,, and

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– Alan Miller