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.
UNITING LEADERS TO EXPAND
QUALITY URBAN EDUCATION AND
CLOSE THE OPPORTUNITY AND
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.
WHY OUR WORK MATTERS
WE MUST DO A BETTER JOB PREPARING
OUR STUDENTS FOR THE FUTURE.
students graduate from high school
unprepared for post-secondary success
of low-income students
of college graduates under 25 are
un- or under-employed.
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
TO EXPAND QUALITY URBAN EDUCATION
OUR KEYS TO A QUALITY EDUCATION
HIGH PERFORMING MEMBER SCHOOLS
15 percentage points above city proficiency rate
90% average daily attendance
80% graduation rates / 90% retention
AND CLOSE THE OPPORTUNITY AND SKILLS GAP
Number of jobs sitting
vacant in the U.S.
Source: U.S. Bureau of
Labor Statistics, 2014
1/3 of U.S. unemployment
rate due to the gap between
skills and open jobs
IMF working paper, 2011
97% of Americans believe
students need “real world”
skills to be successful after
Source: the Leadership Conference
Education Fund, National Survey on
OUR COLLABORATING PARTNERS
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.
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.
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.”
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