UNITING LEADERS TO EXPAND
QUALITY URBAN EDUCATION AND
CLOSE THE OPPORTUNITY AND
SKILLS GAP

We offer programming, partnerships, and thought leadership within a diverse community of peers and experts.

We break through silos to ensure all students are equipped with the skills to succeed in college, career, and life.

We create a safe space where urban educators, innovators, higher educators, and industry leaders can work together to advance school improvement.

We are the largest cross-sector network of urban schools in the country.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

  • Oct 25

    Horatio Alger Association Scholarship Applications

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  • Sep 24

    Drop the Mic: A Conference on Supporting Cultural Relevance in Newark Schools

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  • Apr 1

    Nominations Open for the2016 RFK Urban Education Awards

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  • Mar 29

    STC STL School Leader Meet-n-Greet

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  • Mar 30

    Deeper Learning Workshop

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  • Apr 21

    Using Data to Ensure Student Growth and Progress

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  • Apr 30

    STC Chicago High School Exploration Event

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  • May 13

    Study Tour on Effective Practices in College and Career Readiness

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  • Jun 10

    STC Announces 11th Annual Forum

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WHY OUR WORK MATTERS

WE MUST DO A BETTER JOB PREPARING
OUR STUDENTS FOR THE FUTURE.

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1/2

students graduate from high school
unprepared for post-secondary success

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8%

of low-income students
graduate college

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53%

of college graduates under 25 are
un- or under-employed.

UNITING LEADERS

STC unites leaders across K-12 sectors (district, charter, independent, and faith-based), and the education to employment (e2e) continuum (K-12, higher ed, industry) to expand quality urban education and close the opportunity and skills gap

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Angela Duckworth
Psychologist, MacArthur Genius Fellow, TED Speaker

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Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.
2015 RFK Urban Education Awards

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2015 STC Forum @ Loyola Marymount University
Closing Plenary Panel

Our Thought Leadership

TO EXPAND QUALITY URBAN EDUCATION

OUR PROCESS

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OUR KEYS TO A QUALITY EDUCATION

We believe schools from all sectors – district, charter, faith-based, and independent – can be quality schools. We’ve identified 7 Keys to Quality that unlock schools’ potential to thrive.

HIGH PERFORMING MEMBER SCHOOLS

15 percentage points above city proficiency rate
90% average daily attendance
80% graduation rates / 90% retention

Our Programming

AND CLOSE THE OPPORTUNITY AND SKILLS GAP

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Number of jobs sitting
vacant in the U.S.

Source: U.S. Bureau of
Labor Statistics, 2014

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1/3 of U.S. unemployment
rate due to the gap between
skills and open jobs

Source:
IMF working paper, 2011

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97% of Americans believe
students need “real world”
skills to be successful after
High School

Source: the Leadership Conference
Education Fund, National Survey on
Common Core

OUR COLLABORATING PARTNERS

STC partnerships provide students with real-world learning experiences that equip them with academic, technical and professional skills necessary for college and career.
Our Partnerships

OUR REACH AND IMPACT

STC is the nation’s largest cross-sector network of urban schools. 149 validated schools in 15 cities serve over 60,000 students nationwide.

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70% of schools
view STC as an extremely valuable resource supporting keys to quality
94% of participants
gained strategies, skills, or tools through STC offerings
Scholarships in 2015
for high quality STEM camps
Events in 2014
across STC regions
80% of STC Students
eligible for free/ reduced lunch
10 years
of highly rated National Forums
  • Schools That Can multiplies brainpower. The STC network, through the contribution of members’ intellectual capital, engagement in creative problem solving, and singular focus on helping students achieve as much as they possibly can, helps each member school face their own challenges. 

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    Michelle Tuorto-Collins
    Dean of Faculty, St. Benedict’s Prep
    Newark, NJ

  • It is the simplest of lessons: share. Schools That Can has become a central nervous system where high quality schools around the country come together and share best practices to help others meet the challenges of urban education… No matter your model, if you’re doing good work, and you want to do better work, check out STC.”

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    Tom Gill
    Associate Director, Urban Community School
    Cleveland, OH

  • Being a part of the STC network has had a major impact on the learning of my school community as well as my own personal learning. We are able to engage with other schools around common dilemmas, possible solutions and concrete next steps and are able to re-examine and redefine our shared purpose of teaching and learning

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    Sheila Durant
    Principal, P.S. 69X Journey Prep
    Bronx, NY