As we announced in December, the Celebration will not take place this March. We are, however, exploring the possibility of presenting a new conference in 2014.

WNET's EduTrends conference would preserve some of the best elements of the Celebration and provide a "Master Class" type experience focused on important trends in American education. The sessions would be led by world-class speakers and panelists providing engaging explorations of core issues that are most relevant to your work. While the conference itself would likely have a smaller audience than the Celebration, we'd significantly expand the impact and reach of the event through significant multi-media and broadcast components. We are working with a range of partners to develop this concept further and have already received very positive feedback. We will keep you posted on progress and plans as they develop.

In the meantime, please be sure to watch for an exciting PBS television special produced by WNET - TED TALKS EDUCATION. This program will feature renowned educators, experts and celebrities sharing messages of innovation and inspiration to help address the dropout crisis in America. Bill Gates, Geoffrey Canada and Sir Kenneth Robinson are all confirmed. The event is currently scheduled to be broadcast on May 7th @ 10pm (check local listings). This program is being presented under the Corporation for Public Broadcasting's American Graduate: Let's Make it Happen initiative.

Thank you for the great work you continue to do on behalf of students - we are committed to continuing to support you in those efforts through dynamic professional development opportunities and engaging free digital media resources like Get The Math, Mission US and VITAL.

Stay tuned - and we hope to see you again in 2014!

Best,

WNET Education Department