NBC News' Soraya Gage says the 2012 tour kicked off in the Mile High City because of the innovation that Denver brings to education.

"We are hoping to drive awareness of where we are in education and where we have to go," said Gage. "Colorado and Denver are at the forefront of education reform. They have done such a wonderful job that we thought it's the best place to kickoff Education Nation.

Gage says that people can easily get involved in the education conversation. There are number of event invitations that are available to teachers. Some of these include Teacher Town Hall and the third-grade literacy panel. A bunch of backstage passes are also available to the City of Denver's cultural institutions.

The general public can also participate in the conversation by utilizing social media. For more information on Internet involvement and event participation, visit

Garrett Boyd contributed to this report.