Watch: Natalie Morales on the Power of Parents and Join our Live Education Nation Chat

Join iVillage's Kelly Wallace and a panel of experts as they talk about education's best kept secret -- parents!

How involved are you with your child’s education? Do you worry he doesn’t get enough time for arts, music or gym? Are you stressed out about her homework load? These are just some of the issues up for discussion at a special Education Nation panel that will be led by the Today show’s Natalie Morales on Monday.

NBC’s Education Nation is an annual summit that brings policymakers, educators, parents and the public together to talk about ways to improve education in America. This year's event takes place September 25-27 in New York City.

Across the country, parents are leading the charge for “trigger” laws to overhaul failing schools, to scale back high-stakes testing -- and everything in between. Now some are even asking, do parents need a union of their own? Morales will be joined on the panel by:
--Janet Barresi, Oklahoma State Schools Superintendent
--Ben Austin, Executive Director for Parent Revolution
--Brenda Martin, a Mom Congress delegate in Kentucky and Indiana
--Mercedes Sandoval, President of the New Mexico PTA
--Peg Tyre, author of The Good School

iVillage will stream the session and host a live chat on Monday from 4-5 p.m. eastern time. The chat will be moderated by Kelly Wallace, iVillage’s chief correspondent. Joining Wallace and our community of moms will be:
--Shira Lee Katz, Director of Digital Learning at Common Sense Media
--Maggie McGuire, Vice President, eScholastic, Kids and Parents Channels
--A team of 5 iVoices who will join Wallace in blogging and tweeting from the summit: Brandi Jeter, Sharon Rowley, Celena Gill, Beth Engelman and Angelica Perez.

To watch the session and join the chat, go to at 4 p.m. eastern time today. Once you’re there, sign in with your Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo or Google account. Be sure to uncheck the box above the chat if you don't want your comments to appear on your Facebook of Twitter feed. Then watch the live stream and join the conversation with your questions and comments. See you there!


Plus: Is your parenting GPS working when it comes to your child's education? Take this quiz to find out.  

For more about the summit, visit


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