STC National Forum

The STC Forum is a public, interactive conference with workshops, panels, and presentations led and attended by top urban educators from STC schools, innovative ed organizations, thought leaders, industry, and guests gathered for a discourse on urban education. Take-home methodologies from our Forums equip participants to expand quality education across the US.



The 10th Annual Schools That Can Forum was held May 18-19 at Loyola Marymount University School of Education in Los Angeles, CA. The 2015 Forum uniquely addressed a widespread, critical problem in our society – students’ college and career readiness. Participants broke through silos to connect with leaders from k-12 urban education, higher education, industry, and innovative education organizations to share strategies and build solutions to close the opportunity and skills gap afflicting our nation.


K-12 Educators, Industry Leaders, Institutes of Higher Education, and Innovative Education Organizations


Dr. Vince Bertram, President and Chief Executive Officer, Project Lead The Way


Download the agenda. Workshops and panels provided take-home methodologies to improve schools and ensure students are college and career ready. 2015 Highlights:
Deeper Learning with Author Monica Martinez
– Design Thinking for Educators with Breaker
– Project-Based Learning for the 21st Century
True Grit with Educators 4 Excellence: Los Angeles
– Connecting e2e with Marco Petruzzi, CEO, Green Dot Public Schools National and Lucien Vattel, CEO, GameDesk
– Meaningful Higher Ed Engagement with Ralph Bland, Superintendent, New Paradigm for Education and Oliver Sicat, President and CEO, Ednovate (USC Hybrid High Schools)
– e2e in Action: Visit Schools and e2e Industry Partners
– 2nd Annual Robert F. Kennedy Urban Education Awards Luncheon
Ed Thoughts Panel: Common Core Meets Real World Learning


Loyola Marymount University School of Education understands and declares its purpose to be the encouragement of life-long learning and academic excellence, the education of the whole person, and the promotion of service and justice for all.


Book your room at the LAX Custom Hotel for $115/night: GroupID: STCChicago. Select your check-in & out dates and # of guests. Enter Group ID STCChicago then click Book Your Stay. You’ll be redirected to our group’s page with room options. Rates can be extended to the weekend prior to the event if you wish to arrive early (and one day after if you’d like to stay longer).

I am so impressed with what you’ve accomplished (and, of course, are still accomplishing)!

Angela Duckworth at the STC 2014 National Forum

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Previous Forums

The STC 2014 National Forum: New York City was a truly transformative experience. Download the agenda and read the recap!

The STC 2013 National Forum was held in Milwaukee, WI. STC Milwaukee is a national leader in growing quality seats of education for low-income students. Follow the city’s progress on our blog and the STC Milwaukee website.

The STC 2012 National Forum was held in Boston, MA April 25-27th, 2012 at the DoubleTree Suites (400 Soldiers Field Rd) by Hilton Hotel Boston. Download the agenda. The agenda outlines the innovative tools and life-changing perspectives available to you at our Forums.

Our speakers, panelists, and presenters are the top minds in education including our very own STC school leaders sharing home grown and effective practices to disrupt the status quo.


2012 Topics included:

      Mobilizing Families
      Assessments: The Present and the Future
      Turnaround and Transformation: from Policy to Reality
      Unique Practices and Models in Our Network
      College and Career Readiness Models

…and more!

Cleveland hosted the 2011 Forum: Collaborating for Student Success. Key speakers in attendance were Shafeen Charania (formerly with Microsoft) and Jamie Cloud (The Cloud Institute). Highlights included updates from the STC Regional Council initiatives in Boston and Milwaukee, a panel on Finding and Evaluating Teacher Talent featuring Mike Piscal (Andre Agassi Preparatory, Founder of ICEF Public Schools), and a speech by Nina Turner (OH Senator).

In 2010 the Forum was in Newark and was attended by 200 school leaders, educational thought-leaders, and guests who gathered for a discourse on the state of urban education. Mayor Cory Booker was the keynote speaker. Several of our inspiring School Leaders were interviewed, meet them here.

Other thought leaders at the 2010 Forum included conversation between Dr. David Steiner (Commissioner of Education for New York State) and Norman Atkins (Founder of Uncommon Schools and Teacher U.); discussion between Joel Klein (Chancellor of Schools, New York City) and Sy Fliegel (President of CEI-PEA); a presentation by Whitney Tilson (education reformer, Founder of DFER, board member of KIPP); and a conversation between John King (Deputy Commissioner New York State) and Dana Lehman (Head of School, Roxbury Prep). A number of take home values resulted from the Newark Forum.

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