(NBC News) NBC News' fourth annual education nation summit begins next week in new york and it's a chance to put a spotlight on some of the biggest issues facing America's education system.
It's an American symbol of education, and once again, the New York City Public Library is being transformed to host the NBC News Education Nation summit.
Inside the walls, teachers, students and administrators will meet with national leaders in education, business, politics and entertainment.
All will meet to focus on the state of education in America.
This year's theme... 'What it takes'... will focus on innovative ways to get American students successfully through school, go on to excel in college and beyond.
One idea, is to extend school days.
"I've seen students go from 3rd 4th grade reading level, who are juniors in high school and are at grade level now," said one teacher.
Another is the introduction ofnew technology in classrooms and better training and support for teachers.
"Teachers feel successful and then they see the success as well," said one principal.
The Education Nation summit will open the dialogue about what's working in American public schools and what still needs to be done to help struggling schools and students.
Something groups like 'citizen schools' understands.
It's a non-profit that provides apprenticeships to struggling middle-schoolers.
"All students can learn, all students have the potential to do great things. They just have to have the opportunity to do it," said Jake House of Citizen Schools.
There are opportunities for success the focus of the summit is designed to achieve it.